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HCAW also defeats Kinheim to win Urbanus Tournament
BUSSUM (Neth.) - On Day 2 of the 31st In Memoriam Charles Urbanus, Sr. Tournament in Bussum, host Mr. Cocker HCAW also defeated reigning champion Corendon Kinheim. After winning 2-0 on Friday-evening against 2011 champion L&D Amsterdam Pirates, HCAW today ended the second day with a 5-2 win against the current champion. With today's win, HCAW also secured first place of the tournament.

On Saturday, Kinheim opened with a 4-2 win against Vaessen Pioniers, which then was shutout 4-0 by Amsterdam in the afternoon-game.

The tournament closes on Sunday with the final two games. Amsterdam Pirates then meets Kinheim, while HCAW closes against Pioniers. In case, HCAW loses to Pioniers, it ends up in a tie with either Amsterdam or Kinheim. HCAW has beaten both of these teams, meaning they will end up in first place, whatever the scores of Sunday's games.

Game 2: Vaessen Pioniers vs. Corendon Kinheim
In today's opening game, Kinheim won 4-2 against Pioniers. Both teams collected five basehits. Kinheim hit four of these hits in the second inning to stage a 4-run rally off of starter Joran Klarenbeek. Pioniers hit its five hits off of starter David Bergman, who threw four innings.

Kinheim was retired in order in the first inning, then Pioniers got into scoring position in the home of the first. With one out, Mark Duursma doubled, moved on a flyout, but then was left behind.

Kinheim then struck with four runs in the second inning. Bryan Engelhardt led off with a walk and advanced on a wild pitch with one out. A single by Mervin Gario brought Engelhardt to third baase and he then scored when his brother Rachid Engelhardt singled. With runners on first and second base, Roy Seltenrijch doubled to bring in the next run. A wild pitch then led to the third run in the inning and brought Seltenrijch to third base. After a strikeout, Seltenrijch made it 4-0 by scoring on a single by RenÚ Cremer, who then was left behind, as a flyout ended the at bat.

In the next four innings, Kinheim added only one more basehit and was held scoreless by the HCAW-pitching. The fifth Kinheim-hit was a lead-off single by Ramiro Balentina in the third inning. But hereafter, only two of the next 14 batters reached base, both on a walk. In the third inning, with Balentina on first base, Jeffrey Arends walked with one out, but both runners stranded. Shane Gnade then retired six batters in a row in the fourth and fifth inning. In the sixth, former pro Swen Huijer walked Rachid Engelhardt with two outs.

In the meantime, Pioniers did reach base in the third through sixth inning, but left five runners behind and was able to score only twice in the third inning.

After David Bergman retired Pioniers in order in the second inning, the team from Hoofddorp narrowed the deficit to 4-2 in the next at bat. With one out, Michael Pluijmers and Zerzinho Croes singled to put runners on first and third base. After a strikeout accounted for the second out, Danny Rombley doubled to bring in both runners. But he stranded himself, as Bergman struckout next batter Vince Rooi.

In the fourth inning, Phil Ortez led off with a single, but was forced out. In the fifth, off of new pitcher Jean-Paul Gulinck (who last season pitched for Pioniers), Mark Duursma walked with two outs and Danny Rombley was hit by a pitch, but this time, a pop-up ended the at bat. In the sixth and final inning, closer Arschwin Asjes walked lead-off batter Phil Ortez, but he was forced out with two outs to end the game.

Vaessen Pioniers - Corendon Kinheim 2-4
Corendon Kinheim040000 -450
Vaessen Pioniers002000 -250
pitchers Kinheiminn.SOBBHRER
David Bergman, W (1-0)45-522
Jean-Paul Gulinck, H (1)1-1---
Arshwin Asjes, SV (1)1-1---
pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Joran Klarenbeek, L (0-1)312544
Shane Gnade21----
Swen Huijer111---
Umpires: HP-Henri van Heijningen, 1B-Peter Brink, 3B-Edwin Louisa.
Official Scorers-Brigitta Zaal, Jeanette van Drunen.
Time-1:50 hr.

Game 3: L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs. Vaessen Pioniers
In the second game on Saturday, Amsterdam won 4-0 against Pioniers and outhit the team from Hoofddorp 9-5.

Amsterdam scored three of its runs in the first two innings off of American starter Josh Rickards. In the first inning, Michael Duursma led off with a single up the middle in his first at bat against his former team, then reached second base safely when an error was made on a force play-grounder by Bj÷rn Hato. The bases got loaded when Percy Isenia followed with a single, then a sacrifice fly by Bas de Jong accounted for the first run. But two runners then stranded when a force out ended the inning.

Pirates increased the lead to 3-0 in the second inning. With two outs, Roelie Henrique walked, Michael Duursma was hit by a pitch and Bj÷rn Hato singled to load the bases. Percy Isenia folowed with another single to bring in two runs.

