With three games rained out on Opening Day, those games were rescheduled for tonight. Unfortunately the game between L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Hoofddorp Pioniers was rained out again so only the games between Oosterhout Twins and HCAW and Quick Amersfoort and DSS/Kinheim could be played.
Oosterhout Twins 8 – 3 HCAW
On paper HCAW is a contender after the acquisitions the club made, but tonight the team did not live up to the expectations. After a scoreless first inning, Lars Huijer struggled with his control a bit as he hit two consecutive batters after giving up two singles, so Oosterhout Twins could take a 1-0 lead. Back-to-back singles by Diamond Silberie and Jerzy van Gool drove in two more runs for Twins. Still with no outs Rayshelon Carolina and Tyriq Kemp got on base on a fielders choice that allowed Diamond Silberie to score Twins’ fourth run.
In the bottom of the third, Rodney Daal hit a sac fly to center field to put HCAW on the board as Chris Gé could score from third. That same Chris Gé drove in the second run for HCAW in the bottom of the fourth when he singled to left field. Salient detail about Chris Gé is that he is a regular with HCAW while there wasn’t any room for him with Twins anymore…
After the second inning, Lars Huijer seemed to be settled down but in the fifth, he loaded the bases and then gave up a single to Jarreau Martina that drove in two runs. After giving up another walk, Huijer was replaced by Jasper Elfrink who started with a wild pitch that allowed Jarreau Martina to score the seventh run for Twins. After four innings, in which he limited HCAW to two runs, Koen Postelmans was replaced by Tyson Quolas.
After a solid fitth inning, Qualas struggled through the sixth inning but wasn’t helped by his defense either as an easy pop up, that should have been the third out, was squandered and allowed HCAW to score their third run instead. That was the sign for manager Arends to bring in one of the two Japanese acquisitions. Shunta Oba got out of the inning without further damage. Two wild pitches in the eighth, allowed Twins add another run to their total as Tyriq Kemp went all the way to third from first base and scored with Shurman Marlin at bat.
Shunta Oba earned the win after 2.1 innings of work in which he allowed two hits and struck out two. Best hitter for Oosterhout Twins was Shurman Marlin, who went 2 for 4.
DSS/Kinheim 9 – 3 Quick Amersfoort
DSS/Kinheim boldly took the lead in the first inning when Seb Visser hit a single down the left field line and drove in runners from second and third. Quick Amersfoort cut the lead in half in the bottom of the first on a sac fly by Taylor Clemensia. In the bottom of the second, Quick Amersfoort tied the game on a wild pitch that allowed Amar van Zwieten to score from third base.
Jhan Rifaela struggled with his control in the top of the third when he walked the first batter and hit the second. Both batters moved up a base on a sac bunt by Wesley van Hemert. Then with the bases loaded, Nick Hofer singled home two runs to give DSS/Kinheim the lead again. But on a 4-6-3 double play hit by Rachid Engelhardt, Bas Wiers scored the third run for Quick.
Jhan Rifaela kept struggling in the top of the fourth inning as he allowed runners on the corners and was replaced by Jasper Popken who retired Seb Visser on a sac fly that allowed Jochem Koedijk to score DSS/Kinheim’s fifth run.
Moreno Vork proved his value to DSS/Kinheim once more. He replaced Jelle Bing after four innings and did not allow a hit in the following four innings.
After scoring one run in the fifth, DSS/Kinheim scored three more in the eighth to take a commanding 9-3 lead.
Moreno Vork earned the win after four hitless innings in which he walked one and struck out four. Jhan Rifaela took the loss as he did not get past 3.1 innings and allowed five runs.
Best hitter for DSS/Kinheim was Thomas Bos, who went 2 for 2 with an RBI.
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