The baseball players of L&D Amsterdam have extended the national title in Rotterdam. In the seventh and deciding game of the Holland Series, the reigning Dutch champion defeated home-playing Curaçao Neptunus, 4-2.
At Rotterdam, where Amsterdam forced the deciding game on Saturday, pitchers Kevin Kelly (Neptunus) and Shairon Martis (L&D) controlled the game for a long time.
Nice ball Sams
After giving up only one basehit in four innings, Kelly Kalian treated Sams to a nice ball. He went high over the fence, with two bases loaded.
Nineteen-time champion Neptunus then crept closer after distant hits by Gianison Boekhoudt and John Polonius. The Rotterdam-squad also had more basehits (9 to 4), but pitcher Martis also survived in the final inning to give Amsterdam its sixth league title. Martis threw an excellent game with 109 balls, of which 85 strikes (in the strike zone).
The two rival teams have been sharing the title in the Holland Series since 2016. In 2019, the title went to Amsterdam, which saw the series of matches interrupted last year due to the corona measures after a 2-0 lead. The federation decided that that lead was not enough to be declared champion.
Watch below for a report from last week at the start of the Holland Series between Curaçao Neptune from Rotterdam and L&D Amsterdam.