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Hoofddorp Pioniers decides opener against Twins Oosterhout early

HOOFDDORP (Neth.) - Hoofddorp Pioniers scored five runs in the first three innings to take an early and deciding lead in the series-opener against Twins Oosterhout on Thursday-evening (April 18), winning 5-3.

The Twins-offense was limited to only three basehits by two pitchers. Pioniers collected nine basehits.

After having struckout twelve batters in both of his first two starts, Pioniers-starter Lars Huijer struckout six tonight. He leads the league with 30.

(April 18)

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Hoofddorp Pioniers opened the score with two runs in the bottom of the first inning off of starter Thomas Roijers. Mark Smit led off with a single, then was safe on a fielder's choice-grounder by Nolan Beugeling with one out. With two outs, the bases got loaded when Joey Eeman was hit by a pitch. Pioniers then scored twice when Tyler Boersma followed with a single.

Twins got one run back in the top of the second inning. Pioniers-starter Lars Huijer hit debuting Yuki Yoshimura with a pitch in his first big league at bat. With one out, the Japanese infielder stole second base, then advanced to third base on a grounder by Joshua Zara. He then scored on a single by Jerzy van Gool.

Pioniers immediately scored a run of its own in the bottom of the second inning. With two outs, Mark Smit walked, stole second base and scored his second run on a triple by Raul Jacobs, who was left behind himself on third base.

...Tyler Boersma batted in two runs for Pioniers...
(© Photo: Robert Bos)
Twins also scored again in its next at bat. Stijn Janssens led off with a double, advanced on a flyout, then scored on a passed ball to make it a 3-2 score.

This time, Pioniers reacted with two runs, which proved to be decisive. With one out, Joey Eeman singled, but he was forced out on a grouder by Tyler Boersma. Shortly hereafter, Boersma scored on a triple by Joey de Koning, who scored himself when an error followed.

In the top of the fifth, Twins got a runner on third base. Brian Biezen (fielder's choice) stole second with one out, advanced on a grounder, but a strikeout then ended the inning.

Twins narrowed the deficit to 5-3 in the sixth. Lead-off hitter Dennis De Quint was hit by pitch. With one out, he moved to second and third base on two consecutive wild pitches from Lars Huijer. The righthander then struckout Yuki Yoshimura, but he reached first base on a passed ball, which enabled De Quint to score. The inning ended when Shurman Marlin grounded into a double play.

British/American pitcher Paul Kirkpatrick took over from Huijer in the eighth inning. The righthander gave up a 2-out single to Dennis De Quint, but he stranded on second base. Kirkpatrick retired the side in the ninth to earn his first save.

Hoofddorp Pioniers - Twins Oosterhout 5-3
Twins Oosterhout011001000-331
Hoofddorp Pioniers21200000X-590
pitchers Twinsinn.SOBBHRER
Thomas Roijers, L (1-2)631854

Marvin Brown25-1--

pitchers Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
Lars Huijer, W (2-0)762231

Paul Kirkpatrick, SV (1)2--1--
Box Score
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Rob Has, 1B-Henri van Heijningen, 3B-Roy van de Wateringen.
Official Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Brigitte Brands.
Public Address Announcer-Hans Heil.
Scoreboard Operator-Sander Klicks.
Starting Time-7:30 PM.
Time Played-2:25 hrs.
Site-ETO Ballpark, Sportpark Hoofddorp Pioniers, Park21, Hoofddorp.

Game Notes:
Yuki Yoshimura (Twins Oosterhout) makes his debut in the Dutch big league.
Danny Rombley (Bench Coach Twins Oosterhout) makes his debut as Coach in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 20,1° C (68,2° F); wind direction east;
wind speed 21 kmh (13 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 38%.

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