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Quick Amersfoort records first big league-win in 21 years

BUSSUM (Neth.) - On Saturday (April 28), Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort recorded its first first big league-victory at the highest level in more than 21 years. Last season, the team finished in the top-four of the Promotion/Relegation Pool to make its comeback in the big league this year.

On Thursday-evening, Quick Amersfoort opened the season with a fine game against HCAW. The team was then able to come alongside, but lost 7-4. Today, Quick Amersfoort broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth inning with a 5-run rally and went on to win 8-3.

The last time that Quick Amersfoort and HCAW faced each other in Bussum at the big league-level was on Sunday, August 11, 1996. Back then, Quick also left the field victorious, winning 6-3, which was its last big league-victory. In that game, Quick broke a 3-3 tie by scoring three runs in the seventh inning. Eduard van Bennekom was the winning pitcher, while Danny Wout was the losing pitcher. 21 years ago, Quick won two of its five games against HCAW.

...Bas de Jong with HCAW-catcher Denzel Bryson...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
Before the game, HCAW opened its new season with the introduction of the players and coaches of both teams. HCAW, Amsterdam Pirates and Hoofddorp Pioniers are the only three big league-teams who have a long tradition of introducing the players and coaching-staffs of both teams on Opening Day. The players and coaches are always accompanied by youth-players of the host-club and there are several other activities before (and during) the game, including the throwing of a ceremonial first pitch.

After the introductions, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown by Bas de Jong, who has played for both HCAW and Quick Amersfoort. De Jong started his career with Quick Amersfoort, but made his big league-debut playing for Twins. He played for HCAW in 2000-2006. The outfielder returned to Quick Amersfoort after the 2014 season after having played eight years for Amsterdam Pirates. He then played three years for Quick in the second highest league and retired after last season.

Before the first pitch was thrown, HCAW handed out its traditional awards to its best players of the previous season. The Jan Bruineman Trophy for the Best Hitter went to Roelie Henrique, while the Jeroen Hubert Trophy for the team's Best Pitcher was for Kaj Timmermans.

Also today, an Antillian brass-band played in the stands during the game And the players handed out some presents to the spectators. Coincidentally, these presents were umbrellas, which were very welcome as its drizzled throughout the game.

(April 28)

Complete Schedule Regular Season

...Left: Roelie Henrique receives the Jan Bruineman Trophy from Maron Bruineman for being HCAW's Best Hitter of last season...
...Right: Jeroen Hubert with the trophy named after him for Kaj Timmermans, HCAW's Best Pitcher of last season...

...Left: Former HCAW Public Address Announcer Dieks Bannink received a certificate for...
...being named Member of Merit of the club earlier this year...
...Right: HCAW-newcomer Patrick Bok enters the field after being introduced...

...Left: Winfried Berkvens (1B), Henri van Heijningen (HP) and Edwin Louisa (3B) were the umpires today...
...Right: An Antillian Brass Band performed before and during the game...
(© All Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

Quick Amersfoort opened the score quickly off of starter Kaj Timmermans, who gave up two runs in the top of the first inning. The righthander walked lead-off hitter Kevin Windster Adelina, who stole second base, moved to third base when Jelle Blaauw reached on an error and scored on a following double by Rachid Engelhardt. With runners on second and third base and one out, Tijmen Takke delivered a runscoring single. Blaauw scored, but Engelhardt was eliminated at the plate when he also tried to score.

HCAW got one run back in its first at bat off of Colin van Laar. For some, the lefthander might have been a surprise starter, as he was the closer in the opener on Thursday-evening and then threw 22 pitches. Closing one game and then starting the next one is very rare. It was no surprise for Quick's Head Coach Marco Wels. ,,He already was the scheduled starter for today's game'', said Wels. ,,On Thursday, he threw less than 25 pitches and he recovered fine. Of course, to be sure, we discussed it with him before the game, but there was no problem. We took him out of the game today in the sixth when he had reached his pitchcount-limit.''

For HCAW, its first at bat also began with a walk. Jeandro Tromp led off with a walk, but was forced out on a grounder by Delano Selassa. The bases then got loaded when Roelie Henrique singled and Vince Rooi also walked. Selassa scored on a sacrifice fly by Bryce Cherry.

HCAW came alongside in the second inning. Patrick Bok led off with a walk, then reached second base safely when an error was made on a force play-grounder by Kevin Weijgertse. The two runners moved on a sacrifice bunt by Denzel Bryson. Hereafter, Jeandro Tromp followed with a single. That brought in Bok with the tying run, but Weijgertse was eliminated at the plate when he also tried to score.

