Archive | June, 2010

South Carolina Capture CWS Title

UNITED STATES – Whit Merrifield delivered a 11th-inning walk-off single, and the South Carolina Gamecocks slipped past the UCLA Bruins 2-1 Tuesday night to win the 2010 College World Series in the final game at historic Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.

The low-scoring affair opened with South Carolina starter Michael Roth and UCLA’s Rob Rasmussen shutting down both batting lineups. A reliever-turned-starter, the left-handed Roth tossed one-run ball over five innings, while Rasmussen, also a southpaw, worked six scoreless frames.

The Bruins (51-17) broke a scoreless deadlock in the fifth on shortstop Niko Gallego’s RBI single to shallow left-center. The score remained unchanged until the eighth when the Gamecocks pulled even on an error by UCLA first baseman Dean Espy.

The Gamecocks (54-16) dodged a bullet in the ninth when freshman pitcher Matt Price struck out Gallego with the bases loaded, and escaped another UCLA threat unscathed in the 10th after Price fanned Cody Regis with runners in scoring distance.

Scott Wingo reached on a walk by UCLA reliever Dan Klein to spark the national title-winning rally, and then advanced to second on a passed ball. After a sacrifice bunt put the winning score on third, Merrifield calmy drilled the biggest hit of his collegiate career into right field to end the game.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES FINALS:

Monday, June 28
Game 1 – South Carolina Gamecocks 7, UCLA Bruins 1

Tuesday, June 29
Game 2 – South Carolina Gamecocks 2, UCLA Bruins 1

(South Carolina wins best-of-three national championship series)

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Zurich Challengers Sweep Bern Cardinals

SWITZERLAND – American Brian Hipps hit a three-run homer to highlight a key eight-run third, and the Zurich Challengers overcame eight defensive miscues to beat the Bern Cardinals 12-10 last Saturday in a Swiss League matchup in Zurich. The Challengers finished off the sweep with a 3-0 victory in the twinbill finale.

Zurich (8-6) broke a scoreless deadlock with two runs in the second off Bern starter Tobias Imboden, but the Cardinals retaliated in a big way the following inning with seven runs. However, Hipps and Co. answered back in the bottom of the same frame to take the lead for good.

Y. Martinez went 3-for-5 with two RBIs, while Hipps, J. Martinez and Tobias Siegrist collected two hits apiece.

Siegrist (3-2) went the distance allowing 12 hits with two walks and three strikeouts.

The Challengers put together an error-free game en route to a 3-0 victory in the second game. Hipps and Jay Casimiro both tallied a pair of hits for the surging Zurich squad which picked up their fourth consecutive win.

James Sanders (3-0) allowed six hits with five strikeouts in a seven-inning shutout performance.

Ianis Bouteloup delivered a key two-base hit and the Therwil Flyers climbed out of an early three-run hole to turn back the upset-minded Zurich Barracudas 7-5 in the first game of a twinbill. The reigning Swiss champion used a two-run homer by American JB Tucker to complete the sweep with a 4-1 win in the second game to improve their season record to 14-0.

The Sissach Frogs surprised Embrach 13-8 in the first game, but the second-place Mustangs regrouped to salvage a split with a 10-2 win in the second encounter.

The Luzern Eagles doubled their season win total with a pair of shutout victories (9-0 and 7-0) against the reeling Lausanne Indians.

Team Won Lost Streak
Therwil Flyers 14 00 Won 14
Embrach Mustangs 13 03 Won 1
Zurich Challengers 08 06 Won 4
Bern Cardinals 09 09 Lost 2
Zurich Barracudas 07 09 Lost 6
Sissach Frogs 07 09 Lost 1
Luzern Eagles 04 12 Won 2
Lausanne Indians 02 16 Lost 8

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ABL: Vienna Wanderers Derails Rohrbach

AUSTRIA – The Vienna Wanderers widened the gap in the Austrian Baseball League (ABL) with a pair of victories against the Rohrbach Crazy Geese last Sunday in Vienna to extend their winning streak to seven games.

The Wanderers (13-1) survived a late rally by the cellar-dwelling Crazy Geese (3-13) in a surprisingly difficult 3-2 win in the first game of a doubleheader. The reigning ABL champion rolled to a convincing 11-1 victory in the second game behind a strong outing by Johannes Godler.

VIENNA SURPRISES ATTNANG-PUCHHEIM
Tim Patrick came out of the bullpen to silence the bats of Attnang-Puchheim, and the Vienna Metrostars plated three scores in a pivotal fifth inning to beat the Athletics and salvage a twinbill split last Saturday. The visitors raced out to a commanding 11-3 lead in the opening game, and then survived a furious seven-inning seventh by the Metrostars before escaping with a 11-10 triumph.

SCHWECHAT DRAWS WITH UNION KUFSTEIN
The Schwechat Blue Bats shook off a hard-fought 7-5 loss to Union Kufstein in the first part of a doubleheader, and dealt the Vikings their first home loss of the season with a 7-3 victory.

STOCK CITY SPLITS WITH SCHWAZ
Franz Haisjackl drilled a three-run homer and the Schwaz Tigers knocked off the Stock City Cubs 11-8 in the front end of a doubleheader last Sunday. However, Matthias Steiner and Bernhard Weinzinger both went deep in the second game for the guests as the Cubs rolled to a lopsided 18-7 win.

Team Won Lost Streak
Vienna Wanderers 13 01 Won 7
Attnang-Puchheim Athletics 11 03 Lost 1
Union Kufstein Vikings 08 08 Lost 1
Schwaz Tigers 07 09 Lost 1
Vienna Metrostars 06 08 Won 1
Schwechat Blue Bats 06 08 Won 1
Stock City Cubs 04 08 Won 1
Rohrbach Crazy Geese 03 13 Lost 5

Photo courtesy of J. Yun/ABL

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Parma Nears Italian League Playoffs

ITALY – Juan Camilo hit a clutch two-run double in a game-changing four-run fifth, and Cariparma Parma dealt Danesi Nettuno’s faint playoff hopes a major blow with a 7-2 win Tuesday night in the Italian Baseball League.

