Dutch Hoofdklasse Play Offs: Friday August 28

Today the rained out games of yesterday were rescheduled:

Vaessen Pioniers @ Corendon Kinheim and Curacao Neptunus @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates

Vaessen Pioniers @ Corendon Kinheim  7 – 4

Vaessen Pioniers went off a flying start in the first inning. Three consecutive singles by Daniel Fernandes, Dirk van ‘t Klooster and Danny Rombley loaded the bases. Then Vince Rooi hit into a 5-2-3 double play on which Dirk van ‘t Klooster was put out at third, Daniel Fernandes beat the throw from third to homeplate and Vince Rooi was thrown out at first base for the second out. Danny Rombley advanced to third on the play and scored on Mark Jan Moorman’s single to right field.
In the top of the third inning, Pioniers had a golden opportunity to extend their score as they loaded the bases with no outs. But starting pitcher David Bergman retired all of the next three hitters to get out of the jam.
Pioniers starter Nick Keur got into trouble in the bottom of the third as he recorded two quick outs but then gave up singles to Mervin Gario and Philip Ortez. Eventually Keur got out of the inning by fanning Dashenko Ricardo.
In the top of the fourth inning Pioniers had runners on third and second with one out as Mark Jan Moorman singled down the left field line to drive in Daniel Fernandes and Dirk van ‘t Klooster to give Pioniers a 4-0 lead. After Pioniers scored their fifth and sixth run, Kinheim finally got on the board in the bottom of the eighth. Kevin Moesquit led off with a double and advanced to second on a single hit by Philip Ortez. Moesquit eventually scored on Dashenko Ricardo’s sac fly.
In the top of the ninth Pioniers scored one more run.
Then finally in their final at bat, Kinheim started to rumble. With Sedley Karel replacing Elton Koeiman on the mound, Niels van Weert drew a walk and advanced to second on Sven van der Sanden’s ground out. Calvin Martinus then singled to center field to drive in Van Weert, followed by a single up through the middle by Kevin Moesquit. Mervin Gario’s single to left field loaded the bases. A fielding error that followed on Philip Ortez’ hit to second base allowed Martinus and Moesquit to score. But when Dashenko Ricardo grounded into a 6-4-3 double play, Kinheim’s rally was over and Pioniers was the party pooper for Kinheim.
Nick Keur cruised through six innings in which he gave up five hits, walked three and struck out five for the win.
David Bergman pitched a complete game and gave up seven runs (six earned) on twenty (!) hits. He walked three and struck out five.
Most impact for Pioniers had Mark Jan Moorman who  went 2 for 5 and drove in three runs and scored one.
Kevin Moesquit went 3 for 5 with two doubles and two runs scored.

Thanks to this loss, Kinheim must win the coming two games to stay in control of their own fate. Neptunus now has two points more in the standings.

Curacao Netpunus @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates  7 – 1

In a game where Orlando Yntema played his A game and Rob Cordemans struggled, Curacao Neptunus had a flashy start. Batting lead off, Dwayne Kemp hit a 0-1 offering by Rob Cordemans away for 7 a homerun. The next hitter, Stijn van der Meer singled to center field and stole second with Raily Legito at bat who eventually struck out. Then Gianison Boekhoudt and Chrsitian Diaz drew a walk to load the bases. A rare wild pitch allowed all runners to advance, so Stijn van der Meer scored the second run for Neptunus.
Rob Cordemans started the second inning by giving up another walk, this time to Urving Kemp. When Dwayne Kemp hit towards third base, Rachid Gerard committed a throwing error that allowed Urving to move to third base and his brother to advance to second. When Stijn van der Meer hit a 4-3 ground out, Urving Kemp scored the third run for Neptunus and Dwayne Kemp advanced to third. Eventually he scored on Raily Legito’s singled down the right field line to make it 4-0.
In the second inning Bas Nooij hit a double but was called out on the appeal as he allegedly didn’t touch first base.
Just as you thought that Rob Cordemans had settled down, he gave up doubles to Stijn van der Meer and Raily Legito in the top of the fifth, to give Neptunus a 5-0 lead. After Gianison Boekhoudt popped out to second base, Christian Diaz homered on the first pitche that he saw to give Neptunus a 7-0 lead.
In the bottom of the fifth, Pirates was dangerous for the first time in the game as they loaded the bases with two outs. But Orlando Yntema got out of the jam as Roelie Henrique hit into a force out at second base.
After six innings and 107 pitches, Rob Cordemans was pulled in favour of Robin Schel.
Neptunus took advantage of Cordemans’ lack of control with aggressive hitting and that paid off very well.
Until Nick Urbanus homered in the bottom of the ninth, Orlando Yntema cruised through the remainder of the game. After that homerun and a double hit by Kenny Berkenbosch he was replaced by Jorian van Acker. Berkenbosch advanced to third on Remco Draijer’s fly out but Van Acker then retired the next two batter to end the game. 
It is needless to say who earned the win and who earned the loss. Best hitter for Neptunus was Raily Legito. The 37-year old veteran went 2 for 5 with a double, two runs batted in and one run scored. Linoy Croes went 2 for 3 with a double for L&D Amsterdam.

Neptunus has inched closer to Pirates in the standings thanks to this win. Pirates now has a two point lead over Neptunus.

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