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HCAW shuts out The Hawks to secure big league-spot
BUSSUM (Neth.) - HCAW shutout Mampaey The Hawks 3-0 on Saturday (August 29) to secure itself of another spot in the big league for next season.

It also means that The Hawks now officially ended in last place and therefore has to play in the best-of-five Promotion/Relegation Play-Off. In that series, The Hawks meets Twins, the champion of the second highest division ('Overgangsklasse'). The winner of that series will play in the big league next year. This series opens on Saturday, September 19.

(August 29)

Kaj Timmermans went the distance for HCAW. It was the second complete game this season for the righthander, who also threw nine innings on July 12 when he also faced The Hawks. Back then, Timmermans also threw a shutout, winning 2-0.

In the first inning, Timmermans gave up a lead-off single to Odion Gouverneur, who moved on a sacrifice bunt by Jules Peters. But hereafter, Timmermans helped himself by catching a line drive from Tim Roodenburg and doubled up Gouverneur at second base to end the inning.

In the second inning, Timmermans gave up another lead-off single, this time by Berend Ruben, then walked Stephen Henson. But hereafter, he retired the next three batters, including two strikeouts.

In the third, The Hawks got two runners with two outs. Jules Peters then singled, moved on a wild pitch, then advanced when Tim Roodenburg reached on an error. This time, Timmermans ended the inning by picking off Roodenburg.

HCAW stranded two runners in the first inning off of starter Evan Simons. With one out, Jelle Blaauw and Roy Seltenrijch singled, but they were left behind. Simons retired the side in the second inning, then gave up the first run in the third at bat. Peter van Doesburg led off with a walk and moved to third base on a single by Emersson Paula. With one out, Van Doesburg scored in a double steal-situation.

After The Hawks stranded another runner in the top of the fourth, HCAW added its second run in the home half. With one out, Jarreau Martina walked, moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Rikkert Kempen, then scored on a single by Max Clarijs.

A very rare situation took place in the top of the fifth inning, which resulted in a rare double play and The Hawks filing a protest. Julian Goins led off with a single and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Gregory Trinidad. Hereafter, Odion Gouverneur walked. Next, a weird double play concluded the inning. A double steal attempt followed, resulting in the elimination of Goins at third base. Goins was tagged out by third baseman Emersson Paula. Probably thinking that there were three outs, Paula tossed the ball away, which ended up near the dug-out of The Hawks. At that moment, Gouverneur tried to move to third base, but in the meantime, the ball was picked up by someone of The Hawks, who quickly let it drop again. But someone of the team at bat touching the ball while in play of course is not allowed. And so the umpires also called out Gouverneur, as this was a case of interference. With that, it became a double play that ended the inning. The Hawks filed a protest against the ruling.

In the sixth inning, Jules Peters led off for The Hawks with a single, but he stranded on third base. Timmermans retired the side in the seventh and eighth.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, HCAW added an insurance run when Roy Seltenrijch led off with a homerun, the first in his big league-career.

The Hawks got a final chance to do something back in the top of the ninth inning. With one out, Berend Ruben and Stephen Henson singled. Hereafter, Timmermans struckout Brian Raap, then got a force play-grounder from Enoch Deaton that ended the game.

And with that, HCAW secured itself of a spot in next years big league. However, the protest filed by The Hawks of course has to be handled in the upcoming days, meaning the game isn't over yet officially.

HCAW - Mampaey The Hawks 3-0
Mampaey The Hawks000000000-071
pitchers The Hawksinn.SOBBHRER
Evan Simons, L (0-2)5.152522
Kevin van Veen2.2--111
pitcher HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Kaj Timmermans, W (2-1)9437--
Homerun: HCAW: Roy Seltenrijch (1)(8th,solo,off Van Veen).
Box Score
Standings Play-Downs
Overall Final Standings
Umpires: HP-Roy van de Wateringen, 1B-André Ficken, 3B-Jos van Eijsden.
Official Scorer-Francis Speters.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Feiko Drost.
Technical Commissioner-Johan Brandsma.
Public Address Announcer-Dieks Bannink.
Time-2:50 hr.

Game Notes:
The Hawks files a protest against an umpiring decision in the top of the 5th inning.
HCAW officially secures itself of a spot in the 2016 big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 22,1° C (71,8° F), southern wind 13 kmh (8 mph), wind speed 2,6 Bft, humidity 45%.

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