Curacao Neptunus Rallies for Netherlands Championship

It appeared L&D Amsterdam would take the championship series to a game five but Curacao Neptunus rallied for 6 runs in the last three innings to salvage the victory and bring the Dutch championship to Neptunus for the fifth consecutive season.

Kevin Heijstek pitched six innings of shutout ball for L&D. They were up 3-0 after six but Heijstek appeared to tire in the seventh. Two singles, two wild pitches and a double by Stijn Van de Meer drove in the first two runs. It also drove Heijstek from the game.

Down 4-2 into the ninth L&D stayed with Ward and Curacao tattooed him for three singles and a walk to score four runs. Stijn Van de Meer got another RBI single to pull Curacao within one. A Gianison Boekhoudt walk with the bases loaded brought in the go ahead run.

L&D managed to score one run in the bottom of the ninth but Loek Van Mil was able to contain the damage in his second inning of work to pick up the win. Orlando Yntema pitched seven strong innings for Curacao to help give the team the victory.

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