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Amsterdam Pirates also wins 2nd game vs. Quick Amersfoort

AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning and went on to win 8-4 against Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort on Saturday (May 12).

On Thursday-afternoon, Amsterdam opened the 3-game series with a 9-0 shutout.

Today, Amsterdam was outhit 11-10. Rachid Engelhardt was 3-for-5 for Quick Amersfoort. For Amsterdam, eight of the nine players in the line-up had at least one basehit. The lone player without a hit was rookie Max Markies.

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Amsterdam Pirates took an early 2-0 lead, but initially failed to hold onto it. Quick Amersfoort came alongside in the top of the third inning. Hereafter, Amsterdam took more distance from the bottom of the third on, adding five more runs in three at bats.

Quick Amersfoort came close to an opening run in the top of the first inning off of starter Robin Schel. The lefthander gave up a single to lead-off hitter Wesley Bernardus, who moved on a sacrifice bunt and stole third base. Rachid Engelhardt then flied out to centerfielder Remco Draijer. Bernardus took off from third base, but Draijer made a great throw to catcher Rodney Daal, who tagged out the runner to complete the double play.

In the second inning, Quick got another scoring opportunity, but this time, the team left three runners behind. With one out, Tijmen Takke walked and both Jules Cremer and Remian Denis singled. But Robin Schel followed with two strikeouts.

Moments later, Amsterdam Pirates opened the score with two runs off of Colin van Laar, who like Schel is a lefthander. Both runs were unearned, as Quick made three errors. Rodney Daal led off with a single, then appeared to be eliminated on a grounder towards first base by Linoy Croes. However, a throwing error was made. After the two runners had advanced on a passed ball, Daal scored on a sacrifice fly by Rashid Gerard. Next, Croes got into a rundown after a pick-off at second base, but not only safely reached third base when another error was made, he also was able to score the tying run.

Quick came alongside in the top of the third inning on four basehits. Wesley Bernardus and Jelle Blaauw led off with singles. While being on second base, Bernardus was picked off by catcher Rodney Daal. Hereafter, Rachid Engelhardt and Bryan Engelhardt both singled, which led to a run. With runners at first and third base, Tijmen Takke lined out, but Bryan Engelhardt then scored the tying run on a wild pitch.

Pirates immediately re-took the lead in its third at bat. Zerzinho Croes led off with a walk and Kenny Berkenbosch singled with one out. After a double-steal, the bases got loaded when Rodney Daal walked. Linoy Croes followed with a 2-run single to put Amsterdam ahead, 4-2. A double play ended the at bat.

Amsterdam added a run in the fourth. Max Clarijs led off a single, moved on a grounder, then scored on a 2-out single by Zerzinho Croes.

The home-team scored two more runs in the fifth. With one out, Rodney Daal and Linoy Croes both walked. A pitching change followed, as Jurjen van Zijl took over from Colin van Laar. The two runners advanced on a grounder, then both scored on a double by Max Clarijs to make it a 7-2 score.

After having scored in the third inning, Quick was retired in order by Robin Schel in the fourth. Quick then left a runner behind on first base in the fifth off of new pitcher Daan Hendrix, who closed with a strikeout.

Trailing 7-2, Quick scored twice off of Hendrix in the top of the sixth. Tijmen Takke led off with a walk, then Quick got runners on second and third base when Hendrix made a throwing error on a comeback-grounder by Jules Cremer. With one out, they scored on an infield-hit by Luigino Rosaria and a grounder by Jordy Burger.

Amsterdam added an insurance run in the eighth off of Van Zijl. Rashid Gerard led off with a single, moved into scoring position on a 2-out single by Remco Draijer, then scored on a single by Zerzinho Croes.

Quick Amersfoort was retired in order by reliever Maickel Rietel in the seventh. With two outs in the eighth, he walked Remian Denis and gave up a single to Luigino Rosaria. They moved on a wild pitch, but stranded when a flyout ended the at bat.

Amsterdam-closer Jim Ploeger took over in the ninth. With two outs, he gave up a single to Rachid Engelhardt, but then ended the game with a strikeout.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - Quick Amersfoort 8-4
Quick Amersfoort002002000-4113
L&D Amsterdam Pirates02212001X-8101
pitchers Quickinn.SOBBHRER
Colin van Laar, L (1-2)4.114675

Jurjen van Zijl3.23-411

pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Robin Schel441722

Daan Hendrix22122-

Maickel Rietel, W (2-0)2111--

Jim Ploeger12-1--
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Winfried Berkvens, 1B-Jos van Eijsden.
Official Scorer-Melanie Dijkhuizen.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Public Address Announcers-Hans Jansen de Vries, Richard de Wolff.
Scoreboard Operator-Jolande Bierman.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:58 hrs.
Site-Pirates Honkbalstadion, Sportpark 'Ookmeer', Amsterdam.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 23,4° C (74,1° F); wind direction southeast;
wind speed 13 kmh (8,1 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 35%.

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