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(Story by Marco Stoovelaar; Photo by Henk Seppen & Regensburg Legionäre)

Amsterdam Pirates opens 3-game series vs. Regensburg with win
REGENSBURG (Germany) - The team of L&D Amsterdam Pirates opened the 3-game exhibition series against Buchbinder Legionäre Regensburg tonight (Friday, March 27) with an 11-8 victory, but was outhit 16-14.

In the morning, the Amsterdam-squad flew to Munich in Germany, then from there traveled north to the city of Regensburg, which is an one-hour-20-minutes ride (128 km). There, the team checked into its hotel and in the evening played its first of three games.

...Ivan Rodriguez...
(© Photo: Legionäre)
Regensburg Legionäre will be coached this season by Venezuelan-born Ivan Rodriguez Rodriguez, who was the Head Coach of Mr. Cocker HCAW in the last two years in the Dutch big league.

Mike Bolsenbroek, who made his debut in the Netherlands National Baseball Team last year, is one of the pitchers on the roster of Regensburg.

The team has five players on its roster who last year played for the German National Team in the European Championship, being Ludwig Glaser, Christopher Howard, Philipp Howard, Lukas Jahn and Wolfgang Reiter. The first four are veteran players, who played for Germany on several international events, including World Championships. Reiter made his debut in the national team last year after having been a member of the national junior team. The German squad finished in third place in the preliminary round, which was played in Regensburg, to qualify for the play-off round in the Czech Republic. There, Germany ended up in fifth place in the final ranking.

Also playing for the squad is American infielder Matt Vance, who played for Harvard University, but he already plays for Regensburg since 2009.

Another experienced player on the roster for Regensburg is catcher Kai Gronauer, who played professionally the last seven years in the organization of the New York Mets. Last year, the 28-year old Gronauer played in 30 games in Double-A and Triple-A combined. Tonight, Gronauer homered for Regensburg.

Last year, there were eight players with the German nationality playing professionally. Besides Gronauer, Maik Ehmcke (Rookie League, Arizona Diamondbacks), Julsan Kamara (Rookie League, Philadelphia Phillies), Max Kepler (Single-A, Minneota Twins), Daniel Thieben (Rookie League, Seattle Mariners), Sven Schuller (Rookie League, Arizona Diamondbacks) and Markus Solbach (Single-A, Arizona Diamondbacks) also played in the minor league. The eight player is American-born German Donald Lutz, who has played 62 games in the Major League in 2013 and 2014 with the Cincinnati Reds. During this years Spring Training, Lutz and Kepler played for respectively the Reds and Twins.
In October, 16-year old Nadir Ljatifi from Paderborn signed a contract.

Last weekend, Amsterdam Pirates shutout German champion Solingen Alligators twice, 6-0 and 8-0.
Regensburg played three games last weekend against Kotlarka Praha from the Czech Republic. In the first game, on Friday-evening, Regensburg won 10-1. The next day, a double-header was played. Regensburg then lost 5-4 in 7 innings, while the other game ended in a 6-6 tie in 6 innings.

(March 27)

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...Roelie Henrique...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Amsterdam Pirates opened the score with two runs in the first inning of the game, which was played under very cool temperatures (5 degrees Celsius, 41 Fahrenheit) in Armin-Wolf-Baseball-Arena, the home of the Legionäre since 1998. The site was used for one of the World Baseball Classic Qualifying Tournaments in 2012 and last year was the site for one of the two preliminary pools of the European Championship.

Trailing 2-0, Regensburg immediately came alongside in its first at bat off of starter Kevin Heijstek.

Regensburg-starter Wolfgang Reiter then held Pirates scoreless in the second and third inning. After the home team had taken a 3-2 lead in the third inning, Amsterdam answered with three runs in the fourth inning when Roelie Henrique homered, then added two more in the fifth.

In the home of fifth inning, Kai Gronauer homered for Regensburg off of Robin Schel, who relieved Heijstek with two outs in the fourth inning. But Amsterdam then rallied for four more runs in the sixth inning to increase its lead to 11-4.

Regensburg then narrowed the deficit to 11-8 by scoring one run in the seventh and three more in the eighth inning off of Daan Hendrix, who pitched the final three innings for Pirates.

Amsterdam collected 14 basehits, including three by Jesse Aussems, who also had three runs batted in. Kenny Berkenbosch doubled, scored three runs and batted in two. Roelie Henrique doubled and homered, scored two runs and also batted in three runs. Remco Draijer and Rashid Gerard each had two basehits in tonight's game.

The combined Amsterdam-pitching struckout eight batters and walked three, while the four Regensburg-hurlers struckout six and walked nine.

(more later)

Regensburg Legionäre - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 8-11 (9 inn.)
L&D Amsterdam Pirates200324000-11142
Regensburg Legionäre (Germany)201010130-8161
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Heijstek, W (1-0)3.2..........
Robin Schel, H (2)2.1..........
Daan Hendrix, SV (1)3..........
(pitching totals)9831688
pitchers Legionäreinn.SOBBHRER
Wolfgang Reiter, L4..........
Lucas Dickman............
Jonathan Eisenhuth............
Oliver Thieben............
(pitching totals)9691411..
Homeruns: Pirates: Roelie Henrique (1)(4th,off Reiter); Regensburg: Kai Gronauer (5th,off Schel).
Umpires: HP-. 1B-.
Time-0:00 hr.

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