On the third day of round eleven, the following games were scheduled: Silicon Storks @ Meerlease Pioniers, Curaçao Neptunus @ DSS, HCAW @ Quick Amersfoort and Oosterhout Twins @ L&D Amsterdam Pirates.
Silicon Storks 1 – 9 Meerlease Pioners
Even though Meerlease Pioniers needed nine innings, Silicon Storks never could claim the win. A four-run first inning of Pioniers set the tone. The four-rally started with a triple by Mark Smit followed by two singles, another triple and a muffed throw on what should have been a fielder’s choice. Pioniers would score two runs in the fourth and three in the sixth. All Silicon Storks could do was scoring a run in the ninth on a wild pitch.
Paul Kirkpatrick pitched seven innings for the win. He gave up two hits and four walks and struck out six. Jurrian Koks, normally a solid pitcher, didn’t have his day as he gave up nine runs (eight earned) on sixteen hits (!). He didn’t issue a walk and struck out two.
Average-wise, Jaison Gijsbertha was the best hitter as he went 1 for 1. Tyler Boersma and Duco Nuijten both went 2 for 4 with two RBI. Boersma also scored twice.
Curaçao Neptunus 14 – 4 DSS
A clear victory for Neptunus this time. Not a blowout score due to a big final inning, but fourteen runs throughout the game. A four-run first inning laid the foundation of the big win. Two walks, a muffed throw, a double and a single drove in the runs for Neptunus in that first inning. Neptunus scored one run in the third, six in the fifth, one in the sixth and two in the seventh. But DSS didn’t give up easily as they scored one run in the first, two in the fifth and one in the seventh inning. Apparently, manager Ronald Jaarsma had a good look at the majors as he started the game with closer Berry van Driel on the mound. Van Driel pitched one inning and gave up an unearned run on one hit and struck out two. Elton Koeiman took over in the second and lasted four innings in which he gave up two unearned runs on three hits and three walks as he struck out three for the win. Brendan Schoemaker pitched the sixth and the seventh inning and gave up a run on five hits and struck out five.
Benjamin Dille was red hot today as he went 5 for 5 with a home run, three RBI and three runs scored.
HCAW 14 – 4 Quick Amersfoort
Another ten run margin game. But this time, the winner, HCAW, needed to go the distance to accomplish that feat. A two-run first and a four-run gave HCAW a comfortable lead from which Quick Amersfoort would not recover. The biggest inning for HCAW came in the fifth as the team collected three singles, two doubles and a triple to drive in six runs. All Quick could do was scoring a run in the first, two in the fifth and one in the sixth inning.
Kay Timmermans pitched seven innings in which he gave up four runs on nine hits and two walks and struck out four for the win. Brian van Laar took the loss as he lasted only 2.2 innings and gave up six runs (five earned) on three hits, seven walks.
Rodney Daal was the best hitter for HCAW as he went 2 for 3 with two home runs and drove in five runs and scored twice.
Oosterhout Twins 3 – 4 L&D Amsterdam Pirates
A close game in Amsterdam in which L&D Amsterdam Pirates just stayed at the right side of the score. Oosterhout Twins took an early 2-0 lead in the first inning that was cut in half in the second half of that same inning. A double by Shurman Marlin to right center field, drove in two runs for Twins. A sac fly by Denzel Richardson drove in Roelie Henrique from third base to get Pirates within a run of Twins. In the third inning, Yuto Onodera gave up a solo home run to Sharlon Schoop that tied the game at two. With runners in scoring position in the fifth, Linoy Croes singled up the middle to drive in Sharlon Schoop and Gilmer Lampe. Twins had a huge opportunity to take the lead again as it had runners in scoring position in the fifth with only one out but Jim Ploeger retired the next two batters, one on a K and one on a groundout.
In the ninth, Brian Biezen and manager Jeffrey Arends both reached on a dropped fly ball and were moved over thanks to a sac bunt by Stijn Janssens. A wild pitch by Maickel Rietel allowed Arends to score. After Rietel gave up a walk to Joshua Zara, he retired the next two batters to earn the save for Pirates. Jim Ploeger earned the win in seven innings of work. He gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks and struck out seven.
Yuto Onodera lasted five innings and gave up four runs on six hits and three walks as he struck out five.
Sharlon Schoop was the best hitter for Pirates as he went 2 for 3 with a home run, a double, an RBI and two runs scored.
Standings after round eleven:
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