Double shutout for Dutch Team
APELDOORN (Neth.) - The Dutch National Softball Team registered two shutout-victories on the twelfth day of the Holland Tour, as the team blanked Robur '58 7-0 and 11-0 on Sunday to extend its winning streak to sixteen games.
It was the third shutout-win in a row for the national squad. The Dutch pitching has held its opponents scoreless now for the last 19 1/3 inning.
The next games in the Holland Tour will be played on Wednesday, June 3 at Nieuwegein when the Dutch Team will meet the Dutch National Junior Team, starting at 6:00 PM.
It will be the third and last double-header between the two squads during this Holland Tour.
Coming Sunday, the Dutch Team will travel to Enschede where it will meet the Foreign All Star Team for the second time.
These games will be played at the site of Dutch reigning champion Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers, with the first game of the double-header scheduled to start at 2:00 PM.
In the meantine, three games have been added to the schedule of the Holland Tour.
On Wednesday, June 17, the Dutch Team initially had to play a double-header against the Dutch Juniors, but instead a single game was then scheduled against the Dutch Men Softball Team.
However, that match-up was dropped as regular season-games in the Men Softball League were scheduled on the same day.
The Dutch Team now will travel to Oldenzaal on this day to play two games against an USA College All Star Team during the Oldenzaal Softball Week, organized by Run '71.
Two days later, on Friday, June 19, the first official international game will be played, as the Dutch Team will meet the national team of Great Britain at the site of Olympia Haarlem in Haarlem.
As this game also was added to the schedule, it means that there now will be two games between the Dutch and British teams, as another game already was scheduled to be played on Sunday, June 21 at Santpoort on the site of Iber Lengua Terrasvogels.
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The players and staff of the Dutch National Softball Team thank Umpires Anne van Hal and Hans Hornstra, Official Scorer Brigitta Zaal, Public Address Announcer Wil van Beek and bat-girls Nikki and Lieke for their contributions in the two games against Robur '58 on Sunday.
The statue in front of the clubhouse of Robur '58
Head Coach Craig Montvidas goes over some details with Rob Korpel, the Head Coach of Robur '58
Head Coach Craig Montvidas addresses the team before the games
Team Manager Paul Boonstra is ready to take some shots
Starter Rebecca Soumeru prepares for Game One
Anne Blaauwgeers catching one of the pitchers before the game
...and so does Nathalie Timmermans
Head Coach Craig Montvidas hits grounders with Karin Tuk doing the catching
Today's umpires Hans Hornstra (left) and Anne van Hal
Official Scorer Brigitta Zaal (left) and Public Address Announcer Wil van Beek
Bat-girls Nikki (left) and Lieke, who did a great job for the Dutch Team
The team returns to the dug-out after completion of the pre-game activities
It was a very hot day today for everyone
Physical Therapist Anouk Fermont prepares one of the players
Game One: Netherlands vs. Robur '58, 7-0
It was another beautiful day to play ball today, as it probably was the hottest day so far during the Holland Tour.
By the way, this years Spring is second in Dutch history since 1901 with an average temperature of 10,8 degrees Celsius.
Only the Spring of 2007 was a little warmer with an average temperature of 11,7 degrees Celsius.
On the beautiful site of Robur '58, which is located in a forest for quite a long time now, Game One of the double-header was very interesting and attractive.
The game remained scoreless for four innings, but then the Dutch squad opened the score in the fifth at bat.
In the first three innings, both teams reached base, but were unable to score off starters Rebecca Soumeru and Tiffany McDonald.
Both the Dutch and Robur stranded a runner at third base in the opening at bat.
Meike Witteveen led off the game with a bunt that was misplayed by the Robur-defense, stole second base and advanced on a grounder, but then was left behind.
In the home of the first, Robur's lead-off batter also reached base, as Dutch starter Rebecca Soumeru walked Helma Pluim, who then advanced on a wild pitch.
Next, centerfielder Saskia Kosterink made a great catch on a fly by Lizzy Uytendaal.
