2020 Dutch hoofdklasse: Round 6, Day 1

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On the first day of round 6, the following games were scheduled: Curaçao Neptunus @ Silicon Storks, L&D Amsterdam Pirates @ HCAW, and Oosterhout Twins @ DSS/Kinheim.

Curaçao Neptunus 10 – 1 Silicon Storks
Silicon Storks played its home game at the ballpark of its opponent. Likely the result would not have been any better if the team would have been able to play at its own ballpark as Neptunus took an early and big lead. In the first inning, Stijn van der Meer could score from third on a throwing error of Storks’ catcher when Dwayne Kemp stole second base. Kemp advanced to third on the error and scored on Benjamin Dille’s single through the left side. Until then everything seemed to be okay. But in the second inning, Neptunus scored seven runs on seven hits and three walks. By then the game was already played.
With the bases loaded in the bottom of the second inning, Jurian Hansen scored when Joel Hernandez hit into a double play. That would be the final score as none teams scored again and the umpire called the game after five innings due to rainfall.
Misja Harcksen earned the win after two perfect innings in relief in which he struck out three. Nick Winkel lasted five innings and allowed ten runs on twelve hits and seven walks as he struck out two.
Stijn van der Meer was the best hitter for Curaçao Neptunus as he went 2 for 2 with two RBI and two runs scored.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates 3 – 5 HCAW
Gilmer Lampe gaf L&D Amsterdam Pirates an early lead with a leadoff home run. But HCAW also scored in the first inning. A single up the middle hit by Rodney Daal drove in Patrick Bok and Jeandro Tromp. Until the sixth inning, HCAW starter Luuk ter Beek limited Pirates to three hits but eventually, Pirates managed to tie the game in that sixth inning when Rashid Gerard hit a sac fly to drive in Kalian Sams from third base. By then Ter Beek was replaced by Gio de Graauw. Max Clarijs reached base on a bunt that drove in Jair van Borkulo from third and gave Pirates the lead. But in the bottom of the sixth, Rodney Daal Gave HCAW a two run lead with one huge blow. With a home run to left field, he took Arthur Bonevacia and Berend Ruben with him.
Gio de Graauw, who entered the game in the sixth inning, limited Pirates to six hits, walked two and struck out two for the win.
Jim Ploeger took the loss. He pitched five innings in which he gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk and struck out four.
Average wise, Christopher Gé was the best hitter for HCAW as he went 1 for 1.

Rob Cordemans pitched only three innings today but it were special innings any way as he pitched his 2000th inning in the Dutch hoofdklasse.

Oosterhout Twins 11 – 1 DSS/Kinheim
In the first three innings it looked like Oosterhout Twins would walk away gradually as it scored two runs per inning but in the fourth, the team flexed its muscles and had a big inning. Singles by Tyriq Kemp, Junior Martina, Shurman Marlin, a double by Brian Biezen and walks by Rayshelon Carolina, Jason Halman, and Diamond Silberie drove in five runs to give Twins a commanding lead. In the fifth inning, DSS/Kinheim got on the board. After he gave up a walk to Bram Blokker, Stefan Iannelli got two quick outs but then couldn’t get out of the inning. He struggled with his control and gave up three consecutive walks that allowed Kinheim to score its first run of the game. Eventually, thanks to a force out at second, Iannelli got out of the inning without any further damage.
Perhaps it was the lack of pitching depth, perhaps it was the big lead, but manager Jeffrey Arends sent Jerzy van Gool, normally an infielder, to the mound in the sixth inning. Van Gool gave up one hit, struck out one and issued a walk but didn’t allow a run. As a result, Stefan Iannelli earned the win. He worked his way through five innings in which he gave up a run on two hits and eight walks and struck out two. He needed 103 pitches to accomplish the feat.
Steven van Groningen lasted only 1.2 innings in which he gave up four runs (three earned) on as many hits and two walks as he struck out two.
Brian Biezen was the best hitter with three hits out of four at-bats. He doubled and drove in four runs.

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