First-place Parma (25-11), which holds a one-game lead over both T&A San Marino and UGF Assicurazioni Bologna with six games remaining in the regular season, will advance to the postseason with just one more victory. Orlando Munoz drove in two runs and promising prospect Matteo Caravita homered for the hometown squad.

Nicolas Giovannelli (1-0) picked up the win as Parma used a whopping seven pitchers in the game.

American Jeffrey Farnsworth (1-1) was charged with the loss after surrendering five runs and eight hits over five-plus innings.

THURSDAY’S MATCHUPS
• Parma will be looking to sew up a playoff berth on the road at Gianni Falchi Stadium against Bologna (24-12), whose magic number is two.

• T&A San Marino (24-12), whose magic number is also 2, will battle Montepaschi Grosseto (19-17) with an eye on the regular season crown.

• Telemarket Rimini (22-14), whose magic number is four, will be looking for a sweep against the Catania Warriors (4-32)

• Nettuno (19-17) will be opposite the Godo Knights (7-29) with very little chance of making the playoffs.

Team Won Lost Streak
Cariparma Parma 25 11 Won 1
UGF Bologna 24 12 Won 1
T&A San Marino 24 12 Won 2
Telemarket Rimini Pirates 22 14 Lost 1
Danesi Caffe Nettuno 19 17 Lost 1
Montepaschi Grosseto 19 17 Lost 1
De Angelis Godo Knights 07 29 Won 1
Catania Warriors 04 32 Lost 2

Photo courtesy of Ferrini/FIBS

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Neptunus Rally Past Corendon Kinheim

THE NETHERLANDS – Canadian right-hander Leon Boyd shook off a rough start to turn in another effective outing, and DOOR Neptunus extended its record-setting Dutch League 23-game winning streak with a 6-2 victory Tuesday evening against second-place Corendon Kinheim at Haarlem.

Kinheim (27-8) took an early lead on Niels van Weert’s run-scoring base hit in the second, and added another score one frame later on an RBI single by Rafael Jozefa. But it was all Neptunus the rest of the way.

The reigning Dutch champion chased Kinheim ace David Bergman in the sixth. Former big leaguer Eugene Kingsale led off the two-run frame with a bunt single, and motored to third on a double by Benjamin Dille. Raily Legito and Danny Rombley followed with back-to-back RBi singles to knot the score.

Neptunus (33-1) added a pair of scores in the seventh on an error and hit by Dille, and sealed the win with two more runs in the ninth.

Rombley and Dille drove in a pair of runs apiece, while Jeffrey Arrends added two doubles.

Boyd (7-0), who leads the league with an 0.47 ERA, finished a seven-inning performance with four shutout frames. Relievers Jorian van Acker and Berry van Driel both threw one scoreless inning out of the bullpen.

L&D AMSTERDAM 7, ALMERE 2
Bas de Jong smacked a go-ahead two-run drive in the sixth to lead the Pirates to a road win over the Magpies in Almere to snap a three-game losing skid. Zair Koeiman and Sidney de Jong also drove in two runs for the visitors. Jason Orman had three hits for the home squad. Frank van Heijst (5-3) allowed a lone run on eight hits with two walks in a solid eight-inning stint.

KONICA MINOLTA 9, SPARTA/FEYENOORD 3
Mervin Gario homered and drove in three runs, and Shurty Tremus added a trio of hits with two RBIs, as the Konica Minolta Pioniers captured their fourth straight victory with a decisive road win against Sparta/Feyenoord at Rotterdam. Sape Wagenaar went 3-for-3 with a walk for the home side. Jurjen van Zijl (7-4) scattered six hits and three runs over six-plus innings to take home the win.

HCAW 13, ADO 8
Michael Pluijmers and Ronald Jaarsma keyed a pivotal eight-run third with two-run hits, and Mr. Cocker HCAW snapped a 11-game slide with a curfew-rule shortened road win against ADO at The Hague. Pluijmers, who reached base five times (3 H, 2 BB), drove in three runs while raising his batting average to .331. Quensley Bazoer tallied four hits, while Venezuelan sluggers Dirimo Chaves and Wuillians Vasquez combined for six hits and four RBIs. Boudewijn van Elswijk homered and drove in four scores for ADO. Joran Klarenbeek (4-1) worked 1 1/3 scoreless middle relief frames to get credit for the win.

Team Won Lost Tie Streak
DOOR Neptunus 33 01 00 Won 23
Corendon Kinheim 27 08 00 Lost 1
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 19 16 00 Won 1
Konica Minolta Pioniers 17 17 00 Won 4
Mr. Cocker HCAW 14 21 00 Won 1
Sparta/Feyenoord 11 23 01 Lost 2
ADO 09 23 01 Lost 4
Almere Magpies 08 27 00 Lost 1

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http://www.eott.nl/

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Britain Set European Championship Roster

GREAT BRITAIN – The British Baseball Federation (BBF) has announced a preliminary 40-man roster for the 2010 European Baseball Championship. The Confederation of European Baseball (CEB) tournament, which is the main competition for national baseball teams in Europe, begins on July 23 in the German cities of Heidenheim, Neuenburg and Stuttgart.

Great Britain, which will be managed by American Pat Doyle, reside in Pool B with Italy, Spain, Sweden, Croatia and Greece. Doyle and GB general manager Jason Greenberg must trim the roster to 24 prior to the start of the tournament.

2010 GREAT BRITAIN NATIONAL TEAM ROSTER (PRELIMINARY):

Drew Bignall, Thomas Boleska, Michael Clarke, Brook Coatsworth, Henry Collins, Jonathon Cramman (pictured), Brendan Cunliffe, Brian Essery, Mitch Evans, Chris Falls, Theodore Gieschen, Aaron Hornostaj, Samuel Jew, Michael Johnson, Richard Klijn, Spencer Kreisberg, George Lintern, William Lintern, Ethan Mack, Matthew Maitland, Bradley Marcelino, Matthew McGraw, Aeden McQueary-Ennis, Jeffrey Mottl, Christopher Mowday, David Rees, Michael Renery, Evan Romanchuk, Euan Shields, Alexander Smith, Stephen Spragg, Ryan Stewart, David Synnott, Michael Trask, Ryan Trask, Paul Waterman, Sam Whitehead, Sam Wiley, Callum Woods and Ian Young.

