Dutch Hoofdklasse, Saturday July 4

On a red hot day the folllowing games were scheduled: Vaessen Pioniers @ Curacao Neptunus; Corendon Kinheim @ HCAW; UVV @ Pronto DSS and Mampaey the Hawks @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates.

There was one very big suprise in today’s results.

Vaessen Pioniers @ Curacao Neptunus  19 – 2

Yes you read it well. Apparently Vaessen Pioniers entered the game with a complete different mind set than they did in last Thursday’s game.
In the first two innings it seemed like business as usual when Curacao Neptunus took a 2-0 lead after scoring a run in the first inning and one in the second inning.
One and a half inning later the offense of Pioniers exploded or the pitching collapsed. With the bases loaded and no outs in the top of the fourth, Kevin Dirksen walked in a run followed by a wild pitch by Orlando Yntema on which Mark Jan Moorman could score and the other runners advanced a base. A single by Max Draijer drove in Vince Rooi and Kevin Dirksen. Two runs and a walk later manager Evert-Jan ‘t Hoen pulled Orlando Yntema in favor of Berry van Driel. Van Driel started by giving up a single to Quintin de Cuba on wich Daniel Fernandes scored.
Eventually Pioniers scored a total of thirteen runs in the fourth inning. In he sixth inning they scored four more and in the seventh two more to reach the final score of 19-2.
Ricardo Hernandez pitched the full seven innings as this was a seven inning mercy rule game. Hernandez gave up two runs (one earned) on four hits, walked three and struck out five. Orlando Yntema took the loss after the Pioniers hitters jumped at him in the top of the fourth. Yntema allowed eight runs on six hits, walked walked five and struck out seven. The hitter with the most impact for Pioniers was Kevin Dirksen. With two hits out of four at bats (with a triple) he drove in four runs. Christian Diaz went 1 for 1 with two walks for Neptunus.

Corendon Kinheim @ HCAW  7 – 0

Once again Maickel Rietel pitched four solid innings before the defense collapsed. In the first four innings, Rietel kept the Kinheim offense in check rather well. But in the fifth, he started the inning with giving up two consecutive singles before Victor Draijer reached base on a throwing error by third baseman Emersson Paula. Jeffrey Arends opened the score on the throwing error. After Draijer stole second, a single by Jochem Koedijk drove in Dudley Leonora and put runners on the corners. After Kevin Moesquit singled down the left field line and drove in Victor Draijer, Rietel was replaced by Steven van Groningen. With Van Groningen on the mound, Mervin Gario laid down a bunt much to the surprise of everyone. Gario was save and the bases were loaded once again. Van Groningen struggled with his control as he gave up a bases loaded walk to Bryan Engelhardt. Eventually Kinheim scored seven runs in the fifth inning.
Kinheim was very close in scoring more runs in the seventh inning, but with the bases loaded, Jeffrey Arends grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning. HCAW on their turn never passed second base.
David Bergman earned the win after spending seven innings on the mound. He totally dominated the HCAW lineup as he allowed only one hit, walked one and struck out four. The best hitter for Kinheim was Philip Ortez who went 3 for 5 with two RBI and a double. Giovanni Frolijk collected one of the two hits that HCAW got, in two at bats.

UVV @ Pronto DSS  2 -0

In this low scoring game between UVV from Utrecht and DSS from Haarlem, UVV stayed at the right side of the score.
Tony Enos drew a lead off walk in the top of the fourth for UVV. Gilmer Lampe hit the ball towards shortstop Tommy van de Sanden, who committed a fielding error on which Lampe reached first base and Enos advanced to second. After Dennis de Quint walked to load the bases, Mike Bazuin hit a sac fly to center field to drive in Tony Enos for the first run of UVV.
In the top of the fifth, Gilmer Lampe drew a lead off walk and stole second base with Dennis de Quint at bat. As De Quint flew out to center field, Lampe advanced to third base. Mike Bazuin drove in Gilmer Lampe on a single to left field.
DSS didn’t get any further than second base and collected only three hits as a team.
Jim Ploeger lasted 8.1 innings for UVV and the win. He allowed three hits, walked two and struck out three. Despite pitching five decent innings, RIck Geestman took the loss as he gave up two runs (one earned) on three hits. Geestman walked six and struck out one. Dennis de Quint was the best hitter for UVV with two hits out of four at bats.and a walk.

Mampaey the Hawks @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates  1 – 22

As you can guess with the score mentioned above, L&D Amsterdam Pirates only neede seven innings to finish today’s game. Pirates needed two real big innings to decide the game: a nine run first and an eight run fifth.
Pirates teed off in the first when Michael Duursma was hit by a pitch. After Nick Urbanus singled, both runners advanced a base on a balk. Kenny Berkenbosch’ single through the left side drove in Duursma and put runners on the corners. A bit later, with the bases loaded, Jesse Aussems singled to right field and drove in Nick Urbanus. As said before, Pirates scored a total of nine runs in the first inning and it was no longer a game anymore.
A three run third, a one run fourth, an eight run fifth and a one run sixth ended the game prematurely at a 22-1 score. Mampaey the Hawks scored their sole run in the bottom of the sixth after a single, a fielding error, a walk and a wild pitch by Tom de Blok.
Tom de Blok earned the win after pitching six innings in which he gave up an unearned run on two hits. De Blok gave up three walks and struck out five. Laurens Oele lasted only a third of an inning as he gave up eight runs on five hits for the loss. Wijnand Ruben went 2 for 3 for the Hawks. Remco Draijer collected three hits out of four at bats with an RBI and two runs scored.

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