On the first day of the eleventh round in the Dutch hoofdklasse, the following games were scheduled: HCAW @ Curaçao Neptunus, Silicon Storks @ DSS/Kinheim, Quick Amersfoort @ Hoofddorp Pioniers, and L&D Amsterdam Pirates @ Oosterhout Twins.
HCAW 7 – 11 Curaçao Neptunus
In what was one of those seesaw games, Curaçao Neptunus stayed at the right side of the score.
With two outs in the first inning, HCAW managed to take a 1-0 lead when Linoy Croes singled home Arthur Bonevacia. But the lead was short-lived. In the bottom of the second, a 5-3 groundout and a single up the middle drove in two runs for Neptunus. But in the top of the third, HCAW took the lead again when HCAW had runners in scoring position and Kevin Dirksen doubled down the left field line. But once again, this lead was short-lived. A 4-3 groundout and a single to center field gave Neptunus the lead in the bottom of the third. In the top of the fifth, speedy Linoy Croes scored from first base on a double by Kevin Dirksen. But Neptunus would answer immediately. A wild pitch allowed Roger Bernadina to score the go-ahead run. In the sixth, you may guess it, HCAW tied the game once more. Hitting his fourth base hit of the day, Linoy Croes drove in Chris Gé from third base. A dropped fly ball in left field heralded the four-run inning for Neptunus. Thanks to this error, Stijn van der Meer could advance to second base and scored on John Polonius’ single. Polonius would score on a sac fly by Dudley Leonora. Two more runs were driven in on a bases clearing triple by Ricardo Dashenko. Eventually, both teams would score twice to reach the final score.
Aaron de Groot earned the win. In 2.1 innings in relief he allowed two runs on two hits and three walks and struck out two. Jasper Elfrink took the loss. In one inning he allowed two runs on two hits and a walk.
Average-wise, Roger Bernadina was the best hitter for Curaçao Neptunus. He went 1 for 1 with a double and four runs scored and he drew four walks.
Silicon Storks 6 – 11 DSS/Kinheim
After scoring a run in the first and two in the second, DSS/Kinheim kept the pressure on pitcher Kevin van Veen. In the bottom of the third, the team loaded the bases with no outs and scored another run when Matis Crouwel drew a walk. Five more runs would follow thanks to singles by Bram Blokker, Jason Jakobus, and Tommy van de Sanden and a double by Sem Kuijper. Martijn Schoonderwoerd cruised through the first four innings but allowed Silicon Storks to score its first run int he top of the fifth and then loaded the bases. A single by Brandon Sint Jago drove in two more runs. Eventually, DSS/Kinheim would score two more runs and Storks would score three more.
Martijn Schoonderwoerd earned the win. In 5.1 innings, he gave up three runs on nine hits and two walks and struck out eight. Kevin van Veen took the loss as he allowed nine runs on ten hits and a walk in 2.1 innings.
Sem Kuijper was the best hitter for DSS/Kinheim. He went 3 for 4 with two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored.
Quick Amersfoort – Hoofddorp Pioniers
This game, that appeared to become an easy win for Quick Amersfoort, turned into a nail biter in the final innings.
Doubles by Rachid Engelhardt and Jorge Hernandez Morantes and singles by Bryan Engelhardt and Kai Berkel and a fielding error gave Quick Amersfoort an early and comfortable 6-0 lead. In the bottom of the third, Pioniers got on the board. A sac fly drove in Bodhi de Vreede and a single by Randolph Oduber drove in Jaison Gijsbertha. In the top of the fourth, Nathan Diaby, who entered the game in relief in the second inning, was replaced by Mathijs Oosterbeek. He allowed Quick to score two more runs on sac flies by Rachid Engelhardt and Taylor Clemensia. In the fourth, Pioniers cut Quick’s lead in half when it scored twice, one run on a wild pitch, one on a single by Raul Jacobs. In the bottom of the fifth, a sinlgle, a groundout and a wild pitch brought Pioniers within one run from Quick. Jeldwin Orman tied the game with a double down the right field line in the bottom of the sixth inning. After coming back all the way from 6-0 and 8-2, Pioniers finally took the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning when Jorrit Penseel singled home Denzel Brooks. And just when you thought, Pioniers had locked up the game, Quick hit once more. With runners in scoring position, Jorge Hernandez Morantes doubled to left field to drove in both runners and give Quick the lead again. Hernandez Morantes gave Quick the insurance run when he stole home plate. With the bases loaded and one out in the bottom of the ninth, Pioniers got within one run when Andreas Meijer scored on a fielders choice. With two outs and the bases loaded again, Lourens Maverich gave up a walk that tied the game at eleven. Randolph Oduber became the game winner as he drove in the game winning run with a single down the left field line.
Lucca van der Schouw earned the win. In 0.1 inning in relief, he kept Quick from scoring more runs. Lourens Maverick took the loss. In 0.2 innings, he allowed three runs on one hit and five walks.
Nathan Berkel was the best hitter for Pioniers as he went 3 for 4 with two doubles, an RBI and two runs scored.
L&D Amsterdam Pirates 5 – 6 Oosterhout Twins
In Amsterdam, Twins was the home team. The installation of the new light towers is delayed as the drivers of the lighting system have not been delivered yet.
Another win for Twins in walk-off fashion. In the top of the second inning, Koen Postelmans struggled to find the strike zone. He walked three to load the bases before Mick Vos singled home the opening run for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. Thanks to his defense, that turned a 3-2-3 double play, Postelmans got out of the inning without further damage but Pirates extended its lead in the top of the third when Gilmer Lampe hit a leadoff double, advanced to third on a fly out and scored on a sac fly by Kalian Sams. In the bottom of the third, with Jerzy van Gool at second base, Jarreau Martina tied the game with one swing. A wild pitch by Shairon Martis allowed Twins to take the lead in the fourth inning when Max Kops crossed home plate. But in the fifth, Pirates tied the game when Kalian Sams hit down the left field line and drove in Roelie Henrique from second. In the top of the sixth, Pirates took advantage of some defensive miscues and scored twice to take a 5-3 lead. An error during a rundown allowed Jason Halman to reach second base safely and Shurman Marlin to score Twins’ fourth run. In the bottom of the seventh, Twins pushed by loading the bases. Jarreau Martina then reached first base on a fielders choice as Jerzy van Gool was thrown out at home plate. But Shurman Marlin once again saved Twins from a loss as he drove in Rayshelon Carolina and Tyriq Kemp with a single to right field. After the sixth run that Twins scored, the game came to an end thanks to the curfew rule. Raf Cocu, who kept Pirates in check after he relieved Pastor Chavez, earned the win. In 1.2 perfect innings, he struck out one. Jelle van der Lelie took the loss as he surrendered the game-tying and game-winning run in 0.1 inning.
Average-wise, Max Kops was the best hitter as he went 1 for 1 with two walks and a run scored.
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