The DOOR Neptunus made it back to the Holland Series for the third straight season and looked to defend its championship from a year ago. DOOR dominated the league during the regular season winning that title with a 34-7 overall record. Finishing in second and facing off with the Neptunus in the Holland Series would be L&D Amsterdam.
Entering the Holland Series Amsterdam led the league in ERA with a 1.89 over league play. Leading the way for Amsterdam on the hill was Kevin Heijstek who led the league in wins (10-3) and was second in ERA (1.33). Following closely behind Heijstek for Amsterdam was Rob Cordemans who went undefeated on the year (8-0) posting a 1.53 ERA.
Even with Amsterdam heading into the Holland Series with the best pitching, the Neptunus were right behind them finishing second in team pitching ERA on the year at 2.17. Leading the league in ERA on the season was Orlando Yntema at 1.13 who went 8-1 on the season. Diegomar Markwell also went 8-1 posting a 1.97 ERA helping DOOR to the league’s best record.
The strong Amsterdam pitching showed up in Game 1 of the Holland Series as the Pirates shut down the Neptunus 5-0 on a strong outing from Heijstek. The bats for the Pirates came out in Game 2 posting 17 runs roughing up ERA leader Yntema winning 17-7 to take a 2-0 lead. DOOR Neptunus finally got a solid outing from Markwell in Game 3 as he pitched a complete game victory winning 3-1. However, Amsterdam took a commanding 3-1 lead in the series with a win in Game 4 and was just a win away from the title. It wasn’t meant to be for Amsterdam as the Neptunus came roaring back with three straight wins to take the series.
The Neptunus finished off the series with a 1-0 victory in Game 7 behind a strong outing from Berry van Driel who tossed 7.2 innings of shutout ball out dueling Cordemans. Regular starting pitching Markwell was unavailable to pitch since he was serving a four game suspension for actions that occured during a brawl earlier in the series. Berry van Driel was awarded the Holland Series MVP honors after posting a 2-0 record and 1.56 ERA over three games.
The title was the 15th for the Neptunus and the 24th for the city of Rotterdam (including nine by Sparta). This will be the last, after 17 years, of DOOR sponsoring the Neptunus Rotterdam. A new sponsor, Curacao, will take over the title role for 2015.
In other news around the Dutch Major League, the awards for 2014 were announced.
Complete Dutch Major League Awards:
- MVP 2014: Vince Rooi (Vaessen Pioniers)
- Left-handed pitcher: Diegomar Markwell (DOOR Neptunus)
- Right-handed pitcher: Kevin Heijstek (L&D Amsterdam)
- Catcher: Gianison Boekhoudt (DOOR Neptunus)
- First Base: Kenny Berkenbosch (L&D Amsterdam)
- Second Base: Benjamin Dille (DOOR Neptunus)
- Third Base: Vince Rooi (Vaessen Pioniers)
- Shortstop: Michael Duursma (L&D Amsterdam)
- Left field: Roeland Henrique Jr. (L&D Amsterdam)
- Center field: Shaldimar Daantji (DOOR Neptunus)
- Right field: Bas de Jong (L&D Amsterdam)
- Designated hitter: Dè Flanegin (Vaessen Pioniers)
- Best Coach: Evert-Jan ‘t Hoen (DOOR Neptunus)
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.