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# 22 - Areke Spel - outfield
BirthdateJuly 29, 1986
BirthplaceNaarden (Netherlands)
ResidenceAlmere (Netherlands)
Study
Height1,76 m
Weight73 kg
BatsRight
ThrowsRight
Positionoutfield


Dutch National Team2005-May 2007; December 2008-current
Games Dutch National Team74
Dutch National Junior Team2002-2004


ClubsAlmere '90 (Almere, 1996-2002; 2005)
Amsterdam Pirates (Amsterdam, 2003-2004)
Euro Stars (Capelle a/d IJssel, 2006-2007)
Chipola College (Marianna, Florida, USA, 2007)
Tex Town Tigers (Enschede, 2008-2009)
Sparks Haarlem (Haarlem, 2010-current)
(Dutch Major League: 2003-2004; 2006-current)
Tournaments participated in | Awards | Career | Family





















...Tournaments Participated In...
with Amsterdam Pirates
2003 - International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)
2004 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Almere '90
2005 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)
International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)

with Tex Town Tigers
2009 - International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)
European Cup (Legnano, Italy)

with Sparks Haarlem
2010 - Intern. Jan de Wit Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Cup Winners Cup (Haarlem, Netherlands)
2011 - Intern. Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)
European Cup (Caserta, Italy)
2012 - Intern. Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)
International Jan de Wit Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
European Cup (Enschede, Netherlands)
2013 - Intern. Jan de Wit Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
European Cup (Prague, Czech Republic)

with Chipola College
2007 - Region VIII B Championship Tournament (Florida, USA)
FCCAA State Tournament (Auburndale, Florida, USA)
NJCAA Division I National Championship (Plant City, Florida, USA)

with Holland All Stars
2008 - Holland Tour (Oldenzaal, Netherlands)

with Dutch Junior Softball Team
2002 - International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
European Championships Juniors (Chocen, Czech Republic)
2003 - Indoor Cup Tournament (Schiedam, Netherlands)
International Jan van Bakel Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Apeldoorn Softball Series (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)
Kingdom Games (Aruba)
World Championships Juniors (Nanjing, China)
2004 - European Championships Juniors (Le Thillay/Roissy, France)

with Dutch National Softball Team
2004 - World University Games (Plant City, Florida, USA)
2005 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
European Championships (Prague, Czech Republic)
2006 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
World Championships (Beijing, China)
Japan Cup (Yokohama, Japan)
2009 - Holland Tour (several sites, Netherlands)
Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
World Cup of Softball (Oklahoma City, USA)
European Championships (Valencia, Spain)
2010 - International Indoor Cup (Team Orange) (Schiedam, Neth.)
Holland Tour (several sites, Netherlands)
Venezuela International Series (Puerto Ordaz/Barinas, Venezuela)
World Championship (Caracas, Venezuela)
2011 - American Tour (Florida/Tennessee, USA)
Holland Tour (several sites, Netherlands)
Torneo 150 Anni Unitá d'Italia (Bollate, Italy)
Games vs. Argentina (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
European Championship (Ronchi dei Legionari/Staranzano, Italy)
2012 - American Tour (Tennessee/Florida, USA)
Holland Tour (Nieuwegein, Netherlands)
World Cup of Softball (Oklahoma City, USA)
Seattle Series (Seattle, USA)
World Championship (Whitehorse, Canada)
2013 - Holland Tour (several sites, Netherlands)
2014 - USA Tour I (various sites, Florida, USA)

...Awards...
2003 - Best Pitcher, Apeldoorn Softball Series
2004 - Best Hitter, European Championships Juniors
Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy (Most Talented Dutch Youth Player)
2007 - 1st Team Panhandle All-Conference Team, Chipola (USA)
2nd All-State Team, Chipola College (USA)
State All-Tournament Team, Chipola College (USA)
2010 - Nominated Sports Female Athlete of the Year 2009 Almere
Winner Homerun Contest, Softball Gala 2010
2011 - Best Hitter, Dutch Major League
Most Valuable Player, Dutch Major League
2012 - Best Hitter, Intern. Mastenbroek Tournament

