Dutch Hoofdklasse 2016: Play offs and runner up competition, August 28

Today was the very last day of the play offs and of the runner up competion. 
In fact only two games mattered today: Curacao Neptunus @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Vaessen Pioniers @ Kinheim. Neptunus already clinched a spot in the Holland Series (Dutch championship series) but there was still a battle between L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Vaessen Pioniers. Pirates could have clinched the spot last week if they had swept Kinheim, but they failed to win one game. In the runner up competition, DSS hosted Pickles UVV and De Glaskoning Twins hosted HCAW. It was a special day in Oosterhout as Keiji Uezono pitched his last game for Twins. For the occasion, Twins had organized a Japan themed day with Japanese food, a lottery with Japanese baseball prizes and lots more.

Vaessen Pioniers  10  –  7  Kinheim

In a game in which the score went back and forth, Vaessen Pioniers finally ended at the right side of the score. But it wasn’t an easy victory as the team had to fear for a loss and a sure loss of a spot in the Holland Series.
After Kinheim took a 2-0 lead in the first inning, Pioniers bounced back with three runs in the top of the second inning and another run in the top of the third. Kinheim on its turn scored two in the bottom of the third to tie the game at four.
But then in the bottom of the sixth inning, with two outs, Kinheim started a rally. Kevin Moesquit drew a walk followed by a double to center field, hit by Dudley Leonora on which Moesquit scored the go-ahead run. After Dexter de Weert hit a single to put runners on the corners. Sander Paap then drove in Leonora with a single through the right side.
But thanks to a lack of pitching depth Kinheim could not cling onto the lead. With Glenn Wassink on the mound in the top of the seventh, Pioniers scored four runs, partly thanks to a triple hit by Christopher Garia and a double to left center field, hit by Shurman Marlin. Eventually Pioniers scored two insurance runs in the eighth inning but with Kinheim only capable of scoring one run, that wasn’t really necessary.
Winning pitcher for Pioniers was Maickel Rietel, who pitched one inning in relief in which he gave up two runs on three hits and a walk.
Glenn Wassink took the loss as he gave up four runs in the seventh inning on three hits and two walks. 
Best hitter for Vaessen Pioniers was Brian Raap, who went 2 for 3 with a double and two runs scored.
Despite the win, Pioniers depended on the result of the game in Amsterdam between L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Curacao Neptunus.

Curacao Neptunus  1  –  2  L&D Amsterdam Pirates

In a must win situation for L&D Amsterdam Pirates, the Amsterdam team must have een scared when Curacao Neptunus took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.
With Rob Cordemans in his second start after a long recovery from an injury, Christian Diaz hit a lead off double to right field. Diaz advanced to third on a 5-3 ground out hit by Randolph Oduber. A sac fly by Raily Legito drove Diaz for the opening run.
But in the bottom of the same inning, Pirates would tie the game. Remco Draijer led of with a single to center field. A fly out to right field hit by Nick Urbanus, made Draijer advanced to second. When Gilmer Lampe hit a single to right field, Remco Draijer could score the game tying run.
In the next three innings a real pitchers duel arose even though Pirates took the lead in the fourth on a single by Max Clarijs on which Kenny Berkenbosch scored from second base.
Pirates had another big chance to extend the lead in the fifth. But with the bases loaded Danny Rombley fouled out to first base.
Pirates used three pitchers. Next to Rob Cordemans, who lasted four innings, Kyle Ward pitched 2.1 innings in which he fanned two and limited Neptunus to only two basehits. Tom de Blok pitched the last 2.2 innings in which he allowed one hit and struck out three.
Kyle Ward earned the win while Kenny van den Branden took the loss. Despite taking the loss, Van den Branden pitched a decent game in which he gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits, walked two and struck out four. 
Max Clarijs and Gilmer Lampe both hit .500 (Clarijs 1 for 2 and Lampe 2 for 4). Both drove in a run.
With this much needed win, Pirates clinched a spot in the Holland Series and will be able to defend their European title in next year’s European Champions Cup.

