The HCAW-defense turned a double play in the top of the first inning and starting pitcher Kaj Timmermans retired the side in the next at bat.
The Bussum-squad then rallied for five runs in the bottom of the second inning off of Amsterdam-starter Kevin Heijstek, but the inning began with a painful injury delay.
Amsterdam-catcher Max Clarijs was hit in a delicate spot by one of the pitches Heijstek threw to lead-off hitter Ruendrick Piternella.
A six-minute injury delay followed, Clarijs had to leave the game and third baseman Rashid Gerard took over the catching.
With two outs, HCAW would start a rally, resulting in five runs and an early lead.
In the meantime, it had started to snow (!) which was blown in the faces of the players in the field, who were clearly bothered by it.
With one out, Patrick Bok and Arthur Lugtmeijer both singled and the bases got loaded when Berend Ruben walked.
Heijstek followed with a strikeout, but a run was then scored when Jeandro Tromp walked.
The next run was added on a runscoring single by Bob van der Meer, then Oliver van der Wijst Severino followed with a baseclearing, 3-run double.
But the inning ended when Van der Wijst was eliminated while trying to stretch it into a triple.
However, when that happened, all three runners had scored.
With HCAW leading after two innings, another delay followed, this time due to the weather conditions.
After a 30-minute rain/snow-delay, the game resumed and Kaj Timmermans again retired the side.
Kevin Heijstek didn't return after the rain-delay, as Maickel Rietel took over the pitching in the bottom of the third inning.
In the top of the fourth inning, Amsterdam got one run back when Gilmer Lampe homered with two outs.
From that moment on, Amsterdam Pirates started to get some more baserunners into scoring position.
HCAW turned another double play in the top of the fifth, but Pirates also stranded a runner on second base.
In the bottom of the fifth, HCAW added another run.
Bob van der Meer then reached second base on a throwing error, then scored on a 2-out single by Ruendrick Piternella.
In the remaining four innings, HCAW didn't get another runner into scoring position, while Amsterdam Pirates had some productive at bats ahead of them.
In the top of the seventh, with two outs, Roelie Henrique doubled for Amsterdam, which led to a pitching change.
Ian Delemarre took over from Kaj Timmermans and got an inning-ending flyout.
In the past three years, Henrique played for HCAW, but he transfered back to Amsterdam after last season.
...Gilmer Lampe hit a deciding 3-run double for Pirates...|
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In the eighth and ninth inning, Amsterdam Pirates scored seven runs, which were all unearned, as the HCAW-defense made three costly errors.
And that turned the game the way of Pirates.
In the top of the eighth, lead-off hitter Victor Draijer reached on an error for Pirates, then a dropped ball on foul territory not only accounted for the next error, but also extended the at bat of the next batter.
Delano Selassa (also a former HCAW-player) singled and the bases got loaded when Linoy Croes reached on an error.
The first run was scored on a sacrifice fly by Niels van Weert, then Gilmer Lampe and Denzel Richardson followed with runscoring singles.
Another pitching change followed, as Timo van Ancum took over from Delemarre.
Richardson was eliminated after a pick-off, then a grounder ended the at bat, but Pirates had narrowed the deficit to 6-4.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, there were two outs with a HCAW-runner on first base, while hail started to fall.
With an 0-2 count on the batter, it appeared that the game would be interrupted again.
Some discussions followed, but then, the hail stopped and the game continued.
On the next pitch, the at bat ended with a flyout.
In the top of the ninth, Amsterdam Pirates struck with four runs.
With one out, Rashid Gerard singled and Victor Draijer walked.
Next, an error was made on a force play-grounder by Delano Selassa, which led to a run and runners on second and third base.
Hereafter, rookie Arij Fransen became the new pitcher for HCAW.
He got the bases loaded when he walked Linoy Croes, but followed with a strikeout.
With that, HCAW was one out away from its first win of the season, but that changed two pitches later.
Gilmer Lampe then hit the ball into left-centerfield for a baseclearing, 3-run double that put Amsterdam ahead, 8-6.
A pop-up ended the at bat, but the game had changed faces.
As the score was now in a save-situation, closer Tom Stuifbergen took the mound for Pirates in the bottom of the ninth.
The righthander took over from Mike Groen, who had thrown the eighth inning and had become the pitcher-of-record now that Amsterdam had taken the lead.
With two outs, Stuifbergen got a baserunner when Jeandro Tromp reached on an error.
But hereafter, a flyout ended the game and Stuifbergen earned his third save of the season.