Dutch Hoofdklasse Runner Up competition, Saturday August 29

Today there were two game scheduled in the Runner Up competition:

Pronto DSS @ UVV and Mampaey the Hawks @ HCAW.

The first game was meaningless as both teams were already safe from playing demotion games.

Pronto DSS @ UVV 1 – 6

For four full innings both teams didn’t score. But in the bottom of the fifth, Joris van Ballegooy drew a walk and stole second before he was doubled home by Dennis de Quint. One and a half inning later, Pronto DSS tied the game as Joffrey Heus drew a walk and advanced to third on a single up through the middle of the infield, hit by Lex Leijenaar. Heus eventually scored when Mitchell Dautzenberg grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.
UVV stepped on it in the bottom of the third when Jordan Illis singled through the middle of the infield and advanced on a bunt/basehit by Joris van Ballegooy. A failed pick off attempt to first base allowed both runners to advance a base. A sac fly by Gilmer Lampe to left field drove in Jordan Illis. The second and third run of the inning were scored on a homerun by Dennis de Quint. UVV scored two more runs in the bottom of the eighth to reach te final score.
Going seven innings, Jurjen van Zijl earned the win. He gave up one run on five hits, walked four and struck out six. 
Mike Groen pitched the seventh and the eighth inning and took the loss as he gave up five runs on five hits. He walked two and struck out two.
Dennis de Quint excelled at bat for UVV. He went 3 for 5 with two doubles, a homerun, three runs batted in and a run scored. Best hitter for DSS was Joffrey Heus, who went 1 for 2 with a run scored and a walk.

Mampaey the Hawks @ HCAW  0 -3

The level of this game wasn’t very high but the tension made up a lot. In the first two innings neither team did score. But in the third, HCAW scored. Peter van Doesburg drew a walk and advanced to third on a single to left center field, hit by Emersson Paula. When Jelle Blaauw struck out swinging, Emersson Paula stole second base and Peter van Doesburg stole home plate.
In the bottom of the fourth inning, Jarreau Martina scored from third on a single to left field, hit by Max Clarijs.
Roy Seltenrijch drove in an insurance run in the bottom of the eight as he hit a solo shot that cleared the left field fence.
A remarkable play took place in the top of the fifth inning. Julian Goins led off with a single and advanced to second on a sac bunt laid down by Gregory Trinidad. After Odion Gouverneur walked, he and Julian Goins moved for a double steal. Goins was thrown out at third base but then the hearsay reared up. Some fan said that Emersson Paula threw away the ball to the side, assuming the third out was made. When he realized he should have been bothered by Goins to get the ball and Odion Gouverneur was called out on interference because of interference by Gulian Goins. Others said that the ball was touched by a player of Mampaey the Hawks, so the game should be dead. Eventually the official score was the inferference part and the inning ended for Mampaey the Hawks.
Eventually Mampaey the Hawks didn’t score anymore, despite putting runners on first and second in the top of the ninth. But Kaj Timmermans retired the next two batters for the win. He pitched a complete game and gave up seven hits, walked three and struck out four. Evan Simons took the loss. In 5.1 innings he gave up two runs, walked two and fanned five. Best hitter for HCAW was Roy Seltenrijch who went 2 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Jules Peters and Berend Ruben went 2 for 3 for the Hawks.

Thanks to this win HCAW secured the stay in the Hoofdklasse for the 2016 season. Mampaey the Hawks has to play a best of five relegation series vs Twins from Oosterhout that won the Overgangsklasse (one level below the Hoofdklasse) by a very big margin.

It was great to see how the fans and the players of HCAW celebrated the victory like they had won the Dutch championship. It was a rather big crowd that came out to see the game, I estimate about 600 people. It was like the good old days in Bussum when HCAW was a club to be reckoned with.

Here are some impressions of the game.

Roy Selterijch scores on the solo homerun.

The celebration begins

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