Dutch Hoofdklasse Runner up competition: Thursday August 13

The Runner up competiton is played in a similar format as the play offs. UVV will get six points because they finished in fifth place, so on top of the lower four in the standings. Pronto DSS will get four points, HCAW two and Mampaey the Hawks zero. The same thing with the home advantage. The highest ranked team will play most home games.

Tonight the following games were scheduled:

Mampaey the Hawks @ UVV and HCAW @ Pronto DSS.

Mampaey the Hawks @ UVV

Even though UVV took revenge on Sunday, it looks like that Saturday’s victory of Mampaey the Hawks over UVV was a huge moral boost.
In the first inning the Hawks took a commanding 4-0 lead and added two more runs in the third. UVV got on the board as they scored their first run in the bottom of the third inning.
In the top of the fifth inning Chris Williams led off for the Hawks with a single to center field followed by Jules Peters. A fielding error by center fielder Gilmer Lampe allowed Williams to score and Peters to advance to third base. Eventually a single by Stephen Henson drove in Williams and Berend Ruben for the Hawks. Gilmer Lampe scored UVV’s second run in the bottom of the sixth when he hit a solo homerun. By that time the Hawks had added another run to their total already.
The Hawks scored  another run in the eighth and one int the ninth to bring their total at twelve.
With ten runs to make up, UVV started the ninth inning with a single of Mike Bazuin. But rather quick two outs followed as Norbert Jongerius lined out and Jamie Verheyleweghen grounded into a force out / fielder’s choice at second base. Jordan Illis was the final out of the game as he grounded out to second base.
Deaton Enoch earned the win as he dominated the UVV lineup. In seven innings he allowed two runs on four hits. He struck out seven and walked one. Thijs Steenwijk took the loss for UVV as he gave up six  runs (three earned) on seven hits in 2.1 innings.
Best hitter for Mampaey the Hawks was Tim Roodenburgh who went 5 for 6 with two runs scored.
Omar WIlliams went 3 for 4 for UVV.

HCAW @ Pronto DSS

Another game that was delayed a few times thanks to bad weather. In the eighth (what a surprise 😉 ) the game was cancelled due to thunderstorms.  By that time Pronto DSS had taken a four run lead.
In the first inning DSS scored three runs, but in the top of the next inning, HCAW took the lead as the scored four. Rossini Frolijk led off the inning with a single, followed by a hit of Kevin Nieveld towards second baseman Joffrey Heus. What could have been a double play ended in a throwing error that put runners on third and second. Jarreau Martina followed with a bases clearing triple.  Raoul Kortstam drew a walk and advanced to second on a failed pick off. Jarreau Martina scored on the throwing error.  Kortstam eventually scored on Gianni Frolijk’s single.
DSS bounced back in the fourth as Lex Leijenaar drew a lead off walk. A bunt by Kevin Dautzenberg advanced Leijenaar to third. When Sven Jongejans grounded out for the second out of the inning, Dautzenberg advanced to second and Leijenaar scored. With two outs, DSS started a rally as Tino van Erk singled to put runners on the corners. A wild pitch by Kaj Timmermans advanced Van Erk to second and allowed Dautzenberg to score. DSS scored three more runs in the fifth to take an 8-4 lead.
HCAW got within one run in the top of the eight. First the game was called because of rain but after the rainfall stopped, Mark van Deursen walked the first three hitters of HCAW .  But HCAW couldn’t cash in immediately. Gianni Frolijk hit towards third base and reached first base on a fielder’s choice as third baseman Seb Visser threw out Max Clarijs at home plate. After Jelle Blaauw struck out, all runners advanced on a wild pitch. Eventually Roy Seltenrijch hit a bases clearing triple to drive in runs number six and seven.
Even though Mitchell Koot drew a lead off walk in the bottom of the eighth, DSS wasn’t able to score as Ryan Miner struck out looking and Koot was caught stealing for the double play.
So it all came down to the final at bat for HCAW. But even though Mariciano Philippi drew a walk, Max Clarijs, Gianni Frolijk and Raoull Kortstam were retired.
Tim Halderman pitched five innings for the win. He gave up four runs (one earned) on five hits, walked three and struck out four.  Kaj Timmermans took the loss. In 3.2 innings he gave up eight runs (seven earned) on seven hits. He walked five and fanned three. Best hitter for DSS was Tino van Erk, going 2 for 4 with two runs scored. Rossini Frolijk went 2 for 3 for HCAW with a run scored.

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