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May 28, 2006
Compiled and Copyright © 1997-2006 by Marco Stoovelaar

Sunday, May 28
Neptunus wins big vs. ADO
Kinheim wins 11th game in a row
Big shutout-win for Pirates
Pioniers nips Almere

Neptunus wins big vs. ADO
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ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - DOOR Neptunus recovered from Saturday's 2-1 loss and today won big vs. ADO, 11-1, reaching the 10-run difference in the eighth inning.

Neptunus-starter Diegomar Markwell struckout ten batters and gave up only four hits in 7 1/3 inning to become the first 6-game winner of the season. He allowed one run, which was unearned and was scored in the second inning. With one out, Kalian Sams doubled and then scored when short stop Raily Legito made an error on a grounder by next batter Marvin Bleij, who was then thrown out trying to advance. Markwell then retired 16 of the next 17 batters, including the last 13 in a row, before giving up a lead-off single to Marvin Bleij in the eighth inning. Bleij would strand on third base, as a grounder and a double play ended this possible scoring opportunity for ADO. At that moment, Neptunus already was leading 5-1, then added six runs in the home of the eighth inning.

Neptunus initially trailed 1-0 because of the error that was made in the second inning, but then scored three runs in the third inning. Jeroen Sluijter and Johnny Balentina singled, then both scored when Benjamin Dille followed with a triple. Dille scored on a sac-fly by Raily Legito.
In the fourth and fifth inning, the lead was increased to 5-1. In the fourth, Melfried Comenencia walked and scored on a 2-out single by Jeroen Sluijter. In the fifth, Raily Legito hit a one-out single, stole second and scored on a double by Yuji Nerei.

Leading 5-1, Neptunus reached a 10-run difference in the eighth with a 6-run rally. All runs in these inning were unearned, as it started with an error on a grounder by Jurriaan Korff, followed by a hit batter for Evert-Jan 't Hoen. Two outs then followed which would have end the inning. But now, Neptunus added five consecutive basehits, including a 2-run double by Jeroen Sluijter, an RBI-double by Johnny Balentina, an RBI-triple by Benjamin Dille (his second in the game) and an RBI-single by Raily Legito. Hereafter, the bases were loaded on an infield-hit and an error. The 10-run difference was then reached when Legito scored after Evert-Jan 't Hoen received a walk.
(May 28)

Kinheim wins 11th game in a row
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BUSSUM (Neth.) - Corendon Kinheim keeps on winning. On Sunday, the team trailed (again), but came alongside in the seventh inning, then won 3-1 in eleven innings vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW. The win was the eleventh in a row for Kinheim, while HCAW now has lost its last seven games. As that is not enough for the Bussum-team, it also lost one of its pitchers.
Yesterday, Kinheim trailed 2-0, today, the team trailed 1-0, but both times the Haarlem-club came back late in the game and went on to win.

On Sunday, HCAW took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. With one out, Bart GabriŽls reached on a bunt-single, then was safe when short stop Renť Cremer made an error on a force play-grounder by Nick Fridsma. A strikeout followed, but then the bases were loaded when Cremer made another error, this time on a grounder by Ronald Jaarsma. A single by Martijn Meeuwis gave HCAW a 1-0 lead, but the team left three runners behind, as a flyout ended the at bat.
After this, Kinheim-starter David Bergman dominated. Starting with the flyout in the second, he retired 15 of the next 17 batters, including eleven in a row from the third through the sixth inning. With two outs in the sixth, Bart GabriŽls singled and was thrown out at second base, trying to stretch it into a double to end the inning.
In the eighth inning, Martijn Meeuwis led off with an infield-hit, but was caught stealing. With two outs, Bergman gave up a single to Sidney de Jong and was relieved by Jimmy van der Veldt.

At that moment, Kinheim already had tied the score in the seventh inning. In the first five innings, Kinheim got runners on base frequently off Patrick de Lange, but failed to score, as the team stranded seven runners. In the first inning, the bases were loaded with two outs when Roel Koolen struckout. In the fourth, a runner was left behind on third base and in the fifth two runners were on base.
But in the seventh at bat, Kinheim succeeded in coming alongside. With one out, Denny Beljaards walked, after which Patrick de Lange was relieved by Jurjen van Zijl, who failed to hold onto the 1-0 lead. A flyout accounted for the second out, but then Beljaards stole second and scored the tying run when Renť Cremer followed with a single to make up for his two errors in the second inning that had given HCAW the lead. A force play-grounder ended the at bat, but it was a new ballgame.

