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Twins wins big against Hoofddorp Pioniers

HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - De Glaskoning Twins recorded a big 13-1 victory against Hoofddorp Pioniers on Saturday (May 12), thanks to two 5-run rallies.

On Thursday-afternoon, Hoofddorp Pioniers opened the 3-game series with a 2-1 victory. Pioniers then broke an 1-1 tie in the seventh inning.

Today, Twins led 2-0, then scored five runs in the sixth inning. Twins also had a 5-run rally in the ninth inning.

Twins collected 14 basehits, included three by Jarreau Martina and Ruar Verkerk. Martina and Sam Kennelly both batted in three runs, while Martina also scored runs.

Misja Harcksen had another fine outing. He struckout 13 hitters and gave up only two hits in seven innings. Pioniers was then held hitless in the remainder of the game by two relievers.

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Twins appeared to open the score right away in the top of the first inning off of lefthander Dion Steijl. Jarreau Martina led off the game with a single and Ruar Verkerk followed with a double. But the next three hitters were then retired.

After stranding a runner on first base in the second inning, Twins scored an unearned run in the third at bat. Lead-off hitter Jarreau Martina struckout, but an additional throw was needed to first base to complete the out. However, catcher Glenn Bakker made a throwing error, which enabled Martina to reach second base. He then moved to third base on a grounder and scored on a sacrifice fly by Sam Kennelly.

Twins added its second run in the fifth inning. Brian Biezen led off with a walk, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Jarreau Martina and a wild pitch, then scored on a single by Ruar Verkerk.

In the top of the sixth, Twins increased its lead to 7-0 by scoring five runs on four basehits. With one out, Twins got the bases loaded when Shurman Marlin and Bob van der Meer both singled and Dave Janssen walked. A pitching change followed, as Ryan Oduber took over from Dion Steijl. However, Oduber, like Steijl a lefthander, began with a walk for Brian Biezen, which led to the first run. Hereafter, Oduber gave up a 2-run single to Jarreau Martina, a runscoring grounder to Ruar Verkerk and an RBI-single to Sam Kennelly.

Pioniers got on base only once in its first five at bats off of starter Misja Harcksen. After having struckout the first two hitters in the bottom of the first inning, the righthander gave up an infield-hit to Ibo Redan (who stole second base), but then closed with another strikeout. Beginning with this strikeout, Harcksen retired 13 consecutive hitters, eight of them with a strikeout!

In the bottom of the sixth, Harcksen gave up the lone run to Pioniers. He walked lead-off hitter Tyler Boersma, who moved on a passed ball and a grounder, then scored on a single by Joey de Koning. A flyout and strikeout ended the at bat. In the seventh, Harcksen added two more strikeouts to bring his total to 13.

In both the seventh and eighth inning, the Pioniers-defense turned a double play to support relievers Daniel Vos and Gilian van Lith. However, Twins also scored another unearned run in the eighth off of Van Lith. Brian Biezen led off with an infield-hit, stole second base, moved on an infield-hit by Ruar Verkerk and scored on an error. The double play then ended the inning.

Twins again rallied for five runs in the top of the ninth. All runs were earned, despite two defensive errors. Pioniers committed four errors today. Bram Grooten and Nick Peels led off with a walk. Hereafter, Bob van der Meer singled, but that was followed by two throwing errors. That resulted in two runs, while Van der Meer ended up on third base. With one out, Van der Meer scored on a double by Brian Biezen. The latter advanced on a wild pitch and scored the next run on a single by Jarreau Martina. A pitching change followed, as Howard Winklaar took over from Gilian van Lith. Winklaar, who made his debut today, had entered the game as leftfielder in the sixth inning. He began with a strikeout, but then gave up a runscoring double to Sam Kennelly that brought in the fifth run in the inning and lifted the lead to 13-1.

After having scored in the sixth inning, Pioniers was held scoreless and hitless in the remainder of the game by Misja Harcksen (7th), Swedish righthander Jakob Syrén (8th) and Japanese righthander Shogo Nakashima (9th).

Hoofddorp Pioniers - De Glaskoning Twins 1-13
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pitchers Twinsinn.SOBBHRER
Misja Harcksen, W (1-1)7131211

Jakob Syrén1-1---

Shogo Nakashima1-----

pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Dion Steijl, L (0-2)5.134554

Ryan Oduber0.2-1222

Daniel Vos1-11--

Gilian van Lith1.1-2565

Howard Winklaar0.21-1--
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Roy van de Wateringen, 1B-Henny Jansen, 3B-Jeroen Rekveld.
Official Scorer-Harumi Ueda.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Dieks Bannink.
Public Address Announcer-Jason Houtkamp.
Scoreboard Operator-.
Starting Time-1:00 PM.
Time Played-2:44 hrs.
Site-ETO Ballpark, Sportpark Pioniers, Park21, Hoofddorp.

Game Notes:
Theo Geerman was the Acting Head Coach for Hoofddorp Pioniers, as Head Coach Mervin Gario was suspended.
Howard Winklaar and Jorrit Penseel (both Hoofddorp Pioniers) make their debut in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Partly cloudy, 22,9° C (73,2° F); wind direction southeast;
wind speed 13 kmh (8,1 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 41%.

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