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Amsterdam Pirates opens series vs. Storks with 2-hit shutout

AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates shutout Silicon Storks 4-0 on Thursday-evening (May 17) in the opening-game of their 3-game series.

Amsterdam-starter Kevin Heijstek had a strong outing, throwing seven solid innings in which he gave up only one basehit. Heijstek struckout seven batters. Storks added only one more basehit in the remaining two at bats.

Amsterdam collected ten basehits off of three pitchers, including two by Linoy Croes, Rashid Gerard and Niels van Weert.

(May 17)

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Amsterdam Pirates opened the score with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. Both runs were unearned, as they were scored on an error with two outs.

In the opening at bat, Amsterdam came into scoring position right away off of starting pitcher Eduardo Guerra, who made his first start of the season. The week before, he had made his debut in the team, as well as in the big league, pitching in relief against HCAW.

In the first inning, with one out, Zerzinho Croes was awarded first base on a catcher's interference, then Nick Urbanus walked, but the two were left behind.

In the next at bat, Amsterdam scored twice. The team got the bases loaded quickly. Rodney Daal led off with a single, then Rashid Gerard was hit by a pitch. Hereafter, everyone was safe on a fielder's choice/sacrifice bunt by Max Clarijs. An infield-fly followed, then Daal was forced out at the plate on a grounder by Remco Draijer. With the bases still loaded, the inning seemed to close on a grounder towards second base by Zerzinho Croes. However, a throwing error followed and that enabled both Gerard and Clarijs to score.

In the next three innings, Amsterdam got a chance to enlarge it lead. Instead, the squad eight runners behind! In total, Amsterdam stranded 17 runners in this game. This equaled the season-high of this year. On May 5, Hoofddorp Pioniers also left 17 runners behind in its game against DSS. Last year, this happened once, which was done by UVV. The 17 runners left on base are the most since Kinheim left 19 runners behind on June 22, 2013.

After leaving runners behind on first and third base in the third inning, Pirates got the bases loaded with one out in the fourth at bat off of new pitcher Nick Winkel. Niels van Weert and Remco Draijer then both opened with a walk, but the first was forced out on a grounder by Zerzinho Croes. The bases got loaded when Nick Urbanus singled, but two flyouts followed.

In the fifth, the first two batters also reached base. Rodney Daal walked and Rashid Gerard singled. The two moved on a grounder, but then were unable to advanced on a Texas Leaguer-single just behind second base by Niels van Weert. But again, three runners were left behind.

The home-team then added a run in the sixth. WIth one out, Kenny Berkenbosch walked and Linoy Croes singled. With two outs, Rashid Gerard added a runscoring scoring, but this time, Amsterdam left runners behind on second and third base.

The fourth run was then scored in the seventh inning off of new pitcher Ricky Voorn. Niels van Weert led off with a double, moved on a flyout and scored on a single by Zerzinho Croes.

Storks never got into scoring position in this game. After the team was retired in order in the first inning, Kendrick Delima led off the second inning with a single off of Kevin Heijstek, which was the lone one the righthander gave up. Moments later, he was supported with a double play. Heijstek retired the side again in the third, then the Amsterdam-defense turned another double play in the fourth. In the next three innings, Heijstek allowed one more batter to reach base. After having struckout the first two hitters in the sixth, he walked Tijani Dunlop, but closed with another strikeout.

In the eighth inning, Maickel Rietel took over the pitching and also retired the side. Closer Jim Ploeger took the mound in the ninth. The lefthander began with a strikeout, then gave up a single to Joost van den Bergh. Hereafter, he struckout the next two hitters to close the game.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - Silicon Storks 4-0
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L&D Amsterdam Pirates02000110X-4100
pitchers Storksinn.SOBBHRER
Eduardo Guerra, L (0-1)31122-

Nick Winkel324511

Ricky Voorn2-1311

pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Heijstek, W (2-0)7721--

Maickel Rietel11----

Jim Ploeger13-1--
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Efrem Silvania, 1B-Martijn Bosschaart, 3B-Jeroen Rekveld.
Official Scorer-Rob Schuurman.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Public Address Announcer-Richard de Wolff.
Scoreboard Operator-Jolande Bierman.
Starting Time-7:30 PM.
Time Played-2:25 hrs.
Site-Pirates Honkbalstadion, Sportpark 'Ookmeer', Amsterdam.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Partly cloudy, 11,7° C (53,1° F); wind direction north-northwest;
wind speed 24 kmh (14,9 mph); wind force 4 Bft; humidity 67%.

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