In another convincing game, Curacao Neptunus clinched their 16th Dutch national baseball championship.
After the first three games, the team had a 3-0 lead and it looked like they would sweep Corendon Kinhiem. But yesterday, against the odds, Kinheim postponed the championship party of the team from Rotterdam.
But today, in Haarlem, Neptunus made a statement about who was the future champion in the first inning already. With Glenn Wassink on the mound, Curacao Neptunus took a four run lead. Dwayne Kemp was hit by a pitch and immediately stole second base before Benjamin Dille singled to center field and drove in Dwayne Kemp. A double by Gianison Boekhoudt, a single by Christian Diaz a sac fly by Rien Vernooij and a throwing error by shortstop Dudley Leonora, made Neptunus score three more runs. Glenn Wassink was pulled after that first inning.
Orlando Yntema was practically unhittable for the Kinheim lineup. In seven innings he gave up two runs on seven hits. Neptunus scored two more runs during the game so their lead never really was in danger.
In the bottom of the second inning, Kinheim loaded the bases with only one out, after Kalian Sams scored the first run of the game for Kinheim, but the team couldn’t take advantage as the next two batters fouled out and lined out.
In the seventh inning, Kinheim scored one more time, but that was all the team could do.
Eventually the final score was 6-2. After Loek van Mil struck out Kevin Moesquit for the final out, the sixteenth title was a fact. The celebration starts after the final out
With seven hits Kinheim wasn’t exactly outhit by Neptunus that collected nine hits. But the team from Rotterdam was highly effective, resulting in the six runs that they scored.
Belgian international Benjamin Dille was named MVP of the Holland Series.
Here are some impressions of the game:
Orlando Yntema cruised through seven innings