On day one of round six in the second half of the season the following games were scheduled:
Curacao Neptunus @ UVV, Pronto DSS @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Vaessen Pioniers @ HCAW and Mampaey the Hawks @ Corendon Kinheim.
Two major surprises today.
Curacao Neptunus @ UVV 5 – 0
Orlando Yntema made the history books by pitching a no-hitter today (his second of the season). In Utrecht, the pitchers of Curacao Neptunus kept UVV in check. Orlando gave up no hits but walked three hitters and threw a wild pitch. He needed pitches to accomplish the feat.
Curacao Neptunus opened the score in the third inning when Dwayne Kemp doubled down the right field line, adavanced to third on a fielding error by right fielder Norbert Jongerius and scored on a single by Benjamin Dille.
In the top of the third inning, Gianison Boekhoudt led off with a solo homerun. After the bases got loaded due to a HBP, Shaldimar Daantji hit a sac fly to right field to drive in Christian Diaz. An inning later, Neptunus scored two more runs when Gianison Boekhoudt homered again, this time with Raily Legito on board.
No need to say that Orlando Yntema earned the win. Thijs Steenwijk took the loss as he gave up three earned runs on six hits in seven innings, normally numbers a pitcher could win a game with…. He walked one and struck out two.
Benjamin Dille was the best hitter for Neptunus, average wise, going 3 for 5 with an RBI. But of course Gianison Boekhoudt had the most impact with his two homeruns and three runs batted in.
Hugo ter Steege, who lives across the street of the ballpark, taped the game. You can choose the complete game or the condensed one. A big thanks goes out to Hugo for sharing this footage with us.
Pronto DSS @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates 3 – 4
L&D Amsterdam took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Kenny Berkenbosch led of with a walk, followed by Remco Draijer who was hit by a pitch. When Koen Nooij grounded out 1-3, Berkenbosch and Draijer advanced a base. Jesse Aussem’s single to right field put runners on the corners and drove in Kenny Berkenbosch for the first run of the game.
Remco Draijer scored on a sacrifice bunt that was laid down by Rashid Gerard, who was put out 3-4 at first base. Linoy Croes’ single through the middle of the infield drove in Jesse Aussems.
After this inning, Tim Halderman kept the Pirates’ lineup in check rather well. He lasted five innings in total in which he also walked two and struck out two.
After Halderman was pulled, Pirates only scored one more run in the seventh when Linoy Croes scored all the way from first base on a double hit by Michael Duursma.
In the top of the ninth Pronto DSS rallied to make it a close game again. Daan Hendrix took the mound and loaded the bases with the first three batters that he faced. After Levine Gabriels drew a walk, DSS finally got on the board. For manager Charles Urbanus this was the sign to replace Hendrix with Tom de Blok. But De Blok went on with what Hendrix was pulled for, as he gave up a walk to Joffrey Heus that drove in Tino van Erk for DSS’ second run. After Shane Boeree struck out, Kevin Dautzenberg reached base on a 6-4 fielder’s choice on wich Seb Visser scored the third run for DSS. But after that, the gas was out of the tank and the rally fell short.
Kevin Heijstek lasted eight innings for the win. He gave up seven hits and struck out five. Tim Halderman took the loss, despite pitching five decent innings. Rashid Gerard was the best hitter for L&D Amsterdam Pirates, going 1 for 2 with an RBI. Mitchell Koot went 3 for 4 for DSS and scored a run himself.
Mampaey the Hawks @ Corendon Kinheim 2 – 9
Mampaey the Hakws took an unexpected 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. A single by Jules Peters, followed by a walk drawn by Wijnand Ruben and a double by Stephen Wharwood drove in Jules Peters and put Ruben and Wharwood in scoring position. Wijnand Ruben then scored on a single by Berend Ruben but that was about all the runs that the Hawks would score. Corendon Kinheim answered right away in the bottom of the first. Singles by Mervin Gario and Bryan Engelhardt put runners on the corners. A 4-3 ground out by Philip Ortez, drove in Mervin Gario and sent Bryan Engelhardt to third base. A triple by Dashenko Ricardo and a single by Jeffrey Arends drove in two more runs to give Kinheim a one run lead. A big fifth inning sealed the fate of the Hawks for good. A sac fly with the bases loaded, hit by Niels van Weert, drove in Jochem Koedijk. When Dashenko Ricardo doubled to center field, Kevin Moesquit and Bryan Engelhardt scored again. When Dudley Leonora doubled to center field, Dashenko Ricardo scored the fourth run of the fifth inning.
Eventually, Kinheim scored two more runs in the sixth to reach the final score. Scott Ronnenbergh earned the win after pitching 2.1 innings in relief in which he didn’t allow a hit nor a run and walked one and struck out three. Quinn Tramm lasted five innings and took the loss for the Hawks after giving up seven runs on eight hits.
Best hitter was Dashenko Ricardo, who went 2 for 3 with a double and a triple and three RBI. For the Hawks, Stephen Wharwood was the best hitter going 2 for 4 with an RBI and a double.
Vaessen Pioniers @ HCAW 2 – 8
A big surprise in today’s last game. After HCAW took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning, Vaessen Pioniers tied the game with a run in the top of the second inning. But HCAW would bounce back in the third as they scored a rather big number of runs. With Rossini Frolijk at second base and Kevin Nieveld on third, Emersson Paula drew a walk to load the bases. Pioniers’ pitcher Elton Koeiman then fielded the ball that was hit by Jarreau Martina but made a throwing error on which Kevin Nieveld and Rossini Frolijk scored. Eventually Emersson Paula and Rian Biezen scored both to make it 5-1. After PIoniers scored a run in the top of the sixth inning, HCAW scored three more in the bottom of the seventh. After that the game was over. Due to the dreaded sun delay in Bussum and the curfew rule, the game didn’t last longer than seven innings.
According to the play-by-play of the KNBSB (Dutch baseball and softball federation), Maickel Rietel earned the win after four innings (?). Normally his successor Steven van Groningen would have earned the win. But perhaps this has to do with the limited number of innings that was played. Elton Koeiman took the loss after five innings in which he gave up five runs (none earned) on seven hits. He walked one and struck out five.
HCAW’s Roy Seltenrijch went 3 for 4 with a stolen base. Only five Pioniers hitters got a hit; but only Kevin Dirksen did best, going 1 for 2.