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HCAW rallies in 6th inning to win against Quick Amersfoort

AMERSFOORT (Neth.) - HCAW rallied for six runs in the sixth inning on Sunday (April 29) to break an 1-1 tie against Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort en route to a 7-3 victory.

HCAW opened the season on Thursday-evening with an 7-4 win in Amersfoort, but then lost its first home-game on Saturday. Then, it was Quick Amersfoort that had productive rally in the fifth inning to win 8-3 and record its first win at the big league-level in more than 21 years.

Before today's game, former player Bas de Jong was honored. De Jong started his career in youth-teams with Quick Amersfoort, but made his big league-debut playing for Twins in 1999. Hereafter, the outfielder played for HCAW in 2000-2006. De Jong then transfered to Amsterdam Pirates, for whom he played eight years (2007-2014). After the 2014 season, he returned to Quick Amersfoort for whom he then played in the second highest division in 2015-2017. De Jong retired after last season.

...Former player Bas de Jong was decorated... KNBSB-director Bart Volkerijk...
(© Photo: Jan Kruijdenberg)
While playing for Amsterdam Pirates, Bas de Jong was the Best Hitter of the Dutch big league in three consecutive seasons (2012, 2013 and 2014). He became only the second player in history to accomplish that. The first was legendary Hamilton Richardson, who was the Best Hitter four years in a row (1963-1966).

In his big league-career, De Jong played in 572 official regular season-games and also played for the Netherlands National Team. Players are honored by the Royal Netherlands Baseball & Softball Association when they reach the 500-mark. However, De Jong's honoring had not yet taken place. And that was done today, as KNBSB Executive Director Bart Volkerijk handed out the decoration to De Jong, who on Saturday threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the first home-game of HCAW against Quick Amersfoort.

Volkerijk handed out another decoration today, as veteran umpire Henny Jansen was named Member of Merit of the KNBSB. Jansen is active since as an umpire for 33 seasons. After starting his umpiring career in the former District East and made his debut in a national competition in 1988. Jansen also had been the Chairman of the Board of the Eastern Region in 1988-1991.

After the introduction of the players, Quick Amersfoort officially opened its home-season with the throwing of the ceremonial first pitch. That was done by Franklin Lindesey, the former catcher of Quick Amersfoort in the seventies.

(April 29)

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...The players and coaches of HCAW (left) and Quick Amersfoort are lined up for the pre-game ceremonies...

...KNBSB Executive Director Bart Volkerijk addresses the teams and the attendees (left) and hands out...
...the decoration for KNBSB-Member of Merit to Umpire Henny Jansen...

...Left: Bart Volkerijk hands out the KNBSB-decoration to former player Bas de Jong...
...Right: Former Quick-catcher Franklin Lindesey throws the ceremonial first pitch...
(© All Photos: Jan Kruijdenberg)

HCAW was led today by great pitching from Chris Pfau. In his HCAW-debut, the lefthander struckout twelve hitters, walked one and gave up only four basehits in the eight innings he pitched. Last season, Pfau pitched for Hoofddorp Pioniers.

A year ago, he was the starter for Pioniers in its second game and then faced HCAW. Pfau then struckout five hitters and gave up three hits in 7 2/3 inning, but had a no-decision. Pioniers won the game, but winning pitcher was reliever Maickel Rietel, who this year plays for L&D Amsterdam Pirates.

The 12 strikeouts by Pfau are the most by a pitcher in a game during an Opening Weekend since Chris Mezger on April 12, 2013. Back then, Mezger struckout 13 hitters in six innings as a reliever for UVV in a 5-1 win against HCAW. Mezger was the winning pitcher.

HCAW faced Jos de Jong, who played for the Bussum-club some years ago with his brother Bas de Jong. The righthander was supported with a double play in the first inning, but then gave up a run in the second at bat. With one out, De Jong gave up a double to Seb Visser, who then scored moments later on a 2-out double by Patrick Bok to put HCAW ahead, 1-0.

Quick Amersfoort came close to opening the score in the first inning. Kevin Windster Adelina led off with an infield-hit and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Jelle Blaauw. With two outs, Windster moved to third base when a pick-off by Pfau ended in a throwing error. Pfau closed with a strikeout and the runner stranded on third base.

After being retired in order in the second inning, Quick came alongside in the third at bat. Wesley Bernardus led off with a walk and moved into scoring position on a sacrfice bunt by Jordy Burger. Bernardus then scored on a single by Kevin Windster Adelina, who himself was eliminated at second base, trying to advance on the throw to the plate. Jelle Blaauw followed with another basehit, but he was left behind on second base.

