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Twins nips Storks to record second win

THE HAGUE (Neth.) - On a rainy Saturday-afternoon (April 28), De Glaskoning Twins nipped Silicon Storks 4-3 to record its second victory of the season.

...Wouter Garot, founder/director of...
...Storks main-sponsor Silicon,...
...throws the ceremonial first pitch...
(© Photo: Erwin Nefs)
After seven innings, Storks led 3-2, but it failed to hold onto the small lead, as Twins scored twice in the top of the eighth to turn the game its way. On Thursday, Twins won 10-3 in the opening game.

For Storks, this was its first home-game in the highest big league in more than 38 years. The team from The Hague played its last home-game on Sunday, September 16, 1979. Back then, the team faced Haarlem Nicols and lost 9-5. The day before, the team lost 19-2 in Haarlem. These scores resulted in relegation to the second highest league.

Before today's game, Storks celebrated its comeback into the highest division with the introduction of the players and coaches of both teams, who were accompanied by youth-players from Storks. Hereafter, Wouter Garot, the Director and Founder of Storks main-sponsor Silicon, threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

Before the players and coaches were introduced, Bart Volkerijk, the Executive Director of the Royal Netherlands Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB), addressed the attendees. As a pitcher, Volkerijk played against Storks while playing for ADO, which is also from The Hague. Volkerijjk handed out a KNBSB-decoration to Henk van der Linde for his long career as an umpire and since several years as a technical commissioner.

(April 28)

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...Left: Henk van der Linde receives a decoration from KNBSB-director Bart Volkerijk...
...Right: Jos van Eijsden (1B), Peter Brink (HP) and Yme van der Lugt (3B) were the umpires today...
...Van der Lugt made his regular season-debut in the Dutch big league...

...The players and coaches of Twins are introduced before the game...

...The players (left), Head Coach Aldric Dunlop and 3B Coach Aldrin Martis of Storks are introduced before the game...
(© All Photos: Robert Bos)

The start of the game was delayed for 33 minutes due to rain and maintenance to the playing field.

After the game went underway, Twins opened the score with one run in the top of the first inning off of starter Martin Kram, who made his big league-debut. With two outs, Australian Sam Kennelly homered off of Kram, who threw eight innings. Hereafter, Shurman Marlin and Dennis De Quint both singled, but a force out ended the at bat.

In its first at bat, Storks also got into scoring position immediately off of starter Misja Harcksen. The righthander threw six-plus solid innings and struckout nine hitters. The former pro gave up six hits and left the mound with Twins trailing 3-2, but he ended up with a no-decision.

With one out, Harcksen walked Jurriaan Dijk in the first inning, then gave up a 2-out single to Kendrick Delima, but closed with a strikeout.

After stranding a runner on second base in the second inning, Storks came alongside in the bottom of the third, also thanks to a homerun. Quinlan de Windt led off with a fourbagger and with that, he became a member of a very small group of players. De Windt's homerun was his first big league-basehit after he went 0-for-3 in the opener on Thursday-evening.

Twins re-took the lead in the top of the fifth. Rookie Max Kops led off with a double and advanced on a flyout. He went on to score on a single by Jarreau Maritina, who stole second base moments later. The inning then ended with an unassisted double play, after short stop Philip Brandl caught a line drive hit by Ruar Verkerk.

...Wouter Garot, founder and director of Storks-sponsor Silicon,...
...throws the ceremonial first pitch...
(© Photo: Robert Bos)
Storks left runners behind on first and second base in the fifth inning and was retired in order in the next at bat, but then scored twice in the seventh. Philip Brandl led off with a single and stole second base. He then moved to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Giovanny Perez and scored the tying run on a single by Tijani Dunlop. With two outs, Jurriaan Dijk also singled, then next hitter Runai Coran reached on a throwing error which enabled Dunlop to score the go-ahead run. WIth Coran on second and Dijk on third base due to the error, a pitching change followed. Swedish righthander Jakob Syrén took over and got an inning-ending flyout from Kendrick Delima.

