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Hoofddorp Pioniers records convincing win vs. Amsterdam Pirates

AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - Hoofddorp Pioniers recorded a convincing 9-2 victory against L&D Amsterdam Pirates on Sunday-afternoon (May 2) to win its first game of the 2021 season.

On Saturday, the Amsterdam-team led 3-1 halfway the sixth inning and 4-2 halfway the eighth, but Pioniers then came alongside. In the ninth, Pirates scored twice to re-take the lead and win 6-4.

The series was scheduled to begin on Thursday-evening (April 29), but the opening game then rained out and was re-scheduled for Friday-evening. Again, rain made the field unplayable and the game was cancelled again. It has now been re-scheduled for coming Monday-evening.

In today's game, Pioniers, which used 18 players, collected ten basehits, while Pirates was limited to only four. Beside that, the Pirates-defense made five errors. The last time that Pirates made this many errors in one game was on July 18, 2013 when the defense made seven in game against The Hawks. Last season, the highest total was two.

Before today's game, there was a moment of silence in remembrance of club-icon Loek Loevendie, Mr. Pirates, who passed away in February at age 88. In 1959, Loevendie was the co-founder of the club, which then played under the name Rap. With the club, he started a very successful youth-section that captured many titles.

(May 2)

Hoofddorp Pioniers set the tone early today, as the team led 3-0 halfway the fourth inning. Amsterdam Pirates then scored its first run, but faced an 8-1 deficit halfway the seventh inning.

The Amsterdam-squad collected only four basehits and committed five defensive errors. Pioniers recorded ten basehits, including three by Raul Jacobs.

Pioniers opened the score in the top of the first inning with an unearned run off of starter Juan Carlos Sulbaran. With one out, Raul Jacobs reached on an infield-hit and Randolph Oduber was hit by a pitch. Moments later, Jacobs advanced on a passed ball, then scored on a following grounder by Tyler Boersma.

After leaving a runner behind on second base in the second at bat, Pioniers doubled its lead in the third by scoring another unearned run. Although Pirates made three errors in this at bat, Pioniers scored only once. Lead-off hitter Mark Smit reached on an error, then Raul Jacobs singled. With one out, an attempt for a double-steal led to the elimination of Smit at third base. WIth two outs, Jacobs moved to third base when a pick-off ended in a throwing error. He then scored on a single by Tyler Boersma. Hereafter, Pioniers got the bases loaded when Duco Nuijten reached on an error and Jair Bogaerts walked. But the team left three runners behind, as a grounder by Denzel Brooks resulted in a force out.

Pioniers added another run in the fourth. Jorrit Penseel led off with a double, advanced on a single by Jeldwin Orman and scored on a force play-grounder by Mark Smit.

Amsterdam Pirates was held scoreless in its first three innings by starter John Michael Halley. With two outs in the first inning, the team got the bases loaded when Gilmer Lampe singled, Denzel Richardson reached on an error and Kenny Berkenbosch walked. But the team failed to score, as next batter Rashid Gerard grounded out, meaning the three runners were left behind.

John Michael Halley retired the side in the second and third inning, striking out three batters. He then gave up an unearned run in the bottom of the fourth. Denzel Richardson led off with a double, moved on a passed ball, then scored on an one-out grounder by Rashid Gerard.

Pioniers left a runner behind in the fifth inning, then scored three unearned runs in the sixth off of new pitcher Robyn Clara. This time, two errors contributed to the scoring. Denzel Brooks led off with a walk and moved into scoring position on a grounder by Jorrit Penseel. Next batter Jeldwin Orman reached on an error by Clara, then the two runners advanced on a wild pitch. Hereafter, a grounder by Mark Smit to short appeared to result in the elimination at the plate of Brooks. However, catcher Max Clarijs made an error and Brooks scored. At this moment, there could have been three outs. Instead, there was only one and Pioniers had runners on first and third base. Orman went on to score on a single by Raul Jacobs and Smit scored on a sacrifice fly by Randolph Oduber, which increased the lead to 6-1.

Pioniers took more distance by scoring two runs in the seventh inning. Duco Nuijten led off with a single and with one out, Denzel Brooks was hit by a pitch. Both scored on a following double by Jorrit Penseel. And so, Pioniers was leading 8-1 halfway the seventh inning.

After scoring in the fourth, Pirates got its next runner in scoring position in the sixth. Denzel Richardson then led off with a single, stole second base and moved to third base on a grounder, but was left behind.

The home-team then scored its second run in the bottom of the seventh. With one out, Roelie Henrique singled, then scored when John Michael Halley threw three wild pitches.

Pioniers scored another run in the top of the ninth off of debuting pitcher Connor Prins. The run was manufactered by four pinch-hitters! First, pinch-hitters Duncan Beljaards and Joost van den Bergh both walked. With one out, Pioniers got the bases loaded when pinch-hitter Angelo Wicklert also walked. Moments later, Beljaards scored on a sacrifice fly by pinch-hitter Bram Stoovelaar. The team left three runners behind, as Prins closed by striking out veteran Randolph Oduber.

For Stoovelaar, this was his first RBI in the Dutch big league. With that, he got his first run batted in against Amsterdam Pirates, the team where his father Ronald Stoovelaar has played his entire big league-career (500 games).

Amsterdam Pirates was retired in order in its last second at bats.

L&D Amsterdam Pirates - Hoofddorp Pioniers 2-9
Hoofddorp Pioniers101103201-9102
L&D Amsterdam Pirates000100100-245
pitchers Hoofddorp Pioniersinn.SOBBHRER
John Michael Halley, W (1-0)6.2103421

Nathian Diaby1.1-----

Sem Lauf12----

pitchers Amsterdam Piratesinn.SOBBHRER
Juan Carlos Sulbaran, L (0-1)562631

Robyn Clara321452

Connor Prins123-11

Box Score
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Olav Steijger, 1B-Edwin Louisa, 3B-Aad Otsen.
Official Scorer-Rienette Hamers.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Brigitte Brands.
Public Address Announcer-Richard de Wolff.
Scoreboard Operator-Jolande.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-2:48 hrs.
Site-Loek Loevendie Ballpark, Sportpark 'Ookmeer', Amsterdam.

Game Notes:
Opening Weekend 2021 Season.
Before the start of the game, there was a moment of silence to honor Pirates co-founder and club-icon Loek Loevendie, who passed away in February.
Luca Pastor and Connor Prins (both Amsterdam Pirates) make their debut in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time:
Partly cloudy, 11° C (51,8° F); wind direction northwest; wind speed 23 kmh (14,3 mph); wind force 4 Bft; humidity 57%.

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