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# 27 - Anouk Mels - pitcher
BirthdateFebruary 5, 1971
BirthplaceHoorn (Netherlands)
ResidenceBoxtel (Netherlands)
Height1,76 m
Weight68 kg

Dutch National Team1991-1996; November 2007-July 2008
Games Dutch National Team43

ClubsDucks (Boxtel, 1980-1987)
HCAW (Bussum, 1988-1996)
Royals (Wellington, New Zealand, Sep. 1994-Apr. 1995)
Fukujusa (Fukujusa, Japan, 1997)
Ronchi Dei Legionari Peanuts (Ronchi, Italy, 1998-1999)
Gryphons (Rosmalen, 2007-2009)
(Dutch Major League: 1988-1996; 2008-2009)
...Tournaments Participated In...

with HCAW
European Cup
1988 (Antwerp, Belgium), 1989 (Parma, Italy), 1990 (Santpoort, Netherlands)
1991 (Rome, Italy), 1992 (Prague, Czech Republic), 1993 (Nice, France)
1994 (Bussum, Netherlands), 1995 (Antwerp, Belgium), 1996 (Bussolengo, Neth.)

with Ronchi Dei Legionari
Cup Winners Cup
1998 (Almere, Netherlands), 1999 (Prague, Czech Republic)

with Gryphons
2008 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)
International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)

with Dutch National Softball Team
1992 - European Championships (Bussum, Netherlands)
1994 - Winfield Cup (North Island, New Zealand)
World Championships (St. John's, Canada)
1995 - Tournament in USA (Bakersfield, USA)
Canada Cup (Vancouver, Canada)
European Championships (Torino, Italy)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
1996 - Winfield Cup (several sites, New Zealand)
Qantas Four Nations (Brisbane, Australia)
Canada Cup (Vancouver, Canada)
Olympic Games (Columbus, USA)
2008 - American Tour I (California/Hawaii, USA)
American (NPF) Tour II (Pennsylvania/Illinois/Ohio, USA)
Holland Tour (Santpoort/Groningen/Oldenzaal, Netherlands)

