On the third day of the sixth round in the Dutch hoofdklasse, the following games were scheduled: L&D Amsterdam Pirates @ HCAW, Curaçao Neptunus @ Silicon Storks, Quick Amersfoort @ Hoofddorp Pioniers, and Oosterhout Twins @ DSS/Kinheim.
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 4 – 3 HCAW
After two losses vs the team from Bussum, a win was necessary for L&D Amsterdam Pirates to get a firmer grip of second place in the standings. After keeping HCAW hitless for three innings, Nout Kragt struggled in the fourth. It started with a throwing error by second baseman Niels van Weert followed by two HBPs and a walk. With HCAW leading 1-0, Kragt was replaced by Mike Groen, who could not keep HCAW from scoring more runs. A single by Christopher Gé and Arthur Lugtmeijer’s hit into a double play drove in two more runs. But Pirates fought its way back into the game as it scored a run in the fifth and in the sixth. Eventually, in the eighth, Pirates took the lead. With runners on the corners, a wild pitch allowed Kalian Sams to score the game-tying run. A few batters later, Roelie Henrique bunted in Denzel Richardson for the go-ahead run.
In the sixth inning, Manager Duursma brought Tom de Blok into the game. De Blok limited HCAW to two hits and struck out two for the win.
Bobbie Gnade took the loss. In two innings, he gave up two runs on a hit and three walks and struck out four.
Denzel Richardson was the best hitter for L&D Amsterdam Pirates as he went 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Curaçao Neptunus 8 – 1 Silicon Storks
Curaçao Neptunus took their brooms with them from Rotterdam as they were ready for another sweep. Once again it was an easy victory for them, not a blowout but easy for sure.
After Storks had taken a 1-0 lead, it took Neptunus three innings to take the lead. In the fourth, a wild pitch and a sac fly drove in two runs for the Rotterdam based team. In the following innings Neptunus would slowly walk away, unlike previous games in which they had one or two big innings. This time the team scored three runs in the fifth, two in the sixth and one in the seventh to reach the final score.
Manager Ronald Jaarsma had an uncommon way of using his pitchers today. He started with Giorgeni Casimiri, who pitched only the first inning and gave up the sole run of Storks. He was relieved by Misja Harcksen, who pitched a perfect second. Then Jaarsma guided Kaj Timmermans to the mound. Timmermans pitched three innings in which he allowed two hits and a walk and struck out four for the win. After Timmermans, Kevin Kelly and Aaron de Groot also pitched two innings each.
Twan Naessens pitched 4.1 innings in which he gave up five runs (one earned) on three hits and seven walks and struck out four. He was tabbed with the loss.
Gregory Muller went 3 for 4 and was the best hitter for Curaçao Neptunus.
Quick Amersfoort 1 – 8 Hoofddorp Pioniers
After yesterday’s game was postponed due to superfluous rainfall and the other scheduled game between the two opponents couldn’t be played either earlier this round, this was the first complete game between Quick and Pioniers this season. After Quick Amersfoort took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, Hoofddorp Pioniers tied it in the bottom of that frame. All Hoofddorp needed were two big innings. In the fifth, Colin van Laar couldn’t get out of the inning despite two outs. Four runs gave Pioniers a commanding lead that would be extended in the seventh. Pioniers led off with a triple by Joey Eeman, a double by Nathan Berkel, and a single by Duco Nuijten thus adding two runs to their score. A groundout by Jaison Gijsbertha drove in the final run for Pioniers.
Scott Prins earned the win by pitching eight solid innings in which he allowed one run on seven hits and a walk and struck out nine. Colin van Laar took the loss.
Max Draijer and Joey Eeman had identical numbers which made them share the honor of being the best batter for Hoofddorp Pioniers. Both went 3 for 5 with a double, an RBI, and two runs scored.
With today’s win, Pioniers has inched closer to a fourth spot in the standings. With two games less played, the team has a four- point lead over fifth-place Oosterhout Twins.
Oosterhout Twins 2 – 3 DSS/Kinheim
Also Oosterhout Twins was ready for a sweep as it has won the previous two meetings 11-1 and 4-3. But today, things would have a different turn. After Twins had taken a 2-0 lead in the first inning, the team wasn’t able to cling on to the lead. Koen Postelmans gave up two runs in the course of seven innings, blowing the lead. But manager Jeffrey Arends kept Postelmans in too long like he did not trust his bullpen. Just like yesterday when he let Sora Sakashita pitch a complete game, he kept in Postelmans. Last week the bullpen blew a narrow lead in the final inning vs Hoofddorp Pioniers. Perhaps Arend had this in mind as he left Postelmans out on the mound in the eighth inning. After Postelmans allowed two runners on first and second, Arends made the move to send Javier Montero to the mound. Montero loaded the bases before Pastor Chavez took over. Chavez gave up an RBI single to Jeldwin Orman and thus handed the lead and the win to DSS/Kinheim.
Robin Clara pitched two innings in relief for the win. He gave up two hits and two walks. Koen Postelmans took the loss. He allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk and struck out five.
The best hitter for DSS/Kinheim was Jochem Koedijk, who went 2 for 2 with an RBI.
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