Inside-the-park-homerun decides game
The Netherlands National Softball Team closed the Eleven City World Championship Promo Tour on Wednesday-evening (August 13) with a 3-2 victory against New Zealand.
The finale of the 10-game series was played at the site of Rooswijk in Velsen.
We thank the club of Rooswijk for organizing tonight's activities, the pasta-meal, the many fruit and their hospitality.
Trailing 2-0, the Dutch came alongside in the third inning, then took a 3-2 lead in the fifth on an inside-the-park-homerun by Britt Vonk.
In the series, the Dutch Team won six of the nine games played.
Unfortunately, one game rained out.
The completion of the series now brings the team to the eleventh city from the Tour's name and that will be Haarlem.
There, on Friday-evening, August 15, the Orange squad will open the ISF Women's World Championship against Team USA, starting at 8 PM, following the Opening Ceremonies.
On the first day of action, the first game is scheduled to start at 9:30 AM.
On a day with a clear blue sky, the Dutch Team closed its final preparations for the upcoming World Championship.
A practice session is scheduled for Thursday-morning, but from Friday on, all attention is focused to the World Championship, which then opens in Haarlem (Netherlands).
Tonight, the Dutch Team met the national team of New Zealand for the first time since 1997.
Back then, the Dutch Team played twice against New Zealand during the Haarlem Softball Week.
The Dutch Team, which then also was led by Head Coach Craig Montvidas, the lost both games.
A year earlier, the Dutch Team played three games against New Zealand during the Qantas Four Nations Challenge in Brisbane (Australia) and then won twice.
In 1994, the Dutch Team traveled to New Zealand and met the host country in five games, winning two of them.
During that trip, Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar also was with the Orange squad.
Tonight, New Zealand took a quick 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Dutch starter Lindsey Meadows began with a strikeout, but then Danica Ferriso singled, followed with by a foul-out.
Ferriso then stole second base, but injured herself and was replaced out of precaution by pinch-runner Cassie Siataga.
Next, Katrina Nukunuku walked.
Hereafter, Jennifer Feret connected for a 2-run triple that made it 2-0.
Katrina Nukunuku played for Dutch big league-team Tex Town Tigers in 2008 when she was known as Katrina Stockford.
With Tex Town Tigers, she celebrated the Dutch championship.
Katrina celebrated her birthday on Tuesday and today, it was Saskia Kosterink who was having her birthday.
Several of the current Dutch Team players were Katrina's teammates at Tex Town Tigers in 2008.
The Dutch Team got on base with two outs in the top of the first inning when Britt Vonk reached on a bunt-single and Saskia Kosterink walked, but both stranded.
In the second inning, Nathalie Gosewehr singled with one out, but also was left behind.
The Dutch Team then tied the score in the third at bat.
Jessie van Aalst, who played in her first official international game, lined a single into centerfield, then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Merel Oosterveld.
Jessie then stole third base and scored on a triple by Britt Vonk, who later scored the tying run on a grounder by Saskia Kosterink.
In the home of the third, Femke van Dusschoten took over the Dutch pitching and struckout two batters.
She also struckout two in the fourth, the last coming with runners on second and third base.
In the fifth inning, the Orange took a 3-2 lead.
With two outs, Britt Vonk drove the ball into centerfield and circled the bases with a stand-up inside-the-park-homerun!
In the bottom of the fifth, New Zealand had runners on first and second base with one out when Rebecca Bromhead lined the ball to Britt, who made the catch and completed an unassisted double play.
After the Dutch Team left two runners in the top of the sixth, Ginger de Weert threw the bottom of the sixth.
She retired the side and struckout the first two batters she faced to earn a save.
Box Score Netherlands vs. New Zealand
(above photos made by Marco Stoovelaar)
(above photos made by Fred Versluis)