2022 Belgian Division 1 Gold: Round 1

In the Belgian Division 1 Gold Competition (the top six teams battling for a spot in the Belgian Series), the following double headers/ series were scheduled in the opening round: Hoboken Pioneers @ Brasschaat Braves, Mortsel Stars @ Deurne Spartans, and Brussels Kangaroos @ Borgerhout Squirrels.

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Hoboken Pioneers @ Brasschaat Braves (5 – 1  ;  0 – 3)
This double header was a rematch of last year’s Belgian Series. This time though, the series HOB flagwas split. In game one, the Brasschaat did not stand much of a chance. They were kept in check by Bebee Brayden and Ben van Nuffel. Brayden pitched seven innings in which he allowed one run on five hits and three walks and struck out ten. Van Nuffel pitched two no-hit innings in which he allowed a walk and struck out one. The Braves pitching wasn’t helped, as the team committed four errors that led to two unearned runs.
In the first inning, the Hoboken Pioneers took a 2-0 lead when Dennis De Quint singled home Benjamin Goffaux from second base. With the bases loaded, Wesley Janssens reached base on a throwing error by the Braves’ shortstop, that allowed Dennis De Quint score the second run. In the bottom of the first, the Braves cut the lead in half on Axel Poesmans’ sac fly to center field, that drove in Raxon Martinez. Only in the fifth inning, Pioneers extended its lead when Kelvin Delgado singled home Wesley Janssens from second base. Singles by Lino Ballardini and Wesley Janssens drove in two more runs in the eighth. Bebee Brayden earned the win, Cade Johnson took the loss. The latter lasted five innings, in which he gave up three runs (one earned) on four hits and eight walks, and struck out seven.
With two hits out of four at-bats, Wesley Janssens was the best hitter for Hoboken Pioneers as he drove in one run and scored once.

In the second game, there was a starring role for Artuur Driessens. He lasted eight innings, in which he limited Pioneers to five hits, walked three and struck out two. Still, Driessens had only one 1-2-3 inning. In the other innings he allowed one or two runners on base. The starting pitcher of the opponent, Kenny van den Branden, wasn’t able to stop the offense of the Braves. In five innings, he allowed three runs on seven hits and two walks, as he struck out five. Van den Branden has announced his retirement after this season. He will surely be missed by the Hoboken Pioneers.
After two scoreless innings, the Braves opened the score in the third inning. With Jamie Verheyleweghen at third base, Lucas Rizzi hit a sac fly to center field. With the bases loaded and no outs in the bottom of the fifth inning, Lucas Rizzi hit a sac fly that drove in Raxon Martinez. With two outs, Yves Poesmans managed to hit a ground rule double thatBRA flag allowed Jamie Verheyleweghen to score. Artuur Driessens earned the win and Yves Poesmans earned the save. In the ninth inning, Poesmans allowed two hits and struck out one. Kenny van den Branden took the loss.
Axel Poesmans was the best hitter for the Brasschaat Braves as he went 2 for 3 with a double.

Mortsel Stars @ Deurne Spartans (5 – 10  ;  0 – 5)
In a battle of the airport, the Deurne Spartans stayed at the right side of the score in both MOR flaggames. By the time the Mortsel Stars got on the board in game one, the Deurne Spartans had taken a commanding lead already. A single by Frank Alejandro Prieto Burgos drove in the opening run in the first inning. When Alexis Marquez stole second base, the catcher of the Stars committed a throwing error that allowed Marquez to score the second run. In the following four innings, Spartans scored four more runs. Only in the top of the sixth inning, Mortel got on the board on a wild pitch and a 4-3 groundout. A sac fly by Kevin Reyns in the top of the seventh inning drove in Harold Langezaal, so the Stars inched closer, but a four run eighth inning for the Spartans smashed their hopes of coming back in the game.
Eventually, the Stars scored two more runs in the top of the ninth.
Anderson Denny Gerdel Nieto earned the win. He limited the Stars to three hits, allowed a walk, and struck out eight in five innings. Luis Efrem Morales took the loss after six innings, in which he allowed six runs (five earned) on ten hits and four walks, as he struck out seven.
Johiner Alfonso Arguinzones Ocanto was the best hitter for the Deurne Spartans, as he went 2 for 3 with a double and a home run, an RBI and three runs scored.

