Dutch Hoofdklasse Runner Up competition: Saturday, August 22

In the Runner Up competition the following games were scheduled: Mampaey the Hawks @ Pronto DSS and HCAW @ UVV.

One game would turn out in another pitching duel.

Mampaey the Hawks @ Pronto DSS. 3 – 7

As Mampaey the Hawks took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning when Julian Goins (who got on base on a fielding error) scored from third on Louis Sienders’ single to center field, Pronto DSS answered in a big way. With runners on first and second, Levine Gabriels doubled to left center field and drove in Joffrey Heus and Ryan Miner. When Mitchell Dautzenberg reached first base on a fielding error by third baseman Brian Raap, Levine Gabriels scored on the play and Dautzenberg advanced to second on the throw towards home plate.
DSS started the third inning with a double by Lex Leijenaar, followed by a single hit by Mitchell Koot to pu runners on the corners. Lex Leijenaar scored on Tino van Erk’s 5-3 ground out on which Koot advanced to second. Mitchell Koot scored on Ryan Miner’s double to left center field.  Miner advanced on a wild pitch by Kevin van Veen. When Joffrey Heus got on base on another fielding error by the Hawks third baseman, Ryan Miner scored the sixth run for DSS.
In the fifth Amir Daou scored the second run for the Hawks as he was driven in by Berend Ruben from third. But DSS answered immediately by scoring another run in the fifth as well. The Hawks scored one more run in the eight when Stephen Henson singled to center field and advanced on a fielding error.  When Julian Goins singled down the left field line, Henson scored the unearned run.
In the ninth, the Hawks had a golden opportunity to get another run. With one out Amir Daou was at third base but Stephen Wharwood flied into a double play as his hit was caught by right fielder Lex Leijenaar who gunned the ball towards catcher Levine Gabriels who applied the tag on the charging Daou for the final out of the game.
Winning pitcher was Mike Groen, who lasted six innings. He gave up two runs (one earned) on six hits, walked one and fanned one.  Kevin van Veen went the distance but took the loss in eight innings. He gave up seven runs (three earned) on nine hits, walked one and struck out one.
It was one of those rare games in which all hitters of DSS had one base hit.

HCAW @ UVV  0 – 1

As you could read above that that game wasn’t exactly a pitching duel, you can guess that this game was one. For four innings neither team scored despite having runners in scoring position. HCAW had even a runner on third in the top of the fifth but couldn’t cash in. UVV on their turn did cash in in the fifth when Norbert Jongerius double to left field, followed by what should have been a sac bunt laid down by Jamie Verheyleweghen. Third baseman Paula Emersson made a throwing error that allowed Jongerius to score the opening run.
The sad thing for HCAW was that desite the fact that UVV committed three errors until the eighth inning the team could not take advantage.
Despite having the bases loaded in the ninth, HCAW didn’t score as Gianni Frolijk struck out looking for the final out.
Tino van Ancum pitched a complete game shutout in which he gave up only three runs, walked two and fanned twelve (!).
Sander Helmendach pitched a really good game too. Unfortunately for him, an error in the fifth would cost him the game. He pitched 7.2 innings in which he gave up one (un)earned run on five hits, walked two and struck out seven.

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