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Hoofddorp Pioniers wins first game of season in 10th inning

HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - Hoofddorp Pioniers won its first game of the season on Sunday (May 6), but needed an extra inning to do so. Pioniers trailed 3-1 halfway the third inning against DSS, but won 4-3 in ten innings.

It was the third consecutive game between the two teams that needed extra innings. The opener of the 3-game series last Thursday-evening ended in a 3-3 tie, as the game was halted after ten innings due to curfew-rule. On Saturday, DSS trailed 5-2 after six innings, but came alongside and won 7-6 in the eleventh inning.

Today, DSS took an early lead, scoring twice in the first inning. Trailing 3-1, Pioniers scored runs in the third and fifth inning to come alongside. The attractive game, which had some nice defensive plays, was decided with one out in the bottom of the tenth inning with a walk-off single by rookie Tyler Boersma.

A few days ago, the Pioniers Sports Complex officially became a smokefree accomodation. This was announced earlier in the week during the annual Baseball/Softball Against Cancer days at the site in Hoofddorp. Earlier this season, the Pim Mulier Sports Complex in Haarlem also became smokefree. Playing at this complex are the big league-teams of DSS (baseball and softball) as well as Kinheim (second highest league baseball), which plays in the Pim Mulier Stadium. It has been reported that the Nol Houtkamp Sports Complex, the site of Olympia Haarlem probably also will become smokefree.

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DSS took a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning and added a run in the third at bat, but then was held scoreless in the remainder of the game. This time, it was Hoofddorp Pioniers that turned a deficit into a victory, which was accomplished in the tenth inning.

With one out in the first inning, Pioniers-starter Luuk ter Beek walked Tommy van de Sanden, who stole second base with two outs. He then scored when Denzel Richardson drove the ball over the fence in leftfield for a 2-run homerun.

Pioniers immediately got one run back in its first at bat off of starter Lars Vogelaar. He walked lead-off hitter Mark Smit, who stole second base. When next hitter Mervin Gario flied out, Smit advanced to third base, which he reached in a close play. Ibo Redan followed with a runscoring single, but he was then caught stealing after a pick-off.

Ter Beek retired the side (two strikeouts) in the second inning, but gave up another run in the third. Devano Pieter then reached on an infield-hit, advanced on a grounder by Kevin Nieveld and scored on a 2-out single down the rightfield-line by Tino van Erk.

Pioniers also scored another run in the bottom of the third inning. Duco Nuijten led off with a single and was moved into scoring position via a sacrifice bunt by Mark Smit, then reached third base on a grounder by Mervin Gario. Next hitter Ibo Redan walked and when a pick-off towards first ended in a throwing error, Nuijten scored to narrow the deficit to 3-2. Hereafter, Jelle Kroft also walked, which brought out Head Coach Jerry Breek to make a pitching change. Sander Helmendach, who was the starter last Tuesday in the make-up game against L&D Amsterdam Pirates, took over and closed the at bat with a strikeout.

After being retired in order by Helmendach in the fourth, Pioniers came alongside in the fifth inning. With two outs, Mervin Gario singled and stole second base, then scored on a single by Ibo Redan, who was 2-for-3 and reached base four times.

In the following innings, both teams got several baserunners, but were unable to break the tie.

DSS got runners on second base in the fourth and fifth inning. Koen Werkman singled with two outs in the fourth, stole second base, but was left behind. In the fifth, Kevin Nieveld singled and stole second base, but also stranded.

In the top of the seventh inning, lefthander Ryan Oduber took over the pitching for Pioniers. In both the seventh and eighth inning, he got the lead-off hitter on base. In the seventh, Sander Paap led off with a single and in the eighth, Tommy van de Sanden walked. Both times, Pioniers turned a double play. In the eighth, the double play was made on a sacrifice bunt-attempt by Tino van Erk with third baseman Mervin Gario making a nice defensive play.

In the top of the ninth, Djewi De Lanoi singled, moved on a grounder, but also was left behind on second base.

Pioniers also got some scoring opportunities, but stranded runners.

In the bottom of the fifth, lead-off hitter Glenn Bakker reached on an error, moved on a sacrifice bunt by Joey de Koning, but a flyout and pop-out followed.

Pioniers got the bases loaded in the bottom of the seventh, but that could have been only two baserunners when DSS would have put on an appeal-play. Duco Nuijten led off with a single, but later made a baserunning error. Hereafter, Mark Smit flied out to leftfield. Nuijten left on contact and had reached second base when leftfielder Koen Werkman made the catch. Instead of re-touching second base on his way back to first base after the ball was caught (as the rules states), Nuijten turned and past second base on the inside before returning to first base. When DSS would have appealed on second base, Nuijten would have been called out for running the bases in the wrong order. However, the appeal didn't come and moments later, Nuijten advanced to third base on a single by Mervin Gario, who himself ended up on second base on the throw to third base. With first base open, a force play was created by walking Ibo Redan intentionally. Next hitter Jelle Kroft lined out to centerfielder Denzel Richardson, which kept the bases loaded, then the inning ended with a flyout in leftfield.

The bottom of the eighth saw some more nice defensive plays. First, DSS-leftfielder Koen Werkman made a great diving catch on a line drive by Joey de Koning. Hereafter, Tyler Boersma walked, then Damian Melis lined out to rightfielder Devano Pieter, who made a running catch. The inning ended with a nice play by second baseman Kevin Nieveld on a grounder by Duco Nuijten.

The top of the tenth inning began with a great running catch from Pioniers-centerfielder Mark Smit on a line drive from Devano Pieter off of reliever Angelo Wicklert, who retired the side.

With one out in the bottom of the tenth, DSS-pitcher Sander Helmendach gave up a single to Glenn Bakker and was relieved by Robyn Clara. He was greeted with an infield-hit by Joey de Koning. That was followed by a costly throwing error, enabling Bakker to reach third base. Bakker then scored the winning run when Tyler Boersma followed with a walk-off single.

Hoofddorp Pioniers - DSS 4-3 (10 inn.)
DSS201000000 0-383
Hoofddorp Pioniers101010000 1-490
(one out when winning run was scored in the tenth inning)
pitchers DSSinn.SOBBHRER
Lars Vogelaar2.214221

Sander Helmendach, L (0-2)6.222521

Robyn Clara- (*)--2--
(*) - Clara pitched to two batters in the tenth inning

pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Luuk ter Beek641633

Ryan Oduber3212--

Angelo Wicklert, W (1-0)11----

Homerun: DSS: Denzel Richardson (1)(1st,2-run,off Ter Beek).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Winfried Berkvens, 1B-Roy van de Wateringen.
Official Scorer-Marco Stoovelaar.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Maaike Houtkamp.
Technical Commisioner-Fred van Groningen Schinkel.
Public Address Announcer-Jason Houtkamp.
Scoreboard Operators-Jeanette van Drunen (top 1st), Fred ter Beek.
Starting Time-1:01 PM.
Time Played-2:42 hrs.
Site-ETO Ballpark, Sportpark Pioniers, Park21, Hoofddorp.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 21,3° C (70,3° F); wind direction east;
wind speed 14 kmh (8,7 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 42%.

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