Dutch Hoofdklasse Play Offs, Saturday August 29

The following games were scheduled today:

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

It was a must win situation for Corendon Kinheim as they lost yesterday and Curacao Neptunus won.

Curacao Neptunus @ L&D Amsterdam  3 – 1

In a close game with a high level of play (none of the teams committed an error), it took both teams until the fifth inning to score a run. Neptunus scored as Christian Diaz led off with a double to right field and advanced to third on a sac bunt laid down by Benjamin Dille. A sac fly to center field hit by Rien Vernooij, drove in Diaz to give Neptunus the 1-0 lead. But Pirates answered immediately as Linoy Croes hit a lead off single to field. A bunt laid down by Michael Duursma advanced Croes to second base. Croes also advanced to third on an unassisted ground out at 1B hit by Nick Urbanus. When Kenny Berkenbosch singled to shortstop Stijn van der Meer, Croes crossed homeplate to tie the game.
Both Kevin Heijstek and Diegomar Markwell went the distance and pitched a complete game. Unfortunately for Heijstek, Neptunus scored runs in the next two innings. In the sixth, Stijn van der Meer scored from second base on a single through the middle hit by Christian Diaz. One inning later Rien Vernooij also scored from second base on a single through the right side hit by Dwayne Kemp. 
Markwell earned the win as he gave up only one run on nine hits. He walked one and struck out six. Kevin Heijstek took the loss, despite pitching a good game as well. He gave up three runs on eight hits, walked two and fanned five.
Best hitter for Neptunus was Christian DIaz, who went 2 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. Linoy Croes went 2 for 4 with a run scored.

Vaessen Pioniers @ Corendon Kinheim  3 – 4

In a must win situation, Corendon Kinheim took an early lead in the first inning. Singles by Kevin Moesquit and Mervin Gario and a sacrifice bunt by Philip Ortez, put runners on second and third. Eventually Moesquit scored on a 5-4 ground out hit by Dashenko Ricardo. In the second inning, Niels van Weert scored from second base as Kevin Moesquit singled through the left side of the infield.
But Pioniers would tie it all in the top of the fitfth. With the bases loaded, Vince Rooi was hit by a pitch and thus was credited for the RBI. Then Mark Jan Moorman singled through the middle and drove in Dirk van ‘t Klooster.
Two innings later Pioniers even took the lead as Danny Rombley scored from first base on a double to left field hit by Vince Rooi.
In the bottom of the ninth inning Pioniers’ Lars Huijer was replaced by Bayron Cornelisse. Cornelisse didn’t start well as he walked the lead off hitter Niels van Weert, who advanced to second base on a sac bunt laid down by Jasper Keijzer. Van Weert advanced to third on an unassisted ground out hit by Jochem Koedijk. Van Weert eventually tied the game on a single hit by Kevin Moesquit.
So extra innings were needed. With Vince Rooi placed on second base and Mark Jan Moorman on first base, Quintin de Cuba laid down a sac bunt to advance both runners. But after Kevin Dirksen was walked intentionally, Djewi Appelman grounded into a 6-4-3 double play to end the inning for Pioniers. For Kinheim Kevin Moesquit was placed on second and Mervin Gario was placed on first base. Phillip Ortez laid down a bunt but reached first base safely as pitcher Byron Corneilsse fielded the ball and fired it to third base where Kevin Moesquit was tagged out. But a double down the left field line, hit by Dashenko Ricardo, drove in Mervin Gario from second base for the win.

Despite Neptunus’ win and Kinheim’s win, still nothing is decided in the play off standings. Pirates and Neptunus are now tied at fourteen points. Kinheim is trailing by two points. All three teams need a win tomorrow to clinch a spot in the Holland Series. If Pirates and Kinheim will win, both wil advance. If Neptunus and Kinheim will win both of them will advance. If Pioniers wins tomorrow, both Pirates and Neptunus will advanced to the Holland Series.

The decision on the last day. Can it get any more exciting?

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