The lead was shortlived, as Twins scored two runs in the top of the eighth to take the lead for the third time. Bob van der Meer led off with a walk and was brought into scoring position with a sacrifice bunt by Jarreau Martina. Van der Meer advanced to third base on a single by Ruar Verkerk, who himself moved to second base on the throw to third base. Moments later, both runners scored on a single by Sam Kennelly, who batted in three runs for Twins.

In the bottom of the eighth, Storks got close to tying the score again. Pinch-hitter Timo van Aanhout led off with a walk. Hereafter, Thijs Steenwijk took over the pitching from Jakob Syrén, but he saw Van Aanhout advance on a wild pitch and walked Joran Berkhout. The two runners moved on a sacrifice bunt by Philip Brandl. But with runners at second and third base, a pop-up and flyout ended the inning.

In the top of the ninth, José Moreno pitched for Storks. He gave up a lead-off infield-hit to Bram Grooten, but he was later caught stealing. With two outs, Max Kops singled for Twins, but was left behind.

Still leading only 4-3, the game ended when Steenwijk retired the side in the bottom of the ninth.

...Left: Jarreau Martina was the lead-off hitter for Twins and batted 1-for-3 with one RBI...
...Right: Martin Kram was the starting pitcher for Storks...

...Sam Kennelly homers for Twins in the 1st inning and is greeted by 3B Coach José Baez...

...Left: Misja Harcksen was the starting pitcher for Twins...
...Right: Joran Berkhout running at first base for Storks besides 1B Shurman Marlin...

...Left: Quinlan de Windt accounted for the tying run for Storks with a homerun in the 3rd inning...
...Right: Storks-catcher Jurriaan Dijk makes a barehanded catch of a foul pop-fly in the 4th inning...

...Left: Max Kops slides into 3rd base in the 5th inning while 3B Quinlan de Windt waits for the ball...
...Right: Swedish righthander Jakob Syrén became the winning pitcher for Twins...

...Left: Philip Brandl puts down a sacrifice bunt for Storks in the 8th inning...
...Right: Thijs Steenwijk closed for Twins and earned a Save...

...Left: José Moreno closed the game for Storks...
...Right: Bram Grooten dives back during a pick-off while 1B Kendrick Delima awaits the ball in the 9th inning...
(© All Photos: Robert Bos)

Silicon Storks - De Glaskoning Twins 3-4
De Glaskoning Twins100010020-4111
Silicon Storks001000200-360
pitchers Twinsinn.SOBBHRER
Misja Harcksen6.293632

Jakob Syrén, W (1-0)0.1 (*)-1---

Thijs Steenwijk, SV (1)211---
(*) - Syrén pitched to one batter in the eighth inning

pitchers Storksinn.SOBBHRER
Martin Kram, L (0-1)8-1944

José Moreno11-2--

Homeruns: Twins: Sam Kennelly (1)(1st,solo,off Kram); Storks: Quinlan de Windt (1)(3rd,solo,off Harcksen).
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Peter Brink, 1B-Jos van Eijsden, 3B-Yme van der Lugt.
Official Scorer-Leo van den Brun.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Brigitta Zaal.
Technical Commissioner-Henk van der Linde.
Public Address Announcer-Tonny Dijkhuizen.
Scoreboard Operator-.
Starting Time-3:03 PM.
Time Played-2:43 hrs.
Site-Sportpark Kijkduin, The Hague.

Game Notes:
Opening Day Regular Season.
Game started 33 minutes later than scheduled due to rain and maintenance to the playing field.
Before the game, former umpire and current technical commissioner Henk van der Linde receives a KNBSB-decoration from Bart Volkerijk, the Executive Director of the KNBSB.
Ceremonial first pitch thrown by Wouter Garot, the Director and Founder of Storks main-sponsor Silicon.
Jakob Syrén (Twins), Martin Kram and Timo van Aanhout (both Storks) make their debut in the Dutch big league.
Yme van der Lugt makes his debut as Umpire in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 13,6° C (56,5° F); wind direction south-southwest;
wind speed 23 kmh (14,3 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 80%.

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