THE NETHERLANDS – L&D Amsterdam opened the game with six consecutive hits in a four-run first, and then broke open a tied game with nine unanswered scores to whip Mr.Cocker HCAW 13-4 Thursday night in Dutch League action at Amsterdam.
The Pirates jumped all over HCAW starter Kyle Ward in the opening frame. Wesley Connor singled to start the merry-go-round, and Maikel Benner and Vince Rooi hit back-to-back RBI doubles for a quick 2-0 lead. But, the reigning league champion was just getting warmed up.
L&D Amsterdam 13 – Mr.Cocker HCAW 4
DOOR Neptunus 6 – MediaMonks RCH 0
Corendon Kinheim 4 – Konica Minolta Pioniers 3
Sparta/Feyenoord 4 – ADO 3
Bas de Jong followed with the fourth straight hit of the inning – an RBI single – and Cuban slugger Fausto Alvarez Rizo put runners on the corners with another base hit. The Dutch League batting race leader, Kenny Berkenbosch, padded the lead with a run-scoring single to give the Pirates an early 4-0 advantage.
HCAW tagged Amsterdam starter Adam Blackley for a run in the fourth, and came along side the home team with a three-run fourth highlighted by a solo bomb by Jason Rees and a two-run single off the bat of Joep van Els.
Amsterdam used three doubles in the fifth to go back on top, 6-4, before putting the game out of reach with five runs in the seventh. Berkenbosch delivered the big blow, a two-run shot, as the Pirates took a commanding 11-4 lead en route to the easy win.
Blackley fanned seven while giving up four runs and six hits to pick up the win.
Ward was dealt the setback after getting roughed up for six hits and 12 runs in five innings.
DOOR NEPTUNUS 6 – MEDIAMONKS RCH 0
Diegomar Markwell combined with three relievers on a seven-hit shutout and DOOR Neptunus clinched the Dutch League regular season crown with a 6-0 road win against MediaMonks RCH Thursday night at Heemstede.
Markwell and RCH starter Joran Klarenbeek matched goose eggs until the fifth when Neptunus crossed the plate twice. Sharnol Adriana singled home Eugène Kingsale with the first run, and Railey Legito scored later on an error by RCH shortstop Jaïr Roseburg to make the score 2-0.
The Rotterdam club increased the lead to 5-0 with three runs in the seventh highlighted by Benjamin Dille’s two-run base hit, and added a run in the ninth on an RBI single by Shaldimar Daantji.
Markwell, who allowed seven hits and walked three, was the winner while Klarenbeek was pinned with the loss after giving up six hits and two runs along with six walks.
CORENDON KINHEIM 4 – KONICA MINOLTA 3
Corendon Kinheim scored four runs in the first inning and then held on to claim a 4-3 victory over the Konica Minolta Pioniers Thursday night at Haarlem to clinch the final playoff berth.
The Pioniers grabbed an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first. Norbert Lokhorst, Mark Duursma and Ryan Murphy hit back-to-back-to-back singles to load the bases. Kinheim starter Duko Jansen allowed Lokhorst to score on a wild pitch before retiring the next two batters to end the inning.
Kinheim opened the bottom of the inning with five consecutive hits to take a 4-1 lead. Josh Renick followed a leadoff single by Danny Rombley with an RBI two-base hit to ignite the rally, and both Dirk van ‘t Klooster and Rafael Jozefa singled added run-scoring hits to give the Haarlem club the lead for good.
Konica Minolta cut the lead to 4-2 in the fifth on a RBI single by Lokhorst, and inched closer in the seventh when Lokhorst drilled a double that scored Mervin Gario to make the score 4-3. However, relievers Nick Veltkamp and Michiel van Kampen blanked the Pioniers the final 2 1/3 innings to seal the win.
Lockhurst had four hits and two RBIs for the Pioniers in a losing effort.
Duko Jansen worked 6 2/3 effective innings with three runs and seven hits to earn the win, while van Kampen recorded the last four outs to pick up the save.
Murphy, who tossed six shutout innings after a disastrous start, was charged with the loss.
SPARTA/FEYENOORD 4 – ADO 3
Berry van Donselaar came out of the bullpen to throw four scoreless innings and Sparta/Feyenoord nipped ADO 4-3 Thursday night in Rotterdam.
ADO drew first blood with a run in the opening frame. Niels Weis reached on a one-out walk and sprinted home on an RBI double by Aeden McQueary to give the visitors a short-lived advantage.
Sparta/Feyenoord answered back with a pair of scores in the bottom of the same inning. Eugene Henson drew a leadoff walk, swiped second base, and moved to third on a single by Rodney Michel. Percy Isenia followed with a two-run double to make the score 2-1.
The Rotterdam club stretched the lead to 3-1 with a run in the third before ADO pulled even two innings later on RBI hits by McQueary and Ludwin Obispo. The score stayed unchanged until the eight when Henson scored his third run of the game to seal a hard-fought win.
van Donselaar allowed three hits while walking two and striking out three to earn the win in relief of starter Tim Roodenburg.
McQueary, who went 4-for-4 with a walk, clubbed a pair of doubles and drove in two runs for ADO.
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