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Twins Oosterhout wins big in season-opener

AMERSFOORT (Neth.) - Twins Oosterhout opened the 2019 season with a big 12-4 win at Quick Amersfoort on a cold Thursday-evening (April 4). In this series, the two coaches who make their debut as Head Coach in the highest division face each other. Glenn Romney is the Head Coach of Quick Amersfoort, after having led the second team of Amsterdam Pirates last season in the second highest league. The Head Coach of Twins Oosterhout is Jeffrey Arends, who last season was the Hitting Instructor in the coaching-staff of the Oosterhout-team.

Twins committed five errors in tonight's game, but also collected 16 basehits. Four of these basehits, including two doubles, were hit by Jason Halman, who played in his first big league-game since 2011. Halman also scored twice and batted in two runs. With that, he made a fine comeback in the highest division.

It is not the first time that a player hits four basehits in an Opening Day-game. Since 2006, there have been twelve players, who accomplished the feat. In these 14 years, Martijn Meeuwis (Neptunus) has done it twice. He also is the lone player since 2006, who had five basehits in an Opening Day-game, which he did on April 12, 2008 against RCH.

Last year, the season opened on April 26, which was one of the latest opening dates in history. Tonight was one the earliest season openers. It is the earliest since the 2012 season opened on Thursday, April 5.

There was another interesting fact in tonight's four games, as a huge total of 91 batters struckout, 40 of them in the first three innings. This is by far the highest total on an Opening Day in years. The previous high in the past fourteen years was 63 in 2011. This underscores that the timing of the batters still needs the necessary adjustments after a short period of preparations for the season. After several exhibition games were cancelled, the eight teams only had two weeks to play some games.

25 of these strikeouts were recorded in the game between Quick Amersfoort and Twins Oosterhout. There were 28 strikeouts in the game between L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Silicon Storks. Twins-starter Thomas Roijers struckout nine batters and threw five hitless innings, Quick-starter Taylor Clemensia struckout seven.

(April 4)

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Twins-starter Thomas Roijers made his debut in the Dutch big league. Last season, the righthander played for PSV, which finished in third place in the First Division (third highest league). Roijers not only struckout nine batters, he also took a No-Hitter into the sixth inning! But that ended with one out in the sixth inning. There has been only one No-Hitter pitched on an Opening Day. That was done in 1984 by Bart Volkerijk of ADO.

...Jason Halman was 4-for-6 with two doubles...
...He also scored twice, had 2 RBI's and stole a base... his first big league-game since 2011...
...On the photo, he hits for Kinheim in the 2010 season...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
For Quick-starter Taylor Clemensia, this also was his first big league-game as a starting pitcher. Last season, the lefthander was used only in relief when he played for Curaçao Neptunus. Clemensia made his debut in the 2014 season while playing for Hoofddorp Pioniers, but then played as an outfielder and also was used as a designated hitter, pinch-hitter and pinch-runner. In 2015, he pitched in five games in relief for Pioniers. Clemensia didn't play in the regular season for the Hoofddorp-team in 2016 and 2017. In those two years, he played professionally in the organization of the Minnesota Twins at the Rookie League-level. Clemensia was released on March 19, 2018 and he then returned to the Netherlands where he joined Neptunus. After the season, he transfered to Quick Amersfoort.

Both pitchers retired the side in the first inning. In the top of the second inning, Clemensia gave up a lead-off double to Jason Halman in his first big league at bat since August 7, 2011 when he was 3-for-4 for Kinheim against UVV. Back then, he was a teammate of Bryan Engelhardt, who now played for opponent Quick Amersfoort. Also playing in that game for UVV was Glenn Romney, who tonight made his debut as Head Coach of Quick. Halman is the brother of former Major League-player Greg Halman, who passed away in November 2011.

With Halman on second base and one out, Clemensia walked four straight batters. He first walked Joshua Zara and Max Kops, which loaded the bases. Hereafter, the lefthander walked Jerzy van Gool and Brian Biezen, which led to two runs and an early lead for Twins. Halman scored his run at 7:52 PM, which was the first run scored of the 2019 big league-season. The first basehit was recorded in the game between L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Silicon Storks. The first homerun was hit in the game between Curaçao Neptunus and HCAW.

After Clemensia had struckout the side in the third inning, he gave up another run in the fourth. With one out, Max Kops singled, stole second base and scored on a 2-out single by Brian Biezen.

Three more runs were added in the fifth. With one out, Clemensia was relieved by Jasper Popken, who was greeted with a single by Dennis De Quint, then the second double by Jason Halman. Both scored when next batter Shurman Marlin singled. After a walk for Joshua Zara, another run was scored on a double by Max Kops, who was 3-for-4. Like Halman, Zara also made a comeback in the highest league, as he played in his last big league-game in 2014 when he played for ADOLakers.

In the top of the sixth, off of new pitcher Mitchell Berghmans, Twins scored another run. Stijn Janssens led off with a walk, was awarded second base on a balk, moved on a grounder and scored on a sacrifice fly by Dennis De Quint.

