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Amsterdam moves back into first place

AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates moved back into first place on Saturday-afternoon (May 6) after recording a big 11-1 win in eight innings against De Glaskoning Twins. Amsterdam opened the 3-game series on Friday with an 8-1 win. The series concludes on Sunday in Oosterhout.

The home team was off to a good start, scoring eight runs in the bottom of the first inning off of Australian righthander Jeremy Atkinson, who made his debut in the squad of Twins and in the Dutch big league. Atkinson gave up seven basehits and eight earned runs. Before traveling to the Netherlands, the 26-year old Atkinson pitched for Port Adelaide in the 2016-2017 season in the South Australian Baseball League. He also was on the roster of Pine Hills Lightning in the Greater Brisbane Baseball League since 2014. However, he missed most of both the 2014/15 and 2015/16 season while recovering from an arm-injury from which he fully recovered. During the 2010-2011 season, Atkinson pitched in two games in relief for Brisbane Bandits in the Australian Baseball League. The pitcher did not play from 2012 to February 2014 when he was on a voluntary mission for his church.

Atkinson didn't gave up additional runs in the second inning, but the was relieved in the third.

Amsterdam collected 14 basehits, including three by Danny Rombley, while Linoy Croes batted in three runs.

(May 6)

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Today's game was decided in the first inning, but it was Twins that got the first runner in scoring position. In the top of the first, Jamie Verheyleweghen singled with one out off of Amsterdam-starter Kevin Heijstek and stole second base. But moments later, the Belgian player was eliminated in a rundown while trying to steal third base.

For Twins, Australian Jeremy Atkinson made his debut, but surely wouldn't have expected the welcome he got from the Pirates-offense. The righthander gave up six basehits and eight earned runs. The inning started well for Atkinson, as he got two quick outs, but then Amsterdam rallied to decide the game. With one out, Nick Urbanus singled, but was forced out on a grounder by Gilmer Lampe. After Lampe had advanced on a wild pitch, Kenny Berkenbosch walked and Danny Rombley followed with a runscoring single. The bases got loaded when next batter Patrick Bok reached on an infield-hit. A passed ball then accounted for the second run and Rashid Gerard added a 2-run double to make it a 4-0 score. It appeared that Twins couldn't get out of the inning, as the bases got loaded again when Jesse Aussems singled and Norbert Jongerius was hit by a pitch. Trailing 4-0, Atkinson was left in to pitch, but with the bases loaded, he gave up a baseclearing, 3-run triple to Linoy Croes, who was able to score himself also when a throwing error followed. With Amsterdam now leading 8-0, a grounder finally ended the long debut-inning of the Australian hurler.

Atkinson returned to the mound in the second inning. With two outs, he gave up a single to Danny Rombley and walked Patrick Bok. This time, no new rally started, as the two runners were left behind when a grounder ended the at bat.

...Linoy Croes cleared the bases with a 3-run triple...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Twins was retired in order in the second inning, but then scored its first (and lone) run in the third at bat. Bart Janssen led off and reached on an error, but then the Amsterdam-defense turned a double play. Hereafter, Nick Peels, Melvin Perdue and Jamie Verheyleweghen all singled to bring in the run.

Amsterdam got the run back in its third inning off of new pitcher Thijs Steenwijk. With one out, he walked Norbert Jongerius, who went on to score on a double by Nick Urbanus.

In the fourth inning, Twins got two baserunners with one out, but another double play ended this scoring opportunity. Amsterdam turned another double play in the fifth inning.

After having scored eight runs in the first at bat, the Pirates-offense was more or less silenced in the following innings, as it was unable to reach a 10-run difference to end the game in seven innings (or 6½).

After scoring the run in the third inning, Amsterdam scored its next run in the fifth. With two outs, Gilmer Lampe was on second base, who then advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Danny Rombley.

In the top of the eighth inning, Nick Veltkamp took over the pitching for Heijstek and retired the side. Moments later, Pirates did reach the 10-run difference to end the game via the mercy-rule. Nick Peels, the fourth pitcher this afternoon for Twins, got the bases loaded when he walked Rashid Gerard, Jesse Aussems and Linoy Croes (the latter with one out). Zerzinho Croes then delivered a walk-off single to make it an 11-1 score and end the game.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - De Glaskoning Twins 11-1 (8 inn.)
De Glaskoning Twins00100000-162
L&D Amsterdam Pirates80101001-11143
(one out when 10-run difference was reached in the eighth inning)
pitchers Twinsinn.SOBBHRER
Jeremy Atkinson, L (0-1)2-2788

Thijs Steenwijk313421

Brendan Schoemaker2212--

Nick Peels0.1-3111

pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Heijstek, W (2-0)74-611

Nick Veltkamp1-----
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Jos van Eijsden, 1B-Stenar van Groningen Schinkel, 3B-Peter Brink.
Official Scorer-Leo van den Brun.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Technical Commissioner-Willem Broertjes.
Public Address Announcer-Richard de Wolff.
Scoreboard Operator-Jolande Bierman.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:45 hrs.
Site-Pirates Honkbalstadion, Sportpark 'Ookmeer', Amsterdam.

Game Notes:
Jeremy Atkinson (Twins) makes his big league-debut.
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 15,5° C (59,9° F); wind direction northeast;
wind speed 27 kmh (16,2 mph); wind force 4 Bft; humidity 67%.

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