Dutch Hoofdklassse 2016: Thursday, June 23

On the first day of round three, two games were cancelled due to heavy rainfall. The games between Pickles UVV vs L&D Amsterdam Pirates and between Vaessen Pioniers vs Kinheim, have been rescheduled for tomorrow. 
The other two games just went on. Curacao Neptunus was the guest of HCAW and DSS hosted De Glaskoning Twins.

De Glaskoning Twins  2  – 0  DSS

In this close game, the runs did not come cheap. De Glaskoning Twins was not able to score until the fourth inning. After Christopher Gé drew a walk, he was driven in all the way from first on a double to left center field, hit by Anthony Vrolijk. Three innings later Twins added another run to their score. Nick Peels hit a lead off single through the right side and advanced to second base on Bart Hanegraaff’s 4-3 ground out. Peels was driven in on Jeffrey Arends’ to right field.
Brendan Schoemaker was flat out dominant in 7.2 innings as he limited DSS to only four hits. He walked as many batters as he struck out: four. In the eighth he was replaced by Ben van Nuffel who recorded the final out. In the ninth, Matthew Latta took the mound and retired the first two batters before he gave up a walk to Sven van der Sanden. But Latta rebounded as he served up the pitch that was popped up by Mitchell Dautzenberg for the final out.
Brendan Schoemaker earned the win, Ben van Nuffel earned the hold and Matthew Latta clinched the save.
Best hitter for De Glaskoning Twins was Anthony Vrolijk, who went 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Both teams played good defensive baseball as they did not commit an error.

Curacao Neptunus  10  –  1  HCAW

Two two-run innings were enough for Curacao Neptunus to build a solid lead over HCAW. In the first inning, Gianison Boekhoudt homered to center field with Raily Legito on board. In the fourth inning Shadrach Meulens hit a lead off double down the left field line and advanced to third on Shaldimar Daantji’s single. Back-to-back singles by Dwayne Kemp and Stijn van der Meer drove in Meulens and loaded the bases before Raily Legito hit a sac fly to drive in Daantji for Neptunus’ fourth run.
In the seventh inning, Neptunus doubled three times and doubled their score by adding four more runs.
So what did HCAW do? As their pitching wasn’t a match for the Neptunus lineup, neither were their hitters with Diegomar Markwell on the mound. Markwell limited HCAW to one run on six hits. That sole run was scored in the fifth inning when Livine Gabriels drew a lead off walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch. A single up the middle by Boyd Tuhumury and a 3-4 force out hit by Roelie Henrique, Gabriels scored the sole run for HCAW.
In the top of the eighth inning, Neptunus posed another threat as the the team loaded the bases with two outs. Shadrach Meulens walked in the ninth run with Gijs van Els on the mound.
In the ninth, HCAW manager Roy Berrevoets sent outfielder Kevin Nieveld to the mound for the occasion. Nieveld retired the first two hitters before giving up singles to Stijn van der Meer and Raily Legito. Van der Meer scored the tenth and final run for Neptunus on Gianison Boekhoudt’s single. 
Neptunus played some sloppy defense tonight as the team committed three errors.
Winning pitcher was Diegomar Markwell, who lasted seven innings in which he walked three and struck out four.
Losing pitcher was Ian Delamarre, who gave up four runs on eight hits in five innings. He walked two and struck out as many.

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