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Dutch Hoofdklasse: Saturday, April 23

On the second day of round two there were no surprises. Curacao Neptunus hosted Kinheim, DSS took on L&D Amsterdam Pirates, HCAW faced UVV and Vaessen Pioniers was the home team vs De Glaskoning Twins.

Kinheim  3  –  Curacao Neptunus  6

With the 9-9 tie in which Neptunus blew a lead, still not a distant memory, the Rotterdam based club had to prove something.
In the bottom of the second inning, with runners on first and second, Rien Vernooij singled to singled to right field and drove in Christian Diaz from second base. With Benjamin Dille on second base in the third inning, Gianison Boekhoudt singled to left center field  and drove in Dille for the second run of Neptunus.
After Christian Diaz singled through the left side of the infield in the sixth inning, he stole second and advanced to third base on a wild pitch by pitcher Scott Ronnenbergh. Dashenko Ricardo hit a 1-0 offering to left center field for Neptunus’ third run batted in.

In the bottom of the eighth, Neptunus scored some more runs, what appeared to be insurance runs. With one out, Shaldimar Daantji tripled to left field. Dwayne Kemp then hit the ball towards first baseman Bryan Engelhardt, who committed a fielding error, so Kemp was safe and Daantji could score the fourth run. Another fielding error, this time by shortstop Dudley Leonora, allowed Benjamin Dille to reach first base safely. When Benjamin Dille stole second base, cather Dexter de Weert committed a throwing error that allowed Dwayne Kemp to score and Dille to move to third. Raily Legito recorded another RBI as he grounded out 6-3.
It looked like Orlando Yntema would throw a complete game but after Niels van Weert doubled down the right field line and Kevin Moesquit singled to right field to put runners on the corners, Yntema was replaced by Steven van Groningen. But Van Groningen immediately gave up a double to Bryan Engelhardt that drove in both base runners. 
Back-to-back singles by Dudley Leonora and Thomas Bos eventually led to the third run for Kinheim in this game. But from there the run production stalled and Neptunus clinced the victory.

Winning pitcher was Orlando Yntema, who was tabbed for the two runs in the ninth inning. Yntema walked two, struck out eight and gave up just three hits.
Scott Ronnenbergh took the loss as he pitched 6.1 ininngs in which he allowed four runs on nine hits. He walked two and fanned five.

Best hitter for Neptunus was Dashenko Ricardo, who went 2 for 3 with a run batted in.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates  11  –  5  DSS

L&D Amsterdam Pirates took a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning. But that lead was erased in the bottom of the second as DSS tied the game.
But in the fourth inning Pirates would take the lead as it scored two runs. Danny Rombley singled and was driven in on Kenny Berkenbosch’ double to left field. Berkenbosch himself scored on Jesse Aussems “hit” to left field where Ryan Miner dropped it.
In the fifth, Nick Urbanus doubled down the right field line and advanced to third base on a wild pitch. Urbanus scored on Michael Duursma’s single to center field. In the remaining innings Pirates would score in the same sequence as in the fourth and fifth inning: 2,1,2,1.
DSS got closer in the seventh and the eighth inning. In the seventh, after relieving Kyle Ward, Pim Walsma retired the first batter but gave up a walk to Joffrey Heus. After Heus advanced a base on a passed ball and a single of Melvin Perdue, he scored DSS’ third run when catcher Max Clarijs committed a throwing error.
In the bottom of the eighth, Walsma walked the first two batters that he faced before retiring the next two. But Sven van der Sanden drew another walk to load the bases before Menno Lenting got on base on a fielding error by Michael Duursma that allowed Ryan Miner to score. Another walk given up by Walsma drove in the fifth run for DSS. At that point, Walsma was replaced by Daan Hendrix, who got out of the inning and retired the side in the ninth. 

Kyle Ward pitched six innings for the win. He gave up two runs on four hits, walked three and struck out seven.
Mike Groen was tabbed with the loss as he gave up seven runs (four earned) on eight hits.

Best hitter for L&D Amsterdam Pirates was Michael Duursma, who collected four hits in six at bats. He drove in three runs, scored two himself and hit two doubles.

