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Jim Ploeger & Vince Rooi lead HCAW to big win in Hoofddorp

HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - HCAW opened the new season with a convincing 14-4 victory against Hoofddorp Pioniers on Thursday-evening (April 13). The Bussum-squad, which is a serious contender for the top-4 this season, already led 8-1 halfway the third inning. With the win, HCAW opened its 50th season at the highest level.

Vince Rooi powered HCAW to victory tonight. The veteran third baseman was 3-for-4, including two homeruns and batted in seven runs.

HCAW collected 16 basehits, including four by Kevin Weijgertse. Roelie Henrique also had three basehits. His father Roeland Henrique made his debut as Head Coach and so, celebrated a win in his first game.

Defensively, starting pitcher Jim Ploeger had a great outing for HCAW. The lefthander struckout eleven batters in 5 1/3 inning and gave up only four hits.

The eleven strikeouts are the most in an Opening Day-game since American Chris Mezger struckout 13 batters as a reliever for UVV on April 12, 2013 against HCAW.

Ploeger became the first Opening Day-starter with 10 or more strikeouts in six years. The eleven strikeouts are the most by an Opening Day-starter since David Bergman (Kinheim) struckout 13 in six innings against ADO on April 14, 2011. The only other starters to strikeout 10 or more batters in an Opening Day-game in the last ten years were Rob Cordemans (Amsterdam Pirates) and Bobby Carrington (Sparta-Feyenoord), who both did it in 2011.

(April 13)

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HCAW had some firsts of the new big league-season in the first inning. At 7:31, moments after the game had started, lead-off hitter Roelie Henrique connected well on a delivery from starting pitcher Lars Huijer and accounted for the first basehit in the new big league-season. Seven minutes later, with one out, he also scored the first run when Vince Rooi hit the first homerun of the 2017 season.

With that, HCAW had taken a surprise early lead against and at Pioniers in Hoofddorp.

Pioniers got one run back in its first at bat off of lefthander Jim Ploeger. Lead-off hitter Dudley Leonora reached on an error, stole second base (while the batter struckout), then scored when a throwing error followed after he also had successfully stolen third base. Ploeger followed with two more strikeouts, then also struckout two batters in the second inning.

His teammates provided him with two more runs. In the top of the second inning, the bases got loaded when Sven Jongejans, Raoell Kortstam and Roelie Henrique all singled. A run was then scored on a sacrifice fly by Boyd Tuhumury, but HCAW also left two runners behind.

In the third, HCAW lifted the lead to 8-1, scoring five unearned runs. Kevin Dirksen, who played for Pioniers in the past few seasons, led off and reached on an error. He advanced on a passed ball, then scored on a single by Kevin Weijgertse. Hereafter, Lars Huijer hit rookie Delano Selassa with a pitch, but struckout the next two batters. The bases got loaded when Roelie Henrique walked. A run was then scored when Boyd Tuhumury reached on an error and hereafter, Vince Rooi (2-run) and Rossi Frolijk (one-run) followed with runscoring singles. That lifted the lead to 8-1 and brought Pioniers' Head Coach Dè Flanegin to the mound to make an unplanned early pitching change. Pitching ace Lars Huijer was relieved by Glenn Wassink. He got a force play-grounder, but HCAW had taken a commanding lead.

For HCAW, the evening wasn't over yet, as it added six more runs and went on to end the game with a mercy-rule score.

...Vince Rooi is greeted after one of his two homeruns...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
The Bussum-squad was held scoreless in the fourth, but scored three runs in the top of the fifth. Raoell Kortstam led off with a walk and Boyd Tuhumury singled with one out. The two scored when Vince Rooi hit his second homerun of the game!

In the meantime, HCAW-starter Jim Ploeger had a strong outing. In the first five innings, the lefthander gave up only two basehits and strukout ten batters. In the bottom of the sixth, Ploeger began with his eleventh strikeout. But hereafter, he got the bases loaded when Jeffrey Arends and Quintin de Cuba singled and Brennan Nijhof was hit by a pitch. That ended the evening for Ploeger, who was relieved by Steven van Groningen. With one out, he gave up a 2-run double to Glenn Bakker, who was the surprising starting catcher tonight for Pioniers, as he is an outfielder. Two regular catchers were in the starting line-up for Pioniers, but played at other positions, as Quintin de Cuba was the designated hitter and newcomer Sander Paap was the third baseman.

In the top of the sixth, HCAW added two more runs on a force play-grounder by Raoell Kortstam and a single by Boyd Tuhumury.

Leading 13-4, HCAW reached the 10-run difference in the top of the seventh. Rossini Frolijk led off with a single, which brought in new pitcher Darryl Jamoena. He got the bases loaded when he walked Kevin Dirksen and gave up a single to Kevin Weijgertse. A sacrifice fly by Delano Selassa then made it 14-4.

In the bottom of the seventh, Pioniers got runners on second and third base, but was unable to avoid a mercy-rule loss.

...Vince Rooi led the HCAW-offense by hitting two homeruns and batting in seven runs...

...Boyd Tuhumury scores for HCAW in the third inning; Glenn Bakker is the catcher and René Ras the umpire...
...Kevin Dirksen (27) tells Tuhumury what to do...

...Winning pitcher Jim Ploeger struckout 11 batters and Roeland Henrique won his first game as Head Coach...
(© All Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

Hoofddorp Pioniers - HCAW 4-14 (7 inn.)
Hoofddorp Pioniers1010020-463
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Jim Ploeger, W (1-0)5.1113443

Steven van Groningen1.2212--

pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Lars Huijer, L (0-1)2.242983

Glenn Wassink3.131664

Darryl Jamoena1111--

Homeruns: HCAW: Vince Rooi 2 (2)(1st,2-run,off Huijer; 5th,2-run,off Wassink).
Box Score
Final Exhibition Standings
Team Rosters
HP-René Ras, 1B-Winfried Berkvens, 3B-Rudsel Schoobaar.
Official Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Public Address Announcer-Jason Houtkamp.
Scoreboard Operator-Arjan Kardijk.
Starting Time-7:30 PM.
Time Played-2:41 hrs.
Site-Pioniers Stadion, Park21, Hoofddorp.

Game Notes:
Opening Night 2017 Season.
Roeland Henrique (HCAW) makes his debut as Head Coach in the Dutch big league.
Darryl Jamoena (Pioniers) makes his debut in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 8,2° C (46,8° F); wind direction west;
wind speed 18 kmh (11,3 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 74%.

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