2020 Dutch hoofdklasse: Round 3, Day 2

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On day two of the third round of the 2020 Dutch hoofdklasse, the following matches were scheduled:  Oosterhout Twins @ Curaçao Neptunus, Silicon Storks @ Hoofddorp Pioniers, L&D Amsterdam Pirates @ Quick Amersfoort and HCAW @ DSS/Kinheim. Due to the coronavirus case at Hoofddorp Pioniers, the club has decided not to play this weekend’s games in the hoofdklasse. 

L&D Amsterdam Pirates  4  –  1  Quick Amersfoort
For three innings, Quick Amersfoort could cling on to a 1-0 lead it had gotten in the bottom of the third inning on Jules Cremer’s single to left field, but eventually, in the top of the seventh, L&D Amsterdam Pirates started to see the pitches of former teammate Jhan Rifaela. Rifaela entered the game in the fifth and kept Pirates in check for two innings. But in the seventh back-to-back singles, a wild pitch, a bases-clearing double and a sac fly drove in three runs. A bases-loaded hit by pitch in the ninth, added another run to Pirates’ total.
Juan Carlos Sulbaran pitched six innings for the win. He gave up one run on four hits and a walk and struck out four. Jhan Rifaela took the loss.
Sharlon Schoop, Delano Selassa and Rashid Gerard all went 2 for 5 with a run scored.

HCAW  1  –  0  DSS/Kinheim
For eight innings, DSS/Kinheim could keep pace with HCAW as neither club scored.
HCAW had two opportunities to break the game open as it had runners on third but in both cases, the club could not cash in. DSS/Kinheim had a runner in scoring position in the second inning but also they were not able to push through and score a run.
But in the ninth, with runners on first and second, Leandro Anasagasti singled up the middle and drove in Luuk ter Beek from second base to give HCAW the 1-0 lead and eventually the victory.
Dennis Burgersdijk was in a groove today as he pitched eight innings in which he needed eighty-five pitches for the win. He gave up one hit, walked three and struck out three.
Robin Clara who pitched two innings in relief took the loss.
Berend Ruben was the best hitter for HCAW as he went 2 for 4 with a triple.

Oosterhout Twins  3  –  4  Curaçao Neptunus
In an agonizing slow game, Twins managed to keep pace with Curaçao Neptunus for all the nine innings. Twins took the lead in the second inning on a bases-loaded walk. In the following three innings, Neptunus pushed for four runs. The insurance run they scored in the fifth, came on a throwing error by catcher Jason Halman, who threw well over third base when Dwayne Kemp stole third. Through the innings, Oosterhout Twins scraped up two more runs.  In the eighth inning, the team had a golden opportunity to tie the game. After Junior Martina scored the third run for Twins on Shurman Marlin’s single through the left side, the team had the bases loaded with only one out but Diamond Silberie hit into an inning-ending double play, thus ending the final chance Twins had on tying the game or even winning it.
Orland Yntema earned the win. In six innings, he gave up two runs on five hits and three walks and fanned six. Kevin Kelly pitched 1.2 perfect innings for the save as he struck out one. Koen Postelmans, who struggled through four innings took the loss. He allowed four runs (three earned) on eight hits and three walks.
Best hitter for Neptunus was Dudley Leonora, who went 2 for 3 with an RBI.

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