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Twins Ink Second Taiwanese Prospect

TAIWAN – The Minnesota Twins have signed Shi-Yuan High School right-hander Hung-Yi Chen, according to a report on the Taiwan Baseball website. The 2010 junior national team member, who was named the 2010 Yu-Shan Cup MVP, is a prep teammate of recent Indians signee Chia-Ching Lin (pictured). He joins outfielder Wang-Wei Lin as the second Twins prospect from Taiwan.

The 17-year-old, who is 5’10″ and weighs190 lbs, tops out at 90 mph and throws a fastball/sinker/slider/forkball mix. He has a good delivery and is physically mature for his age, according to Taiwan Baseball.

PIRATES INK YUNG CHI CHEN
The Pittsburgh Pirates have signed former Oakland A’s minor league infielder Yung Chi Chen. He originally started with Seattle, and was claimed off of waivers by the Athletics prior to the start of the 2009 season. Chen, whose is in his seventh season in affiliated ball, has struggled with injuries throughout his career.

Photo courtesy of Taiwan Baseball

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Spain: San Inazio Upsets FC Barcelona

SPAIN – The Spanish League top hitter Tony Granadillo smashed his seventh home run of the season, and San Inazio Bilbao plated nine early scores en route to a 10-8 upset win against FC Barcelona this past weekend.

Kelvin Marianucci and Asier Izaguirre drove in two runs apiece, while Edward Adames crossed the dish three times for San Inazio. Emmanuel Febles tallied four hits and Jesus Golindano added a three-run homer for FC Barcelona.

Fidel Mane Torres (8-7) went the distance to claim the win, while Oscar Gimenez (8-1) suffered his first setback.

Pedro Belmonte (9-1) tossed a complete game six-hitter to help FC Barcelona salvage a twinbill split with an 8-2 victory in the second encounter. Albert Diaz collected three RBIs and Miguel Mora scored a trio of runs for the first-place visiting squad.

SANT BOI BLANKS VALENCIA
CB Sant Boi moved back into a first-place tie with FC Barcelona with a pair of wins against the Valencia Astros. Marc Carrillo and Daniel Sanchez combined for two homers and seven RBIs to lead Sant Boi to a lopsided 14-0 victory in the first part of a doubleheader. Junior Guerra (9-1) limited the Astros to just two hits in five frames to nab the win. Jose Estebin Cruz (7-2) scattered three hits and nine strikeouts over eight innings to help Sant Boi complete the sweep with a 3-0 win in the second game.

TENERIFE TROUNCES PAMPLONA
Richard Montiel slugged his 10th and 11th home runs of the season to help the Tenerife Marlins crush CD Pamplona 13-0 in the front end of a twinbill. Montiel tallied four RBIs while Nguyen Boulet homered and drove in a game-high five runs. Leslie Nacar (9-5) fanned seven in five shutout frames to capture the win. The Marlins took the second matchup 11-2 as Lesther Galvan homered and Nestor Perez drove in three runs to help Ivan Granados (12-5) notch the win.

VILADECANS SWEEP VIGO
Eric Segura homered and Camilo Gonzalez had three hits to lead CB Viladecans to a 12-1 victory in the first game of a twinbill. Fabian Marques (3-8) tossed one-run ball over six frames to earn the win. The hometown squad finished off the sweep with a tension-filled 5-4 win in the second game as Marc Jodar (2-1) worked five strong innings.

NAVARRA DUMPS EL LLANO
Juan Jose Lopez (10-4) fanned a whopping 20 hitters as Baseball Navarra shutout El Llano 6-0 en route to a doubleheader sweep. The visitors plated 10 first-inning scores in an 18-2 victory in the twinbill finale. Juan Miguel Marte drove in four runs with four hits to help Diego Armando Perez (2-2) get the win.

Photo courtesy of Diego Lazaro

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Eri Yoshida Gets 4th GBL Starting Nod

UNITED STATES – The Chico Outlaws today announced that right-handed knuckleballer Eri Yoshida, the 18-year old “Knuckle Princess” from Japan, will make her fourth start of the year on Friday, July 2, at Nettleton Stadium against the St George Roadrunners.

Game time is set for 7:05 pm as the Outlaws and Roadrunners battle on “Green Friday” presented by Sierra Nevada Brewery and “Glow Necklace” Giveaway night presented by Christian Michaels and Cal Pasta to the first 500 fans through the gates.

The team also announced that on Wednesday June 30th, Yoshida will sign autographs prior to the game against Orange County from 5:15 pm – 6:00 pm. The gates will be opened at 5:15 pm to accomodate the signing. Fans can get one item autographed for free; additional items such as baseballs, t-shirts and game programs can be purchased for autograph as well.

Yoshida, who has an 0-1 record with a 5.25 ERA in her three starts, last pitched on June 24th against the Edmonton Capitals, allowing just three runs, two earned, on three hits. She took the loss, her first of the year in three contests.

The game can be watched live online at www.en.justin.tv.com/chicooutlawsbaseball as Dan Hawkins brings you all the action on the Outlaws Baseball Network.

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Solingen Alligators Trounce HSV Stealers

GERMANY – American Evan Porter went 4-for-5 with a home run, and southpaw Andre Hughes worked five shutout innings, as the Solingen Alligators routed the HSV Stealers 10-1 in the opening game this past weekend in a German League North Division doubleheader in Hamburg.

The Alligators, who went unbeaten recently at the CEB European Cup Qualifier in Solingen, blew open a tight game with a nine-run third inning to pick up their third consecutive win. Porter, who entered the weekend batting .345, smacked his third homer of the year while collecting two RBIs.

Hughes (7-0) remained unbeaten in eight starting assignments.

Solingen used a five-run first to finish off the sweep with a 11-0 victory in the second matchup. Catcher Julian Steinberg drove in four runs and American left-hander Josh Rickards racked up nine strikeouts in five innings to improve his season record to 7-2.

Vince DeCoito (5-5) pitched the Dohren Wild Farmers to an 8-4 victory in a make-up game against the Cologne Cardinals to climb back into the postseason hunt.

SOUTH DIVISION

The Buchbinder Legionaere put together a pair of three-run frames to salvage a series split with a narrow 7-6 victory Saturday against the Heidenheim Heidekoepfe in a highly anticipated South Division encounter in the German League.