With a 1-1 tie, the game went into extra innings and Kinheim got a big opportunity right away in the tenth inning off Kevin Roovers, who had taken over for Van Zijl in the previous inning. Dirk van 't Klooster led off with a double and advanced to third on a grounder by Tjerk Smeets. Another grounder followed, then Roovers hurt himself on the first pitch to Roel Koolen. After the next pitch, he ran the count to 2-0, but was unable to continue throwing. Cliff Foster came in to relief Roovers and completed the at bat by walking Koolen intentionally, which was credited to Roovers. The status on Roovers wasn't clear yet, but he might have pulled or torn a muscle, meaning he will be out for awhile. Cliff Foster initially was the scheduled starter for today, but his start was moved to next Tuesday after throwing two innings in relief yesterday. Because he was used in relief again today, Foster will not start on Tuesday either, marking the third time his start had to be changed. In the original rotation, he was penned in for Saturday, but after Thursday's cancelation, his start moved to Sunday. Who the starter will be instead on Tuesday hasn't been decided yet and might even be decided on game day. After the intentional walk, Foster issued a walk to Robin Longhurst to load the bases, but then the inning ended on a grounder.

In the eleventh inning, Foster's control problems continued. He loaded the bases by walking Denny Beljaards and Renť Cremer and hitting Danny Rombley in between with a pitch. Foster was relieved by Jos de Jong, who gave up a sac-fly to Dirk van 't Klooster, that gave Kinheim a 2-1 lead. The other two runners advanced on a throwing error, then Tjerk Smeets was walked intentionally to re-load the bases. But another sac-fly followed, this time by Quincy Bernardus, which made it 3-1, before another flyout ended the at bat.
HCAW was unable to come back off closer Michiel van Kampen, who had entered the game in the ninth inning, and suffered its seventh consecutive loss.
(May 28)

Big shutout for Pirates
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AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - Amsterdam Pirates on Sunday registered a big 12-0, 6 1/2 inning shutout against Sparta/Feyenoord to move back into sixth place.

Pirates collected 16 basehits, including three by Tyson Arishenkoff, Boudewijn van Elswijk and Mark Kan.
17-year old rookie Kevin Miner went the distance for Pirates and registered his first big league shutout. The righthander struckout three and gave up only five basehits. Sparta/Feyenoord left seven runners, including five in scoringposition, three of whom were on third base. But not of them were able to score, as the Pirates-defense played solid ball and made no errors. In the first inning, the Rotterdam opponent had runners on first and third with two outs when a flyball ended the at bat.
In the third inning, Dwayne Kemp doubled (probably Sparta/Feyenoord's best hit ball in the entire game) and advanced on a 2-out wild pitch, but then another flyball ended this inning.
In the fourth inning, Miner hit Rutger Veugelers with a pitch, who then would reach third on a one-out single by Jeroen Hermans, but then Patrick Wabbijn lined into a double play. Another double play supported Miner in the fifth inning.

Pirates opened the score in the first inning with two runs. Sparta/Feyenoord-starter Arthur McDonald, another 17-year old rookie, was less successful than his Pirates-colleague Kevin Miner, as he walked four batters and gave up six hits in two-plus innings. In the first inning, McDonald walked lead-off hitter Derick Francisca, who then was safe on second base after an error during a steal attempt. A strikeout followed, but then McDonald also walked Tyson Arishenkoff. The two runners then were awarded the next base when McDonald balked. The problems weren't over yet for McDonald. With two outs, the righthander loaded the bases by walking Ralph Lagas, then gave up a 2-run single to rookie Kevin Gerard.
After a scoreless inning, Pirates continued the scoring in the third inning with three runs. With one out, the bases were loaded by Boudewijn van Elswijk (infield-hit), Ralph Lagas (error on sac-bunt) and Kevin Gerard (fielder's choice) when BjŲrn Henrichs hit a 2-run single. The inning then appeared to come to an end when Bobbie van Duuren hit a possible double play-grounder towards third, but third baseman Sjoerd Hermans committed an error that enabled Gerard to score. Henrichs was on his way to third base, but was thrown out there after the ball came back from the outfield via the catcher. In the meantime, Van Duuren advanced to second base. Mark Kan followed with a single, which finally resulted in a pitching change. Rudy Seebus, another rookie, took over and ended the at bat, but then he also encountered a rally when Pirates scored four runs in the next at bat.