1988 - Most Valuable Player, Dutch Major League
1992 - Most Valuable Player, European Cup
1993 - Most Valuable Player, European Cup
Most Valuable Player, Dutch Major League
1994 - Best Pitcher, European Cup
Most Valuable Player, Dutch Major League
Most Homeruns, Dutch Major League
1995 - Most Valuable Player, Dutch Major League
1998 - Best Pitcher, CupWinners Cup
When did you start with softball?When I was nine years old
Why did you start playing softball?I thought it was a stout sport and you didn't need skirts
What was your first club?Ducks in Boxtel
Accomplishments / HighlightsBest Pitcher, MVP
Winning the Olympic Qualifier in 1995
Playing in the Olympic Games in Atlanta in 1996
Biggest blunderI forgot
Which persons do you most admire?Pieter
Which persons would you like to meet?Frank Rijkaard
Three people you would love to have dinner with?My husband and my children
Dreamjob?Player's Agent
From who did you learn the most?Pieter
Biggest turn-off?Populism
Talent you wish you had?Subtlety
Exotic pet you would like to have?None
Hobbies or InterestsGoing on vacation
When you wouldn't have been involved in
softball, what other sport would you have done?
What does the Olympic Games means to you?A fantastic opportunity; Most beautiful tournament in the world
Why does softball has to return to the Olympics?Because it is played all over the world
Describe your playing styleAgressive
...My Favorite / Best...
MovieLord of the Rings
ActorJohnny Depp
ActressCarice van Houten
TV ChannelNederland 1, 2 and 3
TV ShowHolland Sport
TV Sports ShowHolland Sport
TV PersonalityMathijs van Nieuwkerk
Radio ChannelRadio 1 and 2
Radio ShowSpijkers met Koppen
Radio PersonalityDolf Jansen
Music GenreRock
Singer (male)Cornell
Singer (female)Anouk
Group / Band etc.Rolling Stones, The Who
Song'Time After Time' by Cyndi Lauper
Vacation Spot / CountryFrankrijk
NewspaperBrabants Dagblad
BookFeist and Goodkind (Fantasy)
Internet SitesGoogle
Sport (besides softball)Rugby
Olympic Sport (besides softball)Gymnastics, Track & Field
(Professional) Sports TeamAjax
Athlete (male)Jona Lomu
Athlete (female)Leontien van Moorsel
Softball PlayerMichelle Smith
2009 --- Towards the end of the season, Anouk comes out of retirement to pitch in several games of Gryphons during the promotion/relegation play-off against Olympia Haarlem.
2008 --- Is 1-for-1, scores once and is the starting pitcher on February 16 vs. St. Mary's College in the opening game of the first American Tour by the Dutch National Team, which is part of the preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- With her appearance, Anouk makes her official comeback in the Dutch National Softball Team and plays in her first game for the national squad since 1996 --- On March 2, Anouk goes the distance and throws an 1-hitter in the first game of a double-header vs. Chaminade University of Honolulu --- In the second game of the second American Trip of the national team, Anouk goes the distance against the professional team of Philadelphia Force, but ends up as the losing pitcher --- On June 12, trailing 3-0, Anouk throws 3 2/3 inning in relief and gives up only one hit in the first game against Rockford Thunder, but the game is halted in the fifth inning due to weather conditions --- Two days later, in the second game of a double-header vs. Rockford, Anouk throws a complete game 4-hit shutout, accounting for the lone victory during the NPF Tour --- In the first game of the Holland Tour, on June 29, Anouk strikes outs five batters and gives up one hit in the last three innings of the game vs. Dutch champion Terrasvogels --- On July 14, Anouk is one of the players who are dropped from the roster as the Olympic Team is being named for Beijing --- In the regular season, her first in the big league since 1996, Anouk misses only one game, appearing in 34 games. The lefthander is 4-11 pitching for Gryphons, which is playing in its first season on the highest level. In 96 1/3 inning, Anouk strikes out 68 batters, finishing in eighth place. As a batter, she leads her team with a .344 average, scores 16 runs and has 12 RBI's --- After the season, Anouk retires.
2007 --- Anouk makes pitching appearances with Gryphons in the Dutch First Division. The team wins the title, promotes and will make its debut in the Dutch big league in 2008 --- In November, the lefthander participates in a try-out for the Dutch National Team and is added to the preliminary Olympic roster --- This not only marks a return to the national squad after eleven years, but she also is the only mother amongst the players on the roster.
1998 - 1999 --- Anouk plays in Italy for Ronchi Dei Legionari Peanuts. In both years, her team wins the CupWinners Cup. In 1988, she is named Best Pitcher of the tournament.
1997 --- After completing her career in the Netherlands, Anouk this years plays in Japan.
1996 --- Anouk plays in five games with the Dutch National Team during the Olympic Games in Atlanta, where the softball-tournament in being held in the city of Columbus. Therefore, on the 2008 roster, Anouk is the only player with Olympic experience --- In her ninth, and at that moment, last season in the Dutch big league, Anouk is 2-1 and appears in only seven games as a pitcher, but strikes out 40 batters. Appearing in 21 games as a batter, she hits .381.
1995 --- In Haarlem, Anouk participates with the Dutch National Team in the Haarlem Softball Week, which this time also has the status of Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The Dutch win the event and qualify for the Olympic Games of 1996 in Atlanta --- After returning from New Zealand, the lefthander has her best career-record in the Dutch regular season with 14-1 and also sets a career-high with 132 strikeouts. At the plate, she hits .383 and has 21 RBI's --- For he accomplisments in the season, Anouk wins the MVP Award for the third consecutive year --- In Antwerp (Belgium), Anouk and HCAW again capture the European Cup.
1994 --- During the European Cup Tournament, Anouk is named best pitcher, while HCAW wins the Cup for the third time in a row --- She leads the league in homeruns and is named MVP for the second year in a row --- In September, Anouk and teammate Petra Beek (who also plays in the national squad) leave to play this winter in New Zealand.
1993 --- With HCAW, Anouk is 6-2 and has an 0.54 ERA. Offensively, she set career-highs with a .385 average, 28 runs, 24 RBI's and two homeruns --- After the European Cup Tournament, Anouk again was named MVP of the event, which again was won by HCAW --- She also is named most valuable player after completion of the Dutch big league-season.
1992 --- Anouk makes her debut in the Dutch National Team during the European Championships in Bussum (Netherlands) --- In the regular season, she ends with a 3-4 record, but also has an 0.57 ERA. She again hits .308 and scores 19 runs --- But there also was a highlight this season, as she was named MVP during the European Cup Tournament, which was won by HCAW.
1991 --- In the regular season, Anouk is 11-2 with an 0.58 ERA, while batting .308 and scoring 19 runs.
1990 --- Anouk improves her regular season-record to 14-5, strikes out 69 batters and has an 0.65 ERA. With the bat, she is .289, scores 20 runs and has 18 RBI's --- In Italian capital Rome, HCAW again wins the European Cup.
1989 --- In her second season, Anouk's record is 11-3 and also has two saves, while hitting .360 offensively, scoring 27 runs, collecting 17 RBI's and registering 40 basehits. She also steals a career-high nine bases.
1988 --- Playing for HCAW in Bussum, Anouk makes her debut in the Dutch Major League. In her first season, she finishes with an 8-5 record and has an 0.85 ERA, but also hits .300, scores 26 runs and has 39 basehits, including a homerun --- After the season, she is awarded the Most Valuable Player Award --- With HCAW, Anouk participates in her first of nine concecutive European Cup Tournaments. In Antwerp (Belgium), her team wins the Cup.
ANOUK is the sister of Margot, who also played in the Dutch Major League and the Dutch National Team. Margot played for HCAW (1989-1990; 1995-1997, 2002) and Twins (1991-1994) and made a brief comeback in 2007 (DSC '74) and 2008 (Olympia Haarlem). Currently, Margot is the pitching coach for Olympia Haarlem.
Anouk is married with Pieter van der Heijden and has two sons, Niels and Jasper.

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