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Hoofddorp Pioniers and Quick Amersfoort open series with tie

HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - Hoofddorp Pioniers and Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort played a 3-3 tie in ten innings on a chilly Thursday-evening (May 17) in the opener of their 3-game series.

Pioniers led twice, but failed to hold onto it both times. The team opened the score in the first inning, then Quick came alongside in the second at bat. Pioniers broke the 1-1 tie in the fifth inning by scoring two runs, but Quick again answered with two runs of its own in the sixth. In the remainder of the game, both teams were unable to do some additional scoring. The game went into extra innings, but was then halted after ten complete innings due to the 10:30 P curfew-rule.

With that, Pioniers played its second game in two weeks that ended in a tie.

This was the sixth game this season that needed extra innings. In the entire season last year, there were seven games that needed more than nine at bats.

(May 17)

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Hoofddorp Pioniers opened the score in the bottom of the first inning off of Luis Figuera Roman. The Venezuelan righthander walked lead-off hitter Mark Smit, who stole second base, then moved on a following single by Leandro Anasagasti. With runners at the corners, Ibo Redan also singled to put Pioniers ahead, 1-0. With one out, Anasagasti and Redan attempted to execute a double-steal, but the first was caught stealing at third base. Pioniers got another baserunner when Damian Melis walked, but a flyout ended the at bat.

The lead was shortlived, as Quick Amersfoort came alongside in the second inning off of Lars Huijer, who had retired the side in the first. Bryan Engelhardt led off with a double and moved on a flyout. Hereafter, Jules Cremer was hit by a pitch (and stole second base) and with two outs, the bases got loaded when Jos de Jong walked. A wild pitch enabled Engelhardt to score the tying run, but Huijer closed with a strikeout.

Pioniers re-took the lead in the fifth inning. Before doing so, the team also had reached the bases in the previous at bats. In the second inning, rookie Thom Hoogkamer led off with a single in his first big league at bat, but was eliminated in a double play. In the next at bat, Mark Smit led off with a walk, but later stranded on second base. And in the fourth, Angelo Wicklert reached on an infield-hit with one out. He moved into scoring positon via a sacrifice bunt by Hoogkamer, but also was left behind.

In the fifth inning, Pioniers scored twice to take a 3-1 lead. Duco Nuijten and Mark Smit began the at bat with singles to put runners at the corners. Rookie Leandro Anasagasti followed with a runscoring single and Ibo Redan added a runscoring grounder. Anasagasti later stranded on third base.

Again, the lead didn't last long. After having left a runner behind on second base in the fifth, Quick Amersfoort came alongside again in the top of the sixth. With two outs, Tijmen Takke singled and scored on a double by Jules Cremer. Moments later, Cremer scored the tying run on a single by Remian Denis. Next hitter Jos de Jong walked, but Lars Huijer closed with a strikeout. However, the score was in balance again, as it was 3-3.

Both teams were unable to break the tie. In the eighth inning, both squads got runners in scoring position, but in this at bat, the game also was interrupted.

In the top of the eighth, Jules Cremer reached on an infield-hit with one out and advanced on a wild pitch. Just after a pick-off attempt to second base by Lars Huijer, everything went dark due to a failure in the light-installation during the at bat of Remian Denis. That led to a delay in the game, which lasted 19 minutes. The lights then were back on and the game continued. In case that didn't happen, the game would not have been valid yet. As light-failures are unavoidable, the game would have to resume and be completed before the start of the next scheduled game between the two teams. This is another scenario when games as stopped due to weather conditions or due to the 10:30 PM curfew-rule. In those cases, games are valid and the score at that moment become the final score. Of course, five innings needed to have been played (or 4½ when the home team leads) in these games.

When the game resumed, Remian Denis walked, then Dion Steijl took over the pitching for Hoofddorp. He got a flyout and a force out that ended the at bat.

In the bottom of the eighth, pinch-hitter (and Head Coach) Mervin Gario led off with a walk for Pioniers and stole second base off Brian van Laar, who had taken over the pitching for Quick in the seventh inning. With one out, Angelo Wicklert walked. After an infield-fly, the two runners were awarded the next base on a balk, but they stranded on second and third base.

In the ninth, Quick left a runner behind on first base and Pioniers saw a runner being caught stealing after a pick-off. With that, the game went into extra innings, as they was time left before reaching the 10:30 PM curfew-time. When that time is reached, no new inning can be started, according to the league-rules.

In the top of the tenth, Tijmen Takke led off for Quick with a walk and Remian Denis singled with one out, but a double play ended the at bat. In the bottom of the tenth, Pioniers was retired in order. And so, the game ended with a 3-3 tie.

Hoofddorp Pioniers - Quick Amersfoort 3-3 (10 inn.)
Quick Amersfoort010002000 0-360
Hoofddorp Pioniers100020000 0-372
(game ended after 10 complete innings due to the 10:30 PM curfew-rule)
pitchers Quickinn.SOBBHRER
Luis Figuera Roman523733

Brian van Laar574---

pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Lars Huijer7.183533

Dion Steijl2.2121--
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Roy van de Wateringen, 1B-Peter de Haan, 3B-Henri van Heijningen.
Official Scorer-Huub Nelissen.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Brigitta Zaal.
Technical Commissioner-Fred van Groningen Schinkel.
Public Address Announcer-Hans Heil.
Scoreboard Operator-Fred ter Beek.
Starting Time-7:30 PM.
Time Played-2:43 hrs.
Site-ETO Ballpark, Sportpark Pioniers, Hoofddorp.

Game Notes:
Thom Hoogkamer (Hoofddorp Pioniers) makes his debut in the Dutch big league.
Thom Hoogkamer (Hoofddorp Pioniers) hits a single in this first big league-at bat in the 2nd inning.
19-minute delay in top 8th inning due to light-failures with one out and runner on 2nd base.
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 11,7° C (53,1° F); wind direction north-northwest;
wind speed 26 kmh (16,2 mph); wind force 4 Bft; humidity 68%.

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