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Olympic Games - Day 9

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Olympic Games - Day 9 - Wednesday, August 13
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Day 9: Dutch Team suffers another loss

BEIJING (China) - The Dutch Olympic Softball Team on Wednesday-evening also lost its second game during the Olympic Games in Beijing. And again, it was a big score, unfortunately, this time being 9-2 vs. Canada, which needed six innings to accomplish the 7-run difference. Earlier in the day, the Dutch Olympic Baseball Team was shutout 5-0 by Chinese Taipei in the opening game of the Olympic Baseball Tournament. The game was attended by His Royal Highness Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife, Princess Maxima, who were in the stadium for almost the entire game.

On another hot and humid day in Beijing, the Dutch Softball Team, again ended up short offensively, producing only three basehits. And, just as in the game against China, the team started very well. Saskia Kosterink, who celebrated her birthday today, led off the first inning with a hard single on the very first pitch by Danielle Lawrie, but was then force out on (too hard) bunt by next batter Kim Kluijskens, who then herself stranded on first base. In the second inning, Kristi de Vries reached on an error to lead off the at bat, then speedy Britt Vonk appeared to beat the throw to first base, but was called out by Australian 1B Debbie Grove. Kristi woulid strand at second base.

Marloes Fellinger, who yesterday homered and today hit a foul homerun, led off the fourth inning with a double to deep centerfield, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a sacrifice fly by next batter Jolanda Kroesen. In the fifth inning, Sandra Gouverneur led off with a homerun into centerfield off new pitcher Dione Meier, who had just entered the game. Later in the inning, Nathalie Timmermans, who replaced Ellen Venker in the fourth inning, walked and was the last Dutch player to reach base.

At the moment, Marloes Fellinger scored, the Dutch team already trailed 7-0. As mentioned, this game also started very well, as starting pitcher Kristi de Vries retired the first seven batters she faced in a row, which included a nice play by 2B Petra van Heijst in the third inning on a grounder which changed direction after being touched by Kristi. Hereafter, Canadian batter Erin Cumpstone grounded towards short stop Sandra Gouverneur, who then made a nice play. It appeared she got the ball in time to first base, but umpire Debbie Grove ruled the Canadian batter safe. A single followed, then miscommunication in short-leftfield loaded the bases. With one out, a bunt by Erin McLean was then caught by Kristi de Vries for the second out. Next, Jennifer Yee drilled an attractive pitch over the head of rightfielder Jolanda Kroesen for a baseclearing basehit. While the ball was hit deep, Yee ended up with only a single, as she fell down after rounding first base and had to go back.

In the fourth inning, Rebecca Soumeru took over the pitching and gave up four additional runs on 2-run homeruns by Kaleigh Rafter (with one out) and Melanie Matthews (with two outs) to make it 7-0. After the Dutch run in the bottom of the fourth, Canada got the run back in the fifth on a 2-out single by Alison Bradley.

In the home of the fifth, Sandra Gouverneur homered to make it 8-2, but in the sixth at bat, Canada reached the 7-run difference on a 2-out, RBI-double by Melanie Matthews, making it 9-2. In the home of the sixth, the Dutch offensive was retired in order to end the game.

On Thursday, the Dutch Baseball Team plays vs. USA in the morning, while the Dutch Softball Team meets Japan in the late afternoon.

Box Score Game 2 vs. Canada

Live Play-by-Play and Box Score Netherlands vs. Japan (softball) on Thursday

Live Play-by-Play and Box Score Netherlands vs. USA (baseball) on Thursday

The 'Friendlies', the five Olympic mascots, today were in the Olympic Village
(photo taken by Linda Wells)

Head Coach Liz Kelly congratulates Saskia Kosterink with her birthday
(photo taken by Linda Wells)

A look at the pool in the Olympic Village
(photo taken by Linda Wells)

Head Coach Liz Kelly with the 'One World, One Dream' sign in the Olympic Village
(photo taken by Linda Wells)

The small rivers and green between the Olympic appartments
(photo taken by Linda Wells)

KNBSB-President Ruud van Zetten with Tom Peng, President of the Chinese Taipei Federation

Chinese dragons opened the baseball-tournament in Beijing before the game

The Dutch baseball-team is introduced before the game against Chinese Taipei

Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Princes Maxima attended the baseball game

Acrobatic cheerleaders entertain the spectators in the sixth inning

The baseball-players enter the Mixed Zone to talk with the press after the game

At left, Sidney de Jong (24) talks with Ronald Boot of NOS Radio Olympia, while Manager
Robert Eenhoorn (6) talks with Jaap de Groot, the Sports Editor-in-Chief of De Telegraaf newspaper

In the evening, the Dutch Softball Team lines up for their game against Canada

Britt Vonk, Kristi de Vries, Jolanda Kroesen,
Marloes Fellinger, Kim Kluijskens and Saskia Kosterink during introductions

A lot of orange-clad Chinese spectators in the stands

Dutch starting pitcher Kristi de Vries

Petra van Heijst in full concentration at second base
Behind her is Italian umpire Gianluca Magnani

Britt Vonk connects

Sandra Gouverneur is greeted after hitting her homerun

Afterwards, Britt Vonk signs the shirt of a Chinese fan

And so does Saskia Kosterink, who also celebrated her birthday

Kristi de Vries poses with the Chinese fan

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