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UVV completes sweep with comeback-victory

VLEUTEN (Neth.) - The third game of the opening series between Pickles UVV and De Glaskoning Twins on Sunday (April 16) was exciting from the start. The suspense was building towards the end, as UVV trailed 6-5 in the ninth, but then scored twice to win 7-6.

With the win, UVV completed a sweep. Last year, the team also opened the season with three victories when it swept DSS.

UVV opened the season on Thursday with a big 11-1 win, then added an 8-3 victory on Saturday.

Today, Twins outhit UVV 11-10. Menno Lenting was 3-for-4 for Twins. UVV was led offensively by rookie Bryce Cherry, who was 4-for-5 with a homerun.

(April 16)

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In the top of the first inning, Twins got its first two batters on second and third base off of starter Gilian van Lith, but a strikeout and line drive double play followed.

Twins then opened the score in the third inning. Bart Janssen led off with a walk, advanced on a wild pitch with one out and scored on a 2-out single by Jamie Verheyleweghen. The Belgian player then moved to third base when a pick-off at first base ended in a throwing error, but he was left behind.

UVV came alongside in the bottom of the third inning off of starter Reynaldo Sarmiento Claro. This run also was the result of a walk. Rick Kuipers led off with a walk. He then reached second base safely when an error was made on a force play-grounder by Cecil Comenencia and scored on a 2-out single by Tijmen Takke. The bases got loaded when Bryce Cherry also singled, but UVV left three runners behind.

After Twins left runners behind on first and second base in the top of the fourth, UVV took a 2-1 lead moments later. Randy Daal led off with a double and Julian Goins followed with a runscoring triple, but the home team again stranded a runner in scoring position, as the next three batters were eliminated.

This lead also was shortlived, as Twins tied the score in the top of the fifth inning. Nick Peels led off with a single, but was eliminated in a double play after next batter Melvin Perdue popped out. Jamie Verheyleweghen then walked and later scored on a double by Dennis De Quint. Gino Jonis followed with a single, Verheyleweghen was waved home, but was eliminated at the plate, ending the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, UVV took the lead for the second time when Bryce Cherry hit his first big league-homerun with one out.

...Rookie Bryce Cherry was 4-for-5 with a homerun for UVV...
(© Photo: Jan Kruijdenberg)
The UVV-defense turned its third double play in the sixth inning, then added another run in the seventh. In this at bat, Thijs Steenwijk took the mound for Twins and faced his former team, as he played for UVV last season. He hit lead-off hitter Cecil Comenencia with a pitch, who then stole second base with two outs and scored on a single by Bryce Cherry to make it a 4-2 score.

In the top of the eighth inning, Twins appeared to turn the game its way by scoring four runs. The Oosterhout-squad got the bases loaded quickly off of reliever Jimmy Osinga. Pinch-hitter Bob van der Meer led off with an infield-hit, then Gino Jonis and Christopher Ge both walked. That led to a pitching change, as José Moreno took over. He was greeted with a baseclearing, 3-run double by rookie Bram Grooten, which gave Twins a 5-4 lead. Moments later, Grooten advanced on a single by Menno Lenting and scored on a sacrifice fly by Bart Janssen. The inning then ended when Lenting was caught stealing and Moreno closed with a strikeout.

Now trailing 6-4, UVV narrowed the deficit to 6-5 in the bottom of the eighth, but could have scored more runs. Sergino Martis and Mike Bazuin led off with walks. Hereafter, UVV's Head Coach Ty Eriksen made several changes hoping to turn the game its way again. Martis was replaced by pinch-runner Roland Laurens, but his appeance was brief, as he was forced out at third base hereafter on a grounder by Randy Daal. An error then followed on a grounder by Julian Goins, which led to a run. UVV got the bases loaded when another error was made on a grounder by Rodney Daal, who played in his first game. He is recovering from an injury and therefore cannot play fulltime yet. After reaching first base, Daal was replaced by pinch-runner Brandon Rijnbergen. With the bases loaded, a force out at the plate followed on a grounder by Cecil Comenencia and a flyout ended the inning.

In the top of the ninth, José Moreno retired the side and then a suspenseful bottom of the ninth followed. With one out, Bryce Cherry singled, as did pinch-hitter Steven van Reem. Mike Bazuin delivered the third consecutive single to bring in Cherry and tie the score at 6-6. Another pinch-runner entered the game, as (pitcher) Timo van Ancum took over for Van Reem at second base. A successful move, as Van Ancum scored the winning run when Randy Daal followed with a walk-off single, resulting in a 7-6 win and a sweep for UVV.

...Left: Head Coaches Ty Eriksen (UVV) and Kevin Roovers (Twins) meet with Umpires Efrem Silvania and Rob Has...
...Right: Gino Jonis hitting for Twins...

...Bart Janssen slides past catcher Julian Goins to score the first run for Twins in the 3rd inning...

...Left: Rick Kuipers races to the plate for UVV to score the tying run in the bottom of the 3rd inning...
...Right: Julian Goins slides into 3rd base with an RBI-triple for UVV in the 4th inning...

...Left: Reynaldo Sarmiento Claro started today for Twins...
...Right: 1B Tijmen Takke eliminates Nick Peels in a double play in the 5th inning with pitcher Gilian van Lith looking on...

...Dennis De Quint is eliminated at the plate by catcher Julian Goins in the 5th inning...
...Home Plate Umpire Efrem Silvania looks into the play before making the out-call...

...Bryce Cherry (25) is greeted after hitting a homerun in the 5th inning, then makes a nice catch as rightfielder in the 8th inning...
(© All Photos: Jan Kruijdenberg)

Pickles UVV - De Glaskoning Twins 7-6
De Glaskoning Twins001010040-6113
Pickles UVV001110112-7101
(one out when winning run was scored in the ninth inning)
pitchers Twinsinn.SOBBHRER
Reynaldo Sarmiento Claro622532

Thijs Steenwijk, L (0-1)2.1-2543

pitchers UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Gilian van Lith5.124822

Jimmy Osinga, H (1)1.2-2133

José Moreno, BS (1), W (1-0)21-211
(*) - Osinga pitched to three batters in the eighth inning

Homerun: UVV: Bryce Cherry (1)(5th,solo,off Sarmiento).
Box Score
Final Exhibition Standings
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Efrem Silvania, 1B-Rob Has.
Official Scorer-Feiko Drost.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Francis Speters.
Technical Commissioner-Jan Kuipers.
Public Address Announcer-René Bransen.
Scoreboard Operator-Frans van Elst.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:54 hrs.
Site-Sportpark 'De Paperclip', Vleuten.

Game Notes:
Opening Weekend 2017 Season.
Roland Laurens (UVV) makes his big league-debut.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 10,3° C (50,5° F); wind direction west-northwest;
wind speed 23 kmh (14,5 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 63%.

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