Posted by on April 17, 2017 12:24 pm
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NETHERLANDS – The L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Pickles UVV have opened the 2017 Dutch Hoofdklasse season with three-game sweeps. The Pirates, which lost in six games to Curacao Neptunus in last year’s Holland Series, appear primed to make another championship run.

Amsterdam outscored DSS by a margin of 37 to 10 in a lopsided series that featured a trio of blowout wins. Left fielder Gilbert Lampe tallied three hits in each victory and leads the league with a .643 (9-for-14) batting average.

Lampe’s outfield mate – Remco Draijer – also opened the new season with a red-hot bat. The Pirates’ leadoff man is hitting .500 (6-for-12) with two doubles, a triple, home run and six RBIs.

Kyle Ward (1-0) was in top form with seven shutout frames. The 27-year-old southpaw is entering his 10th Dutch League season and has posted a 15-3 record over 166 2/3 innings since 2014.

American import Bryce Cherry went 4-for-5 with a homer and two RBIs to break out of an early 2-for-8 funk. The Californian is hitting .462 (6-for-13) and batting in the No. 3 spot in one of Europe’s top leagues. Other UVV hitters feasting on opposing pitchers during the three-game set included Randy Daal (.429), Jelle Blaauw (.400), Sergino Martis (.400) and Tijmen Takke (.364).

Timo van Ancum (1-0) tossed one-run ball over six frames to earn the season-opening win last Thursday night. Reliever Jose Moreno (1-0) tallied the final six outs to pick up the win out of the bullpen in a 7-6 victory in Sunday’s series finale.

Dutch HoofdklasseWonLost
1. L&D Amsterdam Pirates30
1. Pickles UVV30
3. HCAW21
4. Hoofddorp Pioniers12
5. Curaçao Neptunus00
6. De Glaskoning Twins03
6. DSS03

Photo: De Glaskoning Twins

Marvin Moore
Marvin Moore
A former international baseball coach and award-winning sports writer, Marvin is the Managing Editor at World Baseball News. He transformed the Swiss National Team into a B-Pool contender which knocked off 1994 B-Pool champion Ukraine at the European Championship, and won four Swiss NLA titles in six seasons with the Therwil Flyers and Zurich Challengers.

The native Texan compiles the weekly European Baseball Power Rankings, European Baseball Players of the Week, European Baseball Weekend Preview, European Baseball Statistical Leaders, European Baseball Scoreboard and International Baseball Update.

Marvin, who has been an avid Texas Rangers fan for more than four decades, enjoys fishing, teaching youth baseball and playing fantasy sports. He was a co-founder of and also started

Marvin and his wife Lerma have two kids, Hali (16) and Saentis (13).

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