On the first day of the second round in the Belgian Baseball Gold Division, the following games were scheduled: Mont-Saint-Guibert @ Brasschaat Braves (doubleheader), Brussels Kangaroos @ Deurne Spartans, and Borgerhout Squirrels @ Hoboken Pioneers (also a doubleheader).
Mont-Saint-Guibert Phoenix 4 – 14 Brasschaat Braves
In both games of the doubleheader Mont-Saint-Guibert Phoenix did not stand a chance against the Brasschaat Braves. In game one, the Braves had two big innings that ended the game prematurely in seven mercy rule innings. The runs scored besides the two big innings would have been just enough to win the game. Both teams left a considerable number of runners on base: Braves fourteen and Phoenix ten. The Braves collected one more hit (nine) than Phoenix, so the number of walks issued was decisive. Phoenix gave up fourteen walks, the Braves allowed six free passes.
Winning pitcher was Cole Jenkins, who pitched six innings in which he gave up three runs on six hits and six walks and struck out six. Nabil Tauil took the loss. In one inning and five batters faced in the second, without recording an out, he was credited for three runs on one hit and five walks. The best hitter for the Brasschaat Braves was Eli Straw, who went 3 for 4 with a double and four RBI.
Mont-Saint-Guibert Phoenix 3 – 12 Brasschaat Braves
Game two was played for the full nine innings. Both teams stranded even more runners than in game one: Braves, fourteen and Phoenix, thirteen. After Mont-Saint-Guibert tied the game at two in the top of the second inning, an RBI single by Axel Poesmans and a two-run shot by Eli Straw, gave he Braves the lead and they never looked back. A two-run third, a three -run fifth, and one-run seventh and eighth innings, led to eight more runs for the Braves to reach the 3-12 final score.
Kevin van Hevel pitched 5.2 innings in which he allowed three runs on five hits and four walks and struck out four for the win. Florian Lekeu, was hit hard in five innings as he allowed ten runs on eleven hits and three walks, as he struck out two.
Axel Poesmans likely had his best offensive game of the season. He went 4 for 4 with a double, an RBI and three runs scored.
Brussels Kangaroos 2 – 0 Deurne Spartans
Only one game in Deurne today. Game two will be played tomorrow.
In a close game in which the Brussels Kangaroos collected more hits than the Deurne Spartans, the score was still 0-0 at the end of the ninth inning. Both teams had runners in scoring position a few times but neither team cashed in.
So with no score at the end of the ninth, extra innings were needed. After runners were placed on first and second due to the tie-breaker rule, the Kangaroos managed to load the bases. In the next two at-bats, the runners from third were thrown out at home plate but then Luis Manuel Veras Luciano singled to right field and drove in Leonel Reina and Ryoga Maeda, to break open the score. With runners placed on first and second, Cedric Desmedt retired the three batters he faced in the tenth and was awarded the win after two innings in relief. Alexis Marquez pitched a complete game but was credited with the loss.
Kevin Desmedt was the best hitter as he went 2 for 3.
Borgerhout Squirrels 4 – 5 Hoboken Pioneers
In the first game of the doubleheader extra innings were needed. A wild pitch, an RBI single and a sac fly gave Borgerhout a 3-0 lead in the third inning. Hoboken got on the board thanks to a bases-loaded walk in the fifth but the Squirrels expanded their lead with a run in the eighth. With a run in the bottom of the eighth and two in the bottom of the ninth, the Pioneers tied the game at four. with a tied score, free baseball was needed. Where the Squirrels failed to push through for a run in the tenth inning, the Pioneers did. With one out, Lieven Buerms was walked intentionally to load the bases. Then Xander Verspreet singled to center field to drive in the winning run for Pioneers. Brendan Verspreet earned the win, as he pitched two innings in relief as he gave up only one hit. Wesley Roemer took the loss as he allowed Pioneers to tie the game and gave up the game-winning run. In 2.1 innings, he gave up five hits and three walks and struck out three. Pinch hitter Jarno Sellicaerts was the best hitter for Pioneers as he went 1 for 1 with a double and a run scored.
Borgerhout Squirrels 5 – 3 Hoboken Pioneers
In the second game of the doubleheader, Hoboken took a 2-0 lead by scoring a run in the second inning and one in the fifth. But Pioneers could not cling on to the lead as the Borgerhout Squirrels tied the game in the seventh. Back-to-back doubles drove in the first run for the Squirrels, followed by a bunt that was laid down by Tim Veraghtert, that put runners on the corners. A sac fly by Ryan Johannes Johnson drove in the game-tying run. One inning later, Pioneers regained the lead when Nicky Mertens drove in Dennis de Quint with a single to center field. But in the top of the ninth, the Squirrels dealt the final blow.
Borgerhout loaded the bases but the first possibility to score the go-ahead run was blown as Matas Sirgedas hit towards the first baseman who threw out Tim Veraghtert at home plate. But the Squirrels cashed in on the next opportunity when Kevin Vervloet hit a bases clearing double. Hoboken could not overcome this blow.
Matthias Group earned the win. In 3.1 innings, he gave up one run on three hits and two walks. Sam van Nuffel took the loss. In the ninth, he did not record an out but gave up three runs on two hits and a walk.
The best hitter for Borgerout Squirrels was Kevin Vervloet, who went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI.
Standings Gold Division
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Results of the Silver Division:
Mortsel Stars 3 – 1 Namur Angels
Mortsel Stars 2 – 4 Namur Angels
Antwerp Eagles 12 – 13 Gent Knights
Antwerp Eagles 14 – 8 Gent Knights
Standings Silver Division