Dutch Hoofdklasse Runner up competition: Saturday August 15

On the second game of the first round of the Runner up competion (previously simply called play downs), the following games were scheduled:

HCAW @ Pronto DSS and Mampaey the Hawks @ UVV.

HCAW @ Pronto DSS  0 – 6

In the second game between Pronto DSS and HCAW, HCAW never really got into the game. DSS pitcher Mike Groen dominated the HCAW lineup through nine innings. Though he walked more than he struck out (3 vs 2) he gave up only three hits. HCAW starter Sander Helmendach on his turn pitched six innings in which he gave up four runs on nine hits. The first run that was scored with him on the mound came in the bottom of the second inning. After Levine Gabriels struck out, Joffrey Heus was hit by a pitch. Then Ryan Miner singled to left tield and Heus advanced to second. When Mark Smit singled to center field, Heus scored the opening run. Two innings later, DSS scored another run when Levine Gabriels scored from second on a single hit by Mitchell Dautzenberg. After DSS scored a run in the fifth it took another two innings before a player of DSS would touch homeplate. In the bottom of the seventh inning, a triple to right center hit by Mark Smit, signaled the end of Sander Helmendach on the mound as Steven van Groningen took over. But Van Groningen started with giving up an RBI single to Sven Jongejans that drove in Smit fo run nr. 4.
A two run eighth put the final score on the board: 0-6 DSS.
As stated above, Mike Groen pitched a complete game shutout for the win. Sander Helmendach took the loss.
Ryan Miner was the best hitter for DSS as he went 3 for 4 with 2 runs batted in.

Mampaey the Hawks @ UVV  1 – 4

UVV got the revenge for the disgrace of last Thursday. The win wasn’t with the same big numbers and it wasn’t easy at all. For the biggest part of the game UVV had a slim one run lead. That run was scored in the fourth inning. Mike Bazuin drew a one out walk and advanced to second on a wild pitch by relief pitcher Jose Moreno, who had just replaced Evan Simons. After Simons retired another hitter, he threw a wild pitch again that allowed Bazuin to advance to third base. Eventually Norbert Jongerius singled to center field to drive in Mike Bazuin from third.
In the eighth inning UVV finally took a decisive lead. With Joris van Ballegooy on second and Gilmer Lampe on first, Dennis Ribbens grouned out 4-3 and both Van Ballegooy and Lampe advanced a base. Evan Simons gave an intentional walk to Omar Williams to load the bases. When Mike Bazuin singled through the left side of the infield Van Ballegooy and Lampe scored. The third run of the inning would be scored by Rick Kuipers (who replaced Omar Williams as a pinch hitter.
In the ninth the Hawks would put themselves on the board when Odion Gouverneur led off with a single to left center field, followed by a single to the left side of the infield hit by Julian Goins. When Kevin van Veen pinch hit for Berend Ruben, he grounded into a force out/fielder’s choice when Julian Goins was put out at second  and the Hawks put runners on the score. Brian Raap hit into a fielder’s choice / force out to third baseman Mike Bazuin who fired the ball towards second base for the force out. Gouverneur scored on the play to reach the final score. 
Timo van Ancum cruised through nine innings as he only gave up one run on eight hits, walked one and struck out four.
Evan Simons left the game after 3.1 inings. He allowed one run on two hits and he walked one and struck out four.
Mike Bazuin was the best hitter for UVV, going 2 for 3 with two RBI and a run scored. Odion Gouverneur hit three of the eight hits that the Hawks produced. He needed four at bats to do that.
Besides the runs that UVV scored in the fourth and the eighth, they had runners in scoring position a few times, but they couldn’t cash in.

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