On day one of round eight of the 2018 hoofdklasse season, De Glaskoning Twins headed to Rotterdam to face Silicon Storks from The Hague, HCAW hosted Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort, Hoofddorp Pioniers hosted Curaçao Neptunus and DSS moved to neighboring Amsterdam to face L&D Amsterdam Pirates.
De Glaskoning Twins 4 – 3 Silicon Storks
After not taking advantage of a scoring opportunity in the first inning, De Glaskoning Twins got into trouble in the bottom of the first inning as Silicon Storks took a 2-0 lead. Early in the game, Jan Evertse was brought in to silence the offense of Silicon Storks, which is playing its Thursday night home games in Rotterdam due to the lack of proper light towers at their home field. After Twins reduced Storks’ lead to one run in the third inning, it took them until the seventh inning to turn the tables. Christopher Gé hit a leadoff single, advanced to second on a sac bunt and scored when Ruar Verkerk grounded into a force out/ fielder’s choice at second base. Back-to-back singles and a bases-loaded walk put Twins back into the driver seat.
When Jan Everse, who kept Storks in check for seven innings, gave up a home run to Aldrich Guzman, Jakob Syrén relieved him and managed to get out of the inning without any trouble. Then Thijs Steenwijk retired the side in the ninth for the save. Jan Evertse earned the win.
Best hitter for De Glaskoning Twins was Christopher Gé who went 2 for 2.
Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort 8 – 1 HCAW
A tough blow for HCAW as it fell to Quick Amersfoort 8-1. For six innings long, it was a close game in which the team from Amersfoort had a one-run lead over HCAW but a six-run seventh inning gave a distorted picture of the balance of power in this game.
Sem Robberse had limited Quick Amersfoort to two runs on six hits in six innings but after the youngster was replaced by Ian Delamarre, things went completely wrong for HCAW. With the bases loaded, Delamarre gave up a bases-clearing double to Bryan Engelhardt. After Tijmen Takke drew a walk, Rachid Engelhardt homered to left center field to give Quick Amersfoort an 8-1 lead which was too much to overcome for HCAW.
Brian van Laar pitched five innings for the win in which he gave up one run on three hits and four walks and struck out seven. Ian Delamarre took the loss and Luis Figuera earned the four-inning save.
Best hitter for Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort was Rachid Engelhardt who went 3 for 5 with a double, four RBI and two runs scored.
Curaçao Neptunus 2 – 1 Hoofddorp Pioniers
A hard fought victory for Curaçao Neptunus as the fresh European champion needed ten innings to clinch the win today. After Lars Huijer pitched nine solid innings in which he gave up only one run on three hits and two walks and in which he fanned six (normally numbers that earn you a win) and Neptunus used three pitchers of which two pitched three shutout innings, extra innings were needed as starting pitcher Diegomar Markwell gave up Hoofddorp’s sole run in the sixth.
After Angelo Wicklert took over on the mound, Neptunus struck. Dudley Leonora, last year playing for Pioniers, drew a walk, advanced to second on a passed ball and stole third before Darryl Collins singled through the right side to give Neptunus a one-run lead. A slim margin that appeared to be enough as Loek van Mil struck out the side for the save. Riki Saito, who pitched 1.1 innings in which he gave up a walk and struck out one, earned the win.
In a game in which the runs and the hits did not come cheap, Darryl Collins was the best hitter for Curaçao Neptunus as he collected two of the four base hits Neptunus would hit in four at-bats.
DSS 1 – 4 L&D Amsterdam Pirates
After a disastrous European Champions Cup in which they barely managed to secure the second Dutch ticket for 2019, L&D Amsterdam Pirates recovered with a solid win over DSS. A four-run third inning was enough to clinch the win. As DSS was kept on a leash by Rob Cordemans, Pirates never got into trouble. Cordemans broke the 22-year old hoofdklasse strikeout record today as he recorded eight Ks to overtake Bart Volkerijk and set the record at 1,949.
With the bases loaded in the third inning, Nick Urbanus hit a bases-clearing triple down the right-field line. A muffed throw by second baseman Kevin Nieveld, allowed Urbanus to score the fourth run for Pirates.
With two outs in the seventh, Rob Cordemans, who had thrown 83 pitches, was replaced by Maickel Rietel, who promptly gave up a double to Denzel Richardson and a single to Tino van Erk that allowed DSS to get on the board.
Rob Cordmans earned the win as Jim Ploeger earned the save.
Best hitter for L&D Amsterdam Pirates was Max Clarijs, who went 3 for 3 with two doubles and a run scored.
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