On day one of round four the following games were scheduled:
Mampaey the Hawks – L&D Amsterdam Pirates; Vaessen Pioniers – Curacao Neptunus; UVV – Pronto DSS and Corendon Kinheim – HCAW.
A blow out score, a low scoring game and a little surprise at the start of round four.
Mampaey the Hawks – L&D Amsterdam 0 – 13
This was another game between a team from the top four and a team from the lower half of the standings in which the top four club was way too strong for the club from the lower half. After a scoreless first inning, L&D Amsterdam Pirates stepped on it and scored five runs in one inning. After Remco Draijer singled to lead of the second inning, Bas Nooij also singled to put runners on the corners. After Nooij stole second base, Jesse Aussems drew a bases loading walk. Remco Draijer scored the opening run on Rashid Gerard’s single to left field. A sac fly by Patrick Bok drove in Bas Nooij for the second run of the game. A single by Koen Nooij, a double by Roelie Henrique and a ground out by Nick Urbanus drove in three more runs in the second inning to give Pirates a commanding 5-0 lead.
Two innings later, Pirates added five more to their score. Rob Cordemans only lasted four innings. He allowed four hits and struck out nine. He needed 62 pitches for this.
Three runs in the sixth inning made it 13-0 for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Tom de Blok, who took the mound in the fifth inning pitched the remaining three innings for the win. He gave up two hits and struck out five. Quinn Tramm took the loss for the Hawks. In five innings he allowed ten runs on nine hits, walked five and struck out two.
Best hitter for L&D Amsterdam Pirates was Bas Nooij, who went 2 for 3 with a homeruns, four runs batted in and a run scored. Steven Wharwood who went 2 for 3 with a double was the best hitter for Mampaey the Hawks once again.
Vaessen Pioniers – Curacao Neptunus 3 – 8
In this matchup between two top four teams, it appeared that Vaessen Pioniers wasn’t a match for Curacao Neptunus. Without a big scoring inning, Neptunus slowly walked away to a 7-1 lead halfway the sixth inning. But then Pioniers started a rally. Singles by Dirk-Jan van ‘t Klooster, VInce Rooi and Quintin de Cuba loaded the bases. Van ‘t Klooster scored on a sac fly by Kevin Dirksen to left field. Then Kevin Weijgertse singled to right field and drove in Vince Rooi from third. Dirksen advanced to third base on the throw from right fielder Christian Diaz towards home plate. But the next two batters struck out so Pioniers could not cash in any further. In the top of the ninth, Neptunus scored one more time. Pioniers on their turn could not score despite having a runner in scoring position. Loek van Mil pitched the final inning and gave up a sinlge to Mark Jan Moorman, who advanced to second on a wild pitch. But Van Mil shut the door as he retired Dirk van ‘t Klooster for the final out.
Rien Vernooij, whose one year sabatical apparently did him well, went 3 for 4 with a triple, an RBI and a run scored. His batting average stands at .448 right now. Mark Jan Moorman went 1 for 1 in a pinch hit appearance for Pioniers.
Winning pitcher was Diegomar Markwell. In six innings he struck out five, walked two and gave up three runs (one earned) on five hits.
Corendon Kinheim – HCAW 5 -5
In another game between a top four and a bottom four team, the bottom four team fought for what it was worth. After four scoreless innings, HCAW took a 2-0 lead against all odds. Kinheim countered by scoring one run in their fifth at bat to cut HCAW’s lead in half. When Kinheim scored three more in the seventh inning, it looked like the gas was out of the tank for HCAW. But they refused to give up. Two runs in the top of the eighth tied the game at four. While none of the teams scored anymore in the remaining regular innings, exra innings were needed. With runners placed on first and second, Arshwin Asjes who had taken the mound in the ninth inning, started the tenth by walking Rossini Frolijk. Emmerson Paula was the next to draw a walk that gave HCAW a 5-4 lead. HCAW couldn’t score more runs as Rowan Hoek grounded into a double play and Raoull Kortstam struck out looking. After Kinheim scored the game tying run in the tenth inning, HCAW didn’t score in the eleventh. With the bases loaded and one out, Kinheim’s Jasper Keijzer hit towards second baseman Emerson Paula, who threw the ball towards home plate where catcher Max Clarijs tagged out Sven van der Sanden for the second out of the inning. Niels van Weert struck out looking for the final out of the game. Due to the curfew rule, the game ended in a 5-5 tie. Dashenko Ricardo went 2 for 4 with three runs batted in and a run scored for Kinheim.
UVV – Pronto DSS. 4 – 2
Rather unexpected, Pronto DSS took a 2-0 lead but the lead was erased quickly in the bottom of the third when UVV scored two runs. The following four innings, both teams didn’t score. But eventually UVV proved to be the strongest team. In the bottom of the eighth Omar Williams singled down the left field line followed by a single by Norbert Jongerius to left center. Jordan Illis, who pinch ran for Williams, advanced to third base. Jongerius advanced to second base on the throw towards third. A throwing error that followed the hit by Brennan Nijhof to pitcher Mike Groen, allowed both base runners to score.
Despite putting runners on third and second on a couple of throwing errors, DSS couldn’t score as Mark Smit grounded out for the final out of the game.
In this low scoring game, Jurjen van Zijl earned the win for UVV. The reliever pitched only 0.1 inning in which he gave up a walk but did not allow a hit. Mike Groen took the loss for DSS. He pitched two innings and gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits. He walked one and struck out two. Best hitter for UVV was Tony Enos, who collected three basehits out of four at bats. He drove in a run and scored a run himself. None of the DSS batters got more than one basehit but Levine Gabriels did best as drew two walks and got one hit in four plate appearances.