2020 Dutch hoofdklasse: Round 4, Day 3

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On the third day of round four, the following games were scheduled: HCAW @ Curaçao Neptunus, Oosterhout Twins @ Quick Amersfoort, L&D Amsterdam Pirates @ Hoofddorp Pioniers, and Silicon Storks @ DSS/Kinheim.

HCAW  1  –  6  Curaçao Neptunus
Once again, one big inning was all Curaçao Neptunus needed to win the game.
For 5.5 innings, HCAW could keep pace with the team from Rotterdam but in the bottom of the sixth inning, Neptunus flexed its muscles and scored five runs. When you look at how the game developed, the win was deserved. HCAW had runners in scoring position four times but could cash in only once. Neptunus, on the other hand, had runners in scoring position four times as well before the sixth inning. In the sixth, two walks, two doubles, a single, a wild pitch, and a throwing error allowed Neptunus to score five runs. In the eighth inning, Darryl Collins scored the sixth run on a double down the left-field line by Stijn van der Meer.
Orlando Yntema cruised through seven innings for the win. He allowed four hits and struck out seven. Despite pitching five solid innings, Dennis Burgersdijk took the loss. In 5.1 innings he allowed three runs on five hits and four walks and struck out one. Darryl Collins was the best hitter for Neptunus as he went 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored. 

Oosterhout Twins  3  –  7  Quick Amersfoort
This game was quite the opposite of the one that was played in Oosterhout yesterday. Today, Twins really didn’t have a shot to win the game. Until the ninth inning, the team scored only one run while Quick Amersfoort had scored seven. The two runs in the ninth made the score more bearable for Twins but the team never had a chance for the win.
After Quick took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning, it added three more in the third to take a comfortable 5-0 lead. Eventually, a single by Denzel Brooks and a double by Rachid Engelhardt drove in two more runs for Quick in the bottom of the eighth.
Colin van Laar pitched six solid innings in which he allowed one run on six hits and three walks as he fanned four. Stefan Iannelli took the loss. In 3.2 innings, he gave up five runs on six hits and four walks.
Best hitter for Quick Amersfoort was Rachid Engelhardt, who went 4 for 5 with three doubles, two RBI and two runs scored.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates  4  –  3  Hoofddorp Pioniers
A narrow escape for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. After taking a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning, the team scored another run in the top of the eighth on a sac fly by Kenny Berkenbosch that drove in Denzel Richardson from third. But in the bottom of the same inning, Pioniers tied the game at three. A throwing error by Delano Selassa allowed Nolan Beugeling to score all the way from first base. A groundout to the shorstop by Joey Eeman allowed Mark Smit to score the second run for Pioniers. Victor Draijer’s single to left field allowed Max Draijer to score the game-tying run.
The way Pirates won was rather anti-climatic as the winning run was scored on a bases-loaded walk that allowed Rayall Legito to score the go-ahead run. Despite putting a runner on base, Pioniers was not able to get back as Mike Groen earned the save. Hoofddorp Pioniers (@Hfd_Pioniers) | Twitter
Shairon Martis pitched 0.1 inning for the win in which he gave up an unearned run on a hit. Angelo Wicklert also pitched 0.1 inning in which he gave up an unearned run on a hit, but he was tabbed with the loss as he walked two as well.
Glimer Lampe was the best hitter for L&D Amsterdam Pirates as he went 3 for 3. 

Silicon Storks  6  –  5  DSS/Kinheim
A close win for Silicon Storks. The team had the lead for most of the game after DSS/Kinheim took an early 1-0 lead. But in the fourth, singles by Brian Raap, Luuk Visser, Joost van den Bergh, and Jurriaan Dijk drove in two runs to give Storks the lead. DSS/Kinheim kept trace nevertheless and even got within a run in the bottom of the ninth. Jeldwin Orman hit into a force out at second on which Bram Blokker could score DSS/Kinheim’s fifth run. But with two outs, a runner on first and Kevin Nieveld at bat, a questionable strike three call ended the game.
Jayden Gonesh pitched six solid innings in which he gave up one run on three hits and four walks and struck out nine for the win. Steven van Groningen didn’t pitch too shabby either but he got the loss anyway. He allowed two runs on six hits and struck out four.
Brian Raap was the best hitter for Silicon Storks, going 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.

The (incomplete) standings after four rounds:

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Coming Tuesday, three games that could not be played in the past days due to bad weather or due to the coronavirus, will be played:  HCAW @ Curaçao Neptunus, L&D Amsterdam @ Hoofddorp Pioniers and Oosterhout Twins @ Quick Amersfoort.
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