The second game of this series was played on Sunday. Also this time, the Mortsel Stars didn’t stand much of a chance. In nine innings, they were shut out and limited to four hits.
Deurne Spartans opened the score in the second inning, when a fielding error allowed Frank Alejandro Prieto Burgos to tough home plate. A sac fly by Johiner Alfonso Arguinzones Ocanto drove in the second run of the game in the third inning. A single by Frank Alejandro Prieto Burgos, and a double by Edgardo Jose Nieto Castillo drove in three more runs in the seventh inning to reach the final score.
Edgardo Jose Nieto Castillo earned the win as he went the distance. He gave up four hits,DEU flag waked three and struck out nine. Lowie Helsen took the loss. In eight innings, he allowed five runs on eleven hits and three walks, as he struck out one.
Best hitter for the Deurne Spartans was Frank Alejandro Prieto Burgos, who went 4 for 4 with a double, an RBI and two runs scored.

Brussels Kangaroos @ Borgerhout Squirrels (8 – 5  ;  4 – 14)
Another series that was played on two days. On Saturday, the Brussels Kangaroos stayed at De Club – Brussels Kangaroos Baseball & Softball Clubthe right side of the score. The Kangaroos struck first. In the opening inning, a 6-3 groundout and a passed ball allowed the team from the Belgian capital to score twice.
A stolen base by Elio Fundora Basnueva and the throwing error by the catcher that followed, allowed him to score the third run in the third inning. A big fourth inning secured the win for the Kangaroos. With the bases loaded, José Gregorio Pérez Silva threw a wild pitch that allowed Alain Cedeño Daudinot to score. Luis Unda followed with a double to right field that drove in two, followed by a single by Jayde Thorne that drove in Luis Unda.
In the bottom of the fourth, Cedric Vandesompele singled home Steven de Lannoy from second base to put the Squirrels on the board. With a one-run sixth and seventh, and a two-run ninth inning, the Squirrels inched closer, but not close enough.
Kevin Desmedt pitched a complete game for the win. He allowed five runs (three earned) on eight hits and a walk, as he struck out seven. José Gregorio Pérez Silva took the loss. In 3.1 innings, he gave up seven runs on two hits and ten walks, and struck out four.
Luis Unda was the best hitter for the Brussels Kangaroos. He went 2 for 4 with a double, two RBI, and two runs scored.

The second game was very lopsided, as the Borgerhout Squirrels needed only seven innings to clinch the victory. An eight-run fourth inning sealed the deal. Luis Unda, who replaced Mauro van Mook in the fourth inning, recorded only one out as he struggled mightily. A bases-loaded HBP scored the first run of the fourth inning, followed by a double by Steven de Lannoy, that drove in two. A walk allowed Timen van Geel to score from third. After a walk drawn by Matthias Group and a single by Cedric Vandesompele, Nick Vanthillo hit a double to left field that drove in two more runs. A wild pitch and a sac fly allowed the Squirrels to score two more runs. In the fifth and the sixth innings, the Kangaroos scored two more runs, but that wasn’t nearly enough to get back into the game.
Glenn Mareels earned the win. In five innings, he allowed three unearned runs, walked oneBOR flag and struck out four. Mauro van Mook took the loss. In three innings and two batters faced in the fourth, he gave up four runs on four hits and four walks, as he struck out one.
Cedric Vandesompele was the best hitter for Borgerhout Squirrels. He went 3 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.


  Team W L T PCT GB
1   2 0 0 1.000 0
Deurne Spartans
2   1 1 0 .500 1
Borgerhout Squirrels
2   1 1 0 .500 1
Brasschaat Braves
2   1 1 0 .500 1
Brussels Kangaroos
2   1 1 0 .500 1
Hoboken Pioneers
6   0 2 0 .000 2
Mortsel Stars

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