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Updated: June 3, 2018
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HCAW shuts out Twins in series-finale

OOSTERHOUT (Neth.) - HCAW led only 1-0 after five innings, but went to to win 7-0 against De Glaskoning Twins on Sunday (June 3) in the final game of their 3-game series. With that, the two teams are tied again for third place.

On Thursday-evening, Twins took an early lead in the opener by scoring a run in the second inning. Twins initially hold onto that lead, but in the eighth, HCAW scored twice, added a run in the ninth and won 3-1.

On Saturday, Twins again took a small lead, but this time hold onto it and won 3-1.

Today, it was HCAW that led only 1-0, but then rallied for six runs in the sixth inning. This was a nice support for starting pitcher Chris Pfau, who had another fine outing, striking out nine hitters and giving only two hits in the seven innings he pitched.

HCAW collected only six basehits, but the Twins-defense contributed with five errors.

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Initially, the game didn't appear to go the way of HCAW. Twins-starter Misja Harcksen struckout the side in the first inning, then also retired the side in the second at bat.

HCAW then opened the score with one run in the third inning, but that might have been more. With one out, Harcksen walked Patrick Bok and Jeandro Tromp. With two outs, Berend Ruben singled to bring in Bok. Tromp advanced to second base, but overran the base on the throw to the plate and was eliminated. Instead of having runners on first and second base with two outs, the inning now ended.

In the fourth inning, HCAW got into scoring position again. With two outs (double play), Julian Goins walked and stole second base, but was left behind. The team was retired in order again in the fifth.

But HCAW hold onto the minimal lead, also because of the strong pitching by Chris Pfau. Like Misja Harcksen, the American lefthander struckout three hitters in the first inning. With two outs, he gave up a double to Sam Kennelly, but then closed with his third strikeout. From that moment on, Pfau retired 16 consecutive hitters!

The HCAW-offense, which isn't that productive this season, provided Pfau with six more runs in the top of the sixth inning off of two pitchers. In the rally, HCAW collected only three hits, while the Twins-defense committed four errors, resulting in three unearned runs. Roelie Henrique led off with a single and stole second, then moved to third base when Berend Ruben also singled. A sacrifice fly by Seb Visser produced the first run. An error on a grounder by Bryce Cherry gave HCAW runners on first and third base and brought in new pitcher Jan Evertse. The next runs were then scored on a double by Julian Goins and a fielder's choice-grounder by Vince Rooi, which didn't result in an out. More runs were added when an error was made on a sacrifice bunt by Julian Rip and a force play-grounder by Patrick Bok. Hereafter, both Jeandro Tromp and Roelie Henrique reached on errors to bring in another run and lift the lead to 7-0.

HCAW didn't get another runner in scoring position in the remainder of the game.

After having retired 16 batters in a row, Chris Pfau gave up a lead-off double to Ruar Verkerk in the bottom of the seventh. But he stranded on second base. The double was only the second basehit given up by Pfau in seven innings.

Twins added a basehit in each of the next two innings off of two relievers.

In the eighth, Moreno Vork took over the HCAW-pitching. He gave up a lead-off single to pinch-hitter Dave Janssen, but he who was forced out.

In the ninth, Timo van Ancum closed for the Bussum-team. He also gave up a lead-off single to Jarreau Martina, then walked Sam Kennelly with one out. The inning and the game ended with a double play.

De Glaskoning Twins - HCAW 0-7
De Glaskoning Twins000000000-045
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Chris Pfau, W (2-1)79-2--

Moreno Vork1--1--

Timo van Ancum1-11--

pitchers Twinsinn.SOBBHRER
Misja Harcksen, L (2-2)5.153443

Jan Evertse1.2--131

Reynaldo Sarmiento Claro2--1--
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Rob Has, 1B-Winfried Berkvens, 3B-Aad Otsen.
Official Scorer-Maaike Houtkamp.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Tineke Has.
Public Address Announcer-Frans Vuister.
Scoreboard Operator-Piet van Gool.
Starting Time-3:00 PM.
Time Played-2:21 hrs.
Site-Sportpark 'De Slotbosse Toren', Oosterhout.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 23,9° C (75° F); wind direction north;
wind speed 8 kmh (4,9 mph); wind force 1 Bft; humidity 57%.

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