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Kaj Timmermans misses No-Hitter in one-run win for HCAW

BUSSUM (Neth.) - HCAW won only 1-0 on Saturday (April 20) against DSS in a game that almost was a no-hitter and ended with an appeal-play.

In the opener on Thursday, HCAW broke an 1-1 tie with a 3-run rally in the eighth inning and went on to win 4-3.

Today, Kaj Timmermans had a strong outing for HCAW. The righthander struckout six batters, but also walked five. More important, he held DSS hitless until the ninth inning! With one out, his No-Hitter ended, but he ended up with the win, as HCAW had scored the lone run in the seventh inning.

The possible No-Hitter came in a historic week. Last weekend, Misja Harcksen (Curaçao Neptunus) threw the third Perfect Game in Dutch history. Last Thursday, Rob Cordemans (L&D Amsterdam Pirates) struckout his 2,000th batter and became the first pitcher in history to reach this mark.

(April 20)

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The first six innings of the game remained scoreless. HCAW-starter Kaj Timmermans was pitching a No-Hitter, but was not supported with some runs. Finally, in the seventh, HCAW scored what would be the lone run. It was now up to Timmermans to not only keep his No-Hitter intact, but also to upheld the minimal lead. The No-Hitter ended in the ninth inning.

DSS got into scoring position in the fourth and fifth inning. In the fourth, lead-off hitter Devano Pieter reached on an error and moved on a sacrifice bunt by Diamond Silberie. With two outs, Ibrahin Redan walked, but a flyout ended the at bat.

In the fifth, Tino van Erk and Runai Coran began with walks. The two advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Koen Werkman. They stranded on second and third base.

HCAW got an opportunity to open the score in the bottom of the first inning off of starter Alexander Valdez, but left three runners behind. With one out, the bases got loaded when Bob van der Meer walked, Oliver van der Wijst Severino singled and Rodney Daal also walked. A strikeout and foul-out followed.

In the third inning, Jeandro Tromp led off with a single for the home-team, but was caught stealing. In the fourth, with one out, Arhur Lugtmeijer and Berend Ruben both singled, but a double play ended the at bat.

...Kaj Timmermans...
(© Photo: Henk Seppen)
HCAW got into scoring position again in the fifth. With two outs, Bob van der Meer walked and stole second, but Valdez closed with a strikeout.

Off of new pitcher Lars Werkman, Rodney Daal led off with a single in the bottom of the sixth. With two outs, he was forced out on second base.

HCAW then finally opened the score in the bottom of the seventh without hitting a basehit, as an error resulted in the run. Pinch-hitter Ruendrick Piternella led off with a walk, which led to a pitching change, as Moreno Vork took over. He saw Piternella move into scoring position via a sacrifice bunt by Norbert Jongerius. Next, a throwing error followed on a sacrifice bunt by Jeandro Tromp, which enabled Piternella to score. With Tromp on second base, an error was made on a pop-fly by Bob van der Meer. The two runners were left behind.

In the top of the ninth inning, Kaj Timmermans returned to the mound with still only an 1-0 lead. Pinch-hitter Aldi Guzman led off with a walk, but his pinch-runner Odion Gouverneur was caught stealing in a rundown after a pick-off. However, Timmermans then also walked next batter Leandro Anasagasti. With one out, he then faced Ibrahin Redan, who hit the ball up the middle for a basehit to end the No-Hitter! It also ended the afternoon for Timmermans (who threw 118 pitches), who was relieved by rookie Arij Fransen. With runners on first and second base, Koen Halderman hit the ball into righfield where it was caught by Ruendrick Piternella. He threw the ball back to the infield, where an appeal was made at second base, as it was stated by HCAW that Anasagasti had left second base too early to advance to third base. Anasagasti was indeed ruled out and that ended the game. A discussion regarding the call followed, but it was upheld and so, the game ended with a rare double play.

HCAW - DSS 1-0
pitchers DSSinn.SOBBHRER
Alexander Valdez5535--

Lars Werkman, L (0-1)1 (*)1111-

Moreno Vork2--1--
(*) - Werkman pitched to one batter in the seventh inning

pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Kaj Timmermans, W (1-1)8.1651--

Arij Fransen, SV (2)0.2-----
Box Score
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-René Ras, 1B-Rob Has.
Official Scorer-Alex van den Berg.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Tineke Has.
Public Address Announcer-Han Monsees.
Scoreboard Operator-Nico van de Luitgaren.
Starting Time-2:30 PM.
Time Played-2:26 hrs.
Site-Rob Hoffmann Vallei, Sportpark Zanderijweg, Bussum.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 23,7° C (74,7° F); wind direction east-northeast;
wind speed 19 kmh (11,8 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 26%.

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