But after Helma reached third base on a passed ball, Rebecca struckout the next two batters to end the at bat.
She would allow only one more batter to reach base in the next two at bats.
The Dutch Team reached base twice in the second inning, but then a double play followed.
In the third, Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a single and stole second, but was left behind.
In the fourth inning, the Dutch Team was close to its first run, but fine defensive play by Robur '58 prevented that.
With two runners on base, a grounder resulted in an out at the plate, then another grounder ended the inning.
In the home of the fourth, Dutch new pitcher Femke van Dusschoten struckout three batters, then added two more strikeouts in the next at bat.
The Dutch Team scored the first run in the fifth inning.
Petra van Heijst (fielder's choice) was on first base with two outs, but then stole second base, advanced to third on a passed ball and scored on an infield-hit by Saskia Kosterink.
The second run was added in the next at bat.
Areke Spel led off with a walk, moved on a sac-bunt by Virginie Anneveld and a grounder by Nadine Marinus and went on to score on a single by Karin Tuk.
The Dutch Team then broke open the game with a 5-run rally in the seventh inning.
Meike Witteveen and Petra van Heijst led off with infield-hits, then the first was retired on a force play-grounder by Saskia Kosterink.
But then Nathalie Timmermans and Areke Spel followed with RBI-singles to make it 4-0 off Esther Felder, who had taken over the pitching in fourth and now was replaced by Roos Vaessen.
After a foul-out, Nathalie and Areke both scored when Nadine Marinus tripled.
Moments later, Nadine herself scored on a single by Karin Tuk.
In the home of the sixth and seventh, Robur got some runners on base off new pitcher Dagmar Bloeming, who didn't ran into problems, as she struckout four of the last five batters.
The Dutch Team reached base 19 times, with all nine starting players reaching base at least twice!
Box Score Game 1 Netherlands vs. Robur '58
Coaches Craig Montvidas and Rob Korpel meet before the game with
Home Plate Umpire Anne van Hal and Field Umpire Hans Hornstra
The pitchers for Robur '58 in the opener:
Tiffany McDonald, Esther Felder and Roos Vaessen
Dutch Game One pitchers Rebecca Soumeru, Femke van Dusschoten and Dagmar Bloeming
Chantal Versluis coaching at first base in the new orange shirt
Head Coach Craig Montvidas follows the action from the dug-out
Today's games were played under another blue sky
Nathalie Gosewehr in the on-deck circle, ready to go to bat
Moments later, Nathalie is at first base after hitting a single
Playing at first base is Helma Pluim
Head Coach Craig Montvidas sends a runner home
A close-up of starting pitchers Rebecca Soumeru and Tiffany McDonald
Pitcher Femke van Dusschoten and catcher Nathalie Timmermans share some thoughts
Saskia Kosterink looks on to the action
Virginie Anneveld puts down a sacrifice bunt in the sixth inning
Karin Tuk reaches second base when an error follows her single in the sixth inning
Lizzy Uytendaal reaches third base in the sixth inning
In the back, Pamela Huernink advances to second base
A concentrated Meike Witteveen moments before hitting an infield-hit in the 7th inning
Petra van Heijst follows with another infield-hit
Shortly thereafter, Petra van Heijst slides in into third head first, advancing on a grounder
The same sliding by Petra from a different angle
Saskia Kosterink rounds third base to score on a single by Areke Spel
Areke Spel (left) en route to score on the triple by Nadine Marinus, who approaches third base
Nadine Marinus (15) is greeted by Areke Spel (22) after scoring moments later
A concentrated Virginie Anneveld playing at third base
Game Two starter Kirsten Scheele looks on from the dug-out
Bat-girl Nikki brings back another bat
Game Two: Netherlands vs. Robur '58, 11-0
Game Two had a different face, as the Dutch Team was very productive with 13 basehits, including three by Petra van Heijst and Saskia Kosterink and a homerun by Solange Starrenburg, who earlier homered in an intersquad-game.
In the second game, the Dutch opened the score again in the first inning.
