Three pitchers give up only one basehit
The Netherlands National Softball Team continued its Eleven City World Championship Promo Tour on Friday-evening (August 8) with a big 13-2 victory vs. the team of Oklahoma City University.
The game was played at the site of The Stags in Etten-Leur.
After Wednesday's game rained out in The Hague, the Orange squad tonight collected 14 basehits with four players hitting two basehits.
Three Dutch pitchers gave up only one basehit to the Stars.
The Tour continues on Saturday-afternoon, August 9, at the site of Gryphons in Rosmalen.
The Dutch Team then meets the University of Alabama, starting at 5 PM.
Some four hours before the start of the game, the field of The Stags in Etten-Leur looked more like an Olympic swimming pool than a softball-field.
But the people of The Stags were convinced that they could make the field playable again and so, it was decided that the game probably could be played.
The groundscrew worked extremely hard and one-and-a-half-hour before the scheduled starting time, the field was completely playable again!
When the rain would stay away, the game could be played.
The local anti-rain-dance worked and so, the entire warming-up and game could be played under fine conditions.
A great compliment has to be given to the groundscrew!
Both teams were treated on a tasty meal and then, it was on to field for the game.
Alderman Ron Dujardin threw out a great strike as the ceremonial first pitch, watched by Mark Pigmans, the chairman of The Stags and mascot Jack the Stag.
After the playing of the National Anthems, the second match-up between Oklahoma City and the Netherlands went underway.
Amongst the spectators, we saw Theo Reitsma, the former chairman of Rooswijk.
He was 'scouting' how The Stags had organized things today.
Next Wednesday, the Netherlands Team is the guest of Rooswijk when the Eleven City Tour is closed with a game against the national team of New Zealand.
A big compliment to the people of The Stags for the fine organization and many thanks for their hospitality.
Initially, the Dutch Team trailed 2-0 after the first inning.
After the Dutch Team was retired in order in the top of the first inning, the Oklahoma City Stars scored twice in their first at bat off of starter Eva Voortman.
While no hits were registered and an error was involved, both runs were earned, due to later plays in the at bat.
Kyndra Holasek led off with a walk and moved on a sacrifice bunt, then Kylee Rousaville also walked.
And error and a grounder then accounted for the runs.
The lead was shortlived, as the Orange squad answered with a 7-run rally in the second inning off of starter Jamie Rateliff.
Saskia Kosterink led off with a single and scored when Virginie Anneveld followed with a triple.
The latter then scored the tying run on an one-out double by Nathalie Gosewehr.
The bases got loaded when Nathalie Timmermans (who played for OCU in 2010 and 2011) walked and Anne Blaauwgeers singled.
A force play on a grounder by Chantal Versluis then gave the Dutch a 3-2 lead.
A walk for Merel Oosterveld re-loaded the bases and then two errors accounted for the next three runs.
The second single in the inning by Kosterink then made it 7-2.
Three runs were added in the third inning.
Areke Spel led off with a single and Nathalie Timmermans walked with one out.
Hereafter, a single by Anne Blaauwgeers, sacrifice fly by Chantal Versluis and pinch-hit single by Nikki Harte then increased the lead to 10-2.
Nikki is one of the four players that were cut from the preliminary roster a week ago.
Since last Tuesday, these four players are back with the team and will remain with the squad during the Tour, as well as the World Championship as non-roster players.
Last Tuesday, the other three players already made an appearance.
In the fourth inning, another run was scored off of new pitcher Dani Fox.
Pinch-hitter Marisèla de Wind led off with a double and scored when a throwing error followed a single by Areke Spel.
The final two runs were scored in the fifth at bat.
With one out, Shareday Christina and Marisèla de Wind both singled.
A single by Dinet Oosting then brought in a run, as did a sacrifice fly by Areke Spel.
Saskia Kosterink, Marisèla de Wind, Areke Spel and Anne Blaauwgers all collected two basehits tonight.
Lindsey Meadows took over the Dutch pitching in the second inning and retired the side.
She then gave up OCU's lone hit in the third inning when Cheyanne Terry led off with a single.
Lindsey then got another one-two-three-inning in the fourth.
Femke van Dusschoten closed the game by pitching the fifth inning.
Last Tuesday, the Orange squad shutout the Stars 14-0 and gave up no basehits.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Oklahoma City University Stars
The groundscrew works hard to get the field playable again
The teams enjoy a tasty mail before preparing for the game
Dinet Oosting is interviewed by Henk Elderman of RTV Noord
Next to be interviewed is Head Coach Craig Montvidas
Rebecca Soumeru during the game-preparations
Dutch Junior-players Manoa Weijgertse, Gabi Obia and Lizzie Clarijs
with Yuridia Anasagasti in the Orange Shop
Maxime van Dalen takes grounders while preparing for the OCU Stars
OCU's Head Coach Phil McSpadden hits grounders
Patrick Reus, Gerrit-Jan van der Hoeven and Martin Lemstra
The bat-girls for the Dutch Team
The players are introduced
Here, Britt Vonk, Saskia Kosterink and Nathalie Timmermans enter the field
Listening to the National Anthems
Jack the Stag, the club's mascot
OCU Head Coach Phil McSpadden, his Assistant Bobbi Bridges and the team's supporting staff
Team Manager Paul Boonstra hands out a gift the Mark Pigmans, chairman of The Stags
Ron Dujardin, Alderman of Etten-Leur, throws out the ceremonial first pitch
Britt Vonk hitting in the first inning
RF Areke Spel and 2B Merel Oosterveld take their
positions, while Eva Voortman delivers
Coach Tracy Bunge has a talk with the infielders and the battery
Dutch starter Eva Voortman
Virginie Anneveld takes her position at 3rd base
Areke Spel hitting and Nathalie Gosewehr running in the 2nd inning
Saskia Kosterink hit two singles in the second inning
The game in Etten-Leur also was well-visited
Areke Spel running at first base
At left is 1B Maxime van Dalen, at right is Dagmar Bloeming
Nathalie Timmermans is forced out at 3rd base
At left is 3B Kristen Uthe
Lindsey Meadows takes over the pitching in the bottom of the 2nd inning
Marisèla de Wind scoring and Chantal Versluis hitting in the 4th inning
Karin Tuk singles in the 4th inning
Anne Blaauwgeers lines out moments later
Dani Fox takes over the pitching for OCU in the fourth inning
At left are SS Shareday Christina and 2B Nikki Harte; at right is 3B Dinet Oosting
Shareday Christina and Marisèla de Wind hit back-to-back singles in the 5th inning
They're greeted at first base by Britt Vonk
Femke van Dusschoten threw the 5th inning for the Orange squad
End of the game
The teams pose together
Official Scorer and Announcer Ben Goorts
The Dutch players pose with Jack the Stag
After the game, there is time for photos, signatures and interviews
(above photos made by Fred Versluis and Paul Boonstra)