Pickles UVV  4  –  7  DSS

Both games in the runner up competition really did not matter anymore as all the tables were set. Perhaps because of that, Pickles UVV let their position players make some spot starts. UVV started with catcher Sven Jongejans on the mound. He would give up two hits and two walks but did not give up a run.
DSS took a 1-0 lead in the third inning but UVV tied it right away in the top of the fourth. DSS bounced back as it scored another run in the bottom of the fourth. But once more the tables would turn as UVV scored three runs in the sixth inning. With the bases loaded, Kevin van Veen singled up the middle to drive in Jordan Illis. Then Tijmen Takke walked in the second run of the inning before Gilian van Lith hit a sac fly to drive in Matt Ericksson.
Once again DSS would come back and tie the game as it scored a run in the sixth and the seventh innings.
In the eighth DSS rallied for the win. Ruben Prins got on base as he was hit by a pitch. He advanced to second base and scored on a throwing error by pitcher Norbert Jongerius after he fielded the “hit” by Seb Visser. Visser advanced to third on the error. Seb Visser eventually scored on a wild pitch. With runners on the corners, manager Ferenc Jongejan, who had replaced Norbert Jongerius on the mound, threw a wild pitch that allowed Ties van der Beeke to score the seventh run for DSS.
Despite the win, DSS is still sentenced to a promotion/relegation series against the winners of the Overgangsklasse. But the rumors swirl around that the winner, Storks from The Hague, does not want to promote. The rules tell that the number two in the standings can claim a spot in the promotion/relegation games. That number two is Orioles from Bergschenhoek, and they don’t want to promote either. But the number three in the standings, RCH/Pinguins from Heemstede still can catch up Orioles and they (RCH/Pinguins) want to promote. If they will catch Orioles in the standings a decisive game has to be played and if RCH/Pinguins will win this one, DSS still has to play a promotion/relegation series.

HCAW  0  –  9  De Glaskoning Twins

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Japan Day @ De Glaskoning Twins

Today there was a promotional day at De Glaskoning Twins in Oosterhout. As their star pitcher from Japan, Keiji Uezono pitched his last game in Twins uniform, they decided to call today Japan Day. There was a big lottery with plenty of Japanese baseball prizes and also prizes signed by Dutch pitcher of the Softbank Hawks, Rick van den Hurk.
The grand prize were two flight tickets to Sendai, home town of the Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles. Unfortunately I have to save money and pay for these tickets by myself.😦

The place was packed with people, a lot of them Japanese expats and some of them even wore uniforms of NPB clubs.

Somebdy of the KNBSB (Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Federation) said that promotions like this should be done by every Dutch hoofdklasse club. In this way you will get people back to the ballpark. And some of them will even be struck by the baseball virus.

A conservative estimation about the number of people in the stands and around the field: 500-600. Perhaps there were more but a lot of people was walking around and it is hard to count them.

Next to the prizes that could be won, there was a lot of Japanese food; sushi, Japanese skewer with rice and string beans or fried chicken balls with rice and string beans. It did not only look delicious it also tasted good.

Just before the game, the Japanese ambassador, mr. Inomata threw out the first pitch.

But lest not forget that there also was a baseball game to be played. Just like De Glaskoning Twins, their opponent, HCAW from Bussum also had clinched a spot in the hoofdklasse for next year. So in fact nothing was at stake in this game. Proof for this was that during the game position players took the mound and pitchers got at bats. Nevertheless it was an attractive game (for Twins fans) in which (perhaps) HCAW never took it all too serious.

At the start of the sixth inning, with Twins leading 8-0, Keiji Uezono was pulled and honored by one of the organizers, Paul Bun.

Keiji Uezono in the center of the attention.

Eventually the game ended with a 9-0 win for De Glaskoning Twins. (Of course) Keiji Uezono earned the win. In five innings he allowed three hits and struck out seven.
Kaj Timmermans took the loss after spending just 2.1 innings on the mound. In those two innings he was hit hard as he gave up eight runs (five earned) and walked one.
Average wise, Mick Molenaar was the best hitter for De Glaskoning Twins with one hit out of one at bat. The most impact though had Anthony Vrolijk and Nick Peels. Vrolijk went 2 for 5 with two RBI and Peels collected two hits out of three at bats with two RBI as well.

