2020 Dutch hoofdklasse: Top 4 and Bottom 4, Round 1, Day 3

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With the remainder of the series between Curaçao Neptunus and L&D Amsterdam Pirates cancelled due to two cases of COVID-19 at the L&D Amsterdam Pirates squad, only three games were scheduled today. One in the top four competition: HCAW @ Hoofddorp Pioniers. Two in the bottom four competition: Silicon Storks @ DSS/Kinheim and Oosterhout Twins @ Quick Amersfoort.

HCAW 5 – 10 Hoofddorp Pioniers
A clear victory for Hoofddorp Pioniers in the rubber game of the series and there was nothing flattering about it. Despite the big third inning, the team scored plenty of runs in the other innings.
After a quick 1-0 lead in the first inning, Pioniers’ offense exploded for five runs in the third. Singles by Mark Smit, Victor Draijer, Max Draijer, Joey Eeman, and Duco Nuijten and a double by Mervin Gario, drove in five runs. But in the top of the next inning, HCAW answered big time. A double, two singles and a home run by Arthur Bonevacia drove in four runs. Pioniers would add four more runs , two in the fifth, one in the sixth and one in the seventh. All HCAW could do was scoring one more run in the top of the eighth frame.
Not only was HCAW outscored, it was also outhit 15-8. Of the ten runs its pitching allowed, two were unearned.
Lars Broersen, who limited HCAW to one hit in the first three innings, was pulled in the fourth by Nathan Diaby, who pitched 4.2 innings for the win. He allowed one run on one hit and two walks and struck out two. Nick Keur took the loss after two innings in which he Hoofddorp Pioniers JH2 - RCH-PINGUINS Heemstedesurrendered six runs on nine hits.
Max Draijer was the best hitter for Hoofddorp Pioniers as he went 3 for 4 with two RBI and a run scored.

Oosterhout Twins  10  –  9  Quick Amersfoort
Twins Oosterhout avoided the sweep but it was a hard-fought victory. 
A different approach by manager Jeffrey Arends of Oosterhout Twins today. He started Enrique Chaves today where Koen Postelmans would be the starter normally. It wasn’t quite a success as he allowed five runs (one unearned) in the first two innings but then settled down in the following three. At least he got plenty of run support today.
Twins got an early 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning but Quick Amersfoort countered with four runs in the bottom of the fourth. After Enrique Chaves got two quick outs in the bottom of the second, he could not get out of the inning before Quick scored another run, on a single by Tijmen Takke. But then in the following innings, Twins started to scrape up some runs that eventually gave them the. 9-5 lead. But once again, the team squandered an apparent comfortable lead. Koen Postelmans could not continue his good outing and surrendered four runs to Quick Amersfoort to tie the game at nine. A balk in the top of the ninth with Tyriq Kemp at third base gave Twins a cheap run for the 10-9 lead. Javier Montero, who replaced Koen Postelmans in the eighth, retired the side in the ninth to earn the win. Jasper Popken took the loss. In one inning and a batter faced in the ninth, he gave up three runs (one earned) on three hits. 
Average-wise, Railison Bentura was the best hitter as he went 1 for 1 with an RBI. 

Silicon Storks  2  –  9  DSS/Kinheim
DSS/Kinheim completed the sweep over Silicon Storks today with a clear 9-2 victory. 
The foundation of the victory was laid in the first two innings. Three singles, a double, a walk, a balk, and an error led to three runs in the first inning for the combo team from Haarlem. in the second frame, DSS/Kinheim gave it another billing as it scored four runs. The lack of control of Storks’ pitching and another miscue beside the two singles the team collected, led to four more runs for DSS/Kinheim. A bases-loaded single by Jochem Koedijk in the fifth inning added two more runs to DSS/Kinheim’s score. 
All Storks could do in return was scoring a run in the second inning and a run in the eighth. 
Steven van Groningen pitched six solid innings in which he allowed one run on four hits and three walks and struck out four for the win. Ronald Bloem took the loss as he lasted five innings but had to surrender nine runs (six earned) on ten hits and five walks as he did not record a strikeout. 
Leadoff hitter Bram Blokker was the best hitter for DSS/Kinheim with three hits out of four at-bats and two runs scored. score66

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