The Legionaere broke a scoreless deadlock with three runs in the fourth, but Heidenheim retaliated with four scores in the fifth to forge ahead. However, multi-titled skipper Martin Helmig’s squad answered back with another three-run outburst in the sixth to take the lead for good.

Eric Faint (1-0) came out of the bullpen to notch his first win on German soil, while Martin Dewald (0-1) was charged with the setback.

The Heidekoepfe dealt Buchbinder staff ace Boris Bokaj (9-1) his first loss of the season in a 5-1 triumph in the series opener on Friday night. Heidenheim starter Markus Winkler (8-2) was the beneficiary of a five-run third to earn the win.

The Mannheim Tornados moved closer to a playoff berth with two key wins against the Gauting Indians last Saturday. Coach Georg Bull’s squad snapped a tied contest with seven runs in the eighth to claim a 11-4 victory in the first game. Matt Lokken doubled and tripled for Mannheim, while Kory Twede went 4-for-5 with a pair of extra-base hits for the Indians.

American Dennis Kelly popped his fifth home run of the season, and Philipp Hoehlein (1-1) scattered a run and two hits over seven solid frames to lead Mannheim to a 5-1 victory in the twinbill finale.

In the final matchup, the Haar Disciples stopped the Saarlouis Hornets, 6-2, in a make-up game on Saturday. The Disciples erased an early deficit with a pair of two-run singles by Lukas Steinlein and Christoph Ziegler en route to the win.

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Squads Eyeing French Baseball Crown

FRANCE – The top three squads in the French League all settled for twinbill splits this past weekend with just six games remaining in the regular season.

The reigning French champion Rouen Huskies (14-4) scored a pair of late runs to turn back the Senart Templiers, 2-1, in the first game on Sunday. Luc Piquet foiled Senart starter Samuel Meurant shutout bid with a run-scoring double in the eighth, and crossed the plate with the go-ahead score on an error. Keino Perez allowed a lone run and three hits in a complete game outing to earn the win.

Senart (9-7) regrouped to take the second game 5-3 as Jamel Boutagra and Jean-Clement Baylot both drove in a pair of runs.

The Savigny Lions (14-4) plated 11 unanswered runs to claim a 16-6 win against the Montpellier Barracudas in the opening game of a doubleheader to keep pace with Rouen. However, the second-place Barracudas (13-5) rode a strong starting assignment by Pierrick Lemestre to salvage a split with a 8-4 triumph in the finale.

The final matchup of the weekend had STB Toulose sweeping Paris Universitie Club, 9-4 and 14-4, to improve their season record to 7-11.

Photo courtesy of Senart Templiers

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Namur Angels Surprise Hoboken Pioneers

BELGIUM – The Namur Angels kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a clutch 8-3 victory against the Hoboken Pioneers Sunday in the Belgian League. The Angels, who do not play again until August 7, must sweep second-place Port of Antwerp Greys on the final weekend of the regular season.

Gracjan Kraszewski led Namur (10-12) with a 3-for-5 effort at the plate, while the trio of Thomas Vandenabeele, Theodore De Bellefroid, and Ludovic Geuquet tallied two hits apiece. Steven De Lannoy paced Hoboken (15-2) with a pair of hits.

Cedric Desmedt worked eight-plus innings of three-run ball to notch the key win.

The Pioneers picked up a series-opening 6-1 victory on Saturday behind a stellar outing by ace pitcher Terrence Antonacci. Dennis Ribbens led the reigning Belgian champion with two hits.

Namur’s Japanese starter Shouta Ichinosek was pinned with the loss despite limiting Hoboken to just seven hits.

The Greys swept a weekend series against the Mortsel Stars, 9-7 and 15-9, while the Brasschaat Braves beat the Deurne Spartans 9-6 on Saturday before rain washed out the game the next day.

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South Carolina Nears CWS Title

UNITED STATES – Blake Cooper scattered three hits over eight-plus frames and the South Carolina Gamecocks defeated the UCLA Bruins 7-1 Monday night at the College World Series. With the win, the Gamecocks moved within one victory of the first national baseball championship in school history.

South Carolina (53-16) and UCLA (51-16) will butt heads in Game 2 of the best-of-three finals on Tuesday night in perhaps the final game at the historic Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.

The Gamecocks tagged UCLA starter Gerrit Cole (11-4) for two quick runs in the opening frame. Jackie Bradley Jr, who stretched his hitting streak to 22 games with a bunt single, scored on a check-swing base hit off the bat of Brady Thomas. Christian Walker crossed the plate with another run on an error by second baseman Cody Regis.

South Carolina added a pair of runs in the second after Scott Wingo tripled and scored, and pushed the score to 6-0 an inning later on a two-run single by Bobby Haney, who finished with a career-best three RBIs.

Cooper (13-2) opened the game with 4 1/3 hitless innings before Steve Rodriguez lined a single down the right-field line. Pitching on three days rest for the second consecutive start, the right-handed ace worked another 3 2/3 hitless frames before Regis tallied the Bruins second hit of the night to leadoff the ninth. He left to a standing ovation after a walk and single, and finished the game with 10 strikeouts.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES FINALS:

Monday, June 28
Game 1 – South Carolina Gamecocks 7, UCLA Bruins 1

Tuesday, June 29
Game 2 – South Carolina Gamecocks vs. UCLA Bruins

Wednesday, June 30
Game 3 – South Carolina Gamecocks vs. UCLA Bruins*

* If necessary

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Dutch All-Star Game Set For July 4th

THE NETHERLANDS – The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB) has announced the rosters for the inaugural Dutch Major League Baseball All-Star Game slated for Sunday, July 4, at the Leen Volkerijk Stadion in The Hague.

DOOR Neptunus skipper Steve Janssen will be at the helm of the South All-Stars, while Corendon Kinheim manager Eelco Jansen will be calling the shots for the North All-Stars. Neptunus (32-1) is riding a record-setting 22-game winning streak after sweeping L&D Amsterdam this past weekend, and leads Kinheim (27-7) by five and a half games.

The pre-game festivities will include an exhibition game pitting a squad of former Dutch baseball greats featuring Robert Eenhoorn, Eric de Bruin and Eric de Vries against a team from The Hague. The Reebok Home Run Derby will spotlight some of the top power-hitters in Europe, and celebrities and journalists will have the opportunity to showcase their hitting skills with a special batting practice session.