HCAW left runners behind on first and second base in the third inning, then was retired in order in the fourth.

...Bas de Jong throws the...
...ceremonial first pitch...
(© Photo: Alfred Cop Fotografie)
Quick Amersfoort reached base again in both the third and fourth inning. In the third, a runner was picked off first base. In the fourth, a double play ended the at bat.

Quick Amersfoort then struck with five runs in the top of the fifth inning on four basehits. Jules Cremer led off with a double, moved on a sacrifice bunt by Jordy Burger and scored the go-ahead run on a wild pitch. Kaj Timmermans then hit Kevin Windster Adelina with a pitch and walked Jelle Blaauw. Both scored on a following double down the leftfield-line by Rachid Engelhardt, who was 3-for-5 and batted in three runs. With two outs, Engelhardt scored the next run on a single by Tijmen Takke. That led to a pitching change, as Moreno Vork took over from Timmermans. He was greeted with a ground-rule double from Remian Denis. Moments later, he saw Takke score on a passed ball that lifted the lead to 7-2.

Last Thursday, Remian Denis twisted his left-ankle while sliding into second base with a stolen base. He then left the game, but today, he was able to play again.

In the bottom of the fifth, HCAW got its first two hitters on base. Delano Selassa led off with an infield-hit and Roelie Henrique walked, but the next three hitters were retired.

In the sixth, HCAW again got two baserunners. With one out, Kevin Weijgertse singled and with two outs, Jeandro Tromp walked. Hereafter, veteran righthander Jurjen van Zijl was inserted to take over from Colin van Laar. He got a grounder that ended the inning. During the exhibition season, Van Zijl hadn't pitch much, as he was recovering from an injury.

HCAW was able to add another run in the seventh inning. Roelie Henrique then led off with a double and scored on a 2-out single by Seb Visser.

Quick Amersfoort got the run back again in the top of the ninth off of new pitcher Roland Laurens. He saw lead-off hitter Jelle Blaauw reach on an error, stole second and third base and score on a wild pitch.

In the bottom of the ninth, HCAW was retired in order by Jurjen van Zijl. As he pitched at least three innings as the closer with his team leading, Van Zijl was credited with a Save.

...Kaj Timmermans and Colin van Laar were the starting pitchers for HCAW and Quick Amersfoort...

...Left: Jeandro Tromp is forced out in the 1st inning by 2B Tijmen Takke; in the background SS Jelle Blaauw...
...Right: Denzel Bryson puts down a sacrifice bunt for HCAW in the 2nd inning...

...Jules Cremer slides into 2nd base safely with a double in the 5th inning for Quick Amersfoort...
...Short stop Delano Selassa got the ball from rightfield and puts on the tag, but Cremer is safe...

...Left: Jules Cremer scores on a wild pitch in the 5th inning, while pitcher Kaj Timmermans receives the ball...
...Following the situation are HP Umpire Henri van Heijningen and on-deck hitter Kevin Windster Adelina...
...Right: 3rd baseman Remian Denis dives to a batted ball...

...Left: 3B Seb Visser makes a play for HCAW...
...Right: The yellow umpires presented by the HCAW-players were a welcome gift today...
(© All Photos: Alfred Cop Fotografie)

HCAW - Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort 3-8
Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort200050001-891
pitchers Quick Amersfoortinn.SOBBHRER
Colin van Laar, W (1-0)5.245621

Jurjen van Zijl, SV (1)3.1--311

pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Kaj Timmermans, L (0-1)4.234575

Moreno Vork3.1114--

Roland Laurens121-1-
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Henri van Heijningen, 1B-Winfried Berkvens, 3B-Edwin Louisa.
Official Scorer-Dieks Bannink.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Linda Steijger.
Public Address Announcer-Renate Vork.
Scoreboard Operator-Nico van de Luitgaren.
Starting Time-2:30 PM.
Time Played-2:57 hrs.
Site-Rob Hoffmann Vallei, Sportpark Zanderijweg, Bussum.

Game Notes:
Opening Day Regular Season.
Ceremonial first pitch thrown by Bas de Jong, former player of HCAW and Quick Amersfoort.
Before the game, HCAW hands out the Jan Bruineman Trophy to its Best Hitter of the 2017 season, Roelie Henrique, and the Jeroen Hubert Trophy for the team's Best Pitcher, Kaj Timmermans.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 13,6° C (56,5° F); wind direction south-southwest;
wind speed 18 kmh (11,2 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 74%.

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