Anne Blaauwgeers led off with a walk, advanced to third base on a single by next batter Petra van Heijst, then scored on a sacrifice fly by Saskia Kosterink.
Two runs were then added in the second at bat.
First, Solange Starrenburg led off with a homerun, then Merel Oosterveld tripled with one out and scored on a sacrifice fly by Judith Diepeveen.
Two runs were also scored in the third inning.
With one out, Saskia Kosterink and Nathalie Timmermans hit back-to-back doubles, resulting in a run and a pitching change, as Tiffany McDonald was brought in to relief starter Roos Vaessen.
After Nathalie advanced on an infield-hit by Areke Spel, she scored moments later when the latter stole second base.
After two scoreless innings, a 6-run rally followed in the sixth inning off new pitcher Esther Felder.
Nadine Marinus and Judith Diepeveen (who both reached on an error) were on base with one out when four consecutive basehits followed.
First, Anne Blaauwgeers singled in Nadine, then Petra van Heijst followed with a 2-run double.
Next, Saskia Kosterink also hit an RBI-double and went on to score when next batter Nathalie Timmermans singled.
After Nathalie advanced on a groundout, she scored the sixth run in the at bat on an infield-hit by Solange Starrenburg to make it 11-0.
Dutch pitchers Kirsten Scheele and Ginger de Weert each gave up only one basehit and both were hit by Valesca van den Boogerd.
Kirsten struckout two of the first three batters she faced, then started the second inning with another strikeout, but then gave up a triple to Valesca van den Boogerd, who was called safe at third base in a close play, but stranded there.
Hereafter, Kirsten retired the next five baters again, including three strikeouts.
Ginger de Weert took over in the fourth inning and also retired the first three batters she faced.
In the fifth, she gave up a lead-off single to Valesca van den Boogerd, who later was eliminated on a force play-grounder, followed by a grounder towards second base, where Judith Diepeveen set a double play into motion.
In the sixth, Ginger added two strikeouts.
After completion of today's games, which were well-visited, the players and staff of the Dutch National Team and Robur '58 and all game officials enjoyed a nice meal under a blue and sunny sky, which was served in front of the clubhouse.
The players and staff of the Dutch National Team thank Robur '58 for its hospitality during today's games and their contributions in the national squad's preparations for the international tournaments in July.
Box Score Game 2 Netherlands vs. Robur '58
Team Manager Paul Boonstra brings some drinks to the dug-out
During a team-meeting between the games, Head Coach Craig Montvidas got an unexpected visitor
It was a beautiful day to enjoy some great softball
Judith Diepeveen acts as Physical Therapist for Femke van Dusschoten
In the back, Physical Therapist Anouk Fermont approaches
Petra van Heijst, who went 3-for-4, including a double and had two RBI's
has a talk with Head Coach Craig Montvidas
Rebecca Soumeru (31) and Chantal Versluis (23) look on
A lot of drinking was done on this hot day
Here, Judith Diepeveen drinks some water
Dutch Game Two pitchers Kirsten Scheele and Ginger de Weert
Solange Starrenburg is greeted after hitting her homerun in the second bat bat
Merel Oosterveld slides into third base after hitting her triple in the second inning
Craig Montvidas coaching at third base
Nathalie Gosewehr and Areke Spel discuss some details
Valesca van den Boogerd slides into third base with her triple in the second inning
3B Nathalie Timmermans appears to be in time with the tag, but the base isn't visible
Three innings later, Nathalie Timmermans forces out Valesca van den Boogerd on a grounder
A right, umpire Anne van Hal makes the call; looking to the action is short stop Petra van Heijst
Petra van Heijst (13) is greeted by Ginger de Weert (14) after scoring in the sixth
Some concentrated Dutch faces:
Solange Starrenburg, Dagmar Bloeming, Judith Diepeveen and Merel Oosterveld
Players shake hands after completion of the second game
Team Manager Paul Boonstra takes some notes from Kirsten Scheele and Petra van Heijst
Day 12 of the Holland Tour is completed with another fine meal
(thanks again to Fred Versluis for submitting several photos)