Dutch hoofdklasse 2019: Promotion/relegation series, game 5

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After the warning track and the infield of Kinheim’s home, Pim Mulier Stadium were flooded due to superfluous rainfall yesterday, the decisive game was moved to today. In a do or die matchup for both parties, DSS stayed at the right side of the score as it overcame a 5-1 deficit and beat Kinheim 14-5. 

DSS took a 1-0 lead when Koen Werkman singled through the left side and stole second. On the throwing error by the catcher of Kinheim, Werkman was able to get home to give DSS the 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. But with two outs, in the bottom of the second inning, Kinheim bounced more than back. With the bases loaded, Thomas Bos singled to left field and drove in two runs. When René Cremer reached base on an error, Bram Blokker scored the third run for Kinheim. After a double steal by René Cremer and Thomas Bos, Swedish international Linus Holmberg singled home both runners to give Kinheim an apparent comfortable 5-1 lead.

After DSS’ starting pitcher Scott Prins walked Wesley van Hemert, he was replaced by Juan Carlos Sulbaran in the bottom of the third inning.

The Kinheim lead almost vanished at the top of the fourth inning when DSS scored three runs thanks to some timely hitting and three errors on the Kinheim side. One inning later, Al Morales was replaced by Martijn Schoonderwoerd, a decision that did not pan out very well. Schoonderwoerd gave up a three-run home run to Aldi Guzman with which DSS regained the lead.

In the top of the seventh, DSS extended its score when Aldi Guzman hit his second home run of the game. Guzman’s homer cleared the left field fence as he took Koen Halderman with him.

In the meantime, Juan Carlos Sulbaran cruised through 6.2 innings as he gave up only one hit, a double by Linus Holmberg.

In the eighth inning, DSS dealt a decisive blow as Kinheim’s defense totally collapsed. Glenn Wassink, who had give up two runs in the previous inning, was replaced by Rick Timmermans, who would allow three runs and could not record an out before he was pulled. After he was replaced with Youri Kesseler, Timmermans was tabbed for two more runs.

Sulbaran earned the win as he gave up only one hit, walked two and struck out seven.
Martijn Schoonderwoerd took the loss as he handed the lead to DSS by giving up three runs. From there, DSS never looked back.

Best hitter for DSS was Koen Halderman, who went 4 for 5 with four runs scored.

By winning this fifth and decisive game, DSS stays in the hoofdklasse. For the second year in a row, Kinheim falls short of clinching a spot in the highest Dutch league. But as both clubs are negotiating about a certain way of cooperation, things may turn out well for Kinheim. If both clubs merge, the merger club will have a team in the hoofdklasse and one in the overgangsklasse which will serve as its farm team. But that is still up in score66the air.

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