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Amsterdam strikes in middle innings against HCAW

AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - In the opening game of the series between the two league-leaders L&D Amsterdam Pirates and HCAW on Thursday-evening (May 11), it was the first that won and with that, it took sole possession of first place. In the quick-paced game, Amsterdam won 5-2.

HCAW opened the score with two runs in the first inning off of starter Rob Cordemans, who then dominated from the second inning on. After the first inning, HCAW didn't get into scoring position anymore and got only three more baserunners, two of whom were eliminated at the bases.

Amsterdam came alongside in the bottom of the fourth inning and then struck with three runs in the fifth inning.

(May 11)

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HCAW took an early lead tonight, scoring twice in the top of the first inning off of Rob Cordemans. The veteran righthander gave up a lead-off double to Roelie Henrique, who moved to third base on a grounder. After Vince Rooi walked, HCAW opened the score thanks to a sacrifice fly by Rossini Frolijk and a single by Seb Visser. Hereafter, Kevin Weijgertse also doubled. Frolijk was waved home, but was eliminated at the plate to end the inning.

Cordemans retired the side in the second inning, including two strikeouts, and dominated from here on. HCAW wouldn't get into scoring position again in the remainder of the game.

Amsterdam also got its first batter on base in the first at bat, as Remco Draijer led off with an infield-hit off of starter Jim Ploeger. However, the HCAW-defense then turned a double play. Ploeger also retired the side in his second inning on the mound.

Amsterdam got two batters to reach base with two outs in the bottom of the third inning when Norbert Jongerius and Remco Draijer both walked, but a force out ended the at bat.

HCAW saw another runner being eliminated on the bases in the top of the fourth. In the first, Frolijk was thrown out at the plate. In the third, Roelie Henrique led off with a bunt-single, but was later caught stealing. And in the fourth, Seb Visser walked with one out, but then was eliminated in a double play, as he returned too late at first base after Kevin Weijgertse flied out to rightfielder Danny Rombley.

After his nice defensive play in the top of the fourth inning, Danny Rombley also contributed offensively in the bottom of this at bat. With two outs, Kenny Berkenbosch singled, then Rombley followed with a homerun to make it a 2-2 score.

Amsterdam then struck with three runs in the bottom of the fifth game to take charge of the game. Max Clarijs led off with a single, then Remco Draijer doubled with one out. Clarijs was sent home, but was eliminated at the plate. Hereafter, three hard runscoring basehits followed. Draijer scored the go-ahead run when Zerzinho Croes followed with a single, then Nick Urbanus hit an RBI-triple and scored himself when next batter Gilmer Lampe doubled. That made it 5-2 in favor of the home team and also brought in a new pitcher. Steven van Groningen took over, saw Lampe advance to third base on a passed ball and walked Kenny Berkenbosch. The inning ended when Berkenbosch was caught stealing.

From the sixth inning on, only one batter would reach base for the two teams combined.

After giving up the two runs in the first inning, Rob Cordemans dominated in the remainder of the game. From the second inning on, he faced only one batter above the minimum through the seventh inning. As mentioned above, two baserunners were eliminated in the third and fourth inning, then Cordemans retired the side in the fifth and sixth inning. After having retired nine consecutive batters, Cordemans gave up a two-out single to Kevin Weijgertse, but the righthander then closed with his fourth strikeout of the evening.

Robin Schel took over for Cordemans in the eighth and retired the side, as did Daan Hendrix in the ninth. Amsterdam Pirates was retired in order in the sixth, seventh and eighth inning. And with that, its took just over two hours to complete this quick-paced game.

...Left: Vince Rooi reaches 3rd base and slides past Rashid Gerard in the 1st inning...
...Right: Kevin Weijgertse doubles for HCAW in the first inning...

...Rossini Frolijk tries to score on the double down the line by Weijgertse, but will be tagged out by catcher Max Clarijs...
...As the throw comes from leftfield via short stop, 3B Coach Kevin Dirksen has to dive as he was in the line of the throw...
...Watching the action are SS Zerzinho Croes, HP Umpire Peter de Haan, 2B Nick Urbanus, 3B Rashid Gerard,...
...baserunner Kevin Weijgertse and on-deck hitter Rachid Engelhardt (45)...

...Left: Roelie Henrique puts down a bunt-single for HCAW in the 3rd inning...
...Right: 3B Vince Rooi tries to field a hard line drive from Kenny Berkenbosch in the 4th inning...

...Max Clarijs is tagged out by Sven Jongejans in the 5th inning; Umpire Roy van de Wateringen leaves no doubt what his call is...
(© All Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - HCAW 5-2
L&D Amsterdam Pirates00023000X-580
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Jim Ploeger, L (3-2)4.212855

Steven van Groningen3.111---

pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Rob Cordemans, W (3-0)742522

Robin Schel, H (2)11----

Daan Hendrix, SV (1)11----

Homerun: Pirates: Danny Rombley (1)(4th,2-run,off Ploeger).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Peter de Haan, 1B-Roy van de Wateringen, 3B-Edwin Louisa.
Official Scorer-Dieks Bannink.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Karin Pieneman.
Public Address Announcer-Richard de Wolff.
Scoreboard Operator-Jolande Bierman.
Starting Time-7:30 PM.
Time Played-2:07 hrs.
Site-Pirates Honkbalstadion, Sportpark 'Ookmeer', Amsterdam.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 21,6° C (70,9° F); wind direction east-southeast;
wind speed 11 kmh (6,2 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 45%.

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