After the game Keiji was honored just a little bit more by ELB president Wim van den Hurk, who handed over, what should have been, Keiji’s jersey for team Amsterdam baseball with the Euro League Baseball.

But let’s not forget that another player played his last hoofdklase game today. Shurty Tremus hung up his spikes. Also Shurty was honered after he was pulled from the game. He received two nice framed jerseys. One of Neptunus, where his career started and one of De Glaskoning Twins, where he finished his career.

Those who did not attend today’s Japan Day, have missed a fantastic event. It was cosy, with the place packed with people and a nice game of baseball. Other hoofdklasse clubs should take this kind of events as an example. It may be the solution to get people back to
the ballpark.

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More heavenly PDC news

And the PDC news keeps coming. This time it is the Angels, who are announcing the extension of a player development contract.

InlandEmpire66ers.pngThe Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim have extended the PDC with their A Advanced affiliate in the California League, the Inland Empire 66ers, with two years through the 2018 season.

Angels General Manager Billy Appler said that “the Los Angeles Angels and the Inland Empire 66ers have developed a strong relationship that we are excited to build on over the coming years. The San Bernardino community and the 66ers front office show incredible support for our players at an important step in their development.”

Both teams are linked to each other since 2010, when the Dodgers jumped ships to the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, the former A Advanced farm team of the Angels.

66ers GM Joe Hudson continued with exchanging pleasantries by saying that “there are a multitude of reasons that make this partnership so successful. Topping the list of those factors is the San Manuel Stadium facility and proximity to the parent club. We couldn’t be prouder to continue working with a top-class organization like the Angels,” Hudson said. “Our front doors are less than 50 miles from each other and that gives the big club a nearby base for player evaluation and assignments. Furthermore, San Manuel Stadium has a top notch playing surface, clubhouse facility and fan base that makes this a great place for our partnership with the Angels. We very much appreciate our relationship.”

The history of the Inland Empire 66ers dates back to 1989 when the Fresno Suns moved to Salinas to become the Salinas Spurs. The Spurs would only last four seasons in Salinas. In 1993 the team moved to San Bernadino where it adopted the name Spirit (bought from the Rancho Cucamonga Quakes, who had moved from San Bernadino). In 1996, the Spurs became the Stampede. And in 2003 the team adopted its current name.

The name of the 66ers refer to Route 66, which runs through San Bernadino. The 66ers play in San Manuel Stadium, formerly known as San Bernadino Stadium.


Dutch Hoofdklasse 2016: Play offs and runners up, August 27

On the second day of the final round of the play offs and runner up competition Curacao Neptunus hosted L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Vaessen Pioniers took on Kinheim in a lopsided game, UVV hosted DSS in another very lopsided game and HCAW hosted De Glaskoning Twins in another high scoring game.

Kinheim  1  –  9  Vaessen Pioniers

In a game in which Kinheim scored only one run in the fifth inning and, despite having a few runners in scoring position a few times, wasn’t able to give Vaessen Pioniers a hard time, Pioniers walked away with a lopsided win.
As Pioniers scored two runs in the second inning and two in the fifth, the three runs that they scored in the seventh and the two in the eight, led to a final score was a bit flattered.
Kinheim starting pitcher Nick Veltkamp was tabbed for five runs in six innings and one batter faced in the seventh, so you cannot really say that it was a lack of pitching depth that cost Kinheim the game.
On the defensive side, Kinheim was outhit 7-12 by Pioniers. On the defensive side, Kinheim was slighly better as they committed three errors and Pioniers four.
Despite the blow out score, Pioniers did not really slug its way through the game as it only had four extra basehits (all doubles). In this game it all came down to timely hitting. And that’s what Pioniers did: hitting when it mattered most. 
Pioniers starting pitcher Chris Pfau earned the win after 6.1 innings in which he gave up one run on six hits, walked two and struck out nine.
Best hitter for Vaessen Pioniers was Zerzinho Croes, who went 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates  1  –  5  Curacao Neptunus

