Stark’s Walk-Off Picture Perfect Ending In Patriots’s Victory Over Dukes
Patriots defeated Dukes 9-8 on Sunday thanks to a walk-off single. The game was tied at eight with Patriots batting in the bottom of the seventh when Tijmen Stark singled on a 1-1 count, scoring one run.
Patriots earned the victory despite allowing Dukes to score five runs in the fourth inning. The offensive firepower by Dukes was led by Esra Van den Berg, Ben Van Dulken, and Robin Bömers, who each had RBIs in the inning.
Dukes opened up scoring in the first inning, when Jayden Gonesh tripled on a 3-2 count, scoring two runs.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, Patriots tied things up at eight when Jason Netten doubled on a 1-2 count, scoring two runs.
Patriots put up five runs in the sixth inning. Stark, Ferre Vanhees, Carsten Balk, and Netten all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
Pelle Kramer led things off on the mound for Patriots. He lasted two innings, allowing one hit and three runs while striking out one.
Marnix Ruben toed the rubber for Dukes. He allowed three hits and two runs over four innings, striking out four and walking one. Van den Berg, Mikuláš Hanuš, Thomas Maathuis, and Nick Hofer each entered the game as relief, throwing one inning, two-thirds of an inning, two-thirds of an inning, and one-third of an inning respectively.
Stark led Patriots with two hits in three at bats.
Bömers went 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Dukes in hits.