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(Story by Marco Stoovelaar; Photos by Robert Bos & Henk Seppen)

The Hawks evens series vs. DSS
Nederlands
HAARLEM (Neth.) - Mampaey The Hawks won 7-6 vs. DSS this afternoon (Sunday, September 28) to even the best-of-five Promotion/Relegation Play-Off at 1-1. The series continues on Saturday, October 4 in Dordrecht.


...Jules Peters...
...three basehits...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
The Hawks trailed 3-1 after the first inning, took a 5-3 lead moments later, but saw DSS come alongside in the fourth inning. The Hawks then scored two decisive runs in the seventh inning, the first of which was scored on a balk.

The Hawks scored its first run in the first inning off of starter Jorn van Ingen. With two outs, Kevin Moesquit doubled down the leftfield-line and scored on a following single by Berend Ruben.

However, in the bottom of the first inning, DSS answered with three runs. Starter Josť Moreno gave up four consecutive basehits, including three doubles, leading to the three runs. Ryan Miner led off with a double down the leftfield-line, then scored the tying run on a following single by Lennart Stut. Next, two sons of former big league-players as well as former teammates hit back-to-back doubles, as Tino van Erk (who also doubled down the leftfield-line) and Mitchell Koot (right-center) connected well, with the latter batting in two runs to make it 3-1. Tino van Erk is the son of former first baseman Peter van Erk and Mitchell Koot is the son of former infielder Frank Koot. Both played together in 1989 in the Dutch big league with Amsterdam Pirates, where they also played in the seventies, before the team promoted to the big league. Before returning to Amsterdam, Koot already had played in the big league for Haarlem Nicols, Giants Diemen and Amstel Tijgers. Van Erk is currently one of the coaches of the Rookie League Team of Vaessen Pioniers, while Koot is the Head Coach of DSS, whom he led to the championship this season in the second highest division ('Overgangsklasse').

Trailing 3-1, The Hawks immediately turned the game its way again by rallying for four runs in the second at bat. Joris Naber led off with a walk, Gregory Trinidad followed with a single and the two advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Gino Hersilia. Next, another basehit was delivered down the leftfield-line, this time a single by Shurendell Borgschot, which scored both runners and tied the score at 3-3. The bases got loaded when Tony Enos and Jules Peters both singled, then a sacrifice fly by Kevin Moesquit and a single by Berend Ruben made it 5-3 in favor of The Hawks.

In the home half of the second inning, DSS got on base again, but didn't score. With one out, Ryan Miner reached on an error, but as a runner trying to advanced he then touched the ball hit by next batter Lennart Stut. With that, Miner was ruled out, while Stut was credited with a basehit. But the latter stranded on first base.

And so, the first two innings were the start of an interesting and attractice game, which was attended by some 300 spectactors at the intimate home site of DSS in Haarlem.

In the third inning, there were two nice defensive plays. The Hawks had runners on first and second base with one out, then Shurendell Borgschot lined to third baseman Mitchell Koot, who not only caught the ball, but was able to complete a double play. In the home half, Seb Visser singled for DSS with one out, but then was picked off first base by Josť Moreno.

In the top of the fourth inning, Rik Geestman took over the pitching for DSS. The lefthander was supported with a nice defensive play by short stop Mitchel Dautzenberg in the fourth inning. Dautzenberg played a fine game as short stop and had five assists. In the fifth inning, Geestman was supported by an unassisted double play by first baseman Tino van Erk. He then retired the side in the sixth, before running into problems in the seventh.


...Henk van Heijningen...
...save...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Trailing 5-3, DSS scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the fourth inning. Joffrey Heus and Allan Hazel led off with a walk, then then bases got loaded when an error at third base was made on a bunt by Mitchel Dautzenberg. A walk for Ryan Miner then brought in a run, kept the bases loaded and also led to a pitching change. Michel Offerman took over and got two quick outs. First, there was a force out at home on a grounder by Lennart Stut, then a pop-fly behind second base followed. It was not an easy ball to catch, so no infield fly (!), but second baseman Kevin Moesquit made a nice catch. However, with two outs, the tying was scored when Mitchell Koot was hit by a pitch, but three runners stranded when a force out ended the inning.

DSS again left the bases loaded in the fifth inning, then stranded a runner in scoring position in the sixth inning.

And so, we enter the seventh inning, which proved to be decisive. Jules Peters led off for The Hawks with a single and next batter Kevin Moesquit did the same. The two moved into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt by Berend Ruben. Next, a force play was set up by walking Steven Wharwood intentionally. But then, the runners were awarded the next base when the umpires ruled that Rik Geestman committed a balk. With that, Peters scored and gave The Hawks a 6-5 lead. A following single by Joris Naber made it 7-5.

In the eighth and ninth inning, Max Ploegstra pitched for DSS and gave up only one more basehit.

Kevin van Veen, who had taken over the pitching for The Hawks in the sixth inning, encountered no problems in the first three innings he pitched. But then, then the tension started building again in the bottom of the ninth inning. With one out, Van Veen gave up a single to Seb Visser, then walked Sven Jongejans. Hereafter, Joffrey Heus singled into rightfield, where an outfield-error followed, enabling Visser to score. With the score now at 7-6 and runners on second and third base with only one out, the home team suddenly had a good chance of turning the game its way and win it. Henk van Heijningen was brought in as reliever for Van Veen. The righthander did fine, got two groundouts to end the inning and the game and earned a save.


...Tony Enos is picked off 1st base in the 1st inning...
...1B Tino van Erk is about to receive the ball from the catcher...



...Kevin Moesquit scores the first run for The Hawks...
...in the first inning, sliding past catcher Sven Jongejans...
...Home Plate Umpire Antoine Loock looks into the play...

...The Hawks-starter Josť Moreno...

...Mitchell Koot doubles in 2 runs in the 1st inning...

...The Hawks-coach Ronald de Bont (11) talks with...
...catcher Joris Naber and pitcher Josť Moreno in 1st inning...

...DSS-starter Jorn van Ingen...


...Gino Hersilia bunts two runners in scoring...
...position in the 2nd inning...

...Shurendell Borgschot follows with a 2-run single...


...Joris Naber and Gregory Trinidad both score...
...on Borgschot's basehit...

...DSS coach Frank Koot (right) talks with his battery...
...Jorn van Ingen and Sven Jongejans in 2nd inning...

...Seb Visser is picked off in the 3rd inning...

...Rik Geestman takes over in the 4th inning for DSS...
(© All Photos: Robert Bos Photos)

(September 28)




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