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Amsterdam Pirates shuts HCAW in pitching-duel

AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates shutout HCAW 4-0 on Thursday-evening (May 24) in the opening game of their series.

Amsterdam Pirates broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the sixth inning. In the first five innings, the game was a pitching-duel between Kevin Heijstek (Amsterdam) and Dennis Burgersdijk (HCAW), who were both supported with some fine defense. Both teams committed no defensive errors in the attractive game, which lasted only two hours and one minute. With that, it became the quickest 9-inning game of the current season.

Nick Urbanus was responsible for three of the runs. He batted in the first one and scored two others. He batted 3-for-4.

HCAW recorded only three basehits off of three pitchers, who combined threw only 92 pitches. Starter Kevin Heijstek threw only 69 in seven innings.

In today's game, three pitchers threw against their former team. HCAW-starter Dennis Burgersdijk pitched for Amsterdam the past few seasons. Amsterdam-reliever Maickel Rietel last year pitched for Hoofddorp Pioniers, but pitched for HCAW earlier. However, before transfering to HCAW, Rietel already had pitched for Pirates when he was playing in the Rookie League Team of the club. Amsterdam-closer Jim Ploeger last season was a starting pitcher for HCAW.

In the meantime, Amsterdam Pirates-player Rashid Gerard received some positive news, as he learned that he has suffered no facial damage or fractures after being hit by a bad-hop single last Saturday. In the game against Silicon Storks, a batted ball jumped up in front of him and hit him in the face. Gerard left the game and was transported to the hospital. There, it was thought that he might have broken his nose, but that couldn't be determined yet due to the swelling. During a check-up last Tuesday, no fractuces were found. Gerard was back with the team tonight and in uniform, but didn't play yet.

(May 24)

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In the first five innings, HCAW got into scoring position twice, while Amsterdam Pirates got one runner in scoring position. But it was Amsterdam that got on base more times. Amsterdam got six baserunners, HCAW got only three.

HCAW was off to a good start off of Kevin Heijstek, as Jeandro Tromp and Delano Selassa led off the first inning with singles. The two moved into scoring position via a sacrifice bunt by Roelie Henrique, but that was to be it for the Bussum-squad. In the remainder of the game, HCAW got only one more baserunner. After Tromp and Selassa had reached, 26 of the next 27 hitters were retired! The Amsterdam-pitching faced only two more hitters than the minimum of 27.

Heijstek, as well as relievers Maickel Rietel and Jim Ploeger, were supported by some solid defense, which included some nice plays from infielders Zerzinho Croes (2B), Nick Urbanus (SS) and Rodney Daal (3B).

With runners on second and third base in the top of the first inning and one out, Vince Rooi lined out to second baseman Zerzinho Croes and Bryce Cherry grounded out. Starting with the sacrifice bunt by Henrique, Heijstek retired nine batters in a row. In the top of the fourth, Roelie Henrique reached on an infield-hit, but a double play-grounder followed. Starting with that grounder, Heijstek retired the next eleven hitters. Besides the two singles in the first inning, only three more balls were hit into the outfield during Heijstek's pitching. Hereafter, both Rietel and Ploeger retired the side.

For Amsterdam, Nick Urbanus reached on an infield-hit with two outs in the bottom of the first inning, but was forced out. Hereafter, Dennis Burgersdijk retired the side in the second and third inning. He also was supported with some nice defensive plays. After having retired eight batters in a row, the righthander gave up a 2-out single to Kenny Berkenbosch in the fourth. He then stole second base to become the lone Amsterdam-runner to get into scoring position in the first five innings. Berkenbosch stranded on second base.

In the fifth, Rodney Daal led off for Amsterdam with a single, but was caught stealing after a pick-off. Hereafter, Victor Draijer also singled, but later was forced out.

Amsterdam Pirates then opened the score in the bottom of the sixth inning. Remco Draijer led off with a walk and moved on a grounder by Zerzinho Croes. Moments later, Draijer scored on a double by Nick Urbanus. He hit the ball into leftfield, where a sliding leftfielder Kevin Weijgertse tried to stop the ball, but instead, it jumped away out of reach, enabling Urbanus to advance to second base with a double. Urbanus moved to third base when Kenny Berkenbosch flied out, then scored ona single by Linoy Croes to make it a 2-0 score.

In the top of the eighth, Timo van Ancum took over the pitching for HCAW and gave up two additional runs. With one out, Zerzinho Croes walked and Nick Urbanus singled. Next, Kenny Berkenbosch delivered a runscoring single. The bases got loaded when Linoy Croes walked. Hereafter, Rodney Daal hit the ball up in the air, where it appeared to become an infield-fly, but it traveled further backwards than expected. The ball was caught by centerfielder Jeandro Tromp and it became a sacrifice fly, as Urbanus scored to make it a 4-0 score.

Moments before, Daal had made a great defensive play on a grounder by pinch-hitter Seb Visser that ended HCAW's eighth at bat. That play came after reliever Maickel Rietel had struckout the first two hitters he faced. In the ninth, Jim Ploeger closed the game and retired the side, including one strikeout. With that, the final 17 hitters of HCAW were retired in order.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - HCAW 4-0
L&D Amsterdam Pirates00000202X-580
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Dennis Burgersdijk, L (2-2)731622

Timo van Ancum112222

pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Heijstek, W (3-0)73-3--

Maickel Rietel, H (1)12----

Jim Ploeger11----
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Rob Has, 1B-John Beltman, 3B-Stenar van Groningen Schinkel.
Official Scorer-Marco Stoovelaar.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Maaike Houtkamp.
Public Address Announcer-Richard de Wolff.
Scoreboard Operator-Jolande Bierman.
Starting Time-7:31 PM.
Time Played-2:01 hrs.
Site-Pirates Honkbalstadion, Sportpark 'Ookmeer', Amsterdam.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Overcast, 21,8° C (71,2° F); wind direction east;
wind speed 23 kmh (14,3 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 58%.

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