The fourth run was added in the seventh inning. Isenia then led off with a single, advanced on a single by Bas de Jong and a wild pitch and scored on a sac-fly by Kenny Berkenbosch.

Amsterdam-starter Kevin Heijstek gave up only four basehits in five innings. In the first four at bats, only two Pionier-players reached base. In the second inning, Phil Ortez singled and in the fourth, Danny Rombley also singled, both with one out. In the fifth, veteran DŔ Flanegin and rookie Djewi Appelman opened with singles, but the a foul-out and double play followed. Rookie Daan Hendrix then retired the side in the sixth and closer Jurrian Koks gave up a lead-off double to former Pirate Vince Rooi, but then followed with three outs.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - Vaessen Pioniers 4-0
Vaessen Pioniers0000000-051
L&D Amsterdam Pirates1200001-490
pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Josh Rickards, L (0-1)431532
Daley Paalvast1.2--2--
Dennis Buring1.1--211
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Heijstek, W (1-0)52-4--
Daan Hendrix, H (1)1-----
Jurrian Koks, SV (1)11-1--
Umpires: HP-Edwin Louisa, 1B-Henri van Heijningen, 3B-Peter Brink.
Official Scorers-Jeannette van Drunen, Brigitta Zaal.
Time-1:55 hr.

...Winning pitcher Kevin Heijstek...
...gave up 4 hits in 5 innings...

...Michael Duursma avoid the tag of his brother Mark...
...and scores an run for Pirates...
(© Both Photos: Henk Seppen)

Game 4: Corendon Kinheim vs. Mr. Cocker HCAW
Day 2 of the Urbanus Tournament ended with a 5-2 win by HCAW against Dutch champion Kinheim, meaning the Bussum-based club also won the tournament. HCAW outhit Kinheim 7-3 and led 5-0 when it gave up two runs in the sixth and final inning of this game.

...Tim Niekerk makes his debut in the HCAW-squad...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
Rookie starter Tony Kreisel held Kinheim to only one basehit in the four innings he pitched and struckout three. Kreisel, who last season won the Roel de Mon Award for Best Youth Pitcher, gave up a lead-off single to RenÚ Cremer in the first inning, but that was it for the strong offense of the Haarlem-team in its first four innings. After Cremer had singled, he stole second base with one out, but then stranded. In the second inning, with two outs, Kreisel walked Roy Seltenrijch and hit Niels van Weert with a pitch, but they also were left behind. Kreisel walked another batter in the third (with one out) and fourth (lead-off) inning, but that also didn't harm him. In the fourth, Kreisel was supported with a double play.

After having left two runners in the first inning, HCAW opened the score in the second inning by scoring twice off of starter Nick Veltkamp. The lefthander then walked lead-off hitter Kevin Nieveld, who advanced on a sac-bunt by Tim Vermij and a wild pitch and scored on a double by Dylan de Mello. A throwing error on a sac-bunt by Dillon True then enabled De Mello to score the next run.

HCAW added its next run in the fourth inning when Peter van Doesburg singled with two outs and scored on a double by Peter van Doesburg. The team made it 4-0 in fifth inning off of Pim Walsma, who gave up a lead-off double to Linoy Croes, who then stole third base and scored on a wild pitch. The fifth run was scored in the sixth at bat off of Dion Steijl. With one out, Dillon True singled, advanced on a single by Peter van Doesburg and then scored on a single by Jorin van Amstel.

Trailing 5-0, Kinheim got two runs back in the home of the sixth inning. Rookie Tim Niekerk became the new pitcher for HCAW and was greeted with a single by Ramiro Balentina, then walked next batter Rachid Engelhardt. After facing only two batters, Niekerk was relieved by Gijs van Els, who loaded the bases by walking Jeffrey Arends. After a foul-out, Balentina was forced out at home on a grounder by Roy Seltenrijch, but then a throwing error on a grounder by Niels van Weert gave Kinheim its two runs.

Corendon Kinheim - Mr. Cocker HCAW 2-5
Mr. Cocker HCAW020111 -571
Corendon Kinheim000002 -232
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Tony Kreisel, W (1-0)4131--
Roel Bellinga11-1--
Tim Niekerk- (*)-112-
Gijs van Els1-1---
(*) - Niekerk gooide op 2 slagmensen in de 6e inning
(*) - Niekerk pitched to two batters in the 6th inning
pitchers Kinheiminn.SOBBHRER
Nick Veltkamp, L (0-1)434332
Pim Walsma11-111
Dion Steijl121311
Umpires: HP-Peter Brink, 1B-Peter de Haan, 3B-Edwin Louisa.
Official Scorers-Fred Haak, Feiko Drost.
Time-2:02 hr.

(April 6)

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