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HCAW records small shutout against Twins

BUSSUM (Neth.) - HCAW shutout De Glaskoning Twins 2-0 on Thursday-evening (May 18) to return to second place in the Dutch big league.

HCAW scored both runs in the second inning and ended a 3-game losing streak.

For Twins, this was its 13th consecutive loss since the start of the season.

(May 18)

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Starting pitcher Jim Ploeger dominated for HCAW tonight. The lefthander struckout eight batters and gave up only two hits in the seven innings he pitched.

Twins had a surprise starting pitcher tonight. Not one of its regular pitchers took the mound, but one of its outfielders. Nick Peels mostly played in the outfield, but already had made six appearances as a reliever this season. Tonight, he made his first start.

Initially, Peels encountered no big problems in the first inning. He gave up an one-out single to Dylan Koster, but he was caught stealing.

In the second at bat, Peels gave up two runs, which were to be the lone runs tonight. He hit lead-off hitter Kevin Dirksen with a pitch, then gave up a runscoring double to Rossini Frolijk. The latter moved to third base on a single by Seb Visser, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Kevin Weijgertse. A walk for Sven Jongejans followed and with two outs, Visser stole third base, but HCAW left two runners behind.

Peels retired HCAW in order in the third, but the home team got on base again in the fourth. With one out, Seb Visser walked, but he was eliminated on second base on a hit into rightfield by Kevin Weijgertse. Another walk followed, this time for Sven Jongejans, which led to a pitching change. Brendan Schoemaker took over and got a flyout that ended the at bat.

...Winning pitcher Jim Ploeger & Head Coach Roeland Henrique...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
In the remainder of the game, HCAW was unable to take more distance, but hold onto the small lead.

In the fifth, HCAW left runners behind on second and third base. Roelie Henrique led off with a single and moved when a pick-off ended in a throwing error. With one out, Vince Rooi walked and with two outs, a double-steal followed, but the runners were left behind.

In the sixth and seventh inning, a HCAW-runner was caught stealing and in the eighth, the Bussum-squad left two more runners behind on second and third base.

Twins got into scoring position first in the second inning. With one out, Mick Molenaar singled and moved on an outfield-error, then reached third base on a single by Menno Lenting. Moments later, Lenting stole second base, but Jim Ploeger struckout the next two batters to close the inning.

In the third, Ploeger walked Bram Grooten and he stole second base, but then also stranded.

In the next four innings, Ploeger retired the side. After having retired 14 consecutive batters, Ploeger was relieved by Steven van Groningen in the eighth. He gave up a 2-out single to Jamie Verheyleweghen, but was left on first base.

Closer Sedley Karel threw the ninth inning for HCAW. He struckout three batters, but also encountered some problems. He walked lead-off hitter Dennis De Quint, then also walked Melvin Perdue. Karel followed with two strikeouts, but then saw the two runners advance on a wild pitch. With runners now on second and third base, Karel struckout the nex batter to end the game and earn his fourth save of the season.

...Left: Vince Rooi hitting for HCAW...
...Right: Rossini Frolijk hits a runscoring double for HCAW in the 2nd inning...

...Left: Kevin Weijgertse hits a sacrifice fly in the 2nd inning...
...Right: Rossini Frolijk (23) scores on the sacrifice fly from Weijgertse...
...He is greeted by Giovanni Tensen, Raoell Kortstam and Sven Jongejans...

...Left: Steven van Groningen pitched the 8th inning for HCAW...
...Right: Sedley Karel closed for HCAW and earned his fourth save...
...In the background are short stop Roelie Henrique, baserunner Dennis De Quint and umpire Winfried Berkvens...
(© All Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

HCAW - De Glaskoning Twins 2-0
De Glaskoning Twins000000000-031
pitchers Twinsinn.SOBBHRER
Nick Peels, L (0-1)3.213322

Brendan Schoemaker4.1542--

pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Jim Ploeger, W (4-2)7822--

Steven van Groningen, H (3)11-1--

Sedley Karel, SV (4)132---
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-René Ras, 1B-Rudsel Schoobaar, 3B-Winfried Berkvens.
Official Scorer-Karin Pieneman.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Alex van den Berg.
Public Address Announcer-Dieks Bannink.
Scoreboard Operator-Nico van de Luitgaren.
Starting Time-7:30 PM.
Time Played-2:40 hrs.
Site-Rob Hoffmann Vallei, Sportpark Zanderijweg, Bussum.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 17,7° C (63,9° F); wind direction northeast;
wind speed 16 kmh (9,2 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 67%.

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