On the second day of round two, the following games were scheduled: Curaçao Neptunus @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates, Hoofddorp Pioniers @ HCAW, and Quick Amersfoort @ Silicon Storks.
Curaçao Neptunus 13 – 3 L&D Amsterdam Pirates
Quite a humiliation for L&D Amsterdam Pirates today. From the first inning on, Curaçao Neptunus jumped on Pirates’ pitching. In the first inning, Neptunus took a comfortable 4-0 lead. Back-to-back singles by John Polonius and Roger Bernadina and a throwing error led to two runs, followed by an RBI groundout by Benjamin Dille and an RBI single by Shaldimar Daantji. During the course of the game, Neptunus added a run in the second, in the fourth, and in the fifth. If the race wasn’t already run, it was after the sixth inning, when Neptunus scored four more runs. One has to tip the cap for Pirates’ pugnacity. Instead of giving up and end the suffering, the team scored twice in the bottom of the seventh, to send the game into the eighth inning instead of ending it in seven mercy rule innings.
But in the eighth inning, a two-run double by Stijn van der Meer ended the game prematurely in eight innings.
Kevin Bakker earned the win. He replaced Orlando Yntema, who pitched only 3.1 innings and lasted 2.2 frames in which he gave up only one hit and struck out one.
Juan-Carlos Sulbaran took the loss. In 0.1 inning, he allowed four runs (one (!) earned) on three hits. Five of the thirteen runs that Neptunus scored were unearned.
Best hitter for Curaçao Neptunus was Dashenko Ricardo, who went 4 for 4 with a double, three RBI and a run scored.
Hoofddorp Pioniers 4 – 3 HCAW
Hoofddorp Pioniers clinched the series win vs HCAW today. But it was a close call after all. The 4-1 lead almost wasn’t enough.
A groundout by Jeldwin Orman in the second inning, gave Pioniers the 1-0. One inning later, Randolph Oduber doubled Raul Jacobs home. In the fourth inning, Pioniers added two more runs. Eventually, in the sixth inning, HCAW got on the board when Leandro Anasagasti scored on a groundout.
With Sem Lauf on the mound, HCAW rallied for two runs in the ninth (one of the runs was scored when he was replaced by Lucca van der Schouw, who retired the three batters he faced to rescue the victory.
John-Michael Halley earned the win. In six innings, he allowed one run on four hits and two walks and struck out four. Jim Ploeger took the loss. In five innings, he allowed four runs on six hits and two walks and struck out one.
Jorrit Penseel was the best hitter for Hoofddorp Pioniers as he went 2 for 4 with a triple and a run scored.
Quick Amersfoort – Silicon Storks
In a seesaw game, Silicon Storks tied the series at one. Both Silicon Storks and Quick Amersfoort took the lead several times but eventually Storks prevailed.
Trailing 3-1, Storks rallied for three runs in the bottom of the second to take the lead. But Quick bounced back in the next frame, scoring twice when Bas Wiers drove in a run on a “hit” that led to a force out at second and Rachid Engelhardt drew a bases-loaded walk.
But once again, Storks would counter, this time in the bottom of the fourth. A single by Kevin van Veen and a double by Joshmar Doran, drove in two to give Storks the 6-5 lead.
In the top of the fifth, Quick turned the tables once again as it scored three runs. In the bottom of the eighth, Ibrahin Redan was the first and the last batter of the inning when Storks scored five runs to take a comfortable 11-8 lead. Quick would score one more run but then the gas was out of the tank.
Jayden Gonesh earned the win. In 4.2 impressive innings, he gave up one run on four hits and struck out eight. Jasper Popken took the loss. In 0.2 innings, he allowed Storks to score thrice on three hits and two walks.
Kevin van Veen was the best hitter for Silicon Storks. He went 3 for 3 with three RBI and a run scored.
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