Dutch beaten in Round Two-opener!
SURREY, British Columbia (Canada) - The Dutch National Softball Team has started Round Two of the Canada Cup Tournament with a 6-1 loss vs. Team TFS International, one of the three qualified teams from the North American Division, the others being California Goldrush and California Activities.
Because of the loss, the Dutch Team now will meet Venezuela for the third time during this event, playing against them on Saturday-morning at 10:30 AM.
A victory would mean another game later in the afternoon and even a third game is possible when the second one is also won.
In case the Dutch team is beaten by Venezuela it will be eliminated.
But there was more on Friday, as the All Star Team of this years Canada Cup was being named and our Virginie Anneveld (pictured left) was being named to it! Our congratulations of course go to Virginie.
Three years ago, in 2006, when the Dutch Team last participated in the Canada Cup, outfielder Saskia Kosterink became the first Dutch player to be named to the All Star Team.
The All Star Team, which was picked based on games played during the preliminary round, looks as follows:
Pitcher - Danielle Lawrie (Canada), Catcher - Lindsey Vandever (California Activities), 1st Base - Christie Nieto (Team TFS International), 2nd Base - Keli Leong (California Goldrush), 3rd Base - Virginie Anneveld (Netherlands), Short Stop - Natasha Watley (USA), Outfield - Alissa Haber (USA), Bree Evans (California Activities), Kristin Zacher (California Goldrush), Designated Player - Stacey Porter (Australia).
In today's game, the Dutch Team was put behind right away in the first at bat when Team TFS scored three runs.
By the way, Lindsey Meadows, player of Dutch champion Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers, was invited to play for this team, while Michael Bastian, one of the coaches of the Chinese national team during last years Olympic Games in Beijing, was the Head Coach.
Dutch starter Dagmar Bloeming gave up a lead-off single to Jessica Owens, then a fielder's choice grounder, a 2-run double by Jodie Legaspi and an RBI-single by Amanda Kamekona followed to make it 3-0.
Later in the inning, Lindsey Meadows also singled and another single was added by Ashlynn Booker, but on this last basehit a runner was thrown out at home.
Two runs were added in the third inning when Jodie Legaspi (single) and Amanda Kamekona (walk) both scored on a single by Christie Nieto.
The sixth run was scored in the fifth inning when Jodie Legaspi led off with a homerun.
Legaspi was 3-for-3, scored three runs and had three RBI's.
The Dutch offense produced four basehits off starter Stephanie Royall, including one by Virginie Anneveld in the first inning, but she then was caught stealing.
In the third, Solange Starrenburg led off with a walk and ended up at third base after a sacrifice bunt by Nadine Marinus and a grounder by Anne Blaauwgeers.
Anne later left the game, as she twisted her ankle.
Added to the injuries of Anne and Chantal Versluis were a painful toe for Saskia Kosterink and a hip-irritation for Dagmar Bloeming.
By the way, all are minor injuries.
In the fourth, trailing 5-0, the Dutch Team scored its lone run.
With two outs, Saskia Kosterink and Karin Tuk singled, then Saskia scored when an error was made on a grounder by Nathalie Gosewehr.
In the fifth, Nadine Marinus led off with a single, which led to a pitching change.
New pitcher Megan Elliott then got a flyout, before giving up a single to Meike Witteveen (pictured right) and a grounder to Britt Vonk that brought Nadine to third base, but she stranded there.
In the sixth, Nathalie Gosewehr singled with two outs.
In the seventh, also with two outs, Meike Witteveen (who was 2-for-4) and Britt Vonk singled, but then the inning and the game ended with a groundout.
Box Score Game Netherlands vs. Team TFS International
Schedule Canada Cup
Nathalie Gosewehr is introduced before the game
Virginie Anneveld is caught stealing in the first inning
Michael Bastian coaching at third base for Team TFS International
Dutch pitcher Dagmar Bloeming readies for a delivery
Lindsey Meadows batting for Team TSF International
Pitcher Femke van Dusschoten works on her arm strength
Physical Therapist Anouk Fermont checks a wound on the knee of Saskia Kosterink
The taped and injured right ankle of Anne Blaauwgeers
Karin Tuk singles in the fourth inning
Nathalie Timmermans does some necessary drinking
Nathalie Gosewehr reached base twice in this game
Anne Blaauwgeers looks on
3B Virginie Anneveld is named to the Canada Cup All Star Team
Virginie Anneveld and USA's Short Stop Natasha Watley applaud
the next member of the Canada Cup All Star Team
Left to right: OF Alissa Harber and SS Natasha Watley (both USA) with Virginie
The Canada Cup All Star Team
Back row: DP Stacey Porter (Australia), OF Bree Evans (California Activities), OF Alissa Haber (USA),
SS Natasha Watley (USA), 3B Virginie Anneveld (Netherlands), C Lindsey Vandever (Activities).
Front Row: OF Kristin Zacker (California Goldrush), 1B Christie Nieto (Team TFS International)
and Keli Leong (California Goldrush).
Virginie Anneveld with her All Star Award