2010 SOUTH ALL-STARS:

Catcher: Martijn Meeuwis (DOOR Neptunus)
First Base: Percy Isenia (Sparta/Feyenoord)
Second Base: Dwayne Kemp (DOOR Neptunus)
Shortstop: Michael Duursma (Konica Minolta Pioniers)
Third Base: Raily Legito (DOOR Neptunus)
Left Field: Danny Rombley (DOOR Neptunus)
Center Field: Shaldimar Daantji (DOOR Neptunus)
Right Field: Eugene Kingsale (DOOR Neptunus)
Designated Hitter: Dè Flanegin (Konica Minolta Pioniers)
Starting Pitcher: Leon Boyd (DOOR Neptunus)
Relief Pitcher: Berry van Driel (DOOR Neptunus)

RESERVES:
Ramiro Balentina (Sparta/Feyenoord), Michel Korzeniewski (ADO), Bertie Richardson (ADO), Roderick Simon (Sparta/Feyenoord), Nick Eppinga (Sparta/Feyenoord), Jakub Malik (Konica Minolta Pioniers), Arshwin Asjes (Konica Minolta Pioniers), Eddie Aucoin (Konica Minolta Pioniers), Bobby Carrington (ADO), Dave Draijer (Konica Minolta Pioniers), Diegomar Markwell (DOOR Neptunus), Tim Roodenburg (Sparta/Feyenoord), Dushan Ruzic (DOOR Neptunus) and Jurjen van Zijl (Konica Minolta Pioniers).

2010 NORTH ALL-STARS:

Catcher: Sidney de Jong (L&D Amsterdam)
First Base: Kenny Berkenbosch (L&D Amsterdam)
Second Base: Zair Koeiman (L&D Amsterdam)
Shortstop: Nick Urbanus (L&D Amsterdam)
Third Base: Vince Rooi (L&D Amsterdam)
Left Field: Bryan Engelhardt (Corendon Kinheim)
Center Field: Wuilliuans Vasquez (Mr. Cocker HCAW)
Right Field: Dirk van’t Klooster (Corendon Kinheim)
Designated Hitter: Rafael Jozefa (Corendon Kinheim)
Starting Pitcher: Rob Cordemans (L&D Amsterdam)
Reliever: Michiel van Kampen (Corendon Kinheim)

RESERVES:
Jason Halman (Corendon Kinheim), Giovanni Samboe (Almere Magpies), René Cremer (Corendon Kinheim), Bart Gabriels (Mr. Cocker HCAW), Bas de Jong (L&D Amsterdam), Roeland Henrique (L&D Amsterdam), Patrick Beljaards (Corendon Kinheim), David Bergman (Corendon Kinheim), Ben Grover (L&D Amsterdam), Frank van Heijst (L&D Amsterdam), Scott Ronnenbergh (Almere Magpies), Nick Stuifbergen (Corendon Kinheim), Nick Veltkamp (Corendon Kinheim) and Kyle Ward (Mr. Cocker HCAW).

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Dutch All-Star Game Set For July 4

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Mexican Hall Of Fame Adds Five Members

MEXICO – The five newest members of Mexico’s baseball hall of fame, the Salon de la Fama, were inducted Saturday night in a pregame ceremony at Saltillo’s Parque Francisco I. Madero. Players Derek Bryant, Alonso Tellez and Gerardo “Polvorita” Sanchez were joined by pitcher Armando Reynoso and umpire Efrain Ibarra as Mexican League president Plinio Escalante and Salon director Mario Morales Salazar conducted the ceremony.

Bryant (pictured) demolished Liga pitchers with a .355 batting average and 141 homers between 1982 and 1988, hitting .389 with 41 homers in just 100 games for Tampico in 1984. He also managed Monterrey to pennants in 1995 and 1996. Tellez, who now coaches in Reynosa, hit over .300 for his career and is in the LMB’s all-time Top Ten list with 2,522 hits and 1,289 RBIs, adding 226 homers. Tellez hit .307 or better every year from 1985 through 1997, mostly for the old Monterrey Industriales.

Sanchez, who currently manages Monclova, set a Mexican League record by playing 1,415 consecutive games for Nuevo Laredo. He ended up spending his first 18 seasons with the Tecos, batting .289 with 199 homers, before finishing with the Mexico City Tigres in 2001. Sanchez is in the LMB’s All-Time Top 20 in ten different offensive categories.

Reynoso went 44-23 with a 3.93 ERA for Saltillo from 1988 through 1990 (going 20-3 his final year) before embarking on a 12-year major league career for four teams. He won 12 games for Colorado in 1993 and earned 21 wins between 1999 and 2000 for Arizona. Reynoso finished his MLB career in 2002 with a 68-63 record over 198 games. Ibarra, who died in February at age 70, began his umpiring career in the Mexican Central League in 1965 before becoming a full-time Mexican League ump two years later. He went on to become one of the most-respected arbiters in Mexico, working All-Star and playoff games in the LMB and Mexican Pacific Leagues as well as the Caribbean Series.

VALENZUELA NAMED ASSOCIATE SCOUT FOR TAMPA BAY
Quintana Roo Tigres sports manager Mario Valenzuela has joined the Tampa Bay Rays staff as an associate scout. It’s Valenzuela’s second talent-searching stint for Tampa Bay, having done some scouting between 1999 and 2004. He also was a team scout for the Atlanta Braves from 1993 to 1996.

An offer was reportedly made to Valenzuela to return to work for the Rays last February, when Tampa Bay scouting chief Carlos Alfonso was in Cancun to take a look at fellow Cuban Leslie Anderson, one of 20 players who defected from the island nation on a boat to Mexico just prior to last year’s Baseball World Cup. The 28-year-old Anderson signed with the Rays for a reported $3.75 million.Valenzuela, who will continue his duties with the Tigres, will be an associate under the Rays’ top scout in Mexico, Oaxaca Guerreros manager Eddy Diaz.

FOUR-WAY BATTLE FOR LIGA NORTE SECOND-HALF LEAD
Agua Prieta, Tijuana and defending champion Guaymas are all tied for the second-half lead in the Class A Mexican Northern League with identical 14-4 records, one game ahead of 13-5 Ensenada. Tijuana nudged out Caborca for the first-half crown with a 29-9-2 record.

