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Twins Oosterhout relegates; DSS advances after winning tie-breaker

BUSSUM (Neth.) - DSS outscored Twins Oosterhout 10-3 in six innings on Tuesday-evening (October 8) in a tie-breaker to decide fifth and sixth place in the Golden League/Silver League Promotion/Relegation Series.

For Twins Oosterhout, the loss means the team relegates to the Silver League after one year back in the Golden League.

Twins promoted to the Golden League in 2015 by winning the best-of-five Golden League/Silver League Promotion/Relegation Play-Off. Twins then swept Alcmaria Victrix in three games.

In 2016, Twins finished in sixth place in the Golden League after losing a tie-breaker against Tex Town Tigers. The team then had to play in the Promotion/Relegation Play-Off. In that best-of-one, Twins lost 7-6 to Roef! and relegated.

In the Silver League in 2017, Twins finished in first place in the regular season, then ended up in second place in the following Silver League Promotion Pool. In the best-of-one Promotion/Relegation Play-Off against DSS, Twins lost 4-2 to stay in the Silver League.

Last year, Twins Oosterhout again finished in first place in the Silver League, followed by Hoofddorp Pioniers. As the Golden League expanded from six to eight teams this season, both teams promoted.

With the win, DSS advanced to the best-of-three Golden League/Silver League Promotion/Relegation Play-Off, which opens next Saturday In that Series, DSS faces Amsterdam Pirates. All three games will be played at the site of Onze Gezellen in Haarlem, as this Play-Off is part of the Season Finals, which is organized this year by Onze Gezellen. Last weekend, rain disturbed the Finals, which includes the Holland Series. That was completed on Monday-evening (October 7) with Roef! winning 3-1 in eight innings in Game 3 to dethrone FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem and capture its first-ever Championship-title.

It will mark the third consecutive year that DSS will play in the Promotion/Relegation Play-Off. As mentioned above, in 2017, DSS won 4-2 against Twins to stay in the Golden League. Last year, DSS also faced Amsterdam Pirates in what then was a best-of-three. DSS then won the first game with a 7-3 score, but needed an extra inning to win 7-5 in eight innings the next day to prolong its stay in the highest league.

Tonight's tie-breaker, which was played at the site of HCAW in Bussum, was needed after DSS and Twins Oosterhout ended in a tie after playing make-up games last Saturday. As this was a relegation situation, a tie-breaker is needed to be played, according to the rules. While the tie-breaker was no part of the Season Finals, it was added to the schedule for last Sunday, but then rained out. The game is part of the Golden League/Silver League Promotion/Relegation Series and will be listed as the eleventh game for DSS and Twins Oosterhout in the final standings with all statistics to be included in that Series.

(October 8)

Twins Oosterhout started well, took a 2-0 lead, scored three runs in the first two innings, but then was held scoreless in the remainder of the game. The team left the bases loaded twice. Besides that, Twins was outhit 14-3 by DSS. Six players of the Haarlem-team got at least two basehits.

Defensively, it wasn't a good game, as nine errors were recorded, six of them committed by Twins.

In the top of the first inning, Twins Oosterhout was off to a good start off of Venezuelan righthander María Gómez Mendoza. Minke Blok led off with a walk and Tess Remmers singled, which gave Twins runners at the corners. A passed ball then accounted for the first run. Remmers advanced to second base, moved to third on a grounder by Machteld Rector, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Sterre den Duijn, which was a line drive into rightfield caught by Dominique Burger.

DSS answered with three runs on four basehits with two outs in its first at bat off of starter Romy van der Ham. She started instead of Carling Hare, who had returned home to Great Britain. Noa Brand led off with a single and moved into scoring position via a sacrifice bunt by Annemiek de Rover. She advanced to third base on a grounder by Sophie Bugter, who played for Twins Oosterhout some seasons ago. Moments later, Brand scored on a single by Jenny Kinburn. The bases then got loaded when Denice van Dijk also singled and Lorraine Kieft walked. Two runners scored when Anna-Bè Bartels delivered a single to put DSS ahead, 3-2. On the throw to the plate, an error was made, but DSS stranded runners on second and third base.

