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Updated: April 27, 2018
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Storks returns to big league after 38 years, but opens with loss

ROSMALEN (Neth.) - Finally, the regular season in the Dutch big league went underway on Thursday-evening (April 26). The second highest league ('Overgangsklasse') already opened on April 6. Hereafter, the two highest divisions in women's softball went underway. The Golden League on April 14 and the Silver League on April 21. The last national competition to start was that of the highest Dutch baseball-league. The last time that a regular season started this late was in 1990, when the first games were played on Saturday, April 28.

On Thursday-evening, Silicon Storks made its comeback in the highest league after a 38-year absence. The team from The Hague last played at the highest level in 1979, but then relegated to the First Division after winning only nine of its 36 games.

In its opening game against De Glaskoning Twins, Storks faced a quick deficit and trailed 6-0 after four innings. Twins went on to win 10-3 on eleven basehits, including four by Ruar Verkerk, who batted in five runs. Tijmen Takke was 4-for-4 for Quick Amersfoort tonight in its game against HCAW.

Last season, there also were two players who opened the season by hitting four basehits in the opening game. Jelle Blaauw then was 4-for-4 in the opener of Pickles UVV, while Kevin Weijgertse then was 4-for-5 for HCAW.

Tonight's game was played at the site of Gryphons in Rosmalen, as the light-installation at the home-site of Twins in Oosterhout is insufficient for playing at the highest level. Therefore, Twins will play its home evening-games in Rosmalen.

(April 26)

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In its first big league-game since 1979, Storks faced a quick deficit, but got a chance to open the score themselves in the top of the first inning off of debuting Japanese righthander Shogo Nakashima. With one out, Jurriaan Dijk walked and Runai Coran singled in his first big league at bat. That basehit came moments after Jeandro Tromp of HCAW had led off the first inning with a single in the game against Quick Amersfoort. With that Tromp's basehit was the first in this years big league, but Coran's was the second one. Coran's basehit was followed by an outfield-error, resulting in runners on second and third base. Hereafter, Kendrick Delima's hit was caught by Australian second baseman Sam Kennelly and as Coran was off second base, he also was eliminated in an inning-ending double play.

In the bottom of the first inning, Twins scored twice off of starter Gijs Timmer, who last season pitched for DSS. Lead-off hitter Jarreau Martina reached on an error and moved into scoring position on a wild pitch. Hereafter, Ruar Verkerk connected well and hit a 2-run homerun. Verkerk, who briefly played professionally in the Minor League, last year played for Neptunus.

Storks stranded another runner in scoring position in the top of the second inning. With one out, Joran Berkhout doubled, but stranded on second base.

Twins then added two more runs in the bottom of the second. Bram Grooten led off with a single and moved to third base with one out when a grounder by Dave Janssen ended in throwing error. Janssen then stole second base and with two outs, both runners scored on a single by Jarreau Martina. Twins now led 4-0, but three runs were unearned due to errors.

After Storks left another runner behind on second base in the top of the fourth, Twins again scored twice moments later. And again Jarreau Martina was involved. With one out, Dave Janssen walked and scored when Brian Biezen reached on an error. After the latter was caught stealing, Jarreau Martina tripled and scored on a double by Ruar Verkerk to make it a 6-0 score. Martina was 2-for-4 and scored three runs, while batting in two.

In the top of the fifth, Twins inserted Mic van de Ven as reliever for Shogo Nakashima. In his debut, the righthander threw four fine innings, struckout four batters, gave up only three basehits and held Storks scoreless. However, since he only threw four innings, he could not be credited with the win. Starting pitchers need to throw five complete innings in order to become the winning pitcher.

Van de Ven ran into problems, as he walked four consecutive runners, resulting in a run. A new pitching change followed, as Jan Evertse took over. He began with a strikeout, then turned a 1-2-3 double play on a comeback-grounder.

In the remainder of the game, Evertse did very well, despite giving up two runs. He threw four hitless innings, struckout four hitters and became the winning pitcher.

In the bottom of the fifth, it was Twins that left a runner behind in scoring position. Shurman Marlin and Dennis De Quint opened with basehits, but Gijs Timmer followed with two strikeouts, then a grounder ended the at bat.

Without hitting a basehit, Storks scored its next run in the sixth inning. Aldi Guzman led off with a walk and stole second base. He then advanced on a grounder by Joran Berkhout and scored on a grounder by Giovanny Perez.

Twins got the run back again in its sixth off of new pitcher Nick Winkel. Jarreau Martina then walked with one out and later scored on a wild pitch with two outs.

Storks scored another hitless run in the seventh when the Twins-defense made two errors. With one out, Jurriaan Dijk walked, then reached second base safely when an error was made on a force play-grounder. With two outs, Dijk stole third base and scored on a following throwing error.

In the bottom of the eighth inning, the curfew-rule (no new inning after 10:30 PM) was reached, but the at bat of course had to be completed. That resulted in three more runs for Twins off of new pitcher Ricky Voorn. He gave up a lead-off single to Dave Janssen, then walked Brian Biezen. With one out and after a double-steal, the two scored on a double by Ruar Verkerk, who batted in his fourth and fifth run in the game. Verkerk advanced on a single by Sam Kennelly, then the bases got loaded when Shurman Marlin walked. While the latter was forced out, Verkerk scored the tenth run for Twins.

De Glaskoning Twins - Silicon Storks 10-3 (8 inn.)
Silicon Storks00001110-334
De Glaskoning Twins22020103-10113
(game ended after eight complete innings due to 10:30 PM curfew-rule)
pitchers Storksinn.SOBBHRER
Gijs Timmer, L (0-1)561863

Nick Winkel232-1-

Ricky Voorn112333

pitchers Twinsinn.SOBBHRER
Shogo Nakashima4423--

Mic van de Ven- (*)-4-11

Jan Evertse, W (1-0)444-21
(*) - Van de Ven pitched to four batters in the fifth inning

Homerun: Twins: Ruar Verkerk (1)(1st,2-run,off Timmer).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Edwin Louisa, 1B-Henri van Heijningen, 3B-Rudsel Schoobaar.
Official Scorer-Rienette Hamers.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Dieks Bannink.
Public Address Announcer-Frans Vuister.
Scoreboard Operator-Piet van Gool.
Starting Time-7:30 PM.
Time Played-3:11 hrs.
Site-Sportpark 'De Groote Wielen', Rosmalen (site Gryphons).

Game Notes:
Opening Night Regular Season.
Runai Coran, Kendrick Delima, Giovanny Perez, Quinlan de Windt, Tyron de Windt, Nick Winkel, Sem Petit, Philip Brandl (all Storks), Sam Kennelly, Shogo Nakashima and Max Kops (all Twins) make their debut in the Dutch big league.
Kevin Knollenburg (Twins) makes his debut as Head Coach in the Dutch big league.
Jurrian Koks, Aldrin Martis, Ricky Voorn (all Storks) and Jeffrey Arends (Twins) make their debut as Coach in the Dutch big league.
Runai Coran (Storks) hits a single in his first big league at bat in the first inning.
Game played at the site of Gyphons in Rosmalen due to insufficient light-installation at home-site of Twins in Oosterhout.
Weather conditions at game time: Partly cloudy, 12,7° C (54,9° F); wind direction west;
wind speed 16 kmh (9,9 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 49%.

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