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Pirates adds win; Pioniers vs. Kinheim ends in tie
AMSTERDAM / HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates on Sunday also won its second match-up in two days against Mr. Cocker HCAW. With a 5-0 lead, Amsterdam added eight runs in the last two innings to win 13-1.

At Hoofddorp, Dutch champion Corendon Kinheim failed to hold onto a lead twice. Trailing 2-0 and 5-2, opponent Vaessen Pioniers came back twice and so, their second confrontation in two days ended in a 5-5 tie.

Coming weekend, these four teams will meet each other in the 31st edition of the In Memoriam Charles Urbanus, Sr. Tournament in Bussum, which opens on Friday-evening.

Mr. Cocker HCAW vs. L&D Amsterdam Pirates
In their second game against each other in the Easter Weekend, L&D Amsterdam Pirates handed Mr. Cocker HCAW a big 13-1 loss, but scored eight of their runs in the final two innings of today's game, which lasted almost three hours. While the game was being played in Amsterdam, HCAW was the home team today, as its home site in Bussum is not yet available due to renovation works. The club expects to open the new field coming Friday-evening on Day 1 of their annual In Memoriam Charles Urbanus Sr. Tournament. HCAW then will meet Amsterdam again.

Pirates opened the score in the third inning with three runs off of starter Tony Kreisel. Raoell Kortstam led off with a double and moved on a passed ball, then Björn Hato followed with a single, but that didn't result in a run. Moments later, Hato took off to steal second base, while Kortstam ran towards home to open the score in a double steal-situation. Roelie Henrique then walked and a sac-bunt by Jesse Aussems moved the two runners. A sacrifice fly by Percy Isenia and single by Bas de Jong then led to the next two runs and made it a 3-0 score.

Amsterdam left two runners behind in the fourth inning off of new pitcher Leon Elshof, then another runner stranded in the fifth at bat when Marco Schel pitched. Two runs were then added in the sixth inning. Jasper de Haas then became HCAW's fourth pitcher and he began with a groundout. But then Milan Post and Raoell Kortstam walked and the bases got loaded when Björn Hato was hit by a pitch. Another walk followed, this time for Roelie Henrique, which brought in a run and a new pitcher. Gijs van Els took over and he was greeted with a sacrifice fly by Jesse Aussems that made it 5-0.

Amsterdam then rallied for eight runs in the next two innings, four each per at bat. Rookie Roel Bellinga took over the pitching for HCAW in the eighth. With one out, Roelie Henrique walked, stole second base, then scored when an error was made on a grounder by Jesse Aussems. After Bellinga struckout veteran Percy Isenia, he gave up an RBI-double to Bas de Jong, the best hitter of last year's big league-season. The righthander then walked Kenny Berkenbosch and was relieved by Sedley Karel. He appeared to get out of the inning when Rashid Gerard hit a grounder, but a throwing error followed, leading to two more runs.

In the ninth inning, Karel gave up four more runs. Kevin Weijgertse and Björn Hato began with singles, then the bases got loaded when Roelie Henrique walked for the fourth time, which was his third free pass in the last four innings. An RBI-single by Jesse Aussems followed, then a sac-fly by Percy Isenia produced the next run. A single by Bas de Jong (who was 3-for-6) re-loaded the bases, then a walk for Kenny Berkenbosch and sac-fly for Rashid Gerard increased the lead to 13-0. Milan Post added another single to load the bases once more, but this time a flyout ended the at bat.

Rob Cordemans started for Amsterdam and pitched four innings in which he struckout five batters and gave up five hits. With two outs in the first inning, he gave up a single to Jorin van Amstel, then walked Kevin Nieveld, but ended with a groundout. In the second inning, Arjan Elshof led off with a single, but was forced out on a grounder by Dylan de Mello. Next, Max Clarijs singled and an infield-fly accounted for the second out. A bunt-single by Dillon True then loaded the bases, but the three runners stranded when a groundout followed.

In the third, Cordemans gave up an one-out single to Kevin Nieveld, but then retired the next five batters (including four srikeouts).

