Dutch Hoofdklasse, Saturday May 16

The following games were scheduled for day two of round five: Curacao Neptunus – DSS; Corendon Kinheim – UVV; L&D Amsterdam Pirates – Vaessen Pioniers and HCAW – Mampaey the Hawks.

Curacao Neptunus  –  Pronto DSS  4 – 1

A four run fifth inning was enough for Curacao Neptunus to stay on the right side of the score. After Neptunus didn’t score with runners in scoring position twice, the Rotterdam team stepped on it in the fifth. RIen Vernooij hit lead off and drove the ball towards the third baseman, Sven Jongejans, who made a throwing error. Promtly Vernooij stole second before Shurman Marlin drew a walk on four balls. Urvin Kemp then hit a sac fly towards right field, so Vernooij could advance to third base. A single by Shaldimar Daantji drove in Vernooij as the first (unearned) run for Neptunus. When Chriian Diaz singled to left field, Koen Halderman committed a fielding error that allowed both Marlin and Daantji to score two more unearned runs and Diaz advanced to second on the error. A wild pitch by Jorn van Ingen, allowed  Diaz to reach third base before he was driven in on a single by Railly Legito. Despite having runners in scoring position in the sixth, seventh and eigth innings, Neptunus failed to extend their score.
In the sixth inning Orlando Yntema started the inning with giving up consecutive walks to Tommy van der Sanden and Mark Smit before recording the first out. A double steal made them advance a base before another walk was given up to Mitchell Koot. Eventually Van der Sanden scored DSS’ only run on a wild pitch. DSS Bid everything to win this game, especially some agressive baserunning, but except for that sixth inning, they could not pass third base.
Orlando Yntema lasted seven innings for the win. He gave up one run on six hits, walked four and fanned four. Jorn van Ingen took the tough loss. In 5.0 ininngs he gave up four runs on five hits, walked two and struck out two. None of the allowed runs were earned.
Both Rien Vernooij and Christian DIaz went 2 for 4 with a run scored. Rien Vernooij stole three bases. Ryan Miner was the best hitter for DSS, going 2 for 4.

Corendon Kinheim  –  UVV  6 -4

In a very exciting game, Corendon Kinheim managed to keep the win in Haarlem.
After Kinheim took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, UVV countered in the top of the third inning with the game tying run. They even took a 2-1 lead, one inning later but Kinheim took the lead again when they scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth. But UVV refused to give up and scored the game tying run in the top of the fifth inning. One run in the bottom of the fifth gave Kinheim a  lead again and never looked back. In the bottom of the seventh, Kinheim added two insurance runs when Bryan Engelhardt doubled to center field and was driven in on a single hit by Jeffrey Arends. Arends scored on a triple hit by Dashenko RIcardo.
UVV rallied one more time in the bottom of the ninth as Dennis RIbbens drew a lead off walk. Sam van Dijck then singled to left field, to put runners on first and second. Tony Enos was hit by relief pitcher Pim Walsma to load the bases. When Dennis de Quint singled to right field, Dennis Ribbens scored and the other runners advanced one base. Unfortunately Omar WIlliams then grounded into a 6-4-3 game ending double play.
Nick Veltkamp earned the win for Kinheim after five innings of work in which he allowed three runs (two earned) on six hits. He walked six and struck out two. Jim Ploeger also lasted five innings but took the loss after allowing four runs on six hits. He walked three and fanned four.
Ryan Engelhardt was the best hitter for Kinheim. In three at bats, he collected two hits, a double and a homerun. He scored three runs and drove in one. Dennis de Quint collected two hits out of three at bats as well. He scored one run, struck out once and drew two walks.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates  –  Vaessen Pioniers 2 – 3

Where L&D Amsterdam could turn around the game on Thursday and win it 3-2, the fell to Vaessen Pioniers today with the same numbers.
Vaessen Pioniers took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Vince Rooi doubled down the left field line and advanced to third on a ground out hit by Mark Jan Moorman. Rooi scored on a Quintin de Cuba’s single to second base.
Six innings later, Pioniers extended their lead. Daniel Fernandes hit a lead off single. When Danny Rombley singled to left field, Roelie Henrique committed a fielding error on which Rombley advanced to second and Fernandes crossed home plate. Dirk-Jan van ‘t Klooster then singled down the right field line and Danny Rombley scored the insurance run for Pioniers. L&D Amsterdam started a rally in the ninth as Roelie Henrique hit a lead off double to right center field. With one out, Michael Duursma also doubled to drive in Henrique for Pirates’ first run of the game. Duursma advanced to third on a ground out to first base, hit by Nick Urbanus and eventually scored on a wild pitch by Byron Cornelisse. But the rally fell short as Remco Draijer flew out to left field for the final out of the game.
Lars Huijer dominated the lineup of L&D Amsterdam Pirates. In eight innings plus one batter in the ninth, he allowed only one hit on four hits. Lars walked seven but also struck out three. Kevin Heijstek took the first loss of the season. In 7.2 innings he allowed three runs on ten hits and struck out five. Max Draijer went 3 for 4 for Vaessen Pioniers. Roelie Henrique went 1 for 1 in a pinch hit appearance with a double and a run scored.

HCAW  –  Mampaey the Hawks  0 – 1

Despite collecting one hit less than HCAW and committing three errors, Mampaey the Hawks took the win with them to Dordrecht. In the sixht inning they got on the board when Stephen Henson bunted towards third base for a lead off single. Chris Williams grounded out 5-4 as he bunted and the second baseman took over first base. Henson advanced to second base on the sacrifice bunt. A 6-3 ground out by Berend Ruben made Henson advance to third. Eventually he scored the only run of the game when Stephen Wharwood singled to third base. HCAW had runners in scoring position five times but never could get further than third base.
Kevin van Veen lasted eight innings for the win. He allowed five hits, walked two and fanned eight. Despite pitching a decent game, Giovanni Tensen took the loss in six innings. He gave up one run on three hits, walked three and struck out four.

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