Ex-Cubs farmhand Kevin Soto of Empalme leads the LNM with a .413 batting average in 53 games, former Mexican Leaguer Jayson Bass of Caborca has a commanding lead in homers with 15 and onetime Japanese Pacific League player Yuji Yoshioka of Ensenada is tops with 57 RBIs.

Pitchers Omar Urquidez of Empalme and Agua Prieta’s Jose Quintero each sport 8-1 records, Ensenada’s Alexis Candelario (who is a perfect 6-0) has a microscopic 1.28 ERA while Tijuana’s Carlos Teller leads the Norte with 74 strikeouts in 58 innings. Urquidez has pitched sparingly in the Mexican League in recent seasons (including four games for Nuevo Laredo this year), while the other three hurlers have all pitched affiliate ball in the low minors.

Guaymas defeated Agua Prieta in the LNM finals last August for the pennant.

Bruce Baskin is the Editor/Producer at the Baseball Mexico website.

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Hiroshima Ace Tops NPB All-Star Votes

JAPAN – Hiroshima Carp staff ace Kenta Maeda led all Nippon Professional Baseball (NPB) players with 435,375 votes from Japanese baseball fans for the 2010 NPB All-Star series. The two-game event will be held on July 23-24 at the Yahoo Dome and Hard Off Eco Stadium in Niigata.

Maeda (pictured), who leads the Central League with a 1.60 ERA while posting a 9-3 record in 15 starts, will make his first All-Star games appearance for the CL squad.

Lotte Marines slugger Kim Tae Kyun, who tallied 360,358 votes from NPB fans, was the top vote-getter in the Pacific League. Softbank Hawks southpaw Toshiya Sugiuchi (227,978) edged Nippon Ham Fighters ace Yu Darvish (222,650) by 5,328 votes to lead all PL pitchers.

Former Seattle Mariners backstop Kenji Johjima, who is currently with the Hanshin Tigers, will make his 10th appearance at the All-Star game.

The Hawks and the Yomiuri Giants led their respective leagues with five players each.

Players’ votes will be held later this week, while the managers’ player picks will be announced early next week.

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London Sweep Southampton Mustangs

GREAT BRITAIN – The London Mets and Bracknell Blazers – the League’s two big guns – stretched further away from the competition in Sunday’s BBF National Baseball League action.

The Mets eased to a comfortable brace of wins over the Southampton Mustangs, but Bracknell’s victories came courtesy of forfeit after Richmond, who were only able to muster nine players, saw one of their stars injured and found themselves unable to continue.

In the day’s other action, Essex Arrows and Croydon Pirates split their doubleheader.

LONDON SWEEPS SOUTHAMPTON
London kept up the pace at the top of the standings with 14-2 and 8-6 wins over an improving Southampton side.

Jason Roberts and Rafi Stern took the wins on the mound, with plenty of offensive highlights for the Mets.

Once again Dan Williams was to the fore, smashing a grand slam in Game One and then adding another home run inGame Two.

Hairon De La Rosa also got in on the act, clubbing a homer in the first game.

London’s Alex Pike said: “We hit very well through the order. The second game was a bit tighter but it was just a case of turning it on when we needed to and we did. We were experimenting a bit with our line-up and a few guys put their hands up. Southampton were better than we thought and it is good for the game that these sides are coming through and giving us a challenge.”

CROYDON SPLITS WITH ESSEX
Two of the league’s lesser lights combined for an enjoyable duo of games, with both sides happy to take a split.

Essex emerged with a 10-6 win in Game One, with Richard Chesterton taking the honours on the mound. But Croydon bounced back in Game Two, winning 12-6 with Jose Sosa pitching the win while Matt Gilbert was saddled with the loss.

Arrows coach Phil Chesterton said: “It was ok. We were quite short on players and I was pretty happy with the efforts of the guys. A couple of weeks back we had no wins so to now have three is pretty pleasing. I still think we are making progress and that is the aim going forward.”

RICHMOND FORFEITS TO BRACKNELL
The marquee matchup of the day was shortlived, with Richmond forced to forfeit in the bottom of the first inning in Game One.

Bracknell already had a 4-0 lead, only for Richmond’s Rob Unsell to be hit by a line drive. With his face swelling, Unsell was forced to retire, and with Richmond only having been able to call on nine players to make the trip, a halt was called to proceedings.

Simon Fitzjohn is the National Baseball League Correspondent for BaseballSoftballUK

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Nippon Ham Fighters Rout Lotte Marines

JAPAN – Former Minnesota Twins reliever Bobby Keppel scattered a pair of runs over seven innings to help the Nippon Ham Fighters trounce the Lotte Marines, 10-3, Sunday to finish off a three-game sweep.

Kensuke Tanaka had four hits to raise his NPB-best batting average to .357, while driving in three runs with a pair of RBI doubles.

Hichori Morimoto added a two-run single for the Fighters, which tallied a whopping 37 hits in the three-game series.

Keppel (10-1) walked one and struck out eight in a solid outing at the Sapporo Dome.

SEIBU 4, ORIX 2
Yasuyuki Kataoka, Takuya Hara and Yoshihito Ishii all belted solo home runs, and Hsu Ming-chieh scattered a lone run over six-plus innings
as the Seibu Lions stopped the Orix Buffaloes at the Seibu Dome.

RAKUTEN 1, SOFTBANK 1 (12 INNINGS)
Munenori Kawasaki and Kensuke Uchimura both delivered late run-scoring singles as the Rakuten Eagles and the Softbank Hawks battled to a 12-inning draw at Kleenex Stadium.

Central League

YOKOHAMA 4, YOMIURI 2
Seiichi Uchikawa went 3-for-4 with a home run, and Chris Bootcheck tossed two-run ball over six-plus frames, as the Yokohama BayStars snapped a seven-game losing slide with a tough win against the Yomiuri Giants at the Tokyo Dome.

HIROSHIMA 6, CHUNICHI 4
Justin Huber homered and drove in three runs, while Jumpei Shinoda threw seven effective frames to help the Hiroshima Carp snap a five-game slide with a win over the Chunichi Dragons at the Nagoya Dome.