...An overview of the field during the game...
(© Photo: Jan Kruijdenberg)
In the next four innings, Chris Pfau would give up only one more basehit. From the fourth inning on, the lefthander retired the last 14 hitters he faced, including ten strikeouts! Twice, he retired five consecutive hitters with a strikeout.

HCAW left runners behind on second base in the third and fifth inning, but then struck with six runs in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, Vince Rooi doubled and scored the go-ahead run on a single by Bryce Cherry. The bases then got loaded when Seb Visser walked and Berend Ruben was hit by a pitch. Patrick Bok followed with a 2-run single, which gave HCAW a 4-1 lead and also led to a ptching change. Jos de Jong was relieved by Luis Figuera Roman, who pitched in the Dutch big league in 2016 for Kinheim. The Venezuelan righthander was greeted with two extra-basehits from two young players. First, Figuera gave up a 2-run triple from Denzel Bryson and then a runscoring double to Jeandro Tromp that lifted the lead to 7-1.

Figuera retired the side in the seventh inning, then saw HCAW leave two runners behind in the eighth. Former HCAW-pitcher Jasper Popken took over in the ninth. In that at bat, HCAW got two runners on base, but they also were left behind.

Trailing 7-1, Quick Amersfoort scored two runs in the bottom of the ninth off of reliever Oscar Meuris. Pinch-hitter Kai Berkel (who made his big league-debut) led off with a walk, then Rachid Engelhardt doubled. Hereafter, his brother Bryan Engelhardt reached on an error, which brought in both runners. After Bryan Engelhart had stolen second base, next hitter Remian Denis struckout, but reached on a wild pitch. Meuris followed with another strikeout and a flyout accounted for the second out. With runners on first and second base, the game ended when Meuris closed with another strikeout.

...Jos de Jong (left) and Chris Pfau were the starting pitchers for Quick Amersfoort and HCAW...

...Left: HCAW-runner Jeandro Tromp is forced out by 2B Wesley Bernardus in the first inning...
...Umpire Martijn Bosschaart makes the out-call...
...Right: HCAW's short stop Delano Selassa retires a hitter in the first inning...

...Left: Kevin Windster Adelina advanced to 3rd base for Quick in the 1st inning...
...Right: Veteran player Bryan Engelhardt in the batter's box for Quick Amersfoort...

...Where is everyone? 1B Bryan Engelhardt appears to be alone on the field (left), but gets the ball from...
...the not visible 3rd baseman to retire Delano Selassa (sacrifice bunt) in the 3rd inning...

...Wesley Bernardus is waved home by 3B Coach Hubert Bomba (left), then slides around catcher Denzel Bryson... score the tying run for Quick Amersfoort in the 3rd inning...

...Wesley Bernardus reaches for the plate to score the tying run for Quick Amersfoort in the 3rd inning...

...Left: Vince Rooi makes contact hitting for HCAW...
...Right: Quick-starter Jos de Jong cleans his spikes, which got dirty due to the weather conditions...

...Left: Luis Figuera Roman pitched in relief for Quick Amersfoort...
...Right: Denzel Bryson reaches 3rd base for HCAW on a triple in the 6th inning; 3B Remian Denis receives the ball...
(© All Photos: Jan Kruijdenberg)

Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort - HCAW 3-7
Cityside Apartments Quick Amersfoort001000002-351
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Chris Pfau, W (1-0)8121411

Oscar Meuris131121

pitchers Quickinn.SOBBHRER
Jos de Jong, L (0-1)5.121866

Luis Figuera Roman2.21-311

Jasper Popken11-2--
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Henny Jansen, 1B-Martijn Bosschaart.
Official Scorer-Francis Speters.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Technical Commissioner-Jan Kuipers.
Public Address Announcer-Willum de Jong.
Scoreboard Operator-Willum de Jong.
Starting Time-2:39 PM.
Time Played-2:30 hrs.
Site-XLLease Park 'Dorrestein', Amersfoort.

Game Notes:
Opening Weekend Regular Season.
Former player Bas de Jong received a KNBSB-decoration from KNBSB Executive Director Bart Volkerijk for playing in 500 big league-games.
Umpire Henny Jansen was named Member of Merit of the KNBSB and was decorated also by Bart Volkerijk for his longtime contribution to the sport of baseball as game-official for more than 30 years.
Ceremonial first pitch thrown by Franklin Lindesey, former catcher of Quick Amersfoort.
Kai Berkel (Quick Amersfoort) makes his debut in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Overcast, 11,6° C (52,9° F); wind direction north-northeast;
wind speed 18 kmh (11,2 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 93%.

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