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Quick Amersfoort ends winning streak Amsterdam Pirates

AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - Fifth placed Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort recorded a stunning 5-4 victory on Thursday-evening (June 28) against L&D Amsterdam Pirates to end the 22-game winning streak of the league-leader. The streak already was in jeopardy last Sunday when Amsterdam trailed 6-4 after seven innings at De Glaskoning Twins. Then, Amsterdam scored four runs in the eighth to win the game and extend the streak. But tonight, the team was not able to come back to record its 23rd win in a row.

Amsterdam Pirates was one victory shy of equaling the single-season record for most consective victories. That was set in 2010 when Neptunus won 23 games in a row.

However, Amsterdam Pirates accomplished two other records during the longest winning streak in the highest league in eight years.

On Tuesday, June 19, Amsterdam won 18-5 at Hoofddorp Pioniers. That was the 18th consecutive victory and with that, it realized a new club-record. The previous record of 17 was set in 2016.

Last Saturday (June 23), Amsterdam outscored De Glaskoning Twins, 6-1. That was the 20th win in a row for Amsterdam. But there was more, it also was the 20th consecutive victory in a 9-inning game. With that, it broke the record which was originally set in 2004. Back then, HCAW won 19 consecutive 9-inning games. That was equaled in 2010 by Neptunus, which then recorded its 20th win in a 10-inning game. Hereafter, the Rotterdam-squad added three more wins to establish the longest winning streak in history.

Before tonight, Amsterdam Pirates had only lost the very first game of the season on April 26, which was a 5-3 loss at DSS.

Two days later, Amsterdam won 2-0 vs. DSS, which was the beginning of the winning streak, which tonight ended after 62 days.

Tonight, Amsterdam trailed 2-0 halfway the second inning, but then scored four runs. However, the team then failed to take some more distance and stopped scoring, while Quick Amersfoort turned the game its way in the eighth at bat. It also resulted in the first home-loss for Amsterdam Pirates. With the win, Quick Amersfoort moved back into fourth place.

Also tonight, Curaçao Neptunus won 2-1 in twelve innings against DSS, while De Glaskoning Twins won 1-0 at Hoofddorp Pioniers on a wild pitch. HCAW shutout Silicon Storks 10-0 at home in a game that was interrupted for a 34-minute sun-delay in the top of the sixth inning.
(the recaps of these games will be added later)

(June 28)

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Quick Amersfoort opened the score in the top of the second inning off of Kevin Heijstek, who started tonight instead of the originally announced Rob Cordemans. It was announced in advance that it wasn't 100% clear whether or not the veteran would start not tonight. He now probably will start on Saturday.

In the second inning, Rachid Engelhardt led off with a double and Ryan Dale singled. The bases got loaded when Joran Berkhout walked. Hereafter, Remian Denis grounded into a double play, but that enabled Engelhardt to score the first run. Moments later, Jules Cremer reached on an infield-hit, which brought in Dale.

Amsterdam Pirates answered with a 4-run rally off of starter Brian van Laar in its own second at bat. With that, it appeared to be on the right way to add another victory. Rodney Daal and Victor Draijer opened the inning with walks, then Max Clarijs followed with a runscoring single. With runners on first and third base and one out, the tying run was scored on a single by Niels van Weert. With two outs, Amsterdam got the bases loaded when Kenny Berkenbosch walked. The home team then took a 4-2 lead thanks to a 2-run single by Rashid Gerard. That led to an early pitching change, as Van Laar was relieved by Luis Figuera Roman. With that, Quick also changed its rotation, as Figuera was the announced starter for Saturday's game. The righthander threw 5 1/3 inning tonight, struckout eight hitters and became the winning pitcher.

Amsterdam Pirates stopped scoring after the second inning, despite getting runners in scoring position. In the third inning, the team got runners on first and second base with one out, but they stranded. In the next at bat, Amsterdam had runners on second and third base with two outs, but Figuera closed with a strikeout. And in the fifth, a runner was left behind on third base. Amsterdam then got its next runner in scoring position in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Kevin Heijstek retired the side in the third and fourth inning, but gave up another run in the fifth. Remian Denis then led off with a double, moved on a grounder and scored on a sacrifice fly by Jordy Burger to narrow Quick's deficit to 4-3.

Quick Amersfoort was retired in order again by Heijstek in the sixth. Maickel Rietel took over in the seventh and also got three outs in a row.

In the top of the eighth, Amsterdam still led only 4-3, but Quick Amersfoort then turned the game its way. Jules Cremer led off with a single and moved on a sacrifice bunt by Jordy Burger. When next hitter Jelle Blaauw walked, Jim Ploeger took over from Rietel. He was greeted with a runscoring single by Tijmen Takke, which tied the score at 4-4. With first base open, a force play was set up by walking powerhitter Bryan Engelhardt intentionally. His brother Rachid Engelhardt then hit the ball into leftfield for a sacrifice fly, which brought in Blaauw and gave Quick a 5-4 lead. The bases got loaded again when Ryan Dale walked, but three runners were left behind when a grounder closed the at bat.

Quick got a chance to add an insurance run in the top of the ninth, but instead stranded runners on second and third base.

In the final at bat of the game, Amsterdam got an opportunity to at least come alongside and maybe win after all, as it got the bases loaded with one out! Kenny Berkenbosch led off with a single and Rashid Gerard walked. After Aidan Finnegan was inserted as pinch-runner for Gerard, the two runners moved on a sacrifice bunt by Linoy Croes. With first base open, Rodney Daal was walked intentionally. Hereafter, a grounder by Victor Draijer resulted in a force out at the plate, but kept the bases loaded. The inning, the game and the streak then ended when a grounder followed.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - Quick Amersfoort 4-5
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Brian van Laar1.214444

Luis Figuera Roman, W (4-3)5.1822--

Jos de Jong, SV (2)2122--

pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Kevin Heijstek631533

Maickel Rietel, H (3), L (2-1)1.111122

Jim Ploeger, BS (1)1132--

Daan Hendrix0.2-----
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Rob Has, 1B-Yme van der Lugt, 3B-Stenar van Groningen Schinkel.
Official Scorer-Brigitte Brands.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Public Address Announcer-Richard de Wolff.
Scoreboard Operator-Jolande Bierman.
Starting Time-7:30 PM.
Time Played-3:04 hrs.
Site-Pirates Honkbalstadion, Sportpark 'Ookmeer', Amsterdam.

Game Notes:
22-game winning streak of Amsterdam Pirates ends.
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 23,8° C (74,8° F); wind direction north-northeast;
wind speed 23 kmh (14,3 mph); wind force 4 Bft; humidity 52%.

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