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Quick Amersfoort strikes in 9th inning to win first game of season

AMERSFOORT (Neth.) - Quick Amersfoort trailed 4-1, but scored four runs in the bottom of the ninth inning to win 5-4 against DSS/Kinheim on Sunday (May 2) and record its first win of the season.

The opening game of this 3-game series rained out on Thursday-evening in Amersfoort, but was made up on Friday-evening. DSS/Kinheim then opened the new season with a 9-4 victory.

On Saturday, DSS/Kinheim also won its second game and again, the team recorded a convincing victory, this time winning 17-4 in 6½ inning.

Today, DSS/Kinheim scored late. Trailing 1-0, the team scored twice in the seventh and ninth inning to take a 4-1 lead, but Quick then answered with a productive ninth at bat.

Instead of opening the new season with a ceremonial first pitch, a moment of silence was observed before the game to honor five personalities that Quick Amersfoort had lost in the off-season, being Stanley Engelhardt (68, November 13), Emerito 'Boy' Janzen (78, November 15), Etienne Artsen (72, December 16), Bill Froberg (63, December 19) and Wim Hülsenbeck (80, January 12).

Stanley Engelhardt, the father of players Bryan Engelhardt and Rachid Engelhardt, was the team's 1B Coach, but was unable to be in uniform last season due to illness. Boy Janzen was involved in the youth-section. Etienne Artsen played for Quick in the seventies and eighties. Bill Froberg was the team's Head Coach in 1993-1996. Wim Hülsenbeck was a longtime representative of former main-sponsor Smit & Dorlas in the seventies and eighties, but also a loyal spectator. Also honored was big league-umpire Antoine Loock, who passed away on March 22 at age 46.

(May 2)

Quick Amersfoort opened the score in the third inning, but then was held scoreless until the ninth inning. At that moment, the team trailed 4-1 and rallied for four runs to leave the field victorious.

Tom Stuifbergen started for DSS/Kinheim and dominated in eight innings. The righthander made his comeback in the big league today after having played for Onze Gezellen in the second highest league last year. Stuifbergen last pitched in the big league in 2019 when he threw 16 games in relief for L&D Amsterdam Pirates. He made his last big league-start on May 19, 2018 when he played for DSS. In his first start of the season, Stuifbergen today went the distance for DSS/Kinheim. He threw his last complete game almost six years ago. That was on April 30, 2015 when he threw eight innings for Kinheim and was the losing pitcher in a 2-0 loss against Amsterdam Pirates.

In the first eight innings, Quick Amersfoort got only four baserunners off of Stuifbergen, but took an 1-0 lead . Stuifbergen retired the first seven batters in a row, then gave up an one-out single to Kai Berkel in the third inning. Stuifbergen followed with a strikeout, but then gave up a 2-out triple to Emeron Lourens. He stranded on third base and was the final runner to get into scoring position until the ninth inning. After giving up the triple, Stuifbergen retired the next twelve batters in a row. He then gave up a 2-out single to Amar van Zwieten in the seventh, but he was forced out.

DSS/Kinheim got several scoring opportunities since the second inning, but was held scoreless in its first six at bats.

In the top of the second inning, the Haarlem-team got the bases loaded off of starter Stijn Bruins Slot. He gave up a lead-off single to Seb Visser, then walked Milan Lammerts. With one out, the bases got loaded when Nick Hofer was hit by a pitch. But the three runners were left behind, as two flyouts followed.

In the third inning, Jochem Koedijk doubled with one out and moved on a single by Jason Jakobus. Koedijk stranded on third base, Jakobus was caught stealing.

DSS/Kinheim also got into scoring position in the next two at bats. With one out in the fourth, Marcel Tolenaars was hit by a pitch, then Nick Hofer and Wesley van Hemert both singled to load the bases, but a doube play ended the at bat. In the fifth, Thomas Bos led off with a walk, then was eliminated at first base in a double play after next batter Jochem Koedijk flied out to centerfield. Hereafter, Jason Jakobus hit a ground-rule double, but was left behind on second base.

And so, Quick Amersfoort was still leading only 1-0 when the top of the seventh began.

In that at bat, the game turned around in favor of DSS/Kinheim. The team took the lead by scoring twice with two outs off of reliever Maverich Lourens, who had taken over the Quick-pitching with an 1-0 lead in the sixth and then retired the side. In the seventh, he gave up a lead-off single to Wesley van Hemert, who was awarded second base on a balk and moved to third base on a bunt-single by Bram Blokker. The bases got loaded when Thomas Bos walked. An infield-fly accounted for the first out, then Van Hemert was forced out at the plate on a grounder by Jason Jakobus. DSS/Kinheim then took a 2-1 lead when next batter Seb Visser singled.

Swedish righthander Jakob Syrén took over the pitching for Quick Amerfoort in the top of the eighth. He also made his comeback in the Dutch big league. Syrén pitched in the Dutch Majors in 2018 when he was with Twins Oosterhout. Hereafter, he pitched for Solingen Alligators in Germany in 2019. Last year, he played in the Swedish league for Rättvik Butchers.

Syrén retired the side in the eighth, but gave up two more runs in the ninth, which again were scored with two outs. Jochem Koedijk then singled and scored on a following triple by Jason Jakobus. He went on to score the next run on a single by Seb Visser, who had a productive Opening Series and leads the league with eleven runs batted in. Visser also made his comeback, as he played for Onze Gezellen in the second highest league last year after having played for HCAW in 2019.

And so, with a 4-1 lead, pitcher Tom Stuifbergen returned to the mound for DSS/Kinheim in the bottom of the ninth and was three outs away from the win. The righthander began with a strikeout, but then got the bases loaded when he walked Rachid Engelhardt and gave up singles to Taylor Clemensia and Rowan van Hoek. A run was then scored when Amar van Zwieten also singled. Quick scored another run on a grounder by pinch-hitter Brandon Rijnbergen, which narrowed the deficit to 4-3. With two outs, Arthur Lugtmeijer connected well and hit the ball into leftfield for a walk-off single, as pinch-runner Jordy Burger (who ran for Van Hoek) and Van Zwieten both were able to score to give Quick Amersfoort a come-from-behind, walk-off victory.

Quick Amersfoort - DSS/Kinheim 5-4
Quick Amersfoort001000004-571
(two outs when winning run was scored in the bottom of the ninth inning)
pitcher DSS/Kinheiminn.SOBBHRER
Tom Stuifbergen, L (0-1)8.2101755

pitchers Quick Amersfoortinn.SOBBHRER
Stijn Bruins Slot5126--

Maverich Lourens, BS (1)211322

Jakob Syrén, W (1-0)22-322

Box Score
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Rudsel Schoobaar, 1B-Peter de Haan, 3B-Jos van Eijsden.
Official Scorer-Suus Tanke.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Linda Steijger.
Technical Commissioner-Jan Kuipers.
Public Address Announcer-Hans Bakker.
Scoreboard Operator-Bianca Vrolijk.
Starting Time-2:02 PM.
Time Played-2:13 hrs.
Site-XL Lease Park 'Dorrestein', Amersfoort.

Game Notes:
Opening Weekend 2021 Season.
Before the start of the game, there was a moment of silence to honor five personalities of Quick Amersfoort, who passed away in the off-season, being Stanley Engelhardt, Emerito 'Boy' Janzen, Etienne Artsen, Bill Froberg and Wim Hülsenbeck, as well as big league-umpire Antoine Loock, who passed away in March.
Weather conditions at game time:
Cloudy, 9° C (48,2° F); wind direction northwest; wind speed 19 kmh (11,8 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 54%.

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