Game remains scoreless for five innings
The Netherlands National Softball Team suffered a small, 2-0 loss vs. reigning world and Olympic champion Japan tonight (Tuesday, August 12) at Hoofddorp at the site of Hoofddorp Pioniers.
The game remained scoreless for five innings, then the home-playing Japan scored its first run in the home of the sixth inning.
After completion of the top of the seventh inning, it was decided to complete the at bat and Japan then added its second run.
The Orange squad closes its Eleven City Tour on Wednesday-evening, August 13 vs. New Zealand at the complex of Rooswijk in Velsen.
The Dutch Team reached base four times tonight.
In the first at bat, Merel Oosterveld walked with one out, but was caught stealing.
In the second inning, Anne Blaauwgeers reached on a bunt-single off of starter Sayuri Yamane with two outs, but stranded.
In the fifth inning, Japanese pitching ace Yukiko Ueno took over.
The veteran and experienced pitcher was greeted with a lead-off infield-hit by Virginie Anneveld.
With one out, Nathalie Gosewehr lined a single through the middle.
With two outs, the two runners executed a nice double-steal, but then stranded at second and third base.
Ueno then retired the side in the sixth and seventh inning.
Japan got more baserunners, but the Dutch pitching and defense did a fine job tonight.
In the first inning, Yu Yamamoto led off with a single off of starter Dagmar Bloeming and next batter Rei Nishiyama reached on a fielder's choice.
But Dagmar then followed with a strikeout.
With two outs and the runners on second and third base, she also ended the at bat with a strikeout.
Lindsey Meadows and Ginger de Weert then retired the side in the second and third inning, respectively.
In the fourth inning, Femke van Dusschoten took over the pitching.
With two outs, she got runners on second and third base, but then a groundout ended the inning.
In the fifth, Rebecca Soumeru became the fifth Dutch pitcher.
She gave up a lead-off single to Nozomi Nagasaki, but then three outs followed.
In the sixth inning, Japan opened the score when Haruna Sakamoto (who had just entered the game defensively) and Eri Yamada led off with back-to-back triples.
3B Virginie Anneveld then made a nice catch on a hard line drive and a strikeout and flyout ended the inning.
As it was decided to play seven complete innings, whatever the score, Japan got an additional at bat in the home of the seventh inning, leading 1-0.
Eva Voortman became the pither for the Orange and began with a strikeout.
Misa Okubo then walked, but rightfielder Areke Spel then made a great, sliding catch down the rightfield-line for the second out.
Singles by Rei Nishiyama and Haruna Sakamoto then accounted for Japan's second run.
We thank Hoofddorp Pioniers for the organization of tonight's game, the meal and its hospitality.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Japan
(above photos made by Fred Versluis and Marco Stoovelaar)