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HCAW wins big in The Hague

THE HAGUE (Neth.) - On Thursday (May 10), HCAW recorded a big 12-3 win against Silicon Storks in the opener of their 3-game series.

HCAW led 9-0 after six innings, but failed to add at least one run to reach the 10-run difference mercy-rule and end the game in seven innings. Instead, HCAW gave up three runs in the seventh, then scored three themselves in the eighth. HCAW was one of three teams today that failed to reach a 10-run difference after having a comfortable lead early in the game.

HCAW collected nine basehits with Delano Selassa and Roelie Henrique both hitting three. Selassa had two doubles and a triple, scored twice and batted in two runs. Henrique doubled and homered, missing only the triple to hit for-the-cyle. He scored three runs and batted in five.

Aldi Guzman homered for Storks.

(May 10)

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When the game went underway, it was sunny, but after a few innings, temperatures dropped and it became a chilly afternoon in The Hague.

HCAW got another fine performance from Dennis Burgersdijk, who struckout ten batters and encountered no big problems until the seventh inning.

HCAW took a quick 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning off of Nick Winkel, who made his first start of the season after having in relief in three earlier games. In the first inning, the righthander walked lead-off hitter Jeandro Tromp, who stole second base and scored the first run on an one-out single by Roelie Henrique. Vince Rooi followed with a double down the leftfield-line to bring in Henrique and he went on to score himself on a 2-out single by Seb Visser.

In the third inning, Delano Selassa led off with a triple and Roelie Henrique followed with a homerun to lift the lead to 5-0. Henrique is not known as a homerun-hitter. This was only his eighth homerun since making his debut in 2010 when he was with Amsterdam Pirates. Including today's homerun, Henrique hit one homerun per season since 2015. His career-high is three in 2013. Henrique hit his last homerun on June 10 last year. His homerun the accounted for the lone run in an 1-0 win against UVV. After Henrique's homerun, Vince Rooi then walked, but was eliminated in an unassisted double play by first baseman Aldi Guzman, who caught a line drive from Bryce Cherry.

In the second and fourth inning, HCAW was retired in order, but the fourth at bat saw some nice defensive plays. Patrick Bok led off with a line drive, but that was caught in leftfield by Tijani Dunlop, who made a nice diving catch. With two outs, it was centerfielder Runai Coran, who made a great running catch on a line drive by Denzel Bryson to end the inning.

HCAW added three more runs in the top of the fifth. Jeandro Tromp led off with a single and Delano Selassa followed with a double. Both scored on a double by Roelie Henrique, which led to a pitching change. Eduardo Guerra took over from Nick Winkel to make his debut in the highest league. On one of the first pitches Guerra made to Vince Rooi, a balk was called and that brought Henrique to third base. Moments later, Rooi walked, but Guerra followed with a strikeout. After Henrique scored the third run in the inning on a grounder by Seb Visser, Guerra closed with another strikeout.

In the sixth inning, HCAW lifted the lead to 9-0. Kevin Weijgertse and Denzel Bryson led off with walks, then the first scored on an one-out grounder by Delano Selassa.

Dennis Burgersdijk retired nine of the first ten batters he faced. After having retired the first eight batters in a row, he gave up an infield-hit to Tyron de Windt, but he stranded on first base.

With HCAW leading 5-0, Storks got the bases loaded with one out in the bottom of the fourth and appeared to narrow the deficit. Joran Berkhout and Runai Coran opened the at bat with infield-hits. Coran's hit was followed by a throwing error, resulting in runners at the corners. Moments later, Kendrick Delima grounded out, but the runners were unable to advance. The bases then got loaded when Aldi Guzman was hit by a pitch. The HCAW-defense avoided giving up runs, as it closed the at bat with a double play.

In the next two innings, Burgersdijk got only one baserunner and he struckout four batters in a row.

With a 9-0 lead, Burgersdijk returned to the mound in the bottom of the seventh, but then he encountered some problems. First, he gave up a lead-off homerun to Aldi Guzman, which was his first in the big league. This season, the first baseman plays in the highest league for the first time since 2015. In that year, he coincidentally played for HCAW and appeared in 14 games. In the previous season, he had made his big league-debut playing in one game for Neptunus.

After having given up the homerun to Guzman, Burgersdijk walked Philip Brandl and gave up a double to Nick Nefs. With runners on second and third base, Burgersdijk struckout pinch-hitter Sergio Schoop. This was his tenth strikeout, but also the last batter he faced. Burgersdijk was relieved by rookie Sem Robberse, who made his big league-debut. The 16-year old righthander was greeted with a runscoring single by Tyron de Windt. He then saw another run being scored while De Windt was caught stealing.

