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Netherlands: 2010 Season Review – Corendon Kinheim

Netherlands: 2010 Season Review – Corendon Kinheim

THE NETHERLANDS – A season that started with championship aspirations ended in frustration for Corendon Kinheim in 2010. The former European champion finished the regular season in second-place with a 30-11 record, and opened the playoffs as a good bet to reach the Holland Series. However, a surging L&D Amsterdam Pirates’ squad upset Kinheim to bring down the curtains on a disappointing season.

SEASON AT A GLANCE
Skipper Eelco Jansen and his troops reeled off 10 consecutive wins after a surprising opening weekend split with the Almere Magpies to improve to 11-1. But the inability to win on the road became painfully evident as Kinheim endured a four-game losing skid and was just a .500 squad (4-4) away from home.

A trio of one-run victories against Amsterdam in late May sparked Kinheim to 16 wins in their next 18 outings. Although Neptunus (32-1) was the clear favorite heading down the stretch, Kinheim (27-7) was in prime position to play the spoiler role in the postseason.

In what the majority of Dutch baseball fans viewed as a preview of the 2010 Holland Series, Neptunus took two out of three games against Kinheim to win the season series, five games to one. The losses seemed to rob Kinheim of its confidence as the team limped into the playoffs with four setbacks in their last seven games.

Kinheim, which won 18 of 21 games at home, struggled mightily on the road going 12-8.

KEY PLAYERS
Bryan Engelhardt put up big numbers for Kinheim and enjoyed the rare feat of leading the league in home runs (6) and stolen bases (16). He also led the league in hits (57), RBIs (36), total bases (88) and slugging percentage (.575).

Rafael Jozefa (.320) and Remco Draijer (.316) combined for 91 hits, 58 runs, 19 doubles and 46 RBIs. Other capable hitters included Rodney Michel (.284) and Jason Halman (.279).

Relievers Nick Veltkamp (5-3/1.42), Nick Stuifbergen (3-0/1.93) and Michiel van Kampen (2-2/2.19/11 saves) played crucial roles on a pitching staff that finished with a 2.63 ERA.

TOP PERFORMERS
Veteran outfielder Dirk van’t Klooster hit .400 to claim yet another batting title. The 34-year-old Amsterdam native, who is the son of former Dutch League player Peter van ‘t Klooster, played on eight consecutive Holland Series champions from 2000 to 2007.

Staff ace David Bergman went 12-1 with a 1.38 ERA in 14 starts. The Haarlem native posted a league-leading 100 strikeouts in 97 2/3 innings with just 19 walks.

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Marvin J. Moore is a freelance writer at i-BaseballContent.com

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About Eric Bynum
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.

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