YAKULT 8, HANSHIN 4
Ryoji Aikawa homered and tallied two RBIs, and Yoshinori Sato scattered a pair of scores over five innings to lead the Yakult Swallows past the Hanshin Tigers at Jingu Stadium.

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Konica Minolta Pioniers Silences ADO

THE NETHERLANDS – Arshwin Asjes and a trio of relievers combined on a four-hit shutout, and the Konica Minolta Pioniers blanked ADO, 5-0, Sunday for their third consecutive win in the Dutch League.

The fourth-place Pioniers (16-17) grabbed an early lead off ADO starter Martijn Riphagen (0-4) on Lennart Koster’s RBI sacrifice fly in the opening frame, and bagged the win with a three-run sixth. Mark-Jan Moorman doubled home Michael Duursma two frames later to end the scoring.

Asjes (2-2) allowed just a walk and two hits with four strikeouts over six dominant innings to earn the win. Relievers Jean-Paul Gulinck, Shane Gnade and Dave Draijer each tossed a scoreless inning to preserve the shutout.

NEPTUNUS 14, AMSTERDAM 0
Former Chicago Cubs prospect Dwayne Kemp drove in five runs in a marathon 11-run fifth inning, and DOOR Neptunus recorded their 22 consecutive victory with a blowout win against the L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Kevin Heijstek (8-0) went the distance in the seven-inning affair giving up just three hits and no walks.

KINHEIM 9, HCAW 5
Jason Halman had four hits and two RBIs, and Rene Cremer highlighted a five-run second with a two-run double, as Corendon Kinheim handed Mr. Cocker HCAW its 11th consecutive loss. Patrick Beljaards (3-0) picked up the win despite surrendering nine hits in five-plus frames.

ALMERE 3, SPARTA/FEYENOORD 0
Dennis Burgersdijk and Joep de Wit combined on a three-hit shutout to help the Almere Magpies snap a six-game slide against Sparta/Feyenoord. Luigino Rosario paced the home team with two hits and an RBI. Burgersdijk (1-4) gave up a walk and three hits over six strong innings, while de Wit retired all nine batters he faced with four strikeouts to notch his first save.

Team Won Lost Tie Streak
DOOR Neptunus 32 01 00 Won 22
Corendon Kinheim 27 07 00 Won 4
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 18 16 00 Lost 3
Konica Minolta Pioniers 16 17 00 Won 3
Mr. Cocker HCAW 13 21 00 Lost 11
Sparta/Feyenoord 11 22 01 Lost 1
ADO 09 22 01 Lost 3
Almere Magpies 08 26 00 Won 1

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South Carolina, UCLA Battle For CWS Title

UNITED STATES – A slew of future big leaguers will clash on collegiate baseball’s biggest stage when the 2010 College World Series main act gets underway Monday night with the South Carolina Gamecocks pitted against the UCLA Bruins. The best-of-three championship series will be the final chapter in the illustrious history of Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha.

UCLA is led by a talent-rich pitching staff anchored by former New York Yankee first round draft choice Gerrit Cole. Skipper John Savage also has a left-handed ace, Rob Rasmussen, who was selected in the second round of this year’s draft by the Florida Marlins.

South Carolina has a veteran-laden pitching corp led by senior right-hander Sam Dyson, a fourth round selection in the 2010 First-Year Player Draft by the Toronto Blue Jays. Other key arms for coach Ray Tanner includes Arizona Diamondbacks’ ninth-round pick Blake Cooper, Matt Price, Tyler Webb and Jay Brown.

The Gamecocks, while not an offensive powerhouse, has the edge over UCLA inside the batter’s box. Center fielder Jackie Bradley Jr. is hitting .421 with nine RBIs thus far in this year’s tournament, and junior Whit Merrifield, a Kansas City Royals draftee, and freshman slugger Christian Walker are two other key hitters for South Carolina.

COLLEGE WORLD SERIES FINALS:

Monday, June 28
Game 1 – South Carolina Gamecocks vs. UCLA Bruins

Tuesday, June 29
Game 2 – South Carolina Gamecocks vs. UCLA Bruins

Wednesday, June 30
Game 3 – South Carolina Gamecocks vs. UCLA Bruins*

* If necessary

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Doosan Bears Extend Kia Tigers Slide

SOUTH KOREA – The Doosan Bears finished off a three-game sweep against the Kia Tigers with a 6-3 victory Sunday in the Korea Baseball Organization (KBO). With the loss, the reigning league champion has dropped nine consecutive games.

The Bears, which racked up five stolen bases in the series finale, plated five runs in the second to put the Tigers on the brink of not qualifying for postseason action. Kim Hyeon-su and Lee Jong-wook combined for five hits, two walks, a pair of RBIs and three steals.

Doosan starter Lim Tae-hoon worked five innings of two-run ball to register the win.

SK WYVERNS 6, LOTTE GIANTS 4
Kim Jae-hyeon and Kim Kang-min both homered to lead SK past Lotte on Sunday after rain washed away the first two games of the weekend series.

Lotte center fielder Jeon Joon-woo drilled a two-run homer in the final frame to make things interesting.

Wyverns staff ace Kim Kwang-hyeon allowed a run and five hits to pick up his 10th win of the season.

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Legito Sparks Neptunus Over Amsterdam

THE NETHERLANDS – Defending Dutch League champion DOOR Neptunus extended its record-setting winning streak to 21 games with a 5-1 victory Saturday over the L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Raily Legito followed a one-out walk to Benjamin Dille in the ninth with a go-ahead two-run blast to spark a game-deciding, four-run frame.

Legito, who is second in the Dutch batting race with a .378 average, went 3-for-4 with a double, homer and two RBIs for the Rotterdam club.

Diegomar Markwell improved to 7-0 with eight innings of one-run ball to outduel Amsterdam starter Ben Grover and lower his season ERA to 1.58.

KINHEIM 12, HCAW 5
Rafael Jozefa highlighted a six-run sixth with a two-run single to blow open a close ballgame, and Corendon Kinheim dealt Mr. Cocker HCAW their 10th consecutive loss. Four different players drove in a pair of runs for the Haarlem squad, while Wuillams Vasquez homered and reached base three times for HCAW. Duko Jansen (5-2) worked five-plus innings to get credit for the win.