In the top of the eighth, it was HCAW that scored three runs. Patrick Bok and Kevin Weijgertse walked and a pitching change followed. Gijs Timmer took over from Guerra, but the bases loaded when he also walked Denzel Bryson. Next, Bok scored on a wild pitch, then the other two runners respectively scored on a grounder by Jeandro Tromp and a double by Delano Selassa. This was his second double and third extra-basehit in this game. With that, HCAW increased its lead to 12-3.

Storks got into scoring position again in its final two at bats, which were also thrown by rookie Sem Robberse. In the eighth inning, pinch-hitter Joost van den Bergh reached on an error and with two outs, Aldi Guzman walked, but they stranded on first and third base. In the ninth, Robberse began with a strikeout, then walked the next two hitters. A force play-grounder and groundout ended the inning and the game. Robberse, who made a fine debut, missed earning a save, as he threw 1/3 inning too short. When he would have thrown the last three innings complete, he would have been credited with a save. But he threw 2 2/3 inning.

...José Moreno Sr. (left) and Abby de Windt were the two Public Address Announcers today for Storks...
(© Both Photos: Marco Stoovelaar)

...Left: Dennis Burgersdijk was the starting pitcher for HCAW and struckout 10 hitters...
...Right: Denzel Bryson breaks his bat while hitting for HCAW off of starter Nick Winkel...

...Roelie Henrique (left) and Vince Rooi respectively hit an RBI-single and RBI-double back-to-back in the first inning...

...Left: Roelie Henrique scores on the double by Vince Rooi in the first inning...
...Catcher Nick Nefs waits for the ball while pitcher Nick Winkel backs up the play...
...Right: Roelie Henrique is greeted by pitcher Timo van Ancum after hitting a homerun in the 3rd inning...

...Left: Patrick Bok scores on a wild pitch in the 8th inning; Pitcher Gijs Timmer tries to avoid that...
...Right: 16-year old rookie Sem Robberse made his debut in the HCAW-squad and in the big league...
(© Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

...Left: Jeandro Tromp dives to 1st base in the 1st inning during a pick-off to 1B Aldi Guzman...
...Right: Roelie Henrique scores the 2nd run for HCAW in the 1st inning...

...Left: Close play at 1st base in the 2nd inning, but 1B Aldi Guzman has the ball in time before Denzel Bryson arrives...
...Right: Aldi Guzman shakes hands with HP Umpire Roy van de Wateringen before his first at bat in the 2nd inning...

...Left: Delano Selassa slides into 3rd base and past 3B Gino Gil with a triple in the 3rd inning...
...Right: Rightfielder Joran Berkhout sees the ball hit by Roelie Henrique leave the field for a 2-run HR in the 3rd inning...

...Left: Nick Winkel was the starting pitcher today for Storks...
...Right: Storks Head Coach Aldric Dunlop has a brief argument with HP Umpire Roy van de Wateringen in the 3rd inning...
...Standing at left is Storks 3B Coach Aldrin Martis...

...Leftfielder Tijani Dunlop (left) and centerfielder Runai Coran made nice running catches for Storks in the 4th inning...

...HCAW short stop Delano Selassa (left) and 2B Roelie Henrique cannot avoid infield-hits in the fourth inning...
...Henrique's only option was to back-flip the ball to first base...

...Left: Eduardo Guerra made his debut in the big league pitching in relief for Storks...
...Right: Rob Has was the 3B Umpire in today's game...
(© Photos: Robert Bos)

Silicon Storks - HCAW 3-12
Silicon Storks000000300-360
pitcher HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Dennis Burgersdijk, W (1-1)6.1102533

Sem Robberse2.2231--

pitchers Storksinn.SOBBHRER
Nick Winkel, L (0-1)4 (*)-2888

Eduardo Guerra3 (**)35-33

Gijs Timmer214111
(*) - Winkel pitched to three batters in the fifth inning
(**) - Guerra pitched to two batters in the eighth inning

Homeruns: HCAW: Roelie Henrique (1)(3rd,2-run,off Winkel); Storks: Aldi Guzman (1)(7th,solo,off Burgersdijk).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Roy van de Wateringen, 1B-Peter de Haan, 3B-Rob Has.
Official Scorer-Rienette Hamers.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Marco Stoovelaar.
Public Address Announcers-José Moreno Sr., Abby de Windt.
Scoreboard Operator-.
Starting Time-2:30 PM.
Time Played-2:54 hrs.
Site-Sportpark 'Kijkduin', Den Haag.

Game Notes:
Sem Robberse (HCAW) and Eduardo Guerra (Storks) make their debut in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 14,5° C (58,1° F); wind direction northwest;
wind speed 23 kmh (14,3 mph); wind force 4 Bft; humidity 74%.

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