A night full of surprises not only in the play offs but also in the Runner Up competition.
Tonight the following games in the Play Offs of the Hoofdklasse were scheduled:
Vaessen Pioniers @ Curacao Neptunus and Corendon Kinheim @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates.
Vaessen Pioniers @ Curacao Neptunus 6 – 3
Vaessen Pioniers that is struggling this season took a surprising 3-0 in the top of the third inning. After Kevin Weijgertse doubled and Daniel Fernandes drew a walk, both runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt laid down by Dirk van ‘t Klooster.
After Orlando Yntema walked Danny Rombley intentionally, Vince Rooi punished him by hitting a bases clearing double to left field. But in the next inning Neptunus got on the board. Raily Legito reached base safely on a fielding error by shortstop Vince Rooi. Singles by Boekhoudt and Diaz loaded the bases before Rien Vernooij singled through the centre of the infield to drive in Raily Legito. When Stijn van der Meer hit a deep sac fly to center field all runners advanced to make it 3-2. In the next inning Neptunus scored another run when Christian Diaz doubled with runners on first and second to drive in Raily Legito for the game tying run.
With the bases loaded in the top of the eighth, singles by Quintin de Cuba and Djewi Appelman, drove in Vince Rooi, Kevin Dirksen and Mark Jan Moorman to give Pioniers a three run lead that was too much to overcome for Neptunus.
Winning pitcher was Ricardo Hernandez, who pitched a complete game in which he allowed three runs (one earned on seven hits) and walked three and struck out seven. Kevin Kelly took the loss as he pitched only 0.1 inning. He gave up two runs on one hit and a walk and he struck out one. Vince Rooi was the best hitter for Pioniers as he went 2 for 3 with two runs batter in and a run scored. Christian Diaz showed why he won the batting crown in the regular season as he went 2 for 3 for Neptunus with a double and an RBI.
Corendon Kinheim @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates 2 – 4
A major upset in the game between Corendon Kinheim and L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Rob Cordemans, who is rock solid normally was outpitched by Glenn Wassink of Kinheim.
WIth two outs and a runner on first, Philip Ortez homered to right field to give Kinheim a 2-0 lead.
Two innings later, Kinheim extended their score with a run as Dashenko Ricardo singled with Mervin Gario at third base.
Four innings later the Haarlem based club scored another run to make it 4-1. All that time Kinheim’s Glenn Wassink retired the side in every inning. Eventually his perfect game bid was spoiled by Remco Draijer who doubled down the right field line and promtly stole third base. A wild pitch by Pim Walsma, who had replaced Wassink, eventually led to the first run for Pirates. In the next inning Arshwin Asjes loaded the bases but except for one run, Pirates could not take advantage of this situation.
Winning pitcher was Glen Wassink, who went 7.1 innings in which he gave up one earned run on one hit. He walked two and fanned four. Rob Cordemans took the loss. In five innings he gave up three runs on nine hits, walked one and struck out one. Best hitter for Kinheim was Bryan Engelhardt who went 3 for 4 with a run scored.
It looks like Corendon Kinheim is peaking at the right time. Last week the two victories vs Curacao Neptunus and now a rather easy victory over L&D Amsterdam.