DVH and Storks split Holland Series-openers
AMSTELVEEN (Neth.) -
The men softball-teams of DVH and Storks on Saturday, October 1, split their opening double-header in the best-of-three Holland Series.
The third and decisive game will be played coming Saturday at The Hague.
In the opening game, DVH, which is the reigning champion, came back from behind to win 4-2.
Initially, Storks took a 2-0 lead off veteran pitcher Tony Moyo, who threw both games for DVH and is a former pitcher of Storks.
In the first inning, Valdemar Terkelsen doubled off Moyo, then scored the first run when an error followed.
In the third inning, Moyo got two quick outs, but then gave up three hits, leading to the second run.
But in the remaining four innings, Moyo, who struckout 10 batters and gave up seven hits, held Storks scoreless.
...2 complete games...
(© Photo: DVH)
DVH turned the game around in its favor when it scored three runs in the fifth inning off Roman Matuska, who struckout nine and gave up six hits.
A walk and two errors then accounted for the runs and the lead for the Amstelveen-team, which is coached by Arnold Whitfield and Stanley Boutisma.
In the sixth inning, DVH added an insurance run when Angelo Clementina tripled and scored on a hit by Eumir Nielsen to make it 4-2.
In the second game, which was won by Storks 2-1, Tony Moyo struckout 12 batters and gave up six hits, but didn't got offensive support, as Storks-pitcher Valdemar Terkelsen threw an one-hitter and struckout seven.
Storks got on the board in the fourth inning when Kenny Dame walked, moved to third base on an error and scored on a hit by Mike den Braven.
Storks, which is coached by Rob van de Vlist and Bob Bik, then added another run in the top of the seventh inning.
DVH scored then scored its lone run in its seventh at bat when Jeffry Visser crossed home plate.
In the regular season, DVH and Storks both played in the Red Pool during the first part of the competition.
Storks went 8-0 to win the pool and qualified for the second round with DVH, which ended in second place.
The two were joined by the top-2 teams of the Blue Pool.
In that division, Spikes went 9-0 and qualified with Red Lions.
In the second round, Spikes and DVH shared first place with an 8-4 record, but the first was awarded first place based on run-difference (face-to-face was 2-2).
Storks followed in third place and Red Lions in fourth.
In the one-game Play-Offs, DVH won 7-5 vs. Spikes to automatically advance to the Holland Series.
Storks eliminated Red Lions by winning 4-1, then faced Spikes in the semi-final.
Storks shutout Spikes (which in August captured the Europaen Cup) 5-0 to become the second finalist.
Next year, DVH, which then will celebrates its 50th anniversary, wil organize the European Men Softball Championship at its site in Amstelveen.
The tentative dates for the event are July 23-28.