As Curacao Neptunus already clinched a spot in the Holland Series by beating L&D Amsterdam last Thursday, this game was a must win for Pirates more or less. With only a two point lead in the standings over Vaessen Pioniers, the Amsterdam based team desperately needed a win to clinch the second spot in the Holland Series.
But Neptunus took off quickly with a 2-0 lead in the first inning with Robin Schel on the mound. In the next five innings, Schel would keep Neptunus in check very well as he did not allow them to score any more runs. But Schel would start the seventh inning with giving up a walk that eventually led to the third run for Neptunus. Schel’s successor, Daan Hendrix wasn’t able to stop Neptunus from scoring two runs in the seventh.
When Hidde Brocken took over in the ninth, he eventually gave up a bases loaded walk that would bring the final score at 5-1.
Orlando Yntema, who had a major off day last week vs Vaessen Pioners as he gave up five runs, was practically unhittable today. Pirates managed to collect only two hits with him on the mound. Eventually Pirates would score on run in the ninth as Gilmer Lampe scored from third base on a 6-3 ground out hit by Danny Rombley. 
Orlando Yntema earned the win and Robin Schel took the loss. Yntema walked five and fanned four as Schel gave up five runs, walked six and struck out three.
Best hitter for Neptunus was Dwayne Kemp with three hits out of three at bats, two runs scored and two walks drawn.
The loss vs Kinheim last week may be a very costly one for Pirates. They must win tomorrow’s game in Amsterdam because Pioniers is in such a good shape that it is very unlikely that they will lose vs Kinheim.

De Glaskoning Twins  4  –  8  HCAW

In a high scoring game (twelve runs in total), De Glaskoning Twins stayed at the wrong side of the score.
After HCAW had taken a 1-0 lead in the second inning, Twins tied it in the fifth. But in the bottom of that inning, HCAW scored two more runs to take the lead again. But still it was a game as Brendan Schoemaker kept HCAW in check rather well. Eventually the game became rather flattered as HCAW scored five runs in the eighth inning. With Mic van de Ven on the mound, the Bussum based team took advantage of some control issues of the young pitcher. Van de Ven issued two walks and threw three wild pitches that led to one run. With runners on first and second, Van de Ven was replaced by Matthew Latta. But Latta could not stop HCAW from scoring either. He started with giving up a bases clearing double to Boyd Tuhumury, followed by a single by Roelie Henrique that drove in Tuhumury. After Jelle Blaauw drew a six pitch walk, Vince Rooi singled home Roelie Henrique for the fifth and final run for HCAW.
Twins rallied in the ninth inning for three runs but from that point, the gas was out of the tank. 
Moreno Vork earned the win. In five innings he gave up one run on five hits, walked one and struck out two. After seven innings in which he gave up three runs on eight hits and struck out seven, Brendan Schoemaker took the loss.
Best hitter for HCAW was Boyd Tuhumury, who went 2 for 4 with a double, two RBI and two runs scored.

DSS  3  –  10  Pickles UVV

Another lopsided game today was the one between DSS and Pickles UVV.
After DSS took a 1-0 lead in the first inning on a 5-3 ground out by Ties van der Beeke that drove in Sven van der Sanden from third.
But UVV would tie the game in the bottom of the second. From the third inning the team started to walk away as it scored one in the third, two in the fourth, two in the seventh and four in the eighth inning. All DSS could do was score two more runs in the ninth. The score may indicate that DSS was outhit but that was not really the case. UVV collected fifteen hits and DSS eleven. But also UVV (just like Pioniers) hit when it mattered most today: with runners on the bases. But of course the three errors that DSS committed also proved to be very costly. DSS had runners in scoring positions several times but failed to pull the trigger at the right moment. DSS had three extra basehits (two doubles and a triple) and UVV four (all doubles).
Jose Moreno earned the win after five innings of work in which he gave up one run on six hits, walked three and struck out one. Donny Breek took the loss. In five innings, he gave up four runs (two earned) on six hits, walked three and struck out three.
Best hitter for Pickles UVV was Sergino Martis with three hits out of five at bats, with a double, a run scored and an RBI.

