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Convincing win Hoofddorp Pioniers in opener vs. Storks

ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Hoofddorp Pioniers recorded a convincing 10-0 win on Thursday-evening (May 24) against Silicon Storks in the opener of their 3-game series, which was played at the site of Neptunus in Rotterdam.

Pioniers led 2-0 after seven innings, then rallied for eight runs in the top of the eighth inning to reach a mercy-rule run-difference. The game ended after eight innings.

The convincing victory is very welcome for Pioniers, which is building a new team for the future after several players left after last season. In the off-season, the team, which has no main-sponsor, added some new players from outside the club, as well as some young players from within the club. Besides that, during the season, young players are added regularly to the main squad, who get opportunities to play at the highest level to develop and gain experience. Unfortunately, Pioniers currently has to do without outfielder Joey Eeman. He left the game against DSS on May 5 after being hit on his finger during a bunt. It was later diagnosed that one of his fingers was shattered and that he might be out for the season.

Tonight, Pioniers collected 13 basehits, including three by Jelle Kroft and a homerun from Ibo Redan. Rookie Tyler Boersma batted in three runs and scored twice.

Lars Huijer went the distance for Pioniers and threw a 3-hitter.

(May 24)

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Hoofddorp Pioniers got a chance to open the score right away in the top of the first inning off of starter Nick Winkel. Joey de Koning led off with an infield-hit and with one out, he moved to third base on a wild pitch and a passed ball. Next, Ibo Redan walked and stole second base, but the two were left behind.

In the next at bat, Pioniers scored twice. Angelo Wicklert led off with an infield-hit. He stole second base, advanced to third on a wild pitch, then scored on an one-out single by Tyler Boersma. Hereafter, Duco Nuijten singled and when that was followed by an error, Pioniers got runners at the corners. Nuijten was then forced out on a grounder by Joey de Koning, but Boersma scored on this hit.

In the next four innings, Pioniers was silenced and reached base only once off of Nick Winkel. After having retired eleven consecutive hitters, the righthander gave up an one-out single to Jelle Kroft, but he stranded on first base.

In the seventh inning, Pioniers got into scoring position again. Leando Anasagasti led off with a single, but was forced out on a grounder by Tyler Boersma. Duco Nuijten followed with a single, but the next two hitters were retired.

Pioniers then struck with an 8-run rally on six hits in the top of the eighth inning off of three pitchers. José Moreno started the inning in relief of Nick Winkel, who had pitched seven fine innings. With one out, he got the bases loaded when Jelle Kroft singled and Glenn Bakker and Angelo Wicklert both walked. Another walk followed for Leandro Anasagasti, which led to a run and Tyler Boersma followed with a 2-run single. Hereafter, Ricky Voorn took over the pitching, but he walked Duco Nuijten, which re-loaded the bases. Voorn followed with a strikeout, but two runs were then scored on two consecutive wild pitches. The scoring wasn't over yet, as Mervin Gario added a runscoring single, then Ibo Redan delivered a 2-run homerun off of Voorn that lifted the lead to 10-0. Redan and Voorn were teammates when the two played for ADO Lakers in 2012, both as pitcher. First baseman Kendrick Delima then took over the pitching, but the inning continued, as he gave up singles to Jelle Kroft (his second in this inning) and Glenn Bakker. But they were left behind when a flyout ended the long and productive at bat.

Storks got into scoring position only twice off of Lars Huijer. The righthander went the distance, gave up only three basehits and struckout ten hitters.

After having retired the side in the first two innings, Huijer gave up a lead-off single to Nick Nefs in the third. He moved on a sacrifice bunt by Quinlan de Windt. With two outs, Huijer walked Sergio Schoop, but a flyout ended the at bat for the home team.

In the fourth inning, Kendrick Delima led off for Storks with a single. He was forced out on a grounder by Joost van den Bergh, who later stole second base, but Huijer then closed with two strikeouts.

In the remainder of the game, Storks got only one more baserunner.

...Left: Nick Winkel was the starting pitcher tonight for Storks...
...Right: Storks 1B Kendrick Delima and 1B Umpire Edwin Louisa follow the action...

...Left: Jelle Kroft was 3-for-5 for Hoofddorp Pioniers...
...Right: Duco Nuijten is forced out by 2B Sem Petit in the 2nd inning...

...Leandro Anasagasti is forced out by short stop Philipp Brandl in the 7th inning...

...Left: Ibo Redan hit a 2-run homerun for Hoofddorp Pioniers in the 8th inning...
...Right: Storks-outfielders Aldi Guzman, Sergio Schoop and Juharich Tomsjansen take a break during a pitching-change...

...Left: The players of Hoofddorp Pioniers celebrate the convincing victory...
...Right: Umpires Henri van Heijningen, Edwin Louisa and Winfried Berkvens shake hands after the game ended...
(© All Photos: Robert Bos)

Silicon Storks - Hoofddorp Pioniers 0-10 (8 inn.)
Hoofddorp Pioniers02000008-10130
Silicon Storks00000000-031
pitcher Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Lars Huijer, W (2-1)81013--

pitchers Storksinn.SOBBHRER
Nick Winkel, L (0-2)731721

José Moreno0.1-3255

Ricky Voorn0.111233

Kendrick Delima0.1--2--

Homerun: Pioniers: Ibo Redan (1)(8th,2-run,off Voorn).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Henri van Heijningen, 1B-Edwin Louisa, 3B-Winfried Berkvens.
Official Scorer-Francis Speters.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Alex van den Berg.
Public Address Announcer-Jan van der Sande (Neptunus).
Scoreboard Operator-Lex Looijen (Neptunus).
Starting Time-7:30 PM.
Time Played-2:09 hrs.
Site-Neptunus Familiestadion, Sportpark Abraham van Stolkweg, Rotterdam (site Neptunus).

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 20,5° C (68,9° F); wind direction northeast;
wind speed 13 kmh (8 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 74%.

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