Twins came alongside in the top of the second inning without hitting a basehit. Daniëlle ten Donkelaar led off with a walk and Ilse van de Wouw reached when an error was made on her sacrifice bunt. With one out, the bases got loaded when Emma de Brouwer also walked. Hereafter, Ten Donkelaar was forced out at the plate on a comeback-grounder by Minke Blok, but the tying run was then scored when Tess Remmers reached on an error. With the bases still loaded, the inning ended when 2B Annemiek de Rover caught a line drive hit by Machteld Rector.

DSS also reached bases without a basehit in its second at bat. With one out, Noa Brand walked, then a force play-grounder by Annemiek de Rover ended in an error. They advanced on a grounder, but then were left behind.

DSS then struck with a 3-run rally on four basehits in the bottom of the third inning. All runs were unearned. Denice van Dijk led off with a single, then an error was made on a sacrifice bunt by Lorraine Kieft, which led to runners on first and third base. With one out, Kieft stole second base. The bases then got loaded when Dominique Burger struckout, but reached on a passed ball. Next, Van Dijk was forced out at the plate on a grounder by pinch-hitter Wendy van Wijk. With two outs, Noa Brand and Annemiek de Rover delivered runscoring singles to put DSS ahead, 5-3. A pitching change followed, but new pitcher Daniëlle ten Donkelaar was greeted with a runscoring single by Sophie Bugter. A force out ended the at bat, but DSS now led 6-3.

DSS also went to the bullpen in the top of the fourth inning, as Anna-Bè Bartels took over from María Gómez Mendoza. She gave up an one-out infield-hit to Emma de Brouwer, but then retired the next two batters.

DSS added a run in the fourth. With one out, Lorraine Kieft singled. She then moved to third base when a throwing error was made on a force play-grounder by Anna-Bè Bartels. With two outs, she scored on another error.

Trailing 7-3, Twins got a chance to do something back in the top of the fifth inning, but stranded three runners. With one out, Sterre den Duijn singled, but was forced out on a grounder by pinch-hitter Kim Emmen. The bases got loaded when Daniëlle ten Donkelaar walked and Ilse van de Wouw reached on an error, but a grounder ended the at bat.

DSS added four more basehits and two more runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Noa Brand (who was 3-for-3) led off with a single and Annemiek de Rover doubled. The two veteran players then scored when Sophie Bugter and Jenny Kinburn followed with singles. A flyout and double play followed, but DSS now led 9-3 and needed only one more run to end the game via the mercy-rule.

With hard rain coming down in the sixth inning, Twins was retired in order in the top of the sixth, then that run came moments later in the bottom of the sixth off of new pitcher Sterre den Duijn. Anna-Bè Bartels led off with a double and advanced to third base on a wild pitch with one out. With two outs, DSS got the bases loaded when Noa Brand and Annemiek de Rover both walked. Next batter Sophie Bugter then hit the ball into the outfield for an apparent catch, but the ball was dropped and Bartels scored the tenth run, which ended the game.

DSS - Twins Oosterhout 10-3 (6 inn.)
Twins Oosterhout210000-336
(two outs when 7-run difference was reached in the sixth inning)
pitchers Twins Oosterhoutinn.SOBBHRER
Romy van der Ham, L (1-3)2.222763

Daniëlle ten Donkelaar2.13-632

Sterre den Duijn0.21211-

pitchers DSSinn.SOBBHRER
María Gómez Mendoza------

Anna-Bè Bartels, W (2-2)3312--

Box Score
Final Standings
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Martin Lemstra, 1B-Gerrit-Jan van der Hoeven, 3B-Patrick Reus.
Official Scorer-Ben Goorts.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Public Address Announcer-None.
Scoreboard Operator-None.
Starting Time-8:05 PM.
Time Played-2:01 hrs.
Site-Rob Hoffmann Vallei, Bussum (site HCAW).

Game Notes:
Tie-breaker for 5th and 6th place in the Golden League/Silver League Promotion/Relegation Series.
DSS finishes in 5th place and advances to the Golden League/Silver League Promotion/Relegation Play-Off.
Twins Oosterhout finishes in 6th place and relegates to the Silver League.
Weather conditions at game time: Cloudy, 13,1° C (55,6° F); wind direction southwest;
wind speed 23 kmh (14,3 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 83%.

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