Coach Evans & new player join National Team; Saskia Kosterink off to Italy
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - Assistant Coach Nancy Evans re-joined the Dutch National Softball Team on Friday, February 12 for its practice session in Amsterdam; also joining the team for the first time was infielder Anouk van den Heuvel, who was added to the active roster, as well as three players from the Dutch Junior Red Team.
Initially, the Dutch Team had an activity scheduled for tomorrow, Saturday, February 13, when it would participate in the annual Aegon-Right To Play Run, but that was canceled, due to a lack of participants.
Coach Nancy Evans (pictured right) underwent surgery early November to repair a damaged meniscus and since then recovered back home in the USA.
While not yet recovered completely, she returned to the Netherlands on Wednesday, February 10 and joined the team again today.
During the practice sessions in the months of November and December, Tracy Bunge took over for Nancy Evans.
For the first time with the team today was Infielder Anouk van den Heuvel (pictured left), who was added to the active roster in the beginning of this week.
With this, Anouk made her comeback after a more than 4-year absence in the National Team, with whom she participated in the Canada Cup in 2005.
By the way, Anouk's father Wim was a pitcher for the Dutch National Baseball Team when it participated in the World Championships in 1982 in Korean capital Seoul.
Back then, Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar traveled with the baseball squad to Korea as a reporter and to make a video-film.
Marco's brother Ronald was one of the catchers during that World Championship.
When Anouk's father pitched in the Dutch big league for Euro Stars and Sparta in 1978-1986, he frequently faced Head Coach Craig Montvidas, who then played baseball for Giants Diemen and HCAW.
For the fourth time during the indoor-season, the Dutch National Softball Team was joined by players, who are currently on the preliminary roster of the Dutch Junior Red Softball Team, which is preparing for the European Championships later this Summer in Vienna (Austria).
After four players on December 18, three on January 22 and five on January 29, today three players were added to participate in the practice session and the intersquad game, being Nadia Bron, Laura Treurniet and Cindy van der Zanden to bring the total to 15 players, who have now practiced with the National Team.
In the upcoming weeks, more players from the Junior-squad will be invited to get the opportunity to practice and play with the National Team.
On the other hand, Outfielder Saskia Kosterink (pictured right) was with the team for the last time for the moment, as she will leave for Italy tomorrow, on Saturday, February 13.
This season, Saskia will play for Bollate in the Italian Softball League.
Coming week, she will start practices with the Italian squad, who will practice three times per week.
Of course, this site will keep you posted on Saskia's activities in Italy.
Saskia, who is a member of the Dutch Team since 2005, is the sixth Dutch player to play softball in the Italian League, joining Infielder Lucične Geels (Bussolengo, 1989), Pitcher Anouk Mels (Ronchi Dei Legionari, 1998-1999), Infielder Sandra Gouverneur (Nuoro, 2006, 2009), Pitcher Rebecca Soumeru (Macerata, 2006) and Infielder Daisy de Peinder (Macerata, 2007).
With her 80 games, Saskia has the most games played in the Dutch National Team from the players currently on the roster.
Also at the intersquad game today was Judith Diepeveen, who was part of the active roster through January 18, but then was one of five players being cut.
In the meantime, Judith has picked up playing squash again, which she also had done in the past, but off course she also will keep on playing softball.
After winning a game last week, Judith was scheduled to play a game in the Dutch National Squash Championship on Friday-evening in a neighbouring sports hall and therefore combined that with a visit to the indoor game to see and talk to everyone again.
Unfortunately, Judith lost her game in the evening to number 2 ranked player Linda Dekker and therefore was eliminated.
Today's practice session as well as the intersquad game were led by Nancy Evans, as Head Coach Craig Montvidas went over the video-analysis with the players and video-analyst Rob van Leeuwen, who recorded all players last week.
Today, Team Black won the intersquad game 6-4.
With Anne Blaauwgeers on base in the first inning, Areke Spel hit a towering 2-run homerun for Team Black.
Team Grey got one run back in the second inning when Kim Donkers scored on a grounder by Karin Tuk.
Team Black added two runs in the fourth inning, then Team Grey scored another run in the home half of the at bat.
Team Black raised the lead to 6-2 in the sixth inning scoring twice, with one run being scored on a double by Areke Spel.
In the home of the sixth, Kim Donkers batted in a run with a single for Team Grey, which scored another run in the eighth at bat of the 10-inning game (the most innings so far).
The players and staff of the Dutch Softball Team thank today's umpires Gerrit-Jan van der Hoeven and Jac van Riel for their participation in the intersquad game.
There are two more intersquad games left to be played in Amsterdam, scheduled for Friday, February 19 and 26.
Hereafter, the team will transfer it's Friday-practices to Nieuwegein at the site of Nieuwegein Diamonds.
The three players from the Dutch Junior Softball Team, who were with the team today:
Nadia Bron, Cindy van der Zanden and Laura Treurniet
As always, Head Coach Craig Montvidas addresses the team before the practice starts
Here, he welcomes back Coach Nancy Evans and new player Anouk van den Heuvel
Nadine Marinus hits grounders, while Kim Donkers does the catching
Head Coach Craig Montvidas and video analyst Rob van Leeuwen go over the details
with players Solange Starrenburg and Saskia Kosterink
In the meantime, Assistant Coach Nancy Evans leads the intersquad game
Here, she announces the starting line-ups for Team Black and Team Grey
Assistant Coach Nancy Evans was back with the team again today;
joining the team for the first time was Infielder Anouk van den Heuvel (right)
Standing in the middle is Chantal Versluis
Today's umpires Gerrit-Jan van der Hoeven and Jac van Riel
Anouk van den Heuvel in her first National Team at bat since 2005
Karin Tuk is the catcher; Jac van Riel the umpire
Areke Spel is welcomed after hitting a 2-run homerun in the first inning
Pitchers Kirsten Scheele, Dagmar Bloeming and Rebecca Soumeru
Pitchers Femke van Dusschoten and Laura Treurniet
Coach Nancy Evans has a meeting with the players between innings
Dutch Juniors Laura Treurniet and Cindy van der Zanden at bat
Solange Starrenburg is the catcher and Jac van Riel the umpire
And here, Dutch Junior Nadia Bron is hitting
Gerrit-Jan van der Hoeven took over as umpire; Karin Tuk is the catcher
A look into the dug-out
Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar makes notes on the scorecard
(photo taken by Meike Witteveen)
Nadia Bron running at first base with Cindy van der Zanden playing at 2nd base
Also checking the action are centerfielder Merel Oosterveld and umpire Gerrit-Jan van der Hoeven
Chantal Versluis batting for Team Grey
Jac van Riel is back behind the plate; Solange Starrenburg is catching
Saskia Kosterink in her last at bat for the moment, as she leaves for Italy on Saturday
Fabienne van Uden playing at third base and Anne Blaauwgeers playing at second base
A relaxing moment for Cindy van der Zanden in the dug-out
Judith Diepeveen was with the team today to meet and talk to the players again
Later in the evening, Judith participated in the Dutch National Squash Championship
Here, Judith is pictured with pitchers Kirsten Scheele and Dagmar Bloeming