Kevin Heijstek took over the pitching in de fifth and retired the first nine batters he faced in his first appearance on the mound as a Pirate. In the eighth inning, he walked lead-off hitter Tim Vermij, but then Jim Froberg grounded into a double play.

HCAW scored its lone run in the home of the ninth inning off of Jurrian Koks. Kevin Nieveld led off with a walk and scored when Juriën Overman followed with a double. Hereafter, Arjan Elshof added another double to put runners on second and third base. After a flyout, HCAW got the bases loaded when Max Clarijs walked, but then a double play ended the game.

Mr. Cocker HCAW - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 1-13
L&D Amsterdam Pirates003002044-13110
Mr. Cocker HCAW000000001-173
pitchers Amsterdam Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Rob Cordemans, W (1-0)4515--
Kevin Heijstek, H (1)431---
Jurrian Koks1-2211
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Tony Kreisel, L (0-1)312433
Leon Elshof1-----
Marco Schel1-1---
Jasper de Haas0.1-3-22
Gijs van Els1.2-11--
Roel Bellinga0.21214-
Sedley Karel1.112544
Umpires: HP-Fred van Groningen Schinkel, 1B-Jos van Eijsden, 3B-Rob Has.
Scorer-Rob Schuurman (HCAW).
Time-2:49 hr.

Vaessen Pioniers vs. Corendon Kinheim
After Corendon Kinheim turned a deficit into a big victory on Saturday against Vaessen Pioniers, today's game ended in a 5-5 tie. Like yesterday, today's game lasted seven innings.

Kinheim opened the score in Hoofddorp by scoring twice in the first inning. Pionier-starter Kevin Miner gave up singles to René Cremer and Dirk van 't Klooster, then a single by Ramiro Balentina accounted for the first run. Next, the bases got loaded when Bryan Engelhardt also singled. A sacrifice fly by Quintin de Cuba then made it 2-0.

Pioniers answered with two runs in its first at bat off of Steven van Groningen. Mark Duursma walked and then scored when Danny Rombley followed with a triple. A single by Phil Ortez then tied the score.

The next four innings remained scoreless. Kinheim hit only two basehits from the second through fifth inning off of American lefthander Josh Rickards and rookie Daley Paalvast. Rickards played in an Independent League last year, but also pitched in Germany and Italy before that. Dion Steijl and Pim Walsma held Pioniers hitless from the third through sixth inning.

Kinheim then rallied for three runs in the sixth inning off of new pitcher Dennis Buring to renew their lead to 5-2. Quintin de Cuba walked and Mervin Gario singled, but the latter was then forced out on a grounder by Roy Seltenrijch. With runners on first and third base, Remco Draijer walked to load the bases. René Cremer then also walked to bring in a run. A force play-grounder by Dirk van 't Klooster then led to the second out, but Ramiro Balentina followed with a single that brought in two runs and made it 5-2.

Dion Steijl and Pim Walsma, who relieved Van Groningen held Pioniers scoreless after the first inning, but in the home of the seventh, closer Arshwin Asjes gave up three runs to Pioniers that made it another tie score. In the seventh, Zerzinho Croes doubled and Mark Duursma singled, then the first scored on a force play-grounder by Danny Rombley. A single by Vince Rooi put runners on first and third base, then Mark-Jan Moorman also singled to bring in two runners and make it a 5-5 score.

Vaessen Pioniers - Corendon Kinheim 5-5
Corendon Kinheim2000030-5100
Vaessen Pioniers2000003-570
pitchers Kinheiminn.SOBBHRER
Steven van Groningen214322
Dion Steijl, H (1)22----
Pim Walsma, H (1)2-2---
Arshwin Asjes, BS (1)1-1433
pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Miner1--422
Josh Rickards2-21--
Daley Paalvast21-1--
Dennis Buring223433
Umpires: HP-Winfried Berkvens, 1B-Henny Jansen, 3B-Edwin Louisa.
Scorer-Frans Bergman (Kinheim).
Time-0:00 hr.

(March 31)

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