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Rodney Daal homers Amsterdam Pirates to win; Rob Cordemans adds 2 strikeouts

BUSSUM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning and went on to win 4-2 against HCAW on a warm Saturday-afternoon (May 26) in the second game of their series.

Amsterdam Pirates broke the tie when Rodney Daal homered with one out in the top of the sixth inning.

On Thursday-evening, Amsterdam recorded a 4-0 shutout in the opening game.

Rob Cordemans started for Amsterdam and struckout two hitters in five innings. With that, he now needs eight strikeouts to break the All-Time StrikeOut-record, which is held by Bart Volkerijk since 1996. Cordemans now has 1,941 strikeouts, while Volkerijk is the recordholder with 1,948. The next start for Cordemans probably will be coming Friday-evening when Amsterdam plays at home against Hoofddorp Pioniers.

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Amsterdam Pirates opened the score in the second at bat, but trailed 2-1 moments later. The team came alongside in the third, took the lead in the sixth and added an insurance run in the seventh.

Amsterdam was retired in order in the first inning by HCAW-starter Kaj Timmermans, then opened the score in the next at bat. The team got the bases loaded with no outs, but scored only once. Kenny Berkenbosch led off with a walk, then both Linoy Croes and Rodney Daal singled. Berkenbosch scored the first run on a sacrifice fly by Victor Draijer, but the other two runners were left behind.

Rob Cordemans also retired the side in his first inning on the mound. With one out, the righthander struckout Delano Selassa, who became his 1,940th strikeout-victim in his long career. In the second inning, HCAW scored two runs off of Cordemans, who is in his 25th season at the highest level!

Vince Rooi led off the second inning for HCAW with a walk, then scored the tying run when Bryce Cherry followed with a triple. Hereafter, Cordemans also walked Seb Visser. With runners at the corners, Patrick Bok grounded into a double play, but that also enabled Cherry to score and put HCAW ahead, 2-1. But hereafter, the Amsterdam-pitching held HCAW scoreless in the remainder of the game.

Amsterdam Pirates immediately came alongside in the top of the third inning. The team again got the bases loaded, this time with one out, and scored only once. Remco Draijer and Zerzinho Croes (bunt) led off with singles. The latter was forced out on a grounder by Nick Urbanus, which brought Draijer to third base. After Urbanus had stolen second base, the bases got loaded when Kenny Berkenbosch was hit by a pitch. On a grounder towards first base by Linoy Croes, Draijer was forced out at the plate. While trying to complete a double play at first base, catcher Julian Goins threw the ball to first base. But Urbanus executed some smart baserunning and scored the tying run while the throw was made. Two runners were left behind when a foul-out ended the inning.

From the bottom of the third inning on, HCAW got only two more runners in scoring position. In the third, Cordemans walked lead-off hitter Berend Ruben, who moved on a sacrifice bunt by Jeandro Tromp. Moments later, Ruben was caught stealing after a successful pick-off by Cordemans and a grounder ended the at bat.

...Rodney Daal...
...deciding homerun...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
Cordemans retired the side in the fourth and fifth inning. He closed the fourth with his 1,941st strikeout with Bryce Cherry being the hitter. For Cordemans, his outing ended after five complete innings. The righthander now needs only seven strikeouts to even the All-Time Record and eight to break it.

After Pirates had come alongside in the top of the third, Kaj Timmermans also pitched two scoreless innings. In the fourth, Niels van Weert reached on a bunt-single and stole second base with two outs, but was left behind. In the fifth, Nick Urbanus walked with one out, but then was eliminated at first base with a pick-off.

But in the top of the sixth inning, Amsterdam re-took the lead when Rodney Daal homered with one out. By the way, he is the third member of the Daal-family to be involved with Amsterdam Pirates. His brother Randy Daal played for the team in 2002. Their father Ritchie Daal was the team's Hitting Coach several years ago.

In the seventh inning, Amsterdam Pirates added an insurance run. Remco Draijer led off with a double, advanced on a grounder by Zerzinho Croes and scored on a grounder by Nick Urbanus to make it a 4-2 score.

In the next two innings, Amsterdam got into scoring position again off of reliever Oscar Meuris, but was unable to add more runs. In the eighth, Rodney Daal doubled with one out, but stranded. In the ninth, Mikey De La Cruz Santana led off with a single, but was caught stealing after a pick-off. Remco Draijer then also singled, stole second base with two outs, but also was left behind.

Robin Schel took over the pitching from Rob Cordemans in the sixth inning and retired the side. In the seventh, the lefthander gave up a 2-out single to Bryce Cherry, but he was forced out. He then walked Berend Ruben with two outs in the eighth, then a flyout ended the at bat.

Daan Hendrix closed the game for Amsterdam. With one out, he walked Roelie Henrique, who stole second base. He stranded there, as next hitter Vince Rooi lined out to second baseman Nick Urbanus. Hereafter, Hendrix closed the game with a strikeout.

HCAW - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 2-4
L&D Amsterdam Pirates011001100-4100
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Rob Cordemans, W (2-0)523122

Robin Schel, H (1)3-11--

Daan Hendrix, SV (1)111---

pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Kaj Timmermans, L (1-4)733744

Oscar Meuris21-3--

Homerun: Pirates: Rodney Daal (1)(6th,solo,off Timmermans).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Roy van de Wateringen, 1B-Peter de Haan, 3B-Rob Has.
Official Scorer-Tineke Has.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Huub Nelissen.
Public Address Announcer-Han Monsees.
Scoreboard Operator-Nico van de Luitgaren.
Starting Time-2:35 PM.
Time Played-2:37 hrs.
Site-Rob Hoffmann Vallei, Sportpark Zanderijweg, Bussum.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 28° C (82,4° F); wind direction east-southeast;
wind speed 18 kmh (11,2 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 43%.

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