Both teams played very sloppy defense as DSS committed three errors and L&D Amsterdam Pirates four.

UVV  5  –  9  HCAW

UVV lost its second game in a row as it was beaten 9-5 by HCAW.
In a game in which HCAW’s Sander Helmendach was flat out dominating in seven innings, UVV had the lead for half an inning as they scored the opening run in the top of the first. Julian Rip, who participated in the last Power Showcase in Miami, hit a lead off single through the left side of the infield. Jamie Verheyleweghe then doubled to left center field, where left fielder Boyd Tuhumury committed a fielding error on which Rip could score the opening run. But HCAW would answer in the bottom of the first as they tied the game at one. In the third and the seventh, the club from Bussum would add a run as well to make it 3-1.
UVV would reduce that lead to one run in the top of the eighth inning. As Steven van Reem singled down the right field line on the first pitch that he saw, he was replaced by pinch runner Rick Kuipers. Kuipers then stole second and was batted in on Mike Bazuin’s single down the left field line.
With one out and the bases loaded in the bottom of the eighth inning, Boyd Tuhumury got on base thanks to a throwing error by third baseman Mike Bazuin and Marciano Philippi scored. Roelie Henrique’s single drove in two more runs. But center fielder Julian Rip made a fielding error that allowed Tuhumury to score another run for HCAW. Rossini Frolijk then walked and was replaced by pinch runner Pascal Zegwaard, who scored together with Roelie Henrique on Vince Rooi’s double to left center field.

UVV rallied for three more runs in the top of the ninth, but after that the gas was out of the tank.

As said, Sander Helmendach cruised through seven innings for the win. He allowed one run on four hits, walked three and struck out six.
Jurjen van Zijl took the loss. In six innings, he gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits. He walked three and struck out five.

Best hitter for HCAW was Marciano Philippi, who went 3 for 4 with a run scored. Most impact though had Vince Rooi, who collected three hits (with two doubles) in five at bats, and three RBI.

Also these two teams played some sloppy defense. UVV committed five errors and HCAW made three miscues.

De Glaskoning Twins  2  –  6  Vaessen Pioniers 

For seven innings the game between the club from Oosterhout (Twins) and the club from Hoofddorp, was a close one.

Twins scored the opening run in the fifth as Anthony Vrolijk was hit by a pitch and Stijn Jannssen doubled down the left field line to put both runners in scoring position. A passed ball allowed Vrolijk to score the first run of the game.
But one inning later, Vaessen Pioniers turned the tables. Stephan Henson and Zinho Croes drew back-to-back walks and Mervin Gario singled through the left side to drive in Henson for the tying run. Kevin Dirksen doubled to left field to drive in Croes for the go ahead run.

But De Glaskoning Twins would bounce back in the top of the seventh inning. Bart Janssens and Anthony Vrolijk drew consecutive walks. A throwing error by catcher Quentin de Cuba put runners in scoring position for Twins. With two outs, Twins executed some small ball as Jarreau Martina laid down a bunt to drive in Bart Janssens for the game tying run.

But in the bottom of the eighth, the defense of Twins collapsed as Vaessen Pioniers loaded the bases before Brian Raap hit a grand slam to right field to give Pioniers a 6-2 lead.

Maickel Rietel gave up a lead off walk but got out of the ninth inning without any further damage.

Rietel who had entered the eighth inning, earned the win as he walked only one hitter and did not allow a basehit. He struck out two.
Brenda Schoemaker took the loss as he pitched 2.2 innings in which he gave up four runs ( three earned) on two hits and a walk. He struck out two as well.

Best hitter for Pioniers was Mervin Gario, who went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Brian Raap had the most impact with his grand slam homerun.

Standings:

Team Games Won Tie Lost Points Runs for Runs after
1 L&D Amsterdam Pirates 5 4 0 1 8 35 17
2 Curaçao Neptunus 5 3 1 1 7 35 21
3 HCAW 5 3 0 2 6 24 19
4 Vaessen Pioniers 5 3 0 2 6 15 19
5 UVV 5 3 0 2 6 36 22
6 Kinheim 5 2 1 2 5 24 26
7 De Glaskoning Twins 5 1 0 4 2 13 30
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