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DSS strikes in middle innings to win vs. HCAW

HAARLEM (Neth.) - DSS scored six runs in the three middle innings and went on to win 6-2 against HCAW on Saturday (May 19).

HCAW opened the 3-game series on Thursday-evening with a 3-0 shutout-win.

DSS collected 12 basehits, including three by Denzel Richardson and Omar Williams. The latter doubled twice.

Tom Stuifbergen threw five-plus strong innings for DSS. The righthander struckout eight batters and gave up only one basehit to become the winning pitcher. For Stuifbergen, this was his first win since June 30, 2016. Back then, he pitched for Kinheim and was the winning pitcher against DSS. Last season, he appeared in only one game in relief due to an injury.

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DSS was held scoreless in the first three innings by HCAW-starter Kaj Timmermans. The Haarlem-squad left a runner behind on first base in the first inning, while another runner was picked off first base in the second at bat.

In the fourth inning, DSS opened the score with two runs. That was done thanks to a rare sequence of basehits, as there was a single, double and triple in this order. With one out, Denzel Richardson singled and scored on a double by Omar Williams, who then scored when next hitter Sander Paap tripled. Paap stranded, as a grounder and flyout ended the inning.

DSS added two unearned runs in the fifth at bat. Mitchel Dautzenberg led off with an infield-hit and moved on a grounder by Devano Pieter. A grounder by next hitter Odion Gouverneur ended in a fielding error, which enabled Dautzenberg to score. After having reached first base, Gouverneur tried to advance to second base on the error, but he got into a rundown and was eliminated. Hereafter, Tommy van de Sanden also reached on an error, moved on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Denzel Richardson.

DSS increased the lead to 6-0 by again scoring two runs in the sixth inning. The HCAW-defense again made two errors, resulting in another earned run. Omar Williams led off with a single, then reached second base safely on a throwing error that followed a force play-grounder by Sander Paap. Williams then was forced out on third base on a bunt by Kevin Nieveld. Moments later, Paap and Nieveld were awarded the next base on a balk and both scored when Koen Halderman followed with a single. DSS got another baserunner when Mitchel Dautzenberg reached on an error, but two runners were left behind.

Despite getting into scoring position again in the next two at bats, DSS was unable to add more runs. In the eighth, rookie Sem Robberse took the mound for HCAW and avoided giving up runs thanks to his defense. He gave up a lead-off single to Tommy van de Sanden, but he was caught stealing. Denzel Richardson then walked and Omar Williams doubled. A grounder by next hitter Sander Paap led to an inning-ending double play. First, Richardson was forced out on second base. Williams advanced to third base, then continued to the plate, but there, he also was eliminated to end the inning.

In the eighth, Kevin Nieveld led off for DSS with a double. With one out, Timo van Ancum took over from Robberse and retired the next two hitters.

HCAW didn't get into scoring position and got only one baserunner off of DSS-starter Tom Stuifbergen. With two outs in the top of the first inning, Roelie Henrique singled to become HCAW's lone baserunner off of the righthander. Hereafter, Stuifbergen retired the next 15 batters in a row. He struckout the side in the third inning.

With two outs in the top of the sixth, Stuifbergen was relieved by Reggie Bomberg. The inning began with a great at bat by Kevin Weijgertse, as Stuifbergen needed 12 pitches. Weijgertse fouled off nine pitches before striking out.

Bomberg last pitched on May 3. He returned after being sidelined with an injury. Bomberg was one of four injured pitchers on the DSS-roster, the others being righthander Lars Vogelaar, righthander Bayron Cornelisse and lefthander Nick Keur. It is expected that Vogelaar can return within two weeks, while Cornelisse probably can do some throwing again in about one-and-a-half-week. The recovery of Keur will take longer. Both Cornelisse and Keur didn't pitch yet this season.

Bomberg got an innining-ending flyout in the sixth inning, but gave up two runs in the seventh at bat. Delano Selassa and Roelie Henrique both led off with a single and scored when Vince Rooi followed with a double. That marked the end for Bomberg, who was relieved by Mike Groen. After a flyout, Groen struckout the next two hitters to end the inning.

In the eighth, Groen gave up a lead-off single to Kevin Weijgertse, but followed with a strikeout. A double play ended the inning. Groen retired the side in the ninth to earn a save.

DSS - HCAW 6-2
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Kaj Timmermans, L (1-3)62-963

Sem Robberse1.1-13--

Timo van Ancum0.21----

pitchers DSSinn.SOBBHRER
Tom Stuifbergen, W (1-0)5.28-1--

Reggie Bomberg0.1 (*)--322

Mike Groen, SV (1)34-1--
(*) - Bomberg pitched to three batters in the seventh inning
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Henri van Heijningen, 1B-Jeroen Rekveld, 3B-Martijn Bosschaart.
Official Scorer-Brigitte Brands.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Alex van den Berg.
Public Address Announcer-Peter van Deursen.
Scoreboard Operator-Peter van Deursen.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:10 hrs.
Site-Pim Mulier Sportpark, Haarlem.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 12,6° C (54,7° F); wind direction west-northwest;
wind speed 13 kmh (8,1 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 82%.

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