On the second day, of the eighth round of the Dutch hoofdklasse, the following games were scheduled: Quick Amersfoort @ Curaçao Neptunus, L&D Amsterdam Pirates @ HCAW, Hoofddorp Pioniers @ DSS/Kinheim and Silicon Storks @ Oosterhout Twins.
Quick Amersfoort 2 – 7 Curaçao Neptunus
Quick Amersfoort could get pace with Curaçao Neptunus for six and a half innings but then Neptunus had a big inning once again to bend the game to its will. Both teams had 1-2-3 innings multiple times but Neptunus had the chance to open the score in the first inning when it loaded the bases with two outs but it could not cash in as flied out.
Only in the bottom of the seventh inning, Neptunus took a comfortable lead when the pitching and defense of Quick imploded. Two walks and a fielding error allowed Benjamin Dille to score the opening run before Gregory Trinidad singled home Greg Muller and Quentin de Cuba. Another error allowed Neptunus to score two more runs. Eventually, Neptunus would score another run in the eighth and Storks would score twice in the top of the ninth. Diegomar Markwell earned the win as he pitched six innings in which he allowed two hits and struck out five. Markwell also reached the milestone of 1000 strikeouts in the Dutch hoofdklasse. Jan-Willem Geerts took the loss. In six innings and with four batters faced in the seventh, he allowed four runs (two earned) on four hits and four walks and struck out two.
The best hitter for Neptunus today was Gregory Trinidad, who went 2 for 3 with two RBI and a run scored.
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 5 – 0 HCAW
A rather easy victory for L&D Amsterdam Pirates even though HCAW was dangerous in the eighth inning. The team from Bussum had runners in scoring position a few times but never cashed in. In the eighth, the team loaded the bases with one out but then Kevin Dirksen hit into an inning-ending double play. Pirates on the other hand, made a better use of the opportunities it got. In the first inning, it took a 2-0 lead thanks to a double by Denzel Richardson and a wild pitch by Dennis Burgersdijk. three innings later, Kenny Berkenbosch doubled to right center field and drove in Sicnarf Loopstok. The final two runs were scored in the seventh inning, when Denzel Richardson, yes he again, doubled and drove in Mick Vos and Roelie Henrique. Juan-Carlos Sulbaran earned the win after five innings in which he allowed one hit, walked four and struck out three. Dennis Burgersdijk took the loss. In six innings, he allowed three runs on five hits and a walk and he struck out four.
It won’t come as a surprise that Denzel Richardson was the best hitter for L&D Amsterdam Pirates once again. He went 3 for 5 with three doubles, three RBI and a run scored.
Hoofddorp Pioniers 2 – 3 DSS/Kinheim
A close affair in Haarlem today. After Hoofddorp Pioniers scored the opening run in the top of the first inning, Ryan Huntington no-hit DSS/Kinheim for five innings. In the sixth inning, Pioniers scored its second run on a balk. In the bottom of the seventh inning, DSS/Kinheim finally was able to rally. With the bases loaded, a sac fly by Aidan Finnegan drove in Seb Visser for DSS/Kinheim’s first run. Koen Halderman tied the game as he crossed home plate on Jason Jakobus’ single to shortstop. The game ended rather anticlimactic. With two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth, Jochem Koedijk was hit by a pitch and thus drove in the winning run for DSS/Kinheim.
Milan van der Breggen earned his second win of the season as he pitched 0.2 perfect innings in which he struck out one. Sem Lauf, who replaced Ryan Huntington in the seventh inning, was tabbed with the loss. In 1.2 innings and one batter faced in the ninth, he was credited with the one run DSS/Kinheim scored in the ninth inning.
Jason Jakobus was DSS/Kinheim’s best hitter today as he went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI.
Silicon Storks 7 – 4 Oosterhout Twins
Slowly it starts to look like Oosterhout Twins is losing control. After being swept by HCAW last week, the team struggles against a team that is residing near the cellar of the Dutch hoofdklasse. After failing to win last Thursday, Twins even lost today.
In a close game, the score was tied at four after nine innings. Storks struck in the twelfth inning when Shunta Oba, who pitched three solid innings prior to the twelfth, was hit hard and allowed three runs, which was too much to overcome for Twins. Oba started the twelfth inning off on the right foot as he struck out the first batter he faced but then allowed two singles and a walk that led to the aforementioned three runs for Storks.
Nelmerson Angela earned the win as he pitched six solid innings in relief in which he gave up one run on four hits and three walks and struck out three. Shunta Oba took a rare loss.
Sheadion Jamanika was the best hitter for Silicon Storks as he went 3 for 5 with a run scored.
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