KONICA MINOLTA 17, ADO 1
Norbert Lokhorst and Jeffrey de Vrieze both drove in three runs each to lead the Konica Minolta Pioniers to a rout against ADO. Seven different players tallied a two-base hit for the Pioniers, who also collected 15 hits while reaching base 11 times on walks. American right-hander Eddie Aucoin (6-5) scattered a run and five hits over six innings to earn the win.

SPARTA/FEYENOORD 5, ALMERE 4
Mike Bazuin’s infield hit plated the go-ahead score in the seventh, as Sparta/Feyenoord edged the Almere Magpies in Rotterdam. Almere reliever Scott Ronnenbergh (3-3) balked in the tying run earlier in the same frame and was charged with the loss. Churandy la Cruz tagged Sparta/Feyenoord starter Gregory Gustina (3-5) with a three-run shot in the opening frame.

Team Won Lost Tie Streak
DOOR Neptunus 31 01 00 Won 21
Corendon Kinheim 26 07 00 Won 3
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 18 15 00 Lost 2
Konica Minolta Pioniers 15 17 00 Won 2
Mr. Cocker HCAW 13 20 00 Lost 10
Sparta/Feyenoord 11 21 01 Won 2
ADO 09 22 01 Lost 2
Almere Magpies 07 26 00 Lost 6

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Parma Subdues Telemarket Rimini

ITALY – Orlando Munoz broke open a close ballgame with a three-run homer, and Cariparma Parma stayed atop the Italian Baseball League with an 8-1 victory against the Telemarket Rimini Pirates Saturday. With the win in the rubber match, Parma (25-12) took the series and leads both T&A San Marino and UGF Assicurazioni Bologna by one game.

Parma struck first on Riccardo Bertagnon’s run-scoring single in the fourth, but Rimini pulled even in the bottom of the same frame when Lorenzo Avagnina drove home Mario Chiarini with a base hit. But it was all the visitors the rest of the way.

Bertagnon finished off a two-run fifth with his second RBI single of the game to stretch the lead to a pair of runs, and Munoz (pictured) launched a 3-1 pitch over the right field fence off reliever Mattia Barbaresi an inning later to make the score 6-1. Alex Sambucci doubled home two more scores in the seventh to seal the win.

Roberto Corradini (9-2) scattered a run and three strikeouts over seven innings to earn the win.

SAN MARINO SWEEPS CATANIA
Stellar pitching led T&A San Marino to a doubleheader sweep over the Catania Warriors. Tiago Da Silva (6-4) tossed six shutout frames to help the Titans claim a 9-2 win in the first game. Tony Granato and Carlos Duran combined for seven hits and four RBIs, and reliever Alvaro Montes picked up his first save.

San Marino captured its second victory of the day with a 6-1 triumph in the twinbill finale. Duran, Giovanni Pantaleoni and Max De Biase each drove in a pair of runs, and Greg Palanzo (6-3) worked six scoreless innings en route to the win.

BOLOGNA STOPS NETTUNO
Daniele Malengo’s two-run single highlighted a late six-run rally to lead UGF Assicurazioni Bologna to a 7-4 comeback win against Danesi Caffé Nettuno. Eddy Garabito reached base four times on a hit and three walks. Alessandro Ularetti (1-2) came out of the bullpen to get the win.

GODO, GROSSETO SPLIT TWINBILL
Chris Cooper (4-3) tossed one-run ball over five inings and Montepaschi Grosseto beat the De Angelis Godo Knights 6-2 in the front end of a doubleheader. Andrea Sgnaolin smacked his third home run of the season, while Danny Sandoval and Andrea De Santis drove in two run apiece.

Godo salvaged a split with a 4-1 victory in the second meeting. Lucas Montalbetti went 4-for-4 with an RBI, and Riccardo De Santis (5-4) worked seven-plus innings to earn the win.

Team Won Lost Streak
Cariparma Parma 25 11 Won 1
UGF Bologna 24 12 Won 1
T&A San Marino 24 12 Won 2
Telemarket Rimini Pirates 22 14 Lost 1
Danesi Caffe Nettuno 19 17 Lost 1
Montepaschi Grosseto 19 17 Lost 1
De Angelis Godo Knights 07 29 Won 1
Catania Warriors 04 32 Lost 2

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Neptunus Rallies To Beat Amsterdam

THE NETHERLANDS – Defending Dutch League champion DOOR Neptunus extended its record-setting winning streak to 20 games with a 3-2 extra-innings victory Friday over the L&D Amsterdam Pirates.

Amsterdam erased a one-run deficit on Kenny Berkenbosch’s two-run double in the fourth, and nursed the lead until the seventh when Danny Rombley’s RBI sacrifice fly tied the contest. Neptunus scored the winning run in the 10th when pinch-runner Eldrion Regina crossed the dish on a wild pitch by Al Morales to end the game.

Berry van Driel (2-0) pitched two shutout innings to get the win, while Morales (2-1) suffered his first loss of the year.

KINHEIM 3, HCAW 2
Tjerk Smeets capped a two-run sixth with an RBI sacrifice fly and Corendon Kinheim dealt Mr. Cocker HCAW its ninth consecutive loss. Bryan Engelhardt and Dirk van’t Klooster led Kinheim with two hits each. Bart Gabriels homered for HCAW. David Bergman (10-1) struck out six over five relief innings to earn his league-best 10th win..

KONICA MINOLTA 6, ADO 0
Jurjen van Zijl (6-4) pitched seven scoreless innings and the Konica Minolta Pioniers blanked ADO. Lennart Koster and Linoy Croes combined to drive in four runs for the home team. Jean-Paul Gulinck collected the final six outs to preserve the shutout.

SPARTA/FEYENOORD 5, ALMERE 3
Rutger Veugelers connected for a key two-run triple as Sparta/Feyenoord scored three seventh-inning runs to beat the Almere Magpies. Veugelers and Ramiro Balentina each had three hits for Sparta/Feyenoord. Jose Ventura (4-7) went the distance with 13 strikeouts to get the win.

Torrey Miller is a freelance writer from Lancaster, Texas. Dutch League beat reporter Marvin Moore is on vacation and will return next week.

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