On the final day of the regular season the following games were scheduled:
Pickles UVV @ Vaessen Pioniers, DSS @ HCAW, De Glaskoning Twins @ Kinheim and L&D Amsterdam Pirates @ Curacao Neptunus. In contrast to yesterday, only one game had a surprising outcome.
Pickles UVV 14 – 7 Vaessen Pioniers
Vaessen Pioniers clearly did not bother today as it fielded several pitchers in the outfield today. Apparently the team wanted to give the regulars a rest before the start of the playoffs. Nevertheless Pioniers had a 7-3 lead in after the sixth inning. But from there, the game took an unexpected turn as UVV scored a run in the seventh inning and three in the ninth, partially on a homerun by Steven van Reem, to tie the game at seven.
In the top of the tenth inning, the UVV offense caught fire. Maickel Rietel started the tenth inning by giving up a single to Sven Jongejans, who drove in Sergino Martis from second base (tie breaker rule). After Dennis Ribbens loaded the bases by drawing a walk, Rick Kuipers singled through the right side to drive in Norbert Jongerius. Still with the bases loaded, Tony Enos walked in the third run of the inning. Then Zerzinho Croes relieved Maickel Rietel, who moved to right field and promptly made a throwing error on Steven van Reem’s fly out on which all base runners advanced a base. Eventually UVV scored seven runs in that tenth inning to clinch the win.
Gilian van Lith pitched three innings for the win. He gave up two hits, walked one and struck out two. Maickel Rietel took the loss in just 0.2 inning. He gave up six runs (four earned) on two hits. He issued two walks and did not strike out a batter.
Rick Kuipers was the best hitter for Pickles UVV, going 3 for 3 with two RBI and two runs scored.
DSS 2 – 12 HCAW
In a very lopsided game, HCAW clearly stayed at the right side of the score.
After HCAW took a 3-0 lead, DSS got on the board in the fourth inning as it scored one run. HCAW answered right away with another run in the bottom of the same inning.
An inning later the team from Bussum scored two more to make it 6-1.
DSS only scored one more run in the top of the seventh on a double hit by Joffrey Heus that drove in Tino van Erk.
After scoring scoring two runs in the bottom of the seventh, HCAW finished the job in the eighth frame as they scored four. With the bases loaded, DSS catcher Ties van der Beeke could not hang on a passed ball which allowed all runners to advance a base. After DSS recorded an out at home plate, Levine Gabriels singled through the left side to drive in Kevin Weijgertse. A double to right field, hit by Gianni Frolijk, drove in the final two runs of the game for the mercy rule win.
Winning pitcher was Jim Ploeger, who lasted five innings in which he allowed one run on four hits, walked one and struck out five. Mike Groen also lasted five innings but took the loss as he allowed six runs (three earned) on nine hits and two walks. He struck out four.
Best hitter for HCAW was Levine Gabriels, who went 2 for 2 with two runs batted in.
De Glaskoning Twins 4 – 7 Kinheim
Even though De Glaskoning Twins scored some runs in the final innings of the game, the lead that Kinheim built in the first innings of the game, was big enough for the victory.
In the second inning Elton Koeiman gave up two runs. Back-to-back-to-back singles allowed Niels van Weert to score the opening run. Jochem Koedijk drove in the second run as he through the right side and allowed Sander Paap to score.
Kinheim solidified the lead by scoring runs in the third inning (one), in the sixth (two), in the seventh (one) and in the eight inning (also one).
After Twins got on the board in the top of the sixth as it scored one run, it loaded the bases in the seventh thanks to two walks and a single. When Denzel Bryson grounded in a 6-4-3 double play, Bram Grooten could score the second run for Twins. When Stijn Janssens singled to right field, he drove in the third run for Twins. Eventually Twins added one more run in the ninth inning but then the offense stalled.
David Bergman lasted 5.2 innings for the win. He allowed one unearned run on four hits, walked one and struck out four.
Elton Koeiman took the loss as he gave up six runs (five earned) on twelve hits in six innings.
Best hitter for Kinheim was Sander Paap, who went 3 for 3 with an RBI and a run scored.
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 4 – 8 Curacao Neptunus
In a game that was a close one for the biggest part, Curacao Neptunus got the flattered win. A few times when Neptunus scored, L&D Amsterdam Pirates answered immediately by tying the game. Neptunus openened the score on a wild pitch by pitcher Hidde Brocken in the first inning. Pirates tied the game in the top of the second when Nick Urbanus drove in Rashid Gerard on a sac fly to center field.
Eventually Neptunus took the lead in the eighth inning as it scored five runs. It all started with a double by Randolph Oduber, followed by a single by Raily Legito on which Urving Kemp, who replaced Oduber as a pinch runner, advanced to third. When Gianison Boekhoudt grounded out to second base, Kemp scored the go-ahead run. When Dashenko Ricardo singled to left center field, Legito scored the insurance run. But that didn’t withhold Neptunus form scoring more runs. After Jimmy Osinga took the mound for Pirates, a single by Christian Diaz, a double by Ruar Verkerk and a single by single by Daniel Fernandes drove in three more runs for the team from Rotterdam.
After Koen Nooij doubled off Loek van Mil, a throwing error by shorstop Dwayne Kemp allowed him to score the final run of the game.
Despite pitching only one inning, Steven van Groningen earned the win today. He kept Pirates scoreless and gave up only two hits. Pim Walsma took the loss after 1.1 ininngs in which he gave up three runs on four hits.
Best hitter for Curacao Neptunus was Randolph Oduber as he went 3 for 4 with a double and a run scored.
Here are some impressions of this game
Final out of the game (photo by Dutchbaseballhangout.wordpress.com)