Three pitchers combine on No-Hitter
The Netherlands National Softball Team continued the Eleven City World Championship Promo Tour tonight (Tuesday, August 5) with the playing of the fourth game in the series.
At the site of Roef! in Moergestel, the Orange squad shutout the Oklahoma City University Stars with a big 14-0 score.
The Orange squad collected 14 basehits.
Britt Vonk scored five runs, while Saskia Kosterink batted in four.
Three pitchers threw a Combined No-Hitter.
Tonight was the first of five games against one of the two American college-teams the Dutch Team faces during this series of exhibition games.
The next game in the Tour will be played on Wednesday at the site of Storks in The Hague.
Tonight, the Dutch Team faced the Oklahoma City University Stars, who finished their college-season in May with a 55-13 record.
One of the players this season with the Stars was Maxime van Dalen, who plays for the Dutch Junior Softball Team.
In her first college-season in the States, Maxime played in 65 games and batted .264 (46-for-174) with nine doubles and two homeruns.
She scored 36 runs and batted in 34.
Starting for the Stars was Dani Fox, who was the best pitcher of OCU this season with a 23-5 record.
But tonight, she had a rough start.
She struckout lead-off hitter Chantal Versluis, but she reached on a wild pitch.
After she had stolen second base, the bases got loaded when Merel Oosterveld and Britt Vonk both walked.
An outfield-error on a fly by Saskia Kosterink then led to a run, as did a following wild pitch.
That marked the end for Fox, who was relieved by Jamie Rateliff.
The next run was then added when another fly ball into the outfield ended in an error.
After a strikeout, the bases got loaded again when Nathalie Gosewehr was hit by a pitch.
With two outs, two runs were scored when Anne Blaauwgeers singled and then a double-steal situation made it 6-0.
In the second inning, two runs were added.
Merel Oosterveld led off with a triple and Britt Vonk then walked.
Both scored when Saskia Kosterink doubled.
After a scoreless second inning, three more runs were scored in the fourth at bat.
This time, Britt Vonk led off with a double and scored on a following single by Saskia Kosterink.
With two outs, the latter scored the next run on a double by Nathalie Gosewehr, who then scored on a single by Nathalie Timmermans.
Dani Fox returned in the pitching circle in the fifth inning.
With two outs, she gave up an unearned run.
Britt Vonk then walked and moved to third base on a pinch-hit single by Marisèla de Wind and scored on a following outfield-error.
De Wind was one of the four players who were cut from the preliminary roster last Wednesday when the final roster was announced for the World Championshipship.
These four players will remain with the squad for the remainder of the Tour and also will be with the team during the Championship.
With Marisèla at second base, the inning ended when a line drive by Virginie Anneveld ended in a nice catch by rightfielder Cheyanne Terry.
In the seventh inning, Shareday Christina, who also was cut from the roster, led off with a single.
With one out, she scored on a triple by Britt Vonk, who reached base for the fifth time.
Moments later, she scored her fifth run when Marisèla de Wind singled to lift the lead to 14-0.
Ginger de Weert started for the Orange squad.
She walked lead-off hitter Kyndra Holasek in the first inning, but then retired the next eleven batters in a row.
With two outs in the fourth inning, she hit Kylee Rounsaville with a pitch and she would be the second and final runner this game for the Stars.
In the fifth inning, Eva Voortman took over the pitching.
The lefthander retired the side, including two strikeouts.
The sixth and seventh inning were pitched by veteran Rebecca Soumeru, who also was one of the players that were cut from the roster a week ago.
She retired all six batters she faced, including four strikeouts in a row.
Today's game and surrounding activities were organized by Roef! in Moergestel, whom we thank for their hospitality tonight.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Oklahoma City University Stars
The teams line up before the game for the National Anthems
Team Manager Paul Boonstra thanks Bart van Knegsel, one of the organisors
of today's game at Roef! in Moergestel
The ceremonial first pitch is thrown by a youth softball-player of Roef!
Chantal Versluis leads off for the Dutch Team
Kylee Rounsaville is the catcher, Patrick Reus the umpire
Dani Fox starts for the Stars; playing at 1B is Dutch Junior Red-player Maxime van Dalen
Berend Mannessen is the 1B Coach
Moments later, Merel scores the second Dutch run on a wild pitch
Maxime van Dalen playing at 1B for the Stars
Nathalie Gosewehr scores in the first inning
The team is ready to take their positions
Merel Oosterveld leads off the 2nd inning with a triple...
...3B Kristen Uthe cannot avoid that
Britt Vonk scored five runs tonight
Head Coach Craig Montvidas
Dutch starter Ginger de Weert
Standing in the back is 2B Chantal Versluis
Juridia Anasagasti, Manoa Weijgertse and Lizzie Clarijs in the Orange Shop
An overview of the field
Nathalie Gosewehr scores in the fourth inning
Anne Blaauwgeers tells her what to do
Nathalie Timmermans was the starting catcher tonight
Shareday Christina in the batter's box
Virginie Anneveld lines out in the 5th inning
Marisèla de Wind went 2-for-2
Eva Voortman pitched the fifth inning and struckout two batters
Peter & Joanne Schuler, the liaison officers of the Dutch Team
The game in Moergestel was well-visited
Official Scorers Ben Goorts and Huub Nelissen (the latter also was the announcer)
Rebecca Soumeru pitched the final two innings and struckout four batters
Lindsey Meadows hits a foul ball
End of the game
(above photos made by Paul Boonstra)