In the meantime, debuting Thomas Roijers was pitching a No-Hitter for Twins. He retired the first eight batters he faced (four strikeouts), then hit debuting Denzel Brooks with a pitch with two outs in the third inning. Brooks stole second base, advanced on a throwing error, but stranded on third base, as Roijers closed with a strikeout. After having retired six batters in a row, Roijers got his next runners with two outs in the fifth when Dakota van der Heyde reached on an error, but he was then forced out. Van der Heyde was one of seven players tonight who make their big league-debut. Last year, the first baseman played in three games for HCAW in the Championship Pool, but he didn't play in the regular season for the Bussum-team.

...Bryan Engelhardt homered for Quick Amersfoort...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
With a 7-0 lead, Thomas Roijers returned to the mound in the bottom of the sixth for Twins. He then hit lead-off hitter Denzel Brooks again in his second at bat of the game. While Roijers struckout the next batter, Brooks stole second base. Moments later, he scored the first run for Quick on a double by debuting Sam van der Ploeg. That not only broke the No-Hitter and the ShutOut, but also was Van der Ploeg's first big league-basehit. Hereafter, Roijers closed with two more strikeouts to give him nine in his debut on the mound.

In the top of the seventh, Twins rallied for four runs with two outs to take an 11-1 lead. With one out, Max Kops singled, stole second base and scored on a 2-out double by Brian Biezen, who last season set a single-season big league-record with eight triples. Hereafter, Stijn Janssens was hit by a pitch. After Biezen had stolen third base, he scored on a single by Ruar Verkerk, who last season hit four basehits in the opening-game of Twins. Next batters Dennis De Quint and Jason Halman delivered runscoring singles to put Twins on a 10-run difference lead.

Twins now needed only three outs to end the game via the mercy-rule and become the first of tonight's four games to come to a close. Marvin Brown took over the pitching from Thomas Roijers to make his big league-debut. However, he wasn't supported by his defense, which committed three errors, resulting in two unearned runs for Quick and in the end, the game was the last to finish tonight. First, a fly by lead-off hitter Rowan van Hoek was missed in the outfield. He then scored when Jules Cremer followed with a double. Next, a throwing error was made on a grounder by Dakota van der Heyde. That moved Cremer to third base and with one out, he scored when Denzel Brooks also reached on an error. With two outs, Sam van der Ploeg walked, but Quick left three runners behind when Brown closed with a strikeout, his third in this inning. But the 10-run difference deficit was erased and so, the game continued.

In the top of the eighth, Twins was held scoreless by reliever Jan-Willem Geerts. Quick then added another run in its eighth at bat when Bryan Engelhardt led off with a homerun off of debuting Jan van den Hurk. For Engelhardt, this was the 84th homerun in his long big league-career. Engelhardt's homerun was only the third (and last) basehit for Quick in this game.

Now leading 11-4, Twins scored one more run in the top of the ninth off of Pastor Enrique Martínez Chavez. Last season, Martínez played for Twins, where he was mostly used as a starter and was 1-3 with a 4.53 ERA. With one out, the righthander gave up a double to Ruar Verkerk, who moved on a single by Dennis De Quint, who was 3-for-5. De Quint was forced out on a grounder by Jason Halman, but that brought in Verkerk.

Raf Cocu pitched the ninth inning for Twins. He walked two batters, but didn't gave up additional runs. A flyout then ended the game, whch was the longest tonight with three hours and 14 minutes.

Quick Amersfoort - Twins Oosterhout 12-4
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Quick Amersfoort000001210-430
pitchers Twinsinn.SOBBHRER
Thomas Roijers, W (1-0)69-111

Marvin Brown13112-

Jan van den Hurk1--111

Raf Cocu112---

pitchers Quickinn.SOBBHRER
Taylor Clemensia, L (0-1)4.174333

Jasper Popken0.221433

Mitchell Berghmans1.2-1655

Jan-Wilem Geerts1.12-1--

Pastor Enrique Martínez Chavez111211

Homerun: Quick: Bryan Engelhardt (1)(8th,solo,0 out,off Van den Hurk).
Box Score
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Martijn Bosschaart, 1B-Roy van de Wateringen, 3B-Antoine Loock.
Official Scorer-Karin Pieneman.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Rienette Hamers.
Public Address Announcer-Willum de Jong.
Scoreboard Operator-Willum de Jong.
Starting Time-7:30 PM.
Time Played-3:14 hrs.
Site-XL Lease Park 'Dorrestein', Amersfoort.

Game Notes:
Opening Night 2019.
Glenn Romney (Quick Amersfoort) and Jeffrey Arends (Twins Oosterhout) make their debut as Head Coach in the big league.
Adrian Anthony (Twins Oosterhout) makes his debut as Coach in the big league.
Denzel Brooks, Dakota van der Heyde, Sam van der Ploeg (all Quick Amersfoort), Thomas Roijers, Marvin Brown and Jan van den Hurk (all Twins Oosterhout) make their debut in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 8,2° C (46,8° F); wind direction southeast;
wind speed 11 kmh (6,8 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 72%.

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