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Storks needs extra inning to win first big league-game in 38 years

ROSMALEN (Neth.) - Silicon Storks led 5-2 halfway the eighth inning on a chilly Tuesday-evening (May 1) in a make-up game against De Glaskoning Twins, but needed an extra inning to secure its first big league-win in more than 38 years. Twins came alongside to force extra innings, but Storks re-took the lead immediately in the top of the tenth to win 6-5. The game was initially scheduled for Sunday, but then rained out.

On Thursday, Twins had opened the season with a 10-3 win. On a rainy Saturday-afternoon, Twins nipped Storks with a 4-3 score. In that game, Storks also led 3-2, but failed to hold onto the lead, as Twins then scored twice in the top of the eighth to turn the game its way.

Tonight's game again was played at the site of Gryphons in Rosmalen, as the light-installation at the home-site of Twins in Oosterhout is insufficient for the highest division. With that, Twins now has played two home-games, but has yet to play its first game at its home-site.

The win was the first for Storks at the big league-level since July 21, 1979, more than 38 years ago! Back then, Storks recorded a surprise 5-3 win against HCAW. In the 1979 season, Storks relegated to the First Division.

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Storks led 5-2 halfway the eighth inning, but failed to hold onto the lead. Twins came alongside to force extra innings. With the curfew-rule time of 10:30 PM almost reached, the tenth inning went underway and Storks re-took the lead. This time to keep.

Twins outhit Storks 11-9. Dennis De Quint and Bob van der Meer both had three basehits for Twins.

Storks got its first runner in scoring position in the top of the second inning. Kendrick Delima led off with a walk. With one out, Sem Petit lined out, but a throwing error followed trying to complete a double play. On the error, Delima moved to second base, but stranded there.

Storks then opened the score with two outs in the next at bat off of starter Mic van de Ven. With one out, Quinlan de Windt was hit by a pitch and moved on a grounder. Joran Berkhout walked and both runners scored when Runai Coran followed with a double. Coran tried to stretch it into a triple, but was then eliminated at third base, which ended the inning. But before that, the two runners had both scored.

Twins got one run back in its third at bat off of veteran righthander Jurrian Koks, who last pitched in the big league in 2014 when he was with Amsterdam Pirates. Bob van der Meer led off with a single, advanced on a wild pitch with one out, then scored on a single by Brian Biezen, who later was caught stealing.

Storks took more distance by scoring two runs again in the fourth. The team from The Hague got the bases loaded quickly. Kendrick Delima led off with a single, Aldi Guzman was hit by a pitch and Sem Petit also singled. With the bases loaded, Jan Evertse took over the pitching for Twins. Last Thursday, Evertse also entered the game with the bases loaded. He then began with a strikeout and got out of the inning with a double play. Tonight, Evertse saw two of the runners score. He first gave up a runscoring single to Tyron de Windt, then got a sacrifice fly from Tijani Dunlop. Next, the bases got loaded again when Quinlan de Windt reached on an infield-hit. But, just as on Thursday, Evertse was then supported with another inning-ending double play.

Trailing 4-1, Twins scored its next run in the fourth at bat. Lead-off hitter Ruar Verkerk was hit by a pitch, advanced on a wild pitch, then scored on a 2-out double by Dennis De Quint.

In both the sixth and seventh inning, Twins left two runners behind. In the sixth, with two outs, Shurman Marlin singled and Dennis De Quint walked, but both stranded. In the seventh, Bob van der Meer led off with an infield-hit and Brian Biezen reached on an infield-hit with one out. With runners on first and second base, José Moreno took over the pitching from Jurrian Koks. He forced out Van der Meer on third base after a comeback-grounder, then a flyout ended the at bat.

In the meantime, Jan Evertse did very well again. After Storks had scored twice in the fourth, the righthander retired the side in the next three innings. After having retired ten consecutive hitters, Evertse walked lead-off hitter Joran Berkhout in the top of the eighth. He was moved into scoring position via a sacrifice bunt from Runai Coran. With first base open, Evertse wrote history, as he became the first pitcher to issue a 'new-rule' intentional walk. Starting this season, coaches can signal for an intentional walk sticking up four fingers, as the pitchers don't have to throw anymore. Last season, this rule was introduced in Major League Baseball. The 'non-throwing-intentional-walk' already is custom for several years in softball. With runners now on first and second base, Evertse was relieved by Japanese pitcher Shogo Nakashima, but he was greeted with a runscoring single from Aldi Guzman, which made it a 5-2 score.

In the bottom of the eighth, Twins narrowed the deficit to 5-4 by scoring two runs. With two outs, Dennis De Quint and Bram Grooten singled. After the latter was lifted for pinch-runner Nick Peels, the two runners were awarded the next base on a balk, then both scored when Bob van der Meer followed with a single.

In the ninth inning, Twins came alongside. With one out, Jarreau Martina reached on an infield-hit. He moved to third base when a pick-off ended in an error. With two outs, Martina scored the tying run when another error was made on a grounder by Australian Sam Kennelly.

In all Dutch leagues, no new inning can begin after the 10:30 PM curfew-time has reached. When the bottom of the ninth inning ended, that time was almost reached. It was reported that there was less than a minute left and so, the tenth inning went underway. And in that at bat, Storks re-took the lead!

Runai Coran led off with a single, moved on a sacrifice bunt by Timo van Aanhout and reached third base when Aldi Guzman flied out. Moments later, Coran scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Hereafter, Philip Brandl and Tyron de Windt both singled, but Nakashima then ended the at bat with a strikeout.

In the bottom of the tenth, Twins got close to tying the score again. Dennis De Quint led off with a single and his pinch-runner Dave Janssen moved on a sacrifice bunt by Nick Peels. He advanced to third base on a grounder by Bob van der Meer. But Janssen stranded there, as the inning (and the game) ended with a flyout from Christopher Ge, who played in his first game of the season.

De Glaskoning Twins - Silicon Storks 5-6 (10 inn.)
Silicon Storks002200010 1-682
De Glaskoning Twins001100021 0-5112
pitchers Storksinn.SOBBHRER
Jurrian Koks6.142622

José Moreno, BS (1), W (1-0)3.21-532

pitchers Twinsinn.SOBBHRER
Mic van de Ven323344

Jan Evertse4.142211

Shogo Nakashima, L (0-1)2.231311
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Winfried Berkvens, 1B-Edwin Louisa.
Official Scorer-Linda Steijger.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Alex van den Berg.
Public Address Announcer-Frans Vuister.
Scoreboard Operator-Piet van Gool.
Starting Time-7:30 PM.
Time Played-3:19 hrs.
Site-Sportpark 'De Groote Wielen', Rosmalen (site Gryphons).

Game Notes:
Opening Series Regular Season.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 12,6° C (54,7° F); wind direction west;
wind speed 6 kmh (3,7 mph); wind force 1 Bft; humidity 37%.

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