On the first day of the second round of the 2021 Dutch hoofdklasse season, the following games were scheduled: Quick Amersfoort @ Curaçao Neptunus, Hoofddorp Pioniers @ DSS/Kinheim, L&D Amsterdam Pirates @ HCAW and Silicon Storks @ Oosterhout Twins (in Amersfoort).
Quick Amersfoort 2 – 7 Curaçao Neptunus
Normally, a two-run lead is not enough to keep Curaçao Neptunus from a win. And tonight that was the case as well. Quick Amersfoort took a 1-0 lead in the second inning when Brian Biezen singled home Taylor Clemensia with a single to right center field. Four innings later, Quick extened its score when Taylor Clemensia scored again, this time on a single hit by Amar van Zwieten. But in the bottom of the sixth, Neptunus cut the lead in half when Roger Bernadina scored on a sac fly by Quentin de Cuba. In the next inning, Neptunus finally took the lead when Dwayne Kemp drove in Stijn van der Meer and John Polonius. With Jakob Syrén on the mound, Benjamin Dille drove in one more run with a single through the right side.
Eventually Neptunus won 7-2.
Kevin Bakker pitched one no-hit inning for the win. Maverich Lourens took the loss after allowing three runs (one earned) on one hit and a walk in 1.1 inning.
Best hitter for Curaçao Neptunus was Roger Bernadina, who went 2 for 3.
Hoofddorp Pioniers 5 – 6 DSS/Kinheim
In a seesaw game, Kinheim needed ten innings for the win. For the biggest part of the game, DSS/Kinheim had a one-run lead but in the eighth, Pioniers tied the game on a passed ball. After neither team did not score in the ninth, extra innings were needed.
In the previous innings, DSS/Kinheim had taken a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the first, but in the next two frames, Pioniers scored twice to retake the lead again. In the bottom of the fourth, Kinheim scored twice on a bases loaded walk and a single by Jason Jakobus.
In the tenth, Pioniers took the lead again when Joost van den Bergh singled home Bodhie de Vreede. With two outs in DSS/Kinheim’s at-bat, it appeared that Pioniers would clinch the win but Mick van Vliet doubled down the left field line to advance Milan Lammerts to third base. A fielding error by the left fielder allowed Lammerts to tie the game at five. But the game had an anticlimactic end when Mark Smit dropped a fly ball, that should have been the final out, and allowed Bram Blokker to score the winning run.
Rick Rizvic earned the win after pitching the final inning in which he allowed a run, walked a batter and struck out two. Sem Lauf took the loss after allowing the runner on base that could score the winning run on the fielding error by the center fielder. Seb Visser and Milan Lammers shared the honors of being the best batter for DSS/Kinheim as both went 2 for 4 with a run scored.
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 1 – 2 HCAW
In a close game, HCAW stayed at the right side of the score.
Tom de Blok allowed two runs in the first inning when Rodney Daal doubled home Victor Draijer and Arthur Bonevacia scored on a passed ball. For the remainder of the five innings he lasted, he kept his team in the game. Lars Huijer on the other hand limited Pirates to two hits in seven innings as he struck out seven. Only when Huijer was replaced, Pirates was able to cut the lead in half in the eighth inning on a single by Max Clarijs. But that was all Pirates was capable of.
Lars Huijer earned the win, Tom de Blok took the loss.
Best hitter for HCAW was Victor Draijer who went 1 for 2 with a double and a run scored.
Silicon Storks – Oosterhout Twins
Nor Silicon Storks, nor Oosterhout Twins have an appropriate lighting system so this game had to be played at the ballpark of Quick Amersfoort.
Koen Postelmans struggled through 4.1 innings in which he gave up four runs (three earned) on seven runs and two walks. He needed too many pitches to get through the innings. Besides that, Silicon Storks saw his pitches very well. After he was pulled, he was still tabbed for two more runs. Twan Naessens on the other hand , pitched the game of his life and kept Twins on a leash. In first four innings, he limited Twins to only one hit. In the fifth, Twins finally got on the board when Jarreau Martina scored on Jerzy van Gool’s single through the right side. But after Naessens gave up a two-out walk, he was replaced by Gedryon Basilia, who retired Tyriq Kemp on a fly out.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Twins lineup finally started to catch fire. A walk, a double and two singles cut the lead in half. But that was all Twins was capable of and eventually, Storks won 8-3.
Despite his good outing, Twan Naessens got a no-decision. The win went to Jayden Gonesh, who did not allow a hit in the 3.2 innings he was out on the mound. Koen Postelmans took the loss. Best hitter for Silicon Storks was Yurdion Martie, who went 3 for 5 with two RBI.
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