In the fourth inning, Seebus gave up five basehits. After Roderick Simon, Tyson Arishenkoff and Boudewijn van Elswijk led off with singles, a 2-run error by second baseman Dwayne Kemp was made on a grounder by Ralph Lagas. A single and a groundout then gave Pirates two more runs.
In the fifth, Pirates added a run on a 2-out single by Kevin Gerard.
Leading 10-0, Pirates increased the lead to 12-0 on a 2-out, 2-run single by Boudewijn van Elswijk in the sixth inning. Rudy Seebus, who already had given up seven hits, gave up three more hits in this at bat, and left after Van Elswijk's single. Sander Klop was brought in, who walked his first batter, then ended the at with a flyout.
But in the seventh inning, while Kevin Miner walked a batter and hit another with two outs, Sparta/Feyenoord was unable to change the score.
(May 28)

Pioniers nips Almere
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HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - Konica Minolta Pioniers trailed 4-2, scored seven runs in the fourth, came back to take an 11-7 lead, but won only 11-10 on Sunday vs. Instant Holland Almere '90.

Almere '90 today played its first game after the club installed a General Manager and a Committee to 'save' the season. The club hopes that the new commission, which is led by former big league-coach Gerard Stenzler, can influence the results positively in the remainder of the season. So far, the results were disappointing before today, as the team won only two of its 13 games and is in last place. Almere already appeared to have a positive feeling today, as the team collected 14 basehits and came back strongly. However, eleven runners were left behind. Some adjustments were made to the batting order, like moving Shaldimar Daantji back to the lead-off spot. Eugene Kingsale, who was the lead-off batter in 9 of the 13 games so far, now batted second. Daantji led off in four games before.

Pioniers scored the first run in the second inning when Glenn Romney singled with one out and scored on a triple by Mark-Jan Moorman. In the third inning, a run was scored when Jefferson Muzo singled, stole second and scored on a 2-out error.
Trailing 2-0, Almere scored four runs in the fourth inning. Randy Daal led off with a single and moved when a fly ball by Ivanon Coffie was missed in rightfield to put runners on second and third base. Bryan Engelhardt (2-run) and Giovanni Samboe then followed with back-to-back triples to give Almere a 3-2 lead. With two outs, Samboe made it 4-2 after scoring on an error.
In the home fourth, Pioniers reacted with seven runs and appeared to take a comfortable lead. In the inning, Almere-starter Forstin Coenraad gave up six hits and all runs. Glenn Romney led off with an infield-hit and moved on a single by Mark-Jan Moorman. A throwing error by Coenraad on a sac-bunt by Lars Koehorst resulted in a run and runners on second and third. With one out, Jefferson Muzo, Michael Duursma, Norbert Lokhorst and Mark Duursma all followed with RBI-singles to make it 7-4 in favor of Pioniers. Coenraad was the replaced by Martin Kuipers, who, after a wild pitch, gave up a 2-run single to DŤ Flanegin, increasing the lead to 9-4.

Almere got two runs back in the fifth when Eugene Kingsale led off with a single and Randy Daal followed with a double, which marked the end of Pionier-starter Roger Kops, who had given up seven hits. DaniŽl Overbeek took over and gave up a sac-fly to Ivanon Coffie and an RBI-single to Bryan Engelhardt.
Pioniers also scored twice in its fifth inning on a basesloaded walk and an error, but then the scoring stopped for the Hoofddorp-team, which had only one basehit in its last four innings.
Almere then started to come back and scored a run in the sixth inning on a single by Ivanon Coffie.
The team scored three more runs in the eighth to narrow the deficit to only 11-10. In the eighth, Raul Quiroz became the fourth Pionier-pitcher in the game. The American started and threw seven innings on Thursday and now came back in relief, but that wasn't a success. He first struckout Shaldimar Daantji, but then gave up a single to Eugene Kingsale (who was 4-for-5 and scored three runs) and hit next batter Randy Daal with a pitch. Kingsale and Daal then scored when Ivanon Coffie (who was 3-for-4, scored twice and had four RBI's) tripled. After a pop-fly, Quiroz also hit pinch-hitter Jeffrey de Vrieze with a pitch and was relieved by Dave Draijer. The closer first gave up an RBI-single to Jason Halman that made it 11-10, but then the inning ended with a groundout. In the ninth inning, Draijer gave up an additional basehit with two outs, but Almere was unable to come alongside and Draijer earned a save.
(May 28)

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