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Cordemans begins 21st season and leads Pirates to win
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - 24 hours after their opening game was scrubbed due to rain, L&D Amsterdam Pirates and UVV were back on the field at Sportpark Ookmeer in the Dutch capital on Friday-evening. This time, it was a chilly evening, but dry and so, the season also went underway for these two teams.

Behind the pitching of veteran Rob Cordemans, Amsterdam shutout UVV, 6-0, to open its season with a victory. The two teams meet each other again on Saturday-afternoon in Amsterdam.

Last year, the new season began with three cancellations. On Opening Night, Thursday, April 11, the game between Corendon Kinheim and Vaessen Pioniers was halted in the top of the first inning due to fog. The game was re-scheduled for the next evening, but then rained out. The match-up between Mr. Cocker HCAW and UVV was halted in the top of the third inning due to a power failures in two of its lighttowers. That game resumed the next evening and then was completed.

(April 18)

L&D Amsterdam Pirates vs. UVV
At Amsterdam, L&D Amsterdam Pirates shutout UVV 6-0 and outhit its opponent 8-2. UVV reached base only three times.

...Rob Cordemans begins his 21st big league-season...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Veteran Rob Cordemans started for Amsterdam and with that began his 21st season in the Dutch big league. The righthander, who turned 39 in October, threw six solid innings, striking out five batters and giving only two basehits. He needed only 69 pitches. Cordemans won his 163rd game to extend the All-time Career record.

After retiring the side in the first inning, Cordemans gave up a lead-off single to Mike Bazuin in the second at bat. But hereafter, Cordemans retired the next 14 batters in a row. He then gave up a 2-out double in the sixth inning to Brennan Nijhof, but a groundout ended the at bat.

Amsterdam supported its pitcher with a run in the opening at bat off of Gilian van Lith. Roelie Henrique and Michael Duursma led off with a walk and a double-steal brought the duo in scoring position. With one out, Henrique scored the first run on a sacrifice fly by Kenny Berkenbosch.

The second run was added in the third inning. This time, Björn Hato led off with a bunt-single, moved on a sacrifice bunt by Henrique, stole third base and scored on a single by Duursma.

The home team then scored twice in both the fifth and sixth inning. In the fifth, Hato led off with a walk and again advanced on a successful sac-bunt by Henrique. Duursma then also walked and a wild pitch moved the two runners. Next, Remco Draijer singled into centerfield to bring in both runners and double the lead to 4-0. Draijer himself was eliminated trying to advance to second base. Hereafter, Pirates got the bases loaded when Berkenbosch walked, Bas de Jong singled and Percy Isenia reached on a wild pitch following a strikeout. But the bases were left loaded when a groundout ended the inning.

Two more runs were then scored in the seventh inning. Bas Nooij led off with a walk and the bases got loaded when Hato and Henrique both singled. A sacrifice fly by Duursma and force play-grounder by Draijer then accounted for the runs and made it 6-0.

Daan Hendrix took over the pitching for Cordemans in the seventh inning and allowed only one UVV-player to reach base, a 2-out walk for Joris van Ballegooy in the seventh at bat.

Jurrian Koks threw the ninth inning for Pirates and retired the side to close the game.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - UVV 6-0
L&D Amsterdam Pirates10102200X-680
pitcher UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Gilian van Lith, L (0-1)626766
Thijs Steenwijk2111--
pitcher Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Rob Cordemans, W (1-0)65-2--
Daan Hendrix211---
Jurrian Koks1-----
Box Score
Umpires: HP-John Beltman, 1B-Niek Elshof, 3B-Fred Groenewegen.
Official Scorer-Fred van der Kade.
Play-by-Play-Brigitta Zaal.
Time-2:28 hr.

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