2021 Dutch hoofdklasse: Round 9, Day 1

With two European Baseball Cups being played right now, yours truly almost forgot there was still some hoofdklasse baseball going on tonight. The following games were scheduled: Hoofddorp Pioniers @ HCAW, Quick Amersfoort @ Silicon Storks, and Oosterhout Twins @ DSS/Kinheim.

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Hoofddorp Pioniers  2  –  4  HCAW
Hoofddorp Pioniers JS1 - RCH-PINGUINS HeemstedeHoofddorp Pioniers took an early 1-0 lead when Jeldwin Orman drew a bases-loaded walk. 
But HCAW bounced back immediately. Singles by Chris Gé, Arthur Bonevacia, and Bob van der Meer drove in three runs. A double by Rodney Daal added another run to HCAW’s score. Sebastian Kok, who allowed the four runs in the first inning, settled down in the following five innings as he limited HCAW to four singles before he was relieved by Mathijs Oosterbeek in the top of the seventh. With Bodhi de Vreede scoring from third on a 4-3 groundout, Pioniers inched closer in the seventh inning when it scored one run. But in the remainder of the game, neither team did score. 
Jim Ploeger, who pitched six innings, earned the win. He allowed one unearned run on six hits and a walk and struck out seven. Despite five solid innings, Sebastian Kok was credited with the loss. He gave up four runs on eight hits and a walk and struck out one. 
Arthur Bonevacia was the best hitter for HCAW as he went 3 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. 

Quick Amersfoort    –    Silicon Storks
Silicon Storks is heating up lately. It showed tonight    
In the first inning, Storks took a lead immediately. A double by Joran Berkhout drove in Brendly Martina for the opening run. When Kevin van Veen hit into a force out at second, Joran Berkhout scored the second run of the inning. Yurdion Martie drove in the third run with a single through the right side.  A single by Rachid Engelhardt and a two-run home run by Taylor Clemensia, put Quick Amersfoort next to Silicon Storks. A bases-loaded single by Kelvin Knape in the bottom of the sixth inning, handed the lead to Storks as it drove in two runs. But once again, Quick Amersfoort would bounce back. It scored one run in the seventh and three in the eighth, to take a 7-5 lead. But in the final inning, Quick squandered the two-run lead and Storks scored thrice for the win. 
Yerson Rosalina earned the win. In 1.1 innings in relief, he gave up one hit and struck out one. Stijn Bruins Slot took the loss. In 1.1 innings, he allowed three runs on five hits and a walk and struck out one. 
Yurdion Martie was the best hitter for Silicon Storks as he went 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored. 

Ooserhout Twins  12  –  9  DSS/Kinheim
In tonight’s game, Twins showed two faces. A eager offense that relied on the long ball to score runs and a struggling pitching staff. A grand slam by Jason Halman and a two-run shot by Shurman Marlin drove in six of the runs for Twins. 
Both Koen Postelmans and Jeffrey Levenstone struggled in their outings. Postelmans got through the first three innings without problems but in the fourth he had a hard time and did not get the necessary defensive support. As a result he gave up four runs of which one was earned. In the fifth inning DSS/Kinheim added another run. When Postelmans was replaced by Jeffrey Levenstone in the sixth, the latter struggled as well and recorded only one out and allowed three runs before he was replaced by Pastor Chavez, who stopped the offense of DSS/Kinheim. Also Levenstone lacked some defensive support. In the bottom of the eighth inning, got a bit closer again as it scored one more run but eventually, neither team did not score in the remainder of the game. 
Koen Postelmans earned the win after five innings in which he allowed five runs (two earned!!) on four hits and five walks and struck out ten. Ben Neijndorff took the loss after just one inning and four batters faced in the second. He gave up five runs on four hits andDKI flag four walks and struck out one. Raf Cocu got the save as he pitched 1.1 perfect innings with two strikeouts. 
Joshua Zara was the best hitter as he went 3 for 5 with two RBI and a run scored. 

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