European Champions Cup 2017: Clear victory for L&D Amsterdam Pirates

In a game that was close a close affair for  5 innings, L&D Amsterdam clinched a clear 5-1 victory over San Marino. L&D Amsterdam Pirates loaded the bases once with less than two outs but failed to push for more runs, but nevertheless, it was a clear victory for the Dutch.

In a game that started in chilly and rainy weather, L&D Amsterdam Pirates took an early lead in the first inning when Remco Draijer got on base on a single through the right side. Zerzinho Croes then laid down a sac bunt to advance Draijer to second. Draijer then advanced to third base on a single to second base, hit by Nick Urbanus and thanks to a throwing error, Amsterdam Pirates could take the lead.

T&A San Marino tied the game in the top of the fifth on a solo home run by DH Chiarini.

Despite that home run, he gave up, Kevin Heijstek cruised through eight innings. Kevin gave up only one run on four hits, walked two and fanned seven.

One inning after San Marino tied the game, the bats of Amsterdam Pirates woke up.
Kenny Berkenbosch reached base on a throwing error, Danny Rombley was hit by a pitch and Linoy Croes singled to center field to load the bases. Rashid Gerard then hit to the shortstop, who threw the ball next to home plate, which allowed Kenny Berkenbosch to score the go-ahead run. Max Clarijs followed with a sac fly to center field to drive in Danny Rombley. At that point, pitcher Carlos Quevedo was replaced by Rios Ascanio, which appeared to be an unlucky move as he started to give up a walk to Remco Draijer and followed with an RBI single given up to Zerzinho Croes. Eventually, Remco Draijer scored the fifth and last run of the game when Gilmer Lampe drew a bases-loaded walk.

Daan Hendrix entered the game in the ninth inning. With one out and runners on first and second, he let Nicholas Morreale into a 4-6 game ending double play.

With his solid outing, Kevin Heijstek earned the win. Carlos Quevedo took the loss as he gave up five runs (none earned) on five hits and three walks and struck out five.

Best hitter for L&D Amsterdam Pirates was Nick Urbanus, who went 2 for 5.

Here are some impressions of the game:

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