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Amsterdam Pirates opens Urbanus Tournament with win

BUSSUM (Neth.) - L&D Amsterdam Pirates opened the 37th edition of the annual In Memoriam Charles Urbanus Sr. Tournament on Friday-evening (March 29) with a 3-1 victory against host HCAW.

In 1981, the tournament was organized for the first time and then was named after former baseball-coach Charles Urbanus, Sr., who passed away in the year before. Urbanus was the brother of former pitcher Han Urbanus and the uncle of infielder/pitcher/coach Charles Urbanus, Jr.. Initially, the event was organized by Amsterdam-based club Amstel Tijgers, which merged with HCAW at the end of 1988. The event was played in the Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem in 1988 and 1989. From 1990, the tournament is organized on HCAW's home-site in Bussum.

The format is that the top-four of the previous season participates the next year in the tournament. In most of the editions, this was indeed realized. As is the case this time, as the top-four of last season participates in Bussum.

The tournament continues on Saturday and Sunday.

(March 29)

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Amsterdam Pirates was initially silenced by HCAW-starter Chris Pfau. The lefthander retired the first eight batters in a row and allowed only one batter to reach base in the first three innings, striking out five batters.

Pirates, which used ten batters in its batting order, then opened the score in the top of the fourth. Former HCAW-player Roelie Henrique led off with a double, but was unable to advance on a following infield-hit by Niels van Weert. The two moved on a sacrifice bunt by Rashid Gerard, then both scored when Gilmer Lampe followed with a double. With two outs, Pirates got the bases loaded, but left three runners behind.

Veteran Rob Cordemans started for Amsterdam Pirates. He saw two HCAW-batters reach on errors in the first inning, but they were left behind. The righthander gave up only two basehits in the four innings he pitched and struckout five batters.

HCAW got one run back in its fourth at bat. With one out, Ruendrick Piternella reached second base on an error, then scored on a following single by Bob van der Meer.

Pirates was retired in order in the fifth inning by Chris Pfau, then again by Ian Delemarre in the sixth. The latter also eliminated the first two batters in the seventh inning and then was relieved by Jiorgeny Casimiri. He walked Delano Selassa, who then scored all the way from first base when Victor Draijer followed with a double to make it a 3-1 score.

Maickel Rietel took over the Amsterdam-pitching in the fifth. He saw HCAW get into scoring position twice. In the fifth, he hit Jeandro Tromp with a pitch, who then stole second base, but was left behind. In the sixth, he walked Seb Visser and Ruendrick Piternella, but retired the next three batters.

Tom Stuifbergen closed the game for Amsterdam. He gave up a 2-out single, but then closed with a strikeout to earn a save.

HCAW - L&D Amsterdam Pirates 1-3 (7 inn.)
L&D Amsterdam Pirates0002001-343
pitchers Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Rob Cordemans, W (1-0)45121-

Maickel Rietel, H (1)232---

Tom Stuifbergen, SV (1)12-1--

pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Chris Pfau, L (1-1)572322

Ian Delemarre1.21----

Jiorgeny Casimiri0.1-1111
Standings Exh. Season
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-René Ras, 1B-Edwin Louisa.
Official Scorer-Feiko Drost.
Starting Time-8:00 PM.
Time Played-2:00 hrs.
Site-Rob Hoffmann Vallei, Sportpark Zanderijweg, Bussum.

Game Notes:
Exhibition Game.
Game 1 - 37th In Memoriam Charles Urbanus Sr. Tournament.
Weather conditions at game time: Clear, 11,7° C (53,1° F); wind direction northeast;
wind speed 10 kmh (6,2 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 72%.

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