Career
2013 --- Due to an injury, on June 27, Areke is one of eight players who are cut from the roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for participation in this years European Championship in the Czech Republic, but she remains eligible as an alternate --- Due to a foot-injury, Areke plays in only 18 games this season, hitting .378 (17-for-45) with two doubles, a triple and one homerun, scoring 19 runs and batting in 15 --- With Sparks Haarlem, she participates in the European Cup-tournament in Prague (Czech Republic) --- In October, Areke is one of 23 players named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for the 2014 season.
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2012 --- In March, Areke participates with the Dutch National Softball Team in the American Tour to Tennessee and Florida --- On March 1, in Game 2 of the trip, Areke is 2-for-4, including a 2-run homerun and has three RBI's vs. the University of Tennessee --- Two days later, on March 3, Areke hits a 3-run homerun and is 2-for-5 vs. Middle Tennessee State University --- On March 10, Areke hits a solo-homerun, is 2-for-3, scores twice and has two RBI's vs. Bradley University --- In the next game on that day, vs. the University of South Florida, Areke hits 2-for-4 --- On March 11, Areke hits 2-for-4 with a double against Boston University --- Areke adds two more hits (2-for-3), including a double, scores a run and has two RBI's on March 13 vs. Fordham University --- In the last game of the trip, on March 18, vs. the University of Maryland, Areke hits her fourth homerun of the Tour and is 2-for-4, scores twice and has two RBI's --- In the last week before the start of the new season, Areke is the Best Hitter of the annual pre-season International Mastenbroek Tournament in Enschede --- On June 8, Areke is one of 17 players named to the roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for participation in the World Cup of Softball (Oklahoma City, USA), a series of games in Seattle (USA) and the World Championship in Whitehorse (Canada) --- On June 13, Areke is 2-for-2 with a triple in the third game of the Holland Tour --- On June 29, Areke is 2-for-4 and scores once in the third game of the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City against Puerto Rico --- On July 6, Areke is 3-for-4 with a triple, scores twice and has three RBI's in the first exhibition game against Washington Lake Breeze Gold during a training camp in Seattle --- The next day, Areke is 3-for-4, including a homerun, scores four runs and has one RBI in the third exhibition game against Washington LadyHawks Gold in Seattle --- On July 14, she singles, doubles and scores once in a 9-0 win against Argentina in the second game of the World Championship in Whitehorse (Canada) --- The next day, Areke is 2-for-3 with a double, scores twice and has one RBI in a 9-2 win against the Czech Republic in the third game --- In the regular season, Areke hits .388, playing in 29 games, scores 26 runs, hits four homeruns and collects 33 runs batted in --- With Sparks Haarlem, she reaches the Holland Series, but in the season's finale the team is dethroned by Alcmaria Victrix --- In October, Areke is one of 31 players named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for the 2013 season.
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2011 --- In March, Areke participates with the Dutch National Team in the American Tour to Florida and Tennessee --- In June, Areke participates with the Dutch National Team in the Torneo 150 Anni Unitá d'Italia in Bollate (Italy) and therefore is a member of the team when it plays the 100th game in history against Italy on June 2 --- On July 3, in the first game of a double-header (which was part of the Holland Tour) against the National Team of Argentina, Areke hits a pinch-hit single and scores once --- In the second game vs. Argentina, Areke is 1-for-3, scores twice and has one RBI --- On July 13, Areke is one of the 17 players named to the roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for this years European Championship in Italy --- During the Championship, Areke plays with uniform 19 instead of her regular 22, as her uniforms are missing and her bag is damaged when the arrives at the airport --- Later in August, Areke participates with Sparks Haarlem in the European Cup-tournament in Caserta (Italy) --- In the regular season, Areke leads her team in hitting (.463), hits (38) and triples (6) and is second-best in runs scored (34), RBI's (28) and stolen bases (9) --- Her .463 average and 38 hits are also best in the Dutch big league, while her 28 RBI's are second-best. Areke also shares first place with Solange Starrenburg with 62 total bases --- In the Holland Series, Areke leads Sparks Haarlem with a .500 average, which also is the best average overall in the Series, sharing the lead with teammate Debby Connor --- Her five runs and five basehits are the most of all players that participate in the championship series, the most hits she shares with Solange Starrenburg of Terrasvogels --- In October, Areke is one of 21 players named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for the 2012 season --- On November 11, during the KNBSB Stars Awards Gala, Areke is named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 season. Also nominated were Marisčla de Wind (Iber Lengua Terrasvogels) and American player Elena Leon (Olympia Haarlem).
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2010 --- In January, Areke participates with the National squad (playing for Team Orange) in the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam (Netherlands) with her team winning first place --- On January 18, Areke is one of 21 players named to the preliminary roster for this years World Championships --- On May 23, Areke scores two runs and has one RBI in the first game and has an RBI-single in the second game vs. the Foreign All Star Team --- In between the two games against the Foreign All Stars, Areke represents Sparks Haarlem and wins the Homerun Contest 2010 with representatives of all eight Dutch big league-teams --- On May 26, Areke is one of 16 players who is named to the final roster for the World Championship in Venezuela --- On June 27, Areke is 3-for-3 (including a homerun), scores three runs and has two RBI's in a 7-0 win vs. South Africa during the World Championship in Venezuela --- On June 30, Areke plays in her 50th official international game for the Dutch National Softball Team, going 1-for-3 in the play-off game vs. Australia --- In August, Areke participates in the Cup Winners Cup Tournament in Haarlem (Netherlands) with Sparks Haarlem, which wins the Cup after a come-from-behind victory in the last inning, scoring six runs to win 7-6 --- In the regular season, Areke hits .389 with 28 basehits, 21 runs scored and 18 runs batted in for Sparks Haarlem --- On October 31, Areke is one of 24 players to be named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for the 2011 season.
