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Amsterdam Pirates records convincing shutout

AMERSFOORT (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates shutout Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort 9-0 on Thursday-afternoon (May 10) in the opener of their 3-game series.

In the convincing victory, Amsterdam collected 19 basehits including four by Linoy Croes and Max Clarijs, who were both 4-for-5. Both also scored three runs, while Croes homered and Clarijs batted in three runs. Remco Draijer was 3-for-6. All nine players in the Amsterdam line-up hit at least one basehit.

The 19 basehits were the most hit by Amsterdam Pirates in a game since May 22, 2016. On that day, Amsterdam also hit 19 basehits in a 12-5 win against Kinheim.

Amsterdam Pirates led 9-0 after five innings, but was unable to increase its lead to a mercy-rule total. Amsterdam was one of three teams that failed to do so today after having a comfortable lead early in the game.

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Kevin Heijstek went the distance for Amsterdam Pirates and had a great outing. The righthander struckout three hitters, walked none and gave up only three basehits. He needed only 94 pitches to complete his nine innings.

On the other side, Quick-starter Brian van Laar threw 80 pitches in the first three innings alone. Hereafter, Quick's Head Coach Marco Wels inserted a new pitcher each next inning. With that, seven different pitchers threw today for the team from Amersfoort.

In the top of the first inning, Amsterdam Pirates got runners on first and second base, but Van Laar then closed with a strikeout.

The visitors then scored three runs in the next at bat. Linoy Croes led off with a single. He then appeared to be caught stealing after a pick-off, but arrived safely at second base on an error. With one out, Niels van Weert (who last season played for Quick Amersfoort) walked and Max Clarijs followed with a runscoring single to open the score. The next run was added on a double by Remco Draijer. With runners on second and third base, the bases got loaded when Zerzinho Croes was awarded first base on catcher's interference. Hereafter, Nick Urbanus delivered an RBI-single. That brought in Clarijs, but Draijer was eliminated at the plate when he also tried to score.

Pirates rallied for four more runs in the third inning to raise the lead to 7-0. With one out, Linoy Croes singled and Rashid Gerard walked. Niels van Weert then followed with a runscoring single and next hitter Max Clarijs added a 2-run triple. Moments later, Clarijs scored on an infield-hit by Remco Draijer.

Amsterdam Pirates kept on scoring and added runs again in the fourth and fifth inning. With two outs in the fourth, Linoy Croes homered off of new pitcher Jurjen van Zijl. The ninth run was scored in the fifth off of Van Zijl's successor Aaron Isenia. He gave up an one-out double to Max Clarijs, who went on to score on a 2-out single by Zerzinho Croes.

In the next four innings, Amsterdam also reached the bases, but was unable to lift the lead to a mercy-rule difference of ten runs. The team left three runners behind in both the seventh and eighth inning.

...Kevin Heijstek...
...complete game 3-hitter...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
After new pitcher Jasper Popken was supported with a double play in the sixth, Quick's fifth pitcher Mark Kolner, got the bases loaded with two outs. He gave up singles with one out to Max Clarijs and Remco Draijer. With two outs, Nick Urbanus reached on an infield-hit, then Kolner closed with a strikeout.

In the eighth, it was Mees Cremer, who got the bases loaded. He gave up a lead-off single to Rodney Daal, then another one with one out to Rashid Gerard. An error on a grounder by Niels van Weert loaded the bases. Cremer, who made his big league-debut, followed with a strikeout, then a grounder ended the bat. With that, the bases were loaded for the second consecutive inning.

In the ninth, T'Shawn James, who also made his debut, gave up a 2-out single to Kenny Berkenbosch, but he was forced out.

Quick Amersfoort got into scoring position only one time off of Kevin Heijstek, who threw a strong game. That was done in the second inning after the team had been retired in order in the first at bat. In the second, Bryan Engelhardt led off with a single, then Jules Cremer singled with two outs, but they stranded on first and second base.

In the remainder of the game, Heijstek would give up only one more basehit and got only two more baserunners.

Heijstek gave up his third and last basehit with two outs in the bottom of the third. Wesley Bernardus then singled, but two flyouts followed.

After giving up the single to Bernardus, Heijstek retired 20 of the next 21 hitters. After having retired 16 consecutive hitters, Heijstek got his next baserunner with two outs in the eighth inning when pinch-hitter Kai Berkel reached on an error. The righthander then retired the next four batters again to throw his first complete game of the season.

Quick Amersfoort - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 0-9
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Quick Amersfoort000000000-034
pitcher Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Heijstek, W (1-0)93-3--

pitchers Quickinn.SOBBHRER
Brian van Laar, L (0-1)353976

Jurjen van Zijl11-111

Aaron Isenia111211

Jasper Popken1--1--

Mark Kolner12-3--

Mees Cremer11-2--

T'Shawn James1--1--

Homerun: Pirates: Linoy Croes (1)(4th,solo,off Van Zijl).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Edwin Louisa, 1B-Efrem Silvania.
Official Scorer-Norbert van Oosterhout.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Technical Commissioner-Paul Bokern.
Public Address Announcer-Willum de Jong.
Scoreboard Operator-Willum de Jong.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:20 hrs.
Site-XLLease Sportpark 'Dorrestein', Amersfoort.

Game Notes:
Mees Cremer and T'Shawn James (both Quick Amersfoort) makes their debut in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Partly cloudy, 15,3° C (59,5° F); wind direction northwest;
wind speed 18 kmh (11,2 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 66%.

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