Dutch Team collects 15 hits, including four homeruns
The Netherlands National Softball Team registered a comfortable 13-6 victory today (Saturday, August 9) in the first game against the Crimson Tide, the team of the University of Alabama.
Today's game was played at the site of Gryphons in Rosmalen, whom we thank for their organization and hospitality today.
A few weeks ago, Gryphons hosted the European Junior Softball Championships and next year will organize the European Senior Championships.
Both teams will meet each other again on Sunday, then at the complex of Birds in Zoetermeer.
In today's game, the Dutch Team collected 15 basehits, including two homeruns by Britt Vonk (who was 4-for-4) and one by Chantal Versluis and Nathalie Timmermans.
Alabama scored its six runs in a 6th inning rally.
Behind the plate of today's game was New Zealand-umpire Nicky Ogier, who will be part of the umpiring crew in the remainder of the Tour.
She will be one of the ISF-umpires during the World Championship.
The Dutch Team set the tone offensively for the game in the first inning when Britt Vonk hit a 2-out homerun off of starting pitcher Leslie Jury.
The Orange squad then rallied for six runs in the second inning to take a commanding 7-0 lead.
Virginie Anneveld and Areke Spel led off with singles and advanced on a wild pitch.
The first was then eliminated at the plate trying to score on a grounder by Nathalie Gosewehr, but then the scoring started.
A single by Nathalie Timmermans and double by Anne Blaauwgeers brought in the first two runs in this at bat.
Another run was then added on a sacrifice bunt by Chantal Versluis and a wild pitch accounted for the next run.
Merel Oosterveld then walked and Britt Vonk followed with her second homerun of the game to lift the lead to 7-0.
After a scoreless third inning, two runs were scored in the fourth at bat.
The bases got loaded when Anne Blaauwgeers led off with a single and Chantal Versluis and Merel Oosterveld both walked.
Britt Vonk then delivered an RBI-single and kept the bases loaded.
Hereafter, Sydney Littlejohn took over the pitching for the Crimson Tide.
The Alabama-defense then turned a double play on a grounder by Saskia Kosterink, but an extra was scored on a single by Virginie Anneveld, who was 3-for-3.
Three more runs were scored in the fifth at bat.
With one out, Nathalie Timmermans homered.
Next, Anne Blaauwgeers walked and then Chantal Versluis connected for the fourth Dutch homerun in this game to make it a 12-0 score.
The Alabama-offense was held to five hits in the first four innings by Dutch starter Dagmar Bloeming.
Only one runner reached third base for Alabama, which stranded six runners in these four at bats.
In the fifth inning, Ginger de Weert took over and retired the side.
But in the sixth inning, Alabama staged a 6-run rally.
All runs were unearned, as the first batter reached base on an error, which was of influence to determine the earned or unearned runs in this at bat.
Alabama scored its first run on a basesloaded walk.'
With two outs, a double by Chandler Dare brought in two runs.
A hit batter with the bases loaded then accounted for the next run and that brought in new pitcher Lindsey Meadows.
She gave up a 2-run single to Jadyn Spencer, but that was it for the Alabama-squad.
The final Dutch run was scored in the seventh inning.
With two outs, Chantal Versluis doubled and scored on a following single by Merel Oosterveld to make it 13-6.
During their trip to the Netherlands, Alabama has to do without outfielder Haylie McCleney and pitcher Jaclyn Traina.
McCleney was the team's leading hitter this season, finishing with a .444 batting average (88-for-198) with ten homeruns.
She scored 70 runs and batted in 42.
Traina led the pitching staff with a 26-5 record and 211 strikeouts in 219 innings.
She finished with a 2.08 ERA.
The two were selected for the National Team of the USA for the upcoming World Championship.
They're currently in Italy with Team USA, participating in the Italian Softball Week.
Team USA started the event last Thursday with a 7-3 win vs. Australia and 7-1 win vs. Italy.
On Friday, the Americans lost 3-2 to Australia.
Team USA closes the preliminary round of the tournament on Saturday-evening vs. host Italy.
Box Score Netherlands vs. University of Alabama Crimson Tide
Today's umpire crew
Bob Gieskens, Nicky Ogier, Patrick Reus and Albert Tolen
Head Coaches Patrick Murphy and Craig Montvidas hand in their
line-ups at New Zealand Home Plate Umpire Nicky Ogier
The Alabama-team listens to 'The Star Spangled Banner'
Next is the 'Wilhelmus', the Dutch National Anthem
Ready to play ball
Britt Vonk homers in the first inning...
...and is greeted by her teammates
Saskia Kosterink grounds out to end the 1st inning
Dagmar Bloeming starts for the Orange squad
Virginie Anneveld is eliminated in the 2nd inning and tagged by Chaunsey Bell
Areke Spel running at 3rd base in the 2nd inning
Nathalie Timmermans follows with an RBI-single
Nathalie Gosewehr is rounding 3rd base to score in the 2nd inning
Craig Montvidas coaching with Anne Blaauwgeers at 3rd base
Berend Mannessen shakes hands with Merel Oosterveld
after she walks in the 2nd inning
Moments later, Britt Vonk hits her second homerun in the game
Nathalie Timmermans is the starting catcher
Danae Hays is the batter, Nicky Ogier the umpire
Chantal Versluis takes her position at 2nd base
Virginie Anneveld went 3-for-3 today
Kallie Case is forced out in the 3rd inning; Britt Vonk got the ball in time
Dagmar Bloeming struckout four in four innings
Anne Blaauwgeers leads of the 4th inning with a bunt-single
Saskia Kosterink connects in the 4th at bat
Sydney Littlejohn takes over the pitching for Alabama in the 4th inning
In the 5th inning, Nathalie Timmermans connects well...
...and hits the third Dutch homerun in the game
Shareday Christina looks on
Later in the 5th inning, Chantal Versluis makes contact...
...and also homers
Britt Vonk went 4-for-4 and had four RBI's
Another well-visited team of the Tour
Ginger de Weert took over the pitching in th 5th
Lindsey Meadows is pinch-hitter in the 6th inning
Craig Montvidas has a talk with catcher Karin Tuk and pitcher Ginger de Weert
Lindsey Meadows takes over in the bottom of the 6th inning
Karin Tuk takes over the catching in the 6th
End of the game
The Dutch players hand out signatures
(above photos made by Paul Boonstra)