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2009 --- On May 3, Areke makes her comeback in the Dutch National Softball Team and hits 2-for-3, scores once and has two RBI's in the second game of the Holland Tour vs. Euro Stars. For Areke, this is her first game in the National Team since November 2006 --- On May 6, Areke hits 2-for-3, including a triple, scores twice, has three RBI's and is the winning pitcher in the second game against the Dutch Juniors --- On May 10, Areke registers two doubles in the opening game vs. Centrals --- In the opener vs. Twins on May 24, Areke triples and scores two runs --- Areke triples and homers, scores twice and has two RBI's in the second game against the Foreign All Stars on May 27 --- On May 27, Areke is one of the 17 players who is named to the final roster for the Dutch National Team to participate in this years international events --- On June 10, Areke is 4-for-7, including two doubles and has three RBI's in the double-header vs. the Foreign All Star Team --- On June 19, Areke is 2-for-3 with a double and has four RBI's in the game against Great Britain --- On July 18, Areke hits a solo-homerun in the game vs. Japan during the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City --- On July 28, Areke his a 2-run inside-the-park-homerun in the game vs. Austria during the European Championships in Valencia --- On July 31, Areke scores one of two runs in the semi-final of European Championships vs. Great Britain --- On August 1, Areke is a member of the Dutch Team which brings the European title back to the Netherlands for the first time in 19 years --- Two weeks later, Areke participates with Tex Town Tigers in the European Cup Tournament in Legnano (Italy), which is her first EC-event --- In the regular season, Areke hits .270, scores eleven runs and has 10 runs batted in --- Areke again reaches the Holland Series with Tex Town Tigers, which wins its second consecutive Dutch championship title --- After completion of the season, Areke decides to play for Sparks Haarlem in the 2010 season.
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2008 --- In the regular season, her first with Tex Town Tigers, Areke hits a career high .396 in 22 games, hitting 21 basehits and scoring 17 runs --- On August 30, she hits a grand slam homerun, which not only is her first homerun on the big league-level, but also is the first homerun at home by a player of Tex Town Tigers in eleven years --- Tex Town Tigers finishes in first place, qualifies for the play-offs and Holland Series and becomes the first team from the east of the country to capture the Dutch championship title --- On December 11, Areke is one of 28 players being named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Team for 2009 and is invited to start practice in January.
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2007 --- On May 19, Areke grounds in a run for the Chipola College Lady Indians in the final game vs. North Idaho College to give her team a 3-0 lead, but at the end of seven innings the score is tied. Chipola then scores three runs in the eighth inning to win the game and capture the national championship title in the NJCAA Division I. Areke went 0-for-4 in this game, but batted 5-for-15 in the five previous games in the championship tournament --- As player of Chipola, she is named to three All-Star teams --- Earlier in the year, Areke is one of the players on the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Team, but is unable to play with the squad in the 5-game series against Australia in the Netherlands, due to her college-season in the USA. In May, she is left off the roster for the European Championships and Olympic Qualifier --- This year, Areke again is on the roster of Euro Stars, but doesn't play for the big league-team, as she plays in Florida in the first months of the year --- After the Dutch season ends, Areke decides to change clubs and will play for Tex Town Tigers in 2008.
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2006 --- This year, Areke makes her second trip to China, as she participates with the Dutch National Team in the World Championships in Beijing --- After one season with Almere '90, Areke returns to the big league, playing for Euro Stars, finishing with a .323 batting average --- In the Fall of this year, she is going to the United States to study and play at Chipola College in Florida together with Euro Stars-teammate Karin Tuk.
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2005 --- On February 10, Areke is one of 32 players being named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Team and in July makes her debut during the Canada Cup-tournament, then also participates in the European Championships in Czech capital Prague --- After having played in two seasons on the big league-level with Amsterdam Pirates, Areke this year is playing in the First Division for Almere '90, the club where she started her career.
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2004 --- Areke again is a member of the Dutch National Junior Team, which captures the European title in France. Areke is the leading hitter of the event --- Later in the year, she participates with a national squad in the first World University Games in Florida (USA) --- In the regular season, Areke plays in 29 games for Amsterdam Pirates, collecting 13 basehits --- After completion of the season, she wins the Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy for most talented Dutch youth player.
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2003 --- In her second year with the Dutch Juniors, Areke participates in the World Junior Championships in Nanjing (China) --- This year, while playing for Amsterdam Pirates, Areke makes her debut in the Dutch Major League, appearing in 20 games, while being used as a pitcher in seven games.
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2002 --- This year, Areke makes her international debut, playing for the Dutch National Junior Team, which participates in the European Championships in Chocen (Czech Republic).

Family
AREKE is the daughter of Ben and Marjanne Spel and has one brother named Arend, who plays baseball with Almere '90.
Father Ben has been a softball-coach for several teams, including Almere '90 and Amsterdam Pirates.

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