Curacao Neptunus can put back the brooms into the closet. Corendon Kinheim isn’t beaten yet.
Today in an exciting tame in which the team from Haarlem took a big lead over Curacao Neptunus, the Rotterdam based team refused to give up and came back into to the game to make it exciting again.
Until the seventh inning, Tom Stuifbergen, who started the game for Kinheim, was practically unhittable for Neptunus.
But in the top of the seventh, he allowed Gianison Boekhoudt to put Neptunus on the boards with a solo homerun.
Gianison Boekhoudt touches home plate after his solo shot.
In that inning, Stuifbergen would give up four runs in total and he would be replaced by Pim Walsma, who pitched out of the jam as he struck out Benjamin Dille for the final out.
But by that time, Kinheim already had scored five runs all given up by Neptunus starter Kenny van den Branden. Normally one of the three corner stones of the rotation of Neptunus, Kenny clearly had an off day today. In the third inning, Kinheim took a 2-0 lead on a sac fly by Mervin Gario and on a single through the middle hit by Bryan Engelhardt.
A single by Mervin Gario and a two run homerun hit by Bryan Engelhardt drove in three more runs for Kinheim in the bottom of the fifth.
Bryan Engelhardt crosses home plate after his two run homerun
After Kenny van den Branden was replaced in the sixth inning, Jorien van Acker took the mound for Neptunus. In 1.2 innings he allowed Kinheim to score three insurance runs.
Eventually Pim Walsma earned the save for Kinheim by pitching 2.1 innings in which he gave up only two hits.
Tom Stuifbergen earned the win. He gave up four runs on nine hits and struck out five.
Kenny van den Branden was tabbed with the loss. Kenny gave up five runs on eight hits, walked two and rang up two.
Bryan Engelhardt was responsible for half of the run production of Kinheim as he went 3 for 4 with four runs batted in.
Half of the runs that were scored by Neptunus were driven in by Dwayne Kemp as he went 2 for 4.
Today’s game had everything. Nice double plays, a great diving catch by Kinheim’s center fielder Kalian Sams, and a bench clearing after Gianison Boekhoudt of Neptunus was hit by a pitch and Dashenko Ricardo was almost hit by a brush back pitch. But no punches were thrown and the game continued without any players tossed out of the game.
Thanks to this win, the Holland Series are not over yet. Today, Kinheim showed some spirit that they lacked in the previous three games. For the first time, there came some noise out of their dugout. Perhaps this game will be a boost for them to make it a series again.
Here are some impressions of the game:
The benches cleared at one point in the game
Kinheim celebrates the win