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Dutch Team shutout by Belgian Men - The Hague - Saturday, August 2, 2014
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Only three Dutch basehits

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The Netherlands National Softball Team played its second game in the 11 City World Championship Promo Tour this afternoon (Saturday, August 2). At the site of Catch in The Hague, the Orange squad faced the Belgian Men Softball Team in a 7-inning game. The Dutch Team was shutout 10-0 in a long 2½ hour game and registered only three basehits. The team reached base frequently, but stranded 12 runners.

The Dutch Team appeared to off to a good start, as it got the bases loaded in the first inning off of (Dutch) pitcher Arjan Baanen, who went the distance for the Belgian squad. The team was compiled mostly of players (Dutch and Belgian), who play for Belgian clubteam Brasschaat Braves. With one out, Chantal Versluis walked. Moments later, Britt Vonk was hit by a pitch on her lower-arm. Luckily, the injury appears to minor, but out of precaution, she left the game. With two outs, the bases got loaded when Dinet Oosting and Saskia Kosterink walked, as did Areke Spel with two outs. But again, a flyout ended the inning.

In the sixth inning, the Dutch Team loaded the bases for the third time, but again the three runners were left behind. With one out, Areke Spel singled, then, with two outs, Merel Oosterveld and pinch-hitter Karin Tuk both walked. This time, a groundout ended the scoring opportunity.

In the seventh, Chantal Versluis led off with a double and another walk followed, but no runs were scored. In the second inning, Merel Oosterveld had registered the first Dutch basehit.

The Belgian squad opened the score with two runs in the first inning off of starter Femke van Dusschoten. With two runners on base and two outs, it was a double by Jan Zelenka, who accounted for the 2-0 lead.

A single run was added in the second inning, which ended with a nice Dutch double play.

Single runs were also added in the third and fourth inning, then Enrique Javier led off the fifth inning with a homerun off of Lindsey Meadows, who had taken over the pitching in the fourth at bat. After the Dutch defense had turned its second double play, another run followed when two errors were committed.

With an 8-0 lead for the home playing Belgian team after 6½ inning, it already was decided in advance to play seven complete innings. Dagmar Bloeming threw this inning, gave up two additional runs, but also struckout three batters, including the final one with the bases loaded.

We thank hosting club Catch in The Hague for organizing today's actitivities. After the game, the players of both teams enjoyed a fine meal and luckily, the game could be played under fine conditions. Rain was predicted, but the showers went by The Hague.

Box Score Netherlands vs. Belgian Men Softball Team


The players signed autographs before the game


Saskia Kosterink is interviewed for local TV


As is Head Coach Craig Montvidas


Today's game was hosted by Catch in The Hague


Annemiek Jansen, Manoa Weijgertse and Juridia Anasagasti in the Orange Shop


Batting practice


Peter & Joanne Schuler, hard workers on the background


Hans van der Kraan Senior, Honorary Member of Catch, gets private lessons
from Dagmar Bloeming before throwing the first pitch


Today's umpire crew:
Bob Gieskens, Albert Tolen, Carolien Stadhouders and Bert Loggen


The Belgian opponent
Back: Jan Zelenka, Nathan Van Der Reijden, Arjan Baanen, Ben ten Pas and Enrique Javier
Front: Jeroen Swers, René Koelink, Daniel Van De Wijer, Wout Cnops and Stefan Thilemans


Hans van der Kraan Senior throws out the ceremonial first pitch...


...and gets complimented by Nathalie Timmermans for throwing a perfect strike


Team Manager Paul Boonstra thanks Catch for hosting the game


Listening to the National Anthems


Official Scorer & Announcer Ben Goorts


Arjan Baanen went the distance for the Belgian squad


Chantal Versluis at 1st base in the 1st inning


Britt Vonk is attended after being hit by a pitch


Former National Team-player Marian van Deursen with André Prins, the current
Head Coach of the Czech Republic and the Juniors of Belgium


3B Virginie Anneveld and SS Chantal Versluis


Dutch starter Femke van Dusschoten


RF Areke Spel and 2B Merel Oosterveld


Pitching Coach Karen Marr talks with pitcher Femke van Dusschoten and catcher Nathalie Timmermans


3B Virginie Anneveld completes a double play in the 2nd inning
by tagging out Daniel Van De Wijer


Dinet Oosting looks at the signs


Saskia kosterink at second base in the 3rd inning


The view from centerfielder Saskia Kosterink


Femke van Dusschoten delivers to Enrique Javier


Lindsey Meadows takes over in the fourth inning


Fred Versluis contributes again today with several photos


Virginie Anneveld hitting


Dagmar Bloeming throws the 7th inning


End of the game


The team thanks the spectators


More autographs are being handed out after the game

(above photos made by Marco Stoovelaar)

And more photos of today's game


Ready for the introductions


Chantal Versluis & Britt Vonk


Lindsey Meadows and Karin Tuk


Catch is given a teamphoto of the Dutch Team as a gift


Arjan Baanen


Saskia Kosterink, Virginie Anneveld & Areke Spel


Femke van Dusschoten


Nathalie Timmermans


Merel Oosterveld, Nathalie Timmermans & Chantal Versluis


Chantal Versluis


Coaches Tracy Bunge, Karen Marr & Craig Montvidas


Lindsey Meadows


Karin Tuk


Dagmar Bloeming

(above photos made by Fred Versluis)


at 3rd base in the 1st inning; 3B is René Koelink


Dinet Oosting cheers her teammates


Tracy Bunge coached at first base


Starter Femke van Dusschoten


Virginie Anneveld


Saskia Kosterink with short stop Nathan Van Der Reijden


Lindsey Meadows


Enrique Javier homers in the fifth inning


Nathalie Gosewehr


Nathalie Timmermans


Dinet Oosting

(above photos made by Paul Boonstra)

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