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Twins Oosterhout decides opener vs. Quick Amersfoort early

AMERSFOORT (Neth.) - Twins Oosterhout opened the 3-game series against Quick Amersfoort on Thursday-afternoon (May 13) with a 9-6 victory.

Twins decided the game early, as the team already lead 7-1 after four innings. But Twins added two important insurance runs in the seventh and eighth inning, as Quick came back from the fifth inning on.

Both teams collected eight basehits. Amar van Zwieten was 3-for-4 for Quick and also scored three runs.

Four Quick-pitchers walked twelve batters.

(May 13)

Twins Oosterhout scored two important insurance runs in the seventh and eighth inning, but the team decided the game with a 5-run rally in the fourth. With that, a 7-1 lead was reached and although, Quick Amersfoort came back from the fifth inning on, the early scoring proved to be decisive.

Twins opened the score with two runs in the top of the second inning off of starter Jhan Rifaela. The lefthander walked eight batters in the three-plus innings he threw. He threw two of them in the second, which led to the first two runs. Ruendrick Piternella and Jason Halman led of the at bat with a walk. Rifaela then got the bases loaded when he gave up a single to Diamond Silberie. Hereafter, both Piternella and Halman scored on a sacrifice fly. These were hit by Luuk Bun and Jerzy van Gool.

In the third inning, Tyriq Kemp and Jarreau Martina began with a walk. They were left behind, as Rifaela retired the next three batters.

Quick Amersfoort was retired in order in its first two innings by Koen Postelmans, who struckout the side in the first at bat. But in the bottom of the third, Quick cut the 2-0 deficit in half. Amar van Zwieten and Kai Berkel opened with a single, then everyone was safe when an error was made on a sacrifice bunt by Mees Robberse. With one out, Van Zwieten scored on a wild pitch, but the other two runners stranded on second and third base.

Twins then struck with a 5-run rally in the fourth inning. With one out, Jhan Rifaela got the bases loaded when he walked Luuk Bun, Jerzy van Gool and Rayshelon Carolina. Tyriq Kemp followed with a 2-run single, which led to a pitching change. Jasper Popken took over, but he was greeted with a 2-run single by Jarreau Martina. Next battter Shurman Marlin also singled, as did Ruendrick Piternella, who batted in the fifth run in this at bat.

In the bottom of the fifth, Quick got its next scoring opportunity and again scored without the support of a batter. Just as in the third inning, Amar van Zwieten and Kai Berkel began with a single. Van Zwieten then moved to third base when Mees Robberse grounded into a double play. He then again scored on a wild pitch.

In the sixth, Pascal Zegwaard led off for Quick with a single, reached third base when Rachid Engelhardt doubled and scored on a grounder by Taylor Clemensia.

With 7-3 lead, Twins scored its next run in the top of the seventh. Shurman Marlin led off with a single and Ruendrick Piternella walked, which brought in new pitcher Maverich Lourens. He retired the first two batters he faced, but then got the bases loaded when he walked pinch-hitter Joshua Zara. With this at bat, Zara made his comeback, as he had been sideline the entire 2020 season with an injury. Marlin scored when Lourens hit Jerzy van Gool with a pitch. The team left three runners behind when a grounder ended the at bat, but an important insurance run had been added.

Now trailing 8-3, Quick Amersfoort came back into the game with a 3-run rally in the bottom of the seventh. Tyson Quolas took over the pitching for Twins. In some of the previous games, the American was successful as a batter, as he was also used as an outfielder. But today, he was less successful as a pitcher. The lefthander gave up a lead-off double to Amar van Zwieten, who then was awarded third base on a balk and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kai Berkel. Next batter Mees Robberse reached on an error and scored all the way from first base on a following single by Emeron Lourens. When Pascal Zegwaard walked to give Quick another baserunner, Japanese righthander Shunta Oba took over the pitching from Quolas. He saw Rachid Engelhardt reach on an error, which enabled Lourens to score and brought Zegwaard to third base. With runners on first and third base, a force play was set up by walking Taylor Clemensia intentionally. The three runners were left behind, as Oba struckout the next batter, then got an inning-ending grounder.

With an 8-6 lead, Twins added another important insurance run in the top of the eighth. Tyriq Kemp led off with a walk, but he was eliminated in a rundown moments later. He advanced to second base on a bunt-single by Jarreau Martina, but overran second base and was tagged out. Martina moved into scoring position on a grounder by Shurman Marlin, then scored on a single by Ruendrick Piternella.

In its final two at bats, Quick Amersfoort was kept off base by Shunta Oba (8th inning) and Raf Cocu (9th).

Quick Amersfoort - Twins Oosterhout 6-9
Twins Oosterhout020500110-983
Quick Amersfoort001011300-682
pitchers Twins Oosterhoutinn.SOBBHRER
Koen Postelmans, W (1-1)67-633

Tyson Quolas0.1-1231

Shunta Oba, H (1)1.221---

Raf Cocu, SV (1)11----

pitchers Quick Amersfoortinn.SOBBHRER
Jhan Rifaela, L (0-2)3.118266

Jasper Popken2.2 (*)11322

Maverich Lourens1.212211

Jakob Syrén1.1211--

(*) - Popken pitched to two batters in the seventh inning

Box Score
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-John Beltman, 1B-Roy van de Wateringen, 3B-André Ficken.
Official Scorer-Muriel van de Wateringen-Doornbosch.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Public Address Announcer-Henri Bruins Slot.
Scoreboard Operator-Bianca Vrolijk.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-3:10 hrs.
Site-XL Lease Park 'Dorrestein', Amersfoort.

Game Notes:
Weather conditions at game time:
Partly cloudy, 19° C (66,2° F); wind direction east; wind speed 6 kmh (3,7 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 47%.

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