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Netherlands: DOOR Neptunus Jumps out to Lead in Semi-Finals After Round One

Netherlands: DOOR Neptunus Jumps out to Lead in Semi-Finals After Round One

The round robin semi-final round has started in the Dutch Baseball League. The top four teams play a 9 game round robin format with a 3-game series each weekend. The top two teams will advance to the Holland Series.

After Round 1, DOOR Neptunus is in the lead having swept its 3-game series with Corendon Kinheim. Not far behind is the defending champion L&D Amsterdam which took 2 out of 3 from the Vaessen Pioneers.

L&D Amsterdam 3, Vaessen Pioneers 1
Vaessen Pioneers 4, L&D Amsterdam 0
L&D Amsterdam 3, Vaessen Pioneers 1

Game 1 of the series saw Rob Cordemans pitch solid for 7 innings allowing just 1 run on 6 hits while striking out 8 Pioneers to earn the win for Amsterdam. Vaessen limited Amsterdam to only 3 hits, but the Pirates got 2 runs without a hit in the 2nd inning on a walk, a hit-by-pitch, an error, and a couple of sacrifice flies.

Vaessen bounced back in Game 2 to shout out Amsterdam. Joey Evans pitched 8 innings of shutout ball to pick up the win. Mark Duursma had a big day at the plate going 4-for-4 with a double and a RBI. Zerzinho CroesMichael Duursma, and Mark-Jan Moorman all pitched in with 2 hits each.

Game 3 saw another fine pitching performance. This time it was Amsterdam’s Ben Grover who went 7 innings allowing 1 run on 3 hits to pick up the victory. Bas de Jong had a nice day at the dish going 3-for-4 with a run scored. Wesley Connor drove in a run with a double.

DOOR Neptunus 4, Corendon Kinheim 1
Corendon Kinheim 2, DOOR Neptunus 7
DOOR Neptunus 7, Corendon Kinheim 3

DOOR Neptunus got a great outing from starter Diegomar Markwell in Game 1 as he went 8 innings allowing 1 run. Berry van Driel pitched the 9th to earn the save. Raily Legito led the offense going 4-for-4 with 2 doubles, a home run, and 2 RBI. Benjamin Dill added 3 hits, and Adrian Anthony went 2-for-3 with a double and 2 runs scored.

Game 2 was more of the same as Kevin Heijstek went 8 innings for the Neptunus to pick up the win allowing just 1 run on 3 hits. Raily Legito once again went deep, and Shaldimar Daantji added a double and 2 RBI.

DOOR Neptunus roughed up Corendon starter Nick Veltkamp who gave up 7 runs (5 ER) in 4.1 innings of work to take the loss. Tim Roodenburg went 6 innings allowing 2 runs to pick up the win. Raily Legito stayed hot going 3-for-4. Benjamin Dill went 2-for-4 driving in 3 runs.

Standings:
1. DOOR Neptunus 3-0
2. L&D Amsterdam 2-1
3. Vaessen Pioneers 1-2
4. Corendon Kinheim 0-3

Schedule:

Thursday August 2nd:
DOOR Neptunus – Vaessen Pioneers
L&D Amsterdam – Corendon Kinheim

Saturday August 4th:
Vaessen Pioneers – DOOR Neptunus
Corendon Kinheim – L&D Amsterdam

Sunday August 5th:
DOOR Neptunus – Vaessen Pioneers
L&D Amsterdam – Corendon Kinheim

Thursday August 9th:
Corendon Kinheim – Vaessen Pioneers
L&D Amsterdam – DOOR Neptunus

Saturday August 11th:
Vaessen Pioneers – Corendon Kinheim
DOOR Neptunus – L&D Amsterdam

Sunday August 12th:
Corendon Kinheim – Vaessen Pioneers
L&D Amsterdam – DOOR Neptunus

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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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