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With construction on hold, costs Dunkin’ Donuts Park rise

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor harvard yardGoats
An audit on Dunkin’ Donuts Park has shown that due to the construction being put on hold, the costs of this ballpark keep rising. Due to several delays and the cancellation of the contract with the original constructors Centerplan Cos. and Dono LLC the city has spent $15.7 million more than the original $56 million that the ballpark would cost.

The extra money spent does not include the continuing costs of the shutdown, neither does it include the final costs to finish the ballpark.

It is still unclear how the ballpark should be finished, something that frustrates the owner of the Hartford YardGoats, Josh Solomon, a lot. Solomon has offered to pay for the rest of the contstruction as a loan to the city but the city of Hartford rejected the offer as it stated that the city’s insurer would cover the costs.

In the meantime, the President of the Eastern League, Joe McEachern has had it with the stadium farce in Hartford as well. He has joined the discussion by stating that the construction of the ballpark should be finished or the city of Hartford may risk the permanent loss of a baseball team.
McEachern made a statement in front of the gates of unfinished Dunkin’ Donuts Park: “If the stadium is not done, we will not come to Hartford. The time is now. We have to have immediate action.” McEchern warned that the Eastern League and Minor League Baseball would be working on finding an alternative home for the team in 2017,  a move also mandated by Maj0r League Baseball.

According to the audit, the city of Hartford has $4.4 million left to finish the construction, but the tricky part of it is that that amount does not include the $5 million invoice that AfbeeldingsresultaatCenterplan submitted in May.

For now the construction of the stadium is going nowhere. But it is clear that the patience of the Eastern League and Minor League Baseball is coming to an end and thus the future of the Hartford YardGoats is at stake.

More Brotherly Loving PDC News

After the Philadelphia Phillies extended their player development contract with their A Full Season affiliate, the Lakewood BlueClaws, it was time to extend the PDC with their A Short Season affiliate, the Williamsport Crosscutters. While the extension with the BlueClaws was for a period of four years, the extesion with the Crosscutters is for the standard amount of time: two years (through the 2018 season).

The announcement of the extension was made at the Crosscutters ballpark, BB&T Park, prior to their game vs the Brooklyn Cyclones (a 1-0 win for Brooklyn).

Crosscutters owner Peter Freund led off the exchange of pleasantries with the following statement: “For the past decade, the Phillies have been an outstanding partner for us in Williamsport with tremendous organizational support from top to bottom. We are thrilled to have been given the opportunity to remain part of the Phillies family and look forward to continuing our success together both on and off the field.”

The two clubs are cooperating since 2007. Thirty players that played for the Crosscutters made it to the Majors. Current Phillies who called Williamsport home are LHP Adam Morgan, RHP Hector Neris, RHP Edubray Ramos, C Cameron Rupp, 3B Maikel Franco, INF Freddy Galvis, INF Cesar Hernandez, OF Cody Asche, 1B Darin Ruf & OF Aaron Altherr.

Phillies Director of Player Development Joe Jordon stated that the Phillies were extremely excited to extend the PDC with the Crosscutters. “The ownership group, front office and city of Williamsport continue to be extremely important in the development of our young players”, said Jordon

The Crosscutters signed a new deal that will extend the stadium lease through the 2020 season, earlier this year. BB&T Park is the second oldest ballpark in the USA. Officially it is called BB&T Park at historic Bowman Field.

The history of the Crosscutters dates back to 1958 as the team played in Geneva NY as the

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Crosscutters Cap Logo

Geneva Redlegs (affiliation of the Cincinnati Redlegs). Through the years the team had several name changes that came together with affiliation changes. From 1977 through 1993 the team was affiliated with and called after the Cubs. After the club moved to Williamsport in 1994 it was called Williamsport Cubs until 1999 when the team adopted the current name. In that year the Crosscutters became a Pirates affiliate. That relation ship lasted through the 2006 season.

Since this is a blog (mainly) about Dutch baseball, Aruban outfielder Jiandido Tromp also played for the Williamsport Crosscutters. In 2013 and 2014 he played a total of 102 games for the Phillies affiliate. In 366 at bats, he collected 101 basehits (.276) with 25 doubles, 5 triples and 15  homeruns.