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

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In the final weekend of the Top 4 and Bottom 4 competitions, the following games were scheduled: In the Top 4, Curaçao Neptunus @ HCAW and Hoofddorp Pioniers @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates. In the Bottom 4, Oosterhout Twins @ Silicon Storks and DSS/Kinheim @ Quick Amersfoort. 

Curaçao Neptunus    –    HCAW
For the change, the Thursday night game at HCAW wasn’t bothered by a sun delay. No, this time the lighting installation was hit by a baseball. As a result there was a lot of glass on the playing surface, so the umpires decided to cancel the game.
The game will be restarted tomorrow, Friday, September 25.

Hoofddorp Pioniers    –    L&D Amsterdam Pirates
Hoofddorp Pioniers JS1 - RCH-PINGUINS HeemstedeApparently, manager Michael Duursma wants to spare his pitching staf for the upcoming thirteen days in which the team needs to make up five games next to this weekend’s round. Under the guidance of Rob Cordemans, Pirates took a 7-0 lead in the first two innings. Cordemans would pitch two more frames and limit Hoofddorp Pioniers to five hits. In the sixth inning, Pioniers would get on the board. Donny Breek took the mound, recorded two quick outs but then couldn’t get out of the inning. He loaded the bases thanks to two walks and a single and then threw a wild pitch on which Tyler Boersma could score from third. But after a visit of the pitching coach, Breek managed to get the final out.  With a six-run sixth inning, Pirates finished the job in six and a half innings. Yassir Lachkar took the loss after 0.1 innings in which he surrendered four runs on three hits and two walks. The win did not go to Rob Cordemans, even though the box score says so, but to Shairon Martis, who pitched a perfect fifth inning. 
Average wise, Jair van Borculo and Raydley Legito were the best hitters for L&D Amsterdam Pirates, going 1 for 1. 

Oosterhout Twins    –    Silicon Storks 
It starts to sound like a broken record, but once again, Silicon Storks took an early lead but could not cling on to it. In the first inning, the team from the Dutch Residency, took a 3-0 lead when Joel Hernandez opened the score on a single through the right side and the throwing error by the right fielder that followed and when Sydney Hoeverts scored on a groundout and Luuk Visser scored on a single to left-center. But Twins would put things in order in the next inning. With one out and runners on the corners, Rayshelon Carolina singled home Brian Biezen, followed by a single by Tyriq Kemp that drove in Mick Vos. The third and the fourth run for Twins were scored on a single and on a throwing error by Storks’ catcher when Railison Bentura stole second base. Leading 9-3 at the start of the sixth inning already, Twins added four more on three singles and a triple. Storks came close to scoring more runs in the bottom of the sixth when Alex Gross from Berlin took the mound and allowed runners in scoring position, but with three strikeouts he got out of the jam. If the game wasn’t decided yet, Twins added six more runs in the top of the seventh. 
Winning pitcher was Koen Postelmans who pitched a scoreless inning in relief. 
The loss went to Twan Naessens, who pitched five innings in which he allowed nine runs (eight earned) on thirteen hits and six walks and struck out one. 
Twins used several extra base hits tonight to clinch the win. In total the team hit four triples and a double. 

DSS/Kinheim 9 – 7 Quick Amersfoort

In a surprising result, DSS/Kinheim stayed at the right side of the score tonight. After Quick Amersfoort had taken the lead in the first inning, DSS/Kinheim tied the game at one in the third inning and thanks to a three-run fourth, the team from Haarlem took the lead. DSS/Kinheim even walked away to a 6-3 lead and a 9-4 lead. But Quick Amersfoort would not go down without putting up a fight.
With Robin Clara on the mound, Quick loaded the bases before Taylor Clemensia hit a bases-clearing double to center field. But thanks to a groundout and a double play Clara got out of the inning and limited Quick to one single in the ninth.
Jelle Bing earned the win after six innings of work in which he gave up four runs (three earned) on five hits and two walks as he struck out six. Stijn Bruijns Slot took the loss after four innings in which he allowed four runs on three hits and five walks.
Best hitter for Kinheim was Aiden Finnegan, who went 3 for 4 with three runs scored.

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