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HCAW wins in 9th inning vs. Twins Oosterhout; Hitting streak Draijer ends

OOSTERHOUT (Neth.) - HCAW nipped Twins Oosterhout 5-4 on a chilly Saturday-afternoon (May 1) to win its first game of the new season.

The opening game of this 3-game series rained out on Thursday-evening in Bussum, but was made up on Friday-evening. Twins Oosterhout then opened the new season with a convincing 8-3 victory in a game that ended after eight innings due to the curfew-rule.

On Sunday, the teams will conclude their series in Bussum.

Today, HCAW failed to hold onto a 3-0 lead and trailed 4-3 after eight innings, before deciding the game in the top of the ninth.

HCAW-centerfielder Victor Draijer was 0-for-4 today, which means that his long hitting streak has officially ended. A streak that began in 2019. In these three seasons, the outfielder played for three different teams. The last time that Draijer was hitless in a regular season game was on July 27, 2019 when he played for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. The next day, he was 1-for-4 in what was the final regular season-game. Last year, when he played for Hoofddorp Pioniers, Draijer wrote history by hitting a basehit in all 21 regular season-games. On Friday, he opened the 2021 season playing for HCAW and hitting two doubles. That extended his hitting streak to 23 games, but that streak has now ended.

(May 1)

In today's game, HCAW took a 3-0 lead in the fourth inning, but faced a 4-3 deficit after eight innings. The team then decided the game in the ninth at bat.

HCAW, which suffered a convincing loss in its opening game on Friday-evening, got no scoring opportunities in its first three at bats off of starting pitcher Taisei Nakamura. The righthanded Japanese pitcher made his big league-debut and had a solid start, giving up no basehits in the first three innings, while facing only nine batters. Nakamura retired the side in the first inning. He then hit lead-off batter Rodney Daal with a pitch in the second, but he was eliminated in a double play. In the third, Nakamura walked lead-off hitter Kevin Dirksen, but he was caught stealing. With two outs, Bob van der Meer was hit by a pitch, but he also was caught stealing moments later.

However, in thet top of the fourth, he was less lucky. He gave up a lead-off single to Linoy Croes, then hit his third batter in the game, Victor Draijer. The two scored when Arhur Bonevacia homered.

In the following innings, Nakamura held HCAW scoreless again. In the fifth, he gave up an one-out single to Kevin Dirksen. Hereafter, the righthander hit another batter with a pitch, this Bob van der Meer (for the second time). The Twins-defense then turned another double play. The last pitcher to hit four batters in a game was Chris Pfau, who did it on August 6 last year while pitching for Hoofddorp Pioniers.

With one out in the sixth, Nakamura walked Arthur Bonevacia and was relieved by Jan van den Hurk. He walked Rodney Daal, but Twins then turned its third double play of the afternoon. For Van den Hurk, not related to professional pitcher Rick van den Hurk, this was his first big league-appeareance since 2019 when he made his debut.

Twins was silenced by HCAW-starter Jim Ploeger, who transfered to the Bussum-club after last season when he played for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. The lefthander struckout nine batters and gave up only two basehits in 6 1/3 inning. With one out in the first inning, Ploeger gave up a single to Tyriq Kemp, but then retired the next twelve batters in a row, the first five with a strikeout. With one out in the fifth, Ploeger gave up a double to Jarreau Martina, but followed with two strikeouts. Martina was the lone runner in scoring position for Twins in the first six innings, but that changed in the seventh.

Trailing 3-0, Twins got two runs back in the bottom of the seventh inning. With one out, Ploeger walked Shurman Marlin and was relieved by Steven van Groningen, who last season was on the roster of DSS/Kinheim. He saw Marlin advance on a wild pitch and a passed ball, then score on a 2-out single by Jarreau Martina. A following single by Diamond Silberie was followed by an outfield-error, which led to runners on first and third base. Martina then scored when Tyson Quolas also singled. Quolas is one of the pitchers of Twins, but today, he was the designated hitter. A flyout ended the at bat.

In the top of the eighth inning, HCAW left a runner behind on second base off of new pitcher Pastor Enrique Martínez Chavez. In its eighth at bat, Twins again scored twice to take over the lead. Pitcher Steven van Groningen made two errors (fielding and throwing) on a lead-off comebacker from Rayshelon Carolina, who ended up on second base. An infield-hit by Tyriq Kemp then gave the team runners at the corners. That brought in new pitcher Arij Fransen. The righthander will play professionally this season in the organization of Cincinnati Reds, but he is still in the country. Fransen was greeted with a triple by Jason Halman, which gave Twins a 4-3 lead. With two outs, Fransen hit Jarreau Martina was hit by a pitch, but he then closed with a strikeout.

Although he was credited with a Blown Save, Fransen also became the winning pitcher, as HCAW scored twice in the top of the ninth off of new pitcher Raf Cocu.

Max Draijer led off with a single, then a double error was made by short stop Tyriq Kemp on a grounder by Jules Cremer, which gave HCAW runners on first and third base. Draijer then scored the tying run on a single by Kevin Dirksen. After Cremer and Dirksen had advanced on a grounder by Julian Goins, a force play was created by walking Bob van der Meer intentionally. Next batter Linoy Croes indeed followed with a grounder, but a force play was not possible. Only the batter was retired, meaning all runners advanced and Cremer scored the go-ahead run. The inning then ended when Victor Draijer flied out, which ended his hitting streak.

With a 5-4 lead, Arij Fransen walked Rayshelon Carolina with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, but then closed the game with his fourth strikeout.

Twins Oosterhout - HCAW 4-5
Twins Oosterhout000000220-473
pitchers HCAWinn.SOBBHRER
Jim Ploeger6.191211

Steven van Groningen, H (1)0.2 (*)--431

Arij Fransen, BS (1), W (1-0)2411--

(*) - Van Groningen pitched to two batters in the eighth inning

pitchers Twins Oosterhoutinn.SOBBHRER
Taisei Nakamura5.142333

Jan van den Hurk1.2-11--

Pastor Enrique Martínez Chavez111---

Raf Cocu, BS (1), L (0-1)1-1221

Homerun: HCAW: Arthur Bonevacia (1)(4th,3-run,0 outs,off Nakamura).
Box Score
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Jos van Eijsden, 1B-Olav Steijger, 3B-Ric Zwanenberg.
Official Scorer-Rienette Hamers.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Feiko Drost.
Technical Commissioner-Paul Bokern.
Public Address Announcer-Frans Vuister.
Scoreboard Operator-Henny de Hoogh.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:37 hrs.
Site-Sportpark 'De Slotbosse Toren', Oosterhout.

Game Notes:
Opening Weekend 2021 Season.
Taisei Nakamura (Twins Oosterhout) makes his debut in the Dutch big league.
Umpire Ric Zwanenberg makes his debut in the Dutch big league.
Official Scorer Feiko Drost begins his 45th season in the Dutch big league, sharing this all-time record with Ben Goorts and Marco Stoovelaar, who also started their 45th season today.
Weather conditions at game time:
Sunny, 12° C (53,6° F); wind direction west-northwest; wind speed 14 kmh (8,7 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 51%.

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