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Apr '12 24

Recaps: Namur Angels improve to 4-0 in Belgium

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by Namur Angels, www.namur-angels.be

The Namur Angels captured another victory on Saturday against the Brasschaat Braves. Battling wet weather all day, the game was called in the top of the eighth inning after the field surface was deemed unplayable. The Angels sealed the victory being ahead 11-5 (Note: Official final score 8-5 as inning wasn’t ended).

The bats came alive for the Angels as both Adrien Geuquet and Greg Van Sickler were a triple short of the cycle. Geuquet was 3-4 with 3 RBI while Van Sickler was 4-5 with 2 doubles on the day. After the two run blast from Geuquet in the top of the second inning put Namur ahead, Van Sickler hit a solo shot to right field to lead off the third. In the top of the fourth inning, right fielder Jake Hummel delivered a bases loaded double off the right center fence to run the score 5-0. Wiliams Rosario then plated Hummel with a single to left. Hummel was 2-4 on the day, driving in three runs.

The Braves cut the Angels lead to within 5 in the bottom of the fourth inning when Angels starter Cedric Desmedt was touched up for 3 runs. After scoring one run in the third inning, the Braves started the fourth with a leadoff walk to Idelgardo Raap. Desmedt then fanned the next two Braves batters before issuing back-to-back walks. Raap was able to score after a stolen base and two passed balls. Christophe De La Hamayde then hit a two out, two run single to left field to run the score 8-4 after four complete innings. Desmedt finished the inning and left the game after four innings pitched, giving up four runs on five hits, walked four and struck out four. He was relieved by Nicolas Migeot, who pitched the remaining three innings. Migeot allowed only one more Braves run to cross home plate before the game was called due to rain. The Angels pounded out 14 hits for 11 runs, 6 of those being extra base hits.

Sunday’s game was a walk to remember. The Angels posted an 11-0 victory, called after seven innings due to the mercy rule. They capitalized on 15 walks issued by four different Braves pitchers. Namur took a commanding lead with a six run third after five straight walks, a shortstop error, a sac fly by Cedric Nauts, and another walk. The Angels went on to score three more in the sixth and two in the seventh to seal up their fourth straight victory.

The Angels got a tremendous performance from starter Jake Hummel. He went the distance giving up no runs on five hits, walked one, and struck out six. Hummel ran into trouble in the bottom of the second when he had bases loaded with one out. He was able to get Thomas Vanden Eynde to fly out to second base, and then forced Arno Bracke into an inning ending groundball to shortstop. The Angels collected only four hits on the day, but were able to capitalize on errors and walks. Namur improves to 4-0 on the year and faces the Port of Antwerp Greys next weekend.

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