Dutch Hoofdklasse: Sunday, May 1

The final day of the third round. The teams that played two home games in the past few days, were on the road today. Curacao Neptunus went to Bussum to face HCAW,  De Glaskoning Twins moved to Haarlem to take on DSS, Kinheim went to neighboring Hoofddorp to take on Vaessen Pioniers and L&D Amsterdam Pirates visited UVV in Utrecht.

Curacao Neptunus  7  –  2  HCAW

HCAW proved to be no match for Curacao Neptunus as the team from Rotterdam won with a five run margin.
No big innings but a steady sequence of runs: one in the first, two in the second, two in the seventh and two in the eighth.
Jim Ploeger lasted five innings for the loss, in which he did not quite get the support that he needed as his team mates committed two errors. Jim gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits. With seven, he gave up quite some walks compared to the three strikeouts that he recorded.
Kenny van den Branden proved to be a tough hurdle to take for HCAW. Kenny also pitched five innings, in which he gave up one run on four hits for the win. Kenny walked three and fanned six.
Gianison Boekhoudt hit Neptunus’ only extra basehit as he hit a double in the eighth that drove in Dwayne Kemp for the sixth. Boekhoudt also was the best hitter for Neptunus with two hits out of three at bats and an RBI.

De Glaskoning Twins  8  –  0  DSS

Once again, De Glaskoning Twins shut out DSS. A four run fourth inning was the foundation for the big win again. With one out and runners on first and second, Bob van der Meer tripled down the right field line to drive in Adrian Anthony and Berry van Donselaar. Anthony Vrolijk followed with a single to drive in Van der Meer. Stijn Janssens eventually doubled to right center field to drive in Twins’ fourth run.
Twins scored another run in the sixth, one in the seventh and two more in the eighth.
Elton Koeiman pitched seven solid innings in which he shut out his opponent and allowed six  hits. He walked four and struck out five.
Tim Halderman lasted 6.1 innings and gave up six runs (five earned) on ten hits.
Once again, Jeffrey Arends was the best hitter for Twins with two hits out of three at bats and a run scored.
On the defensive side, Twins played a solid game again with no errors committed. The newest team in the Hoofdklasse committed only nine errors so far and is ranking second behind Neptunus that has only committed seven.

Kinheim  9  –  4  Vaessen Pioniers

With today’s win Kinheim clinched the rubber game of the series vs Vaessen Pioniers.
Kinheim took an early 2-0 lead in the top of the second inning as Oliver van der Wijst, who had tripled in  his at bat, scored on Jasper Keijzer’s sac fly to right field. As right fielder Glenn Bakker threw towards home in an attempt to nail Van der Wijst at homeplate, Jochem Koedijk advanced to second base on the throw. On a wild pitch by Nick Keur, Koedijk reached third base from where he scored on Julio Hernandez’ single down the left field line.
After Kinheim scored two more runs in the top of the seventh, Pioniers got on the board when Brian Raap scored on Glenn Bakker’s triple to left center field.
Kinheim scored another five runs in the top of the ninth to secure the win as the rally of Pioniers came short when the team scored only three runs in the bottom of the ninth.
David Bergman cruised through seven innings in which he allowed only one run on three hits.
Nick Keur took the loss after he allowed two runs on three hits, three walks and five strikouts in six innings.
Best hitter for Kinheim was Julio Hernandez, who collected two hits in three at bats with two RBI. 

L&D Amsterdam Pirates  6  –  3  UVV

In a game in which the defense on both side wasn’t quite what you might expect, L&D Amsterdam Pirates eventually stayed at the right side of the score when the defense of UVV collapsed in the final three innings.
After Pirates took a 1-0 lead when Danny Rombley was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded, the team didn’t get a grip at Jeremy Filipek’s pitches until the seventh inning.
In the mean time, UVV had taken a 3-1 lead in the fifth inning, mostly thanks to three errors that Pirates committed in one inning.
After Pirates had reduced UVV’s lead to one run in the seventh inning, Linoy Croes hit a lead off single in the top of the of the eighth inning and advanced to third on Patrick Bok’s sacrifice bunt, he scored on Nick Urbanus’ double that hit the rigtht field line. Urbanus scored the go ahead run as Michael Duursma singled to right field and advanced to second on the throw.

Nick Urbanus scores the go ahead run  (photo: http://www.yankeebiscuitfansdutchblog.mlblogs.com)

In the top of the ninth inning, Pirates scored two insurance runs to secure the win.
Daan Hendrix pitched a two inning save in which he gave up a hit and struck out two.
Tom de Blok earned the win after two innings in relief as he walked one and struck out one.
Kevin van Veen, eventually took the loss as he gave up the go ahead run to Pirates in the top of the eighth. Kevin allowed three hits, walked one and struck out one.

Best hitter for Pirates was Linoy Croes, who went 2 for 2 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

Here are some impressions of the game:

In the first innings, Jeremy Filipek was a tough hurdly to take for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

A cheap RBI for Danny Rombley as he was hit by a pitch with the bases loaded


Team Games Won Tie Lost Points Runs for Runs after
1 L&D Amsterdam Pirates 9 8 0 1 16 71 26
2 Curaçao Neptunus 9 7 1 1 15 60 26
3 De Glaskoning Twins 9 5 0 4 10 41 31
4 Kinheim 9 4 1 4 9 41 39
5 UVV 9 4 0 5 8 54 50
6 Vaessen Pioniers 9 4 0 5 8 25 39
7 HCAW 9 3 0 6 6 31 52
8 DSS 9 0 0 9 0 24 84
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