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Quick Amersfoort secures big league-spot; Storks to face DSS in Play-Down Final

AMERSFOORT (Neth.) - Quick Amersfoort recorded a convincing 11-1 win in seven innings in Game 5 against Silicon Storks on Sunday (August 18) to win its best-of-five Play-Down Series.

With the win, Quick secured itself of a spot in next years big league. It also closed the season for the Amersfoort-team, while Storks will now face DSS in the Play-Downs Final Series. That best-of-five Series opens next Thursday, August 22 with a home-game for Storks.

During the regular season, Storks played its evening home-games at the site of Neptunus in Rotterdam, as it has no light-installation on its own site in The Hague. However, coming Thursday, Neptunus opens the Holland Series against L&D Amsterdam Pirates at home, meaning Storks has to play somewhere else. On Sunday-evening, it was not clear yet where the game will be played.

The winner of the DSS vs. Storks series also will prolong its stay in the highest league. The losing team has to wait at least a month (or five weeks when the series ends in a sweep) to play its next series. That will be a best-of-five against the champion of the second highest league ('Overgangsklasse'). This Promotion/Relegation Series opens on Saturday, September 28.

(August 18)

Quick Amersfoort set the tone in the first inning by taking a quick lead, scoring three runs, two of them on a homerun. The home-team rallied for four more in the third at bat and finished the game in seven innings.

However, it was Storks that got a chance to open the score in the top of the first inning off of lefthander Brian van Laar, as the team got the bases loaded. With one out, Johnny Schmook reached on a bunt-single and Giovanny Perez singled. With two outs, the two runners advanced on a wild pitch, then the bases got loaded when Sergio Schoop walked. But Van Laar then closed with a called strikeout.

In the bottom of the first, Storks-starter Sem Lauf got two runners in scoring position quickly. He walked lead-off hitter Joran Berkhout, who then advanced to third base when an error was made on a grounder by Denzel Brooks, who ended up on second base himself. The first run was then scored on a sacrifice fly by Rachid Engelhardt and on the next pitch, his brother Bryan Engelhardt hit a 3-run homerun. Hereafter, Taylor Clemensia reached on an infield-hit, stole second base and advanced on a throwing error. He stranded on third base, as a strikeout and groundout followed, but Quick had taken an early and decisive lead.

Storks got another runner in scoring position in the top of the second inning. Jurriaan Dijk led off with a walk, but he was forced out on a grounder by Chris Langenkamp, who then moved when Quinlan de Windt singled. Van Laar then closed with two strikeouts.

Storks also got into scoring position in the next two innings, but was held scoreless. With two outs in the third, Sergio Schoop walked and Joey Schmook singled, but Brian van Laar again closed with a strikeout. With one out in the fourth, Quinlan de Windt singled and Kevin Nieveld doubled. This time, a strikeout and pop-up followed.

...Bryan Engelhardt was 4-for-4 with a double and homerun...
...he scored four runs and batted in three...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
At that moment, Quick already led 7-0, as it had rallied for four runs in the bottom of the third inning. Rachid Engelhardt and Bryan Engelhardt led off with singles and with one out, the bases got loaded when Odion Gouverneur walked. Jules Cremer then connected for a 2-run single, which led to a pitching change. José Moreno took over, but he was greeted with a single by Rowan van Hoek that re-loaded the bases. Another run was added when next batter Amar van Zwieten walked, then a wild pitch accounted for the fourth run in the at bat. The bases were re-loaded again when Moreno walked Joran Berkhout. Hereafter, he was supported with a double play, but Quick now led 7-0.

The home-team added another run in the fourth inning. With one out, Bryan Engelhardt walked and with two outs, Odion Gouverneur also walked. That brought out Head Coach Youri Visser to make another pitching change. Nick Winkel took over, but he walked Jules Cremer, which loaded the bases. He then also walked Rowan van Hoek, which increased the lead to 8-0. Lauf, Moreno and Winkel walked eight batters combined. Three runners were left behind when a grounder ended the inning.

In the top of the sixth, Storks scored what would be its lone run in the game. Jurriaan Dijk led off with a double, moved on a grounder by Joost van den Bergh and scored on a grounder by Quinlan de Windt.

Quick got the run, and one more, back in the bottom of the sixth. The first run was scored when Bryan Engelhardt and Taylor Clemensia led off with back-to-back doubles. The latter advanced to third base on a wild pitch, then scored on a grounder by Odion Gouverneur, which made it a 10-1 score. With two outs, Rowan van Hoek (who was 3-for-3) added a double. Martin Kram then took over the Storks-pitching and he closed the at bat with a strikeout.

After Storks was retired in order in the top of the seventh by new pitcher Pastor Enrique Martínez Chavez, Quick reached the mercy-rule, 10-run difference moments later. Joran Berkhout led off with a single, but was forced out on a grounder by Denzel Brooks, who then moved to third base on a single by Rachid Engelhardt. Hereafter, Brooks scored then eleventh run on a walk-off single by Bryan Engelhardt, who was 4-for-4 with a walk, scored four runs and batted in three. He only missed the triple to hit for-the-cycle.

Quick Amersfoort - Silicon Storks 11-1 (7 inn.)
Silicon Storks0000010-172
Quick Amersfoort3041021-11130
(one out when 10-run difference was reached in the seventh inning)
pitchers Storksinn.SOBBHRER
Sem Lauf, L (0-2)2.122676

José Moreno1.1-4111

Nick Winkel222322

Martin Kram0.21-311

pitchers Quickinn.SOBBHRER
Brian van Laar, W (2-0)674711

Pastor Enrique Martínez Chavez1-----

Homerun: Quick: Bryan Engelhardt (2)(1st,2-run,1 out,off Lauf).
Box Score
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Peter de Haan, 1B-Antoine Loock, 3B-Niek Elshof.
Official Scorer-Dieks Bannink.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Feiko Drost.
Technical Commissioner-Paul Bokern.
Public Address Announcer-Willum de Jong.
Scoreboard Operator-Gerrit Timmermans.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:27 hrs.
Site-XL Lease Park 'Dorrestein', Amersfoort.

Game Notes:
Game 5, Play-Downs nr. 5 vs. nr. 8.
Quick Amersfoort wins Series, 3-2 to stay in the Dutch big league.
Storks has to play in the best-of-five Play-Downs Final Series against DSS.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 17,9° C (64,2° F); wind direction south-southwest;
wind speed 23 kmh (14,3 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 78%.

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