The Hawks forces fourth game in Promotion/Relegation Series
DORDRECHT (Neth.) -
By winning 8-4 on Saturday, The Hawks tied the best-of-five Promotion/Relegation Play-Off against Sparta-Feyenoord and therefore forced a fourth game, which will be played next Friday.
Game 3 will be played tomorrow (Sunday).
The Hawks struck early with three runs in the first two innings and never trailed throughout the game with Sparta-Feyenoord scoring twice in both the fourth and seventh inning.
The Hawks was on top quickly, as Shurendell Borgschot led off the first inning with a homerun off of Sparta-Feyenoord's starter Gregory Gustina.
With one out, the lefthander then gave up four consecutive singles.
First, Steven Wharwood and Tony Enos singled.
Then, Enoch Deaton also singled to move the runners, but Enos was then tagged out after overrunning second base after a throw from rightfield.
A single by Berry van Donselaar then followed to bring in Wharwood and make it 2-0.
The Hawks added its third run in the second inning when Friso Arkenbout homered with one out.
Sparta-Feyenoord got two runs back in the fourth inning.
Starter Kevin Noordzij walked Jarred Duin, then gave up an RBI-double to Emerson Paula.
With one out, Churandy La Cruz singled to bring in Paula.
Another single followed, this time by Suri Betrian, but two runners were left behind, as a foul-out and strikeout ended the at bat.
The Hawks immediately took more distance by scoring twice in the home of the fifth inning.
Steven Wharwood reached on an error and Tony Enos singled, then singles by Berry van Donselaar and Thomas Soederhuijsen with one out raised the lead to 5-2.
After leaving two runners in the sixth inning, Sparta-Feyenoord again scored twice in the seventh to move within one run.
Jochem Pronk led off with a single, then scored on an one-out homerun by Anthony Vrolijk, but Sparta-Feyenoord was unable to add more runs, leaving more runners in the eighth and ninth inning.
The Hawks increased the lead to 8-4 by scoring three more runs in the home of the eighth inning on an RBI-single by Wharwood and two run-scoring errors.
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