The 2017 season in review by Ronald Jaarsma

He was the projected heir to the throne of L&D Amsterdam Pirates, the follow up of manager Charles Urbanus. But he accepted an offer of rival Neptunus to become the head coach for the 2017 season. In what was supposed to be a transition year for Curaçao Neptunus, first-year manager Ronald Jaarsma won every prize …

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Holland Series 2017: Neptunus wins 18th title

For a long time, nothing seemed to be wrong for L&D Amsterdam Pirates as the team took a 3-0 lead. But a two-run seventh inning brought Curaçao Neptunus back in the game. Eventually, the Rotterdam based team scored the game-tying run in the top of the ninth and with only one out the team pushed …

Holland Series 2017: Neptunus one win away from clinching championship

In a very close game, Curaçao Neptunus stayed at the right side of the score and is one win away from clinching its eighteenth Dutch championship. Tonight's game must have been a bitter loss for Rob Cordemans as he pitched a complete game. In a stellar outing, he allowed two earned runs and struck out ten. …

Holland Series 2017: Walk off win for Curaçao Neptunus

In an exciting game, L&D Amsterdam Pirates had a lead for eight and a half innings but eventually, the team gave away the win as they failed to take advantage of runners in scoring position. L&D Amsterdam Pirates  4  - 5  Curaçao Neptunus By the fourth inning, Pirates had collected seven hits but had scored only …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 6, day 1

A lot of unfamiliar faces on the mounds today. As many games rained out last week, the starting pitchers did not have enough rest to throw a game today, so most managers sent out a reliever to the mound to start the games. Only Curaçao Neptunus had a familiar face on the mound as pitching …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Narrow escapes for Pirates and Neptunus

After two rainouts in round four last week, the games in the playoff round had to be made up. For the two teams that reached the Holland Series, the home advantage is depending on the results. HCAW hosted L&D Amsterdam Pirates while Curaçao Neptunus hosted Hoofddorp Pioniers. L&D Amsterdam Pirates  9  -  8  HCAW The …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 4, day three

After several rainouts in the previous days, the scheduled games of today were played as planned. Curaçao Neptunus took on Hoofddorp Pioniers in Hoofddorp and needed just seven innings to clinch the win. L&D Amsterdam Pirates needed the full nine innings to beat HCAW. Curaçao Neptunus  15  -  3  Hoofddorp Pioniers Curaçao Neptunus only needed …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 4, day 1

On the first day of the fourth playoff round, L&D Amsterdam Pirates hosted Hoofddorp Pioniers and HCAW took on Curaçao Neptunus in Bussum. Neptunus did not have many problems with HCAW as they beat the club from Bussum 7-2. L&D Amsterdam Pirates lost the game in the first inning when the team failed to take …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 3, day 3

A bit late, but yours truly had other obligations yesterday.  On the third day of the third round of the hoofdklasse playoffs, HCAW hosted Hoofddorp Pioniers and hurt them badly. L&D Amsterdam Pirates headed to Rotterdam to take on Curaçao Neptunus and never came close to the win. Hoofddorp Pioniers  8  -  15  HCAW Hoofddorp Pioniers …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round three, day 2

On the second day of round three, L&D Amsterdam Pirates hosted Curaçao Neptunus and Hoofddorp Pioniers hosted HCAW after the previous game was rained out twice.  Curaçao Neptunus  1  -  7  L&D Amsterdam Pirates After a scoreless first inning, L&D Amsterdam Pirates opened the score in the bottom of the second inning. With Gilmer Lampe …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Bitter loss for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

It was the only game tonight as the other game between Hoofddorp Pioniers and HCAW was rained out. Curaçao Neptunus hosted L&D Amsterdam Pirates. After trailing 3-0, Neptunus stepped on it and got the win in the final three innings: 6-3 For quite a while, both starting pitchers kept their opponent in check. Until the …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 2, day 3

On day three of round two of the Dutch playoffs,  L&D Amsterdam Pirates hosted HCAW and was handed a loss. Curaçao Neptunus did not have a hard time with Hoofddorp Pioniers. HCAW  8  -  6  L&D Amsterdam Pirates Pirates could not enjoy the sole lead the team had after yesterday's loss by Curaçao Neptunus as it …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 2, day 2

In the two games of round two of the Dutch baseball playoffs, HCAW hosted L&D Amsterdam Pirates while Hoofddorp Pioniers hosted Curaçao Neptunus and handed them an unexpected loss by the smalles possible margin. L&D Amsterdam    -    HCAW In a matchup between the winner of the regular competition and the number three, HCAW took a …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 2, day 1

On the first day of the second playoff round, Curaçao Neptunus hosted Hoofddorp Pioniers in a very quick, low scoring game. L&D Amsterdam Pirates hosted HCAW from Bussum.  Hoofddorp Pioniers  0  -  3  Curaçao Neptunus In a game that lasted less than two hours (1h53), Curaçao Neptunus stayed at the right side of the score vs Hoofddorp …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 1, day 3

On the third day of the first playoff round, L&D Amsterdam Pirates beat home team Hoofddorp Pioniers but by no means it was an easy win like yesterday's one. Curaçao Neptunus hosted HCAW and clinched an easy victory. L&D Amsterdam Pirates  4  -  1  Hoofddorp Pioniers Luuk ter Beek, who debuted in the hoofdklasse a …

Dutch playoffs 2017: Round 1, day 2

On the second day of the first playoff round, L&D Amsterdam Pirates crushed Hoofddorp Pioniers and made a statement as one of the candidates to reach the Holland Series. Even though HCAW did not win, they made Curaçao Neptunus work hard for their money. Hoofddorp Pioniers  0  -  12  L&D Amsterdam Pirates In a game that …

Second case of doping at Curaçao Neptunus

About a month and a half after Curaçao Neptunus' Urvin Kemp was suspended because of alleged PED use. Earlier this week, strong rumors about a second player swirled around. And indeed a second player of Curaçao Neptunus has been suspended. In this case Christian Diaz.  After I was informed about the rumors, I did some research and …

Dutch hoofdklasse 2017: round 14, day 3

On the last day of the last round of the regular season, DSS hosted Curaçao Neptunus, Pickles UVV hosted L&D Amsterdam and due to a rainout in Oosterhout yesterday, a double header was played in Hoofddorp between Pioniers and De Glaskoning Twins. Curaçao Neptunus  11  -  2  DSS Unlike yesterday's game, DSS could not keep …