On the first night after the regular season, in the playoffs, the following games were scheduled: HCAW @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Oosterhout Twins @ Curaçao Neptunus. In the bottom four group, the following games were scheduled: Silicon Storks @ Hoofddorp Pioniers, and DSS/Kinheim @ Quick Amersfoort.
HCAW 5 – 6 L&D Amsterdam Pirates
In a close game, HCAW took the lead in the first inning and would not hand it over until the bottom of the seventh. Julian Rip got on base thanks to a throwing error and would score the unearned run on a sac fly. A single by Bob van der Meer drove in the second run for HCAW in the first inning. After HCAW added another run in the top of the second, Sicnarf Loopstok put Pirates on the board with a solo home run. Also in the fourth inning, both teams would score a run and in the seventh, with two outs, Denzel Richardson tied the game with a single to center field. But HCAW still couldn’t get out of the inning as Sicnarf Loopstok drove in another run and a wild pitch allowed Denzel Richardson to score the third run of the inning and give Pirates the 6-4 lead. A force out in the eighth, hit by Bob van der Meer, drove in Linoy Croes to bring HCAW within a run of L&D Amsterdam Pirates. But the Pirates bullpen, in the person of Rick Geestman, managed to keep HCAW at bay in the ninth, wo Geestman earned the save. Shairon Martis earned the win despite giving up five runs (three earned) on eleven hits and a walk in eight innings. Martis also struck out eight batters. Dennis Burgersdijk took the loss. In 6.2 innings, he allowed five runs on nine hits and struck out three.
Sicnarf Loopstok and Kalian Sams shared the honor of being the best batter as both went 3 for 4. Loopstok hit a home run, drove in two and scored two, Sams also hit a dinger, drove in one and scored one run.
Oosterhout Twins – Curaçao Neptunus
In the first game of the semi-final, Twins did not stand a chance against Diegomar Markwell and the offense of Neptunus.
Curaçao Neptunus took a lead on a questionable call in the second inning. With Dudley Leonora at first base, John Polonius hit the ball to right center field where it got stuck underneath the padding of the outfield fence. The umpires didn’t even bother to check if the ball had cleared the fence or not, only when center fielder Rayshelon Carolina bend over and raised his hand, the first base umpire jogged to the outfield where he still judged it was a home run.
Twins kept Neptunus from scoring in the next two innings but in the fifth, the Neptunus lineup jumped on Koen Postelmans. Four singles and two doubles drove in five runs. Pastor Chavez relieved Postelmans with no outs, but could not prevent that Postelmans was tabbed for three runs in that inning and Chavez was credited for two runs himself.
Eventually, Neptunus won 8-1, partially thanks to a complete game by Diegomar Markwell, who limited Twins to one run on six hits and a walk for the win. Koen Postelmans took the loss. In four innings, he gave up five runs six hits and a walk and struck out three.
John Polonius was the best hitter for Neptunus as he went 2 for 4 with an awarded home run, two RBI and a run scored.
Silicon Storks – Hoofddorp Pioniers
In the first game between Storks and Pioniers in the relegation round, the team from The Hague was no match for the team from Hoofddorp. After three scoreless innings, Pioniers blew the game wide open with big fourth inning. A bases loaded walk, a bases loaded HBP, a passed ball, a triple, and two doubles drove in six runs. After two more runs for Pioniers in the fifth, Storks scored twice when Sheadion Jamanika hit into a double play and when Ibrahin Redan doubled to left field. Eventually, Pioniers won 9-3 after the game was called at the end of the eighth inning due to the curfew rule. Ryan Huntington earned the win. In five innings, he gave up two runs on two hits and four walks and struck out five. After three innings of work, Kevin van Veen took the loss. He allowed four runs on three hits and a walk as he struck out three.
The best hitter for Pioniers was Jorrit Penseel, who went 3 for 3 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored.
DSS/Kinheim – Quick Amersfoort suspended
The game in Amersfoort was not suspended due to inclement weather. No, the reason is rather surprising. After thirty-four minutes, in the bottom of the third with one out and Tom Stuifbergen on the mound, the pitcher’s plate got loose from the mound and this problem could not be fixed in a reasonable amount of time. As a result, the game was suspended.
A big thank you goes out to Norbert van Oosterhout for informing the Dutch Baseball Hangout about this incident.
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