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Amsterdam Pirates wins comfortable in Haarlem

HAARLEM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates recorded a comfortable 8-1 victory on a chilly Tuesday-evening (May 1) in a make-up game against DSS in Haarlem. The game was originally scheduled for Sunday, but then rained out.

Last Thursday-evening, DSS had surprised with a 5-3 win at home in the season's opener. On Saturday, Amsterdam Pirates won its home-opener with a 2-0 score thanks to a 2-run triple in the eighth inning by rookie Mikey De La Cruz Santana.

Tonight's game went underway under sunny conditions with a clear blue sky, but after a few innings, the temperatures dropped and it became a cold evening. Luckily, the game was completed just under the 2½ hours.

DSS didn't play its best game tonight, hitting only five basehits and committing three errors. Amsterdam collected eight basehits and opened the score with four runs in the fifth inning.

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Tonight's game remained scoreless for four innings, as Amsterdam Pirates again was unable to do some early scoring, as well as producing some basehits. In the first four innings, the Amsterdam-squad collected only two basehits off of DSS-starter Sander Helmendach. Amsterdam stranded four runners in scoring position.

In the top of the first inning, Remco Draijer led off with a walk, stole second base and moved to third on a flyout, but stranded there. In the third inning, with two outs, Zerzinho Croes walked and Nick Urbanus singled, then a flyout ended the at bat.

Amsterdam came very close to opening the score in the top of the fourth. With one out, Rodney Daal walked. Hereafter, Max Clarijs drilled the ball into deep leftfield and missed a homerun by a few inches. The ball landed on top of the fence and jumped back into the outfield. Home Plate Umpire Peter de Haan and 1B Umpire René Ras both had the call right, as the ball remained in play. But of course, the outcome could have become very different with a 2-man crew. In several games at the highest level this season, only two umpires are assigned. It is especially in situations like these that a 3B Umpire is clearly missed, as he would have had a better look where the ball landed to decide whether it is in play or has left the field for a homerun. Luckily, tonight, there was no discussion, as the call was correct. And so, Clarijs ended up on second base with a double, but with runners on second and third base, two grounders followed.

DSS also stranded a runner on third base in its first four at bats. In the first inning, Amsterdam-starter Kyle Ward made a nice play on a bunt to eliminate Odion Gouverneur at first base. With one out, Tommy van de Sanden singled for DSS in the second inning. With two outs, Devano Pieter hit a line drive into left-centerfield, but there, rookie leftfielder Mikey De La Cruz Santana made a great running catch to end the inning.

With one out in the third inning, Mitchel Dautzenberg also hit the ball into left-centerfield, but this time, De La Cruz ended up short. Dautzenberg reached third base with a triple, but was left behind.

Amsterdam Pirates opened the score with a 4-run rally in the top of the fifth inning when Sander Helmendach lost some of his control. Remco Draijer led off with a single and Zerzinho Croes walked. The bases then got loaded when a sacrifice bunt/fielder's choice by Nick Urbanus didn't result in an out. Moments later, Draijer scored the first run when Kenny Berkenbosch also walked. A pitching change followed and Reggie Bomberg took over. Croes was then forced out at the plate on a grounder by Linoy Croes, then the next run was scored when Rodney Daal walked. With the bases still loaded, Max Clarijs followed with a grounder, which resulted in Daal being forced out at second base. In the meantime, Berkenbosch scored and when the DSS-defense tried to complete a double play at first base a throwing error followed enabling Croes also to score. Now with two outs and Clarijs at first base, Amsterdam got another baserunner when rookie Max Markies (who made his debut) was hit by a pitch. The inning ended when DSS short stop MItchel Dautzenberg made a nice play on a grounder by Mikey De La Cruz Santana to force out Markies at second base.

DSS got one run back in the bottom of the sixth inning off of new pitcher Nick Veltkamp. He took over from Kyle Ward, who had retired the last eight batters he faced. Veltkamp got the bases loaded quickly. The lefthander gave up a lead-off double to Mitchel Dautzenberg, then walked Kevin Nieveld and hit Odion Gouverneur with a pitch. Dautzenberg went on to score on a sacrifice fly by Koen Halderman, but the other two runners were left behind.

In the top of the seventh inning, Amsterdam took more distance by adding three more runs off of reliever Robyn Clara. Kenny Berkenbosch and Linoy Croes led off with a single, then an error was made on a force play-grounder by Rodney Daal, which also led to a run. The next run was added on a sacrifice fly by Max Clarijs. With Daal on first base, an error on a grounder by pinch-hitter Rashid Gerard led to runners at the corners. Hereafter, Gerard was forced out on a grounder by Mikey De La Cruz, but that also brought in Daal to make it a 7-1 score.

Amsterdam scored its eighth run in the ninth inning. Rodney Daal led off with a double into left-centerfield where leftfielder Tommy van de Sanden and centerfielder Devano Pieter lost the ball in the lights. With one out, Daal scored on a single by Rashid Gerard.

The seventh DSS at bat ended with a nice defensive play by Amsterdam short stop Zerzinho Croes. Maickel Rietel then pitched the eighth for Pirates. He gave up an one-out single to Kevin Nieveld, but was then supported with a double play. In the ninth, closer Jim Ploeger gave up an one-out single to Denzel Richardson. But he was forced out, then a strikeout ended the game.

DSS - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 1-8
L&D Amsterdam Pirates000040301-880
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Kyle Ward, W (1-0)55-2--

Nick Veltkamp211111

Maickel Rietel1--1--

Jim Ploeger11-1--

pitchers DSSinn.SOBBHRER
Sander Helmendach, L (0-1)4 (*)16343

Reggie Bomberg211---

Robyn Clara3--542
(*) - Helmendach pitched to four batters in the 5th inning
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Peter de Haan, 1B-René Ras.
Official Scorer-Feiko Drost.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Marco Stoovelaar.
Public Address Announcer-Bert Daniëls.
Scoreboard Operator-Bert Daniëls.
Starting Time-7:28 PM.
Time Played-2:24 hrs.
Site-Pim Mulier Sportpark, Haarlem.

Game Notes:
Opening Series Regular Season.
Max Markies (Amsterdam Pirates) makes his debut in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 11° C (51,8° F); wind direction southwest;
wind speed 19 kmh (11,8 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 36%.

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