2020 Dutch hoofdklasse: Quick Amersfoort fails to cash in

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Quick Amersfoort 0 – 4 Hoofddorp Pioniers

Quick had runners in scoring position, whether or not with two or less outs, but never cashed in. In the second inning, Quick had a runner on second with less than two outs but a groundout towards third base and a force out at third, killed the opportunity.
Another opportunity in the fourth inning. With Bryan Engelhardt at second, Tijmen Takke flied out to center-field for the second out of the inning. Engelhardt then advanced to third on a wild pitch but couldn’t cross home plate as Emeron Lourens grounded out.
In the fifth inning, Jules Cremer advanced to third on Roger Bernadina’s fly out to center. But Ademar Rifaela also flied out for the final out of the inning.
Perhaps, Quick had the biggest chance in the sixth inning when it had runners on the corners with no outs. Bryan Engelhardt was thrown out in a stealing attempt at second base and the following two batters struck out swining. In the seventh and the eighth inning, the same song: runner on third but no score. Also in the ninth, with a runner on second, Quick did not score.
Hoofddorp Pioniers on the other hand clinched a regular victory in which it scored a run in all odd innings. The opening run was scored when Nathan Berkel stole home plate. Raul Jacobs scored Pioniers’ second run in the third inning when Max Draijer singled up the middle and Jacobs touched home plate coming from second base.
In the fifth inning, Pioniers had a big chance of ending the game early as it loaded the bases with only one out. A force out at second allowed Victor Draijer to score but that was all Pioniers was capable of. The fourth run was driven in on a single hit by Jaison Gijsbertha.
Lars Broersen pitched five innings for the win. He issued three hits and three walks.
Jhan Rifaela took the loss. In 4.1 innings, he allowed three runs on four hits and five walks and struck out four.
Max Draijer was the best hitter for PIoniers, going 3 for 4 with RBI.

Thanks to this win, Pioniers extended its lead over Oosterhout Twins in the standings. Pioniers, in fourth place, has played two games less than Twins and has six points more than the team from Oosterhout.

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