by Henry Perkins, www.namur-angels.be
On Saturday the Angels won their fourth consecutive game as they matched up against the Mortsel Stars in Namur. The victory was powered by the work of three different arms on the mound as well as an early inning offensive surge.
The Angels wasted no time in getting on the board as their first three batters quickly loaded the bases with a Thomas Vandenabeele walk and a pair of singles off the bats of Ronny Heymans and Henry Perkins. The first run of the afternoon was pushed across after clean-up man Jerome Sana was hit by a pitch. Vincent King then reached on a fielder’s choice that plated another run. Perkins was brought around on a Zachary Potter single to right while King tagged up from third and scored on a sac fly driven to the outfield by Angels’ centerfielder Nicolas Migeot. At the end of the first frame Namur was on top with a 4-0 lead.
The Angels added two more runs in the bottom of the third off Stars’ pitcher Nguyen Boulet Diaz advancing their lead to 6-0. Namur’s starting pitcher Harold Gerard had another solid outing, working six innings while striking out six and allowing only one run. When Gerard exited the contest the Angels held a commanding 6-1 lead that would soon be contested by the Stars.
Angels’ reliever Louis Dellieu worked a scoreless top of the seventh before running into trouble in the eighth. The inning started with a walk drawn by Stars’ center fielder Steve De Saedeleer who advanced to third on a throwing error by Dellieu giving the Stars runners on first and third with no outs. After a stolen base and an error by Vandenabeele, the Angels’ first baseman, the Stars had scored their second run of the afternoon and had runners on second and third with still no outs. Mortsel’s next two batters, Ben Van Nuffel and Lieven Buerms, each notched RBI’s with ground ball outs to second base and the Angels saw their lead dissipate to 6-4. With two outs and a runner on second the Angels substituted Nicolas Migeot into pitch who retired the next batter extinguishing the threat. Migeot put the game in the books after a three up, three down inning with the help of a double play on the way to earning the save.
The Angels’ starter Gerard took the win on the afternoon as Migeot recorded a save after one and 1/3 innings of work. Mortsel’s hurler Boulet Diaz suffered the loss in a complete game effort.
With three hits on the afternoon Namur’s utility man Ronny Heymans stayed hot while Henry Perkins and Zachary Potter each added two hits of their own. The Stars’ top man at the plate was Lieven Buerms who had a pair of hits and a run scored.
On Sunday the Namur Angels took the second game of the weekend series against the Mortsel Stars, and unlike the first game of the two-game set, acquired an early lead and never looked back.
The Angels didn’t waste any time in putting up runs Sunday afternoon in Mortsel when in the top of the first they plated four. The inning had a rather uneventful start, but after the first two Angels in the order were retired Mortsel pitcher Joeri Van Dyck lost his rhythm and walked the next three Angels batters. With the bases jammed Namur’s center fielder Nicolas Migeot lifted a shallow fly that was misplayed by the Stars left fielder and the error allowed all three base runners to score while also enabling Migeot to reach second. Namur’s next batter, Juny Gressman, ripped a single to left that scored Migeot giving the Angels a 4-0 lead after the first half frame. The Angels went right back to work in the top of the second, knocked out the Stars’ starting pitcher, and scored five runs on as many hits advancing their lead to 9-0 in just two full innings of play.
The Stars only real opportunity to regain some of the relinquished runs came in the bottom of the fourth after right fielder Jens Sinnaeve reached on a walk and catcher Thierry Genot dribbled a ball down the third base line for an infield single. With two runners on and one out Potter struck out the next batter, but the Stars still mustered a run on an RBI single by first baseman Steve Saedeleer before the third out could be recorded. The Angels went on to add three more runs in the top of the sixth, extending their lead to 12-1. After reliever Henry Perkins logged a 1,2,3 inning in the bottom of the seventh, the game was called due to 11 run score differential.
Angels starting pitcher Zachary Potter was in usual form, going six innings while fanning eight batters and only allowing one run. Henry Perkins had 2 K’s in an inning of relief for the Angels. Joeri Van Dych took the loss for Mortsel on an inning plus of work.
For the Angels the game was group offensive effort as every starter had at least one hit, while Potter and Gressman led the charge with three a piece. Saedeleer led the Stars at the dish with a hit and an RBI.
|Saturday, May 02 2009|
|15:30||Port of Antwerp Greys||K. Borgerhout Squirrels||09:01|
|15:30||Brasschaat Braves||The Merchtem Cats||17:02|
|15:30||Namur Angels||K. Mortsel Stars||06:04|
|15:30||Brussels Kangaroos||Hoboken Pioneers||00:10|
|Sunday, May 03 2009|
|15:30||Hoboken Pioneers||Brussels Kangaroos||02:03|
|15:30||The Merchtem Cats||Brasschaat Braves||03:08|
|15:30||K. Mortsel Stars||Namur Angels||01:12|
|15:30||K. Borgerhout Squirrels||Port of Antwerp Greys||10:06|
|2||Port of Antwerp Greys||19||8||216||112||.703||0||W4|
|6||K. Mortsel Stars||10||18||165||205||.357||9.5||L2|
|7||The Merchtem Cats||8||19||120||247||.296||11||L5|
|8||K. Borgerhout Squirrels||7||21||156||226||.250||12.5||L8|