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.
L&D Amsterdam Pirates
2009 Record: 29-12
2009 Final Ranking: Second in Regular Season. L&D AMSTERDAM was eliminated in four games during the semi-finals by Hoofdklasse runner up KONICA MINOLTA PIONIERS. The 2008 champion also played in the European Cup in Nettuno this spring and was tied with DANESI NETTUNO (4-1 record) for first place, qualifying for the European Champions Cup Final Four in Barcelona. In Montjuic the PIRATES were shut out by FORTITUDO BOLOGNA in the semi-finals and also lost the third-place game against CORENDON KINHEIM.
Mister-Baseball European Top 50 Ranking: 4th
Runs Scored: 258
Runs Allowed: 153
Best Batter: Kenny Berkenbosch. The outfielder won the batting title in the Dutch Hoofdklasse with a batting average of .402 (OBP .458/SLG .636). He hit four homeruns, had one triple, doubled eleven times, scored 23 runs and drove in 24.
Best OPS: Kenny Berkenbosch 1.094
Most Home Runs: Kenny Berkenbosch, Fausto Alvarez Rizo 4 (tied for 4th in Hoofdklasse)
Most RBI: Fausto Alvarez Rizo 43 (2nd in Hoofdklasse)
Most Runs Scored: Maikel Benner 32 (3rd in Hoofdklasse)
Most Stolen Bases: Wesley Connor 10 (8th in Hoofdklasse)
Most Doubles: Vince Rooi 16 (tied for 1st in Hoofdklasse)
Most Hits: Wesley Connor 61 (led Hoofdklasse)
Best Pitcher: Adam Blackley. The Australian left-hander had a 7-3 record with an ERA of 2.06 in 14 starts during his debut season in the Netherlands. He struck out 93 batters in 96 innings, while walking 36. He allowed just 62 hits.
Best ERA: Adam Blackley 2.06 (6th in Hoofdklasse)
Most Strikeouts: Adam Blackley 93 (3rd in Hoofdklasse)
Most Walks: Adam Blackley 36 (8th most in Hoofdklasse)
Most Innings Pitched: Adam Blackley 96 (6th in Hoofdklasse)
Games: Pim Walsma 27 (led Hoofdklasse)
Saves: Pim Walsma 10 (led Hoofdklasse)