During the next couple of weeks, maybe months, we are going to look back at the 2009 season. We will start with the Dutch Hoofdklasse.
2009 Record: 32-9
2009 Ranking: First Place after Regular Season. They won the championship in the Hoofdklasse for a record-tying twelfth time in team history (tied with Haarlem Nicols). A few notes, which were provided by DOOR NEPTUNUS: It was their 16th season with 30-plus wins. They set a new record with eleven shutouts. A stretch of five losses in a row in May was followed by a 15-game winning streak. They are the only team in the Netherlands to reach the playoffs in every year since 1986 and made it to the Holland Series for the 16th time.
Mister-Baseball European Top 50 Ranking: 2nd
Runs Scored: 249
Runs Allowed: 97 (fewest in Hoofdklasse)
Best Batter: Eugène Kingsale. The former Major Leaguer batted .364 (OBP .489/SLG .523) with 16 extra base hits, 37 runs scored and 24 RBI in 41 games, playing the outfield corners for the Rotterdam based club.
Best OPS: Eugène Kingsale 1.012
Most Home Runs: Eugène Kingsale 3
Most RBI: Jeffrey Arends 48 (led Hoofdklasse)
Most Runs Scored: Eugène Kingsale 37 (led Hoofdklasse)
Most Stolen Bases: Raily Legito 18 (2nd in Hoofdklasse)
Most Doubles: Raily Legito 16 (tied for 1st in Hoofdklasse)
Best Pitcher: Dushan Ruzic. The Australian right-hander, who also pitched for his home country in the IBAF Baseball World Cup, led a pitching staff with five hurlers, which had an ERA below 2.20 (min. 28 IP). Ruzic went 7-2 with an ERA of 1.05 in 20 games (five starts), striking out 55 batters in 60 innings, while walking just nine. He conceded just 33 hits.
Best ERA: Dushan Ruzic 1.05 (3rd in Hoofdklasse)
Most Strikeouts: Diegomar Markwell 83 (5th in Hoofdklasse)
Most Walks: Diegomar Markwell 35 (9th most in Hoofdklasse)
Most Innings Pitched: Diegomar Markwell 99 (3rd in Hoofdklasse)
Most Wins: Diegomar Markwell, Kevin Heijstek 10 (tied for 1st in Hoofdklasse)