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2008

Olympic Games - Day 10

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Olympic Games - Day 10 - Thursday, August 14
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Day 10: A loss with a good feeling

BEIJING (China) - Losing and having a good feeling. Normally, this combination is not correct. However, on Thursday-evening, the Dutch Olympic Softball Team was shutout 3-0 by Japan, but played a good game against the strong medal contender, so it could leave the field with a good feeling. Especially when you look back to the big defeats in the first two games against China and Canada.

During the day, His Royal Highness Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and his wife Princess Maxima visited the Dutch apartments of the Olympic Village and were spotted by some of our softball-players.

In the morning, the Dutch Olympic Baseball Team was silenced by dominating pitcher Stephen Strasburg (who struckout 11 batters) and was shutout 7-0 by the USA in a game which was delayed twice by rain. After the first 13 batters were retired in order, Strasburg lost his Perfect Game when Sidney de Jong walked in the fifth inning. In the seventh at bat, he also lost his No-Hitter when Sharnol Adriana lined a single into rightfield with one out. The USA had scored early in the game, including a run on a solo-homerun by Matt Brown in the second and a 3-run homerun by Matt Laporta in the fourth to take a 5-0 lead after four innings. Dutch starter Shairon Martis was relieved by Diegomar Markwell in the fifth, who was replaced an inning later with two runners on base and one out by Pim Walsma. The rookie gave up an additional run in the seventh at bat, then was relieved in the eighth by Michiel van Kampen, who walked the only batter he faced, as the game was interrupted by rain (and lightning an thunder) at that moment for 1 1/2 hour. When the game resumed, Dave Draijer took over the pitching, but was hit on his arm by a batted ball and had to leave the game, having thrown only three pitches. An X-ray photo was taken and that showed no fractures or serious injury, but Draijer is on a day-to-day status. Draijer was replaced by Leon Boyd, who completed the game. In the bottom of the ninth, trailing 7-0, the Dutch team got three runners on base with no outs when another rain-delay halted the game. The game was later declared valid after another long delay. The Dutch team filed a protest against the not-resuming of the game, as Manager Robert Eenhoorn was handed a note during the second delay that a game could be stopped definitively when a delay lasts 90 minutes. As this was not mentioned in previously handed out tournament rules, the Dutch team protested the decision, but that was rejected. By the way, the first delay also lasted 90 minutes, but hereafter the game did resume.

In the evening, the Dutch Olympic Softball Team was able to play its game against Japan, but it started one hour and 15 minutes later than scheduled due to the rain. Earlier in the day, the match-up between the USA and Canada was postponed and has been re-scheduled for Friday-afternoon between the morning and evening-session.

Japan opened the score right away with two runs in the first at bat. Dutch starter Judith van Kampen gave up three consecutive hits in the first, which led to the 2-0 deficit. But from the second inning on, the experienced pitcher recovered and completed the game in good form. In the next two innings, the righthander allowed only one batter to reach base, then walked the lead-off batter in the fourth and later gave up a bunt-single with two outs. The inning was then save by leftfielder Marjan Smit, who made a great running catch close to the fence to end the inning and preventing Japan to score more runs.

Japan did add an insurance run in the fifth inning, which was scored by Rei Nishiyama, who went 3-for-3 and scored twice. Judith van Kampen went the distance, struckout two and gave up eight hits, but was supported with some fine defensive plays, including six catches in leftfield by Marjan Smit, while there also were some nice plays by 3B Noémi Boekel and SS Sandra Gouverneur.

Offensively, the Dutch team lacked power again, as it produced only four basehits. After having reached base only once in the first four innings, Marjan Smit registered the first Dutch basehit with two outs in the fifth inning. In the sixth, Britt Vonk and Marloes Fellinger hit back-to-back singles with two outs, but both stranded. In the seventh, pinch-hitter Daisy de Peinder hit the fourth Dutch basehit, but was left behind at first base.

But nevertheless, the Dutch team can look back to a good game!

Also on Thursday, the Dutch Olympic Team earned two more medals. The Equastrian Dressage Team won silver in the Grand Prix, while Henk Grol won Silver in the Judo 100 kg and under-class.

Box Score Game 3 vs. Japan

Live Play-by-Play and Box Score Netherlands vs. Venezuela (softball) on Friday

Live Play-by-Play and Box Score Netherlands vs. Japan (baseball) on Friday


Dutch Baseball Manager Robert Eenhoorn with his American colleague Davey Johnson


Starting pitcher Shairon Martis throwing vs. USA


One of the Olympic mascots performs during the baseball game of the Dutch team


The infield is covered during an 1 1/2 hour rain-delay in the 8th inning


NOS-commentators Frank Snoeks (TV) and Ronald Boot (Radio) wait for the game to resume


Crown Prince Willem-Alexander and Princess Maxima visited the Olympic Village
(photo taken by Caroline Theunissen)


The team had to wait more than an hour in the dressing room before the game
(photo taken by Caroline Theunissen)


Colorful clad spectators filled the stands in the outfield
The raincoats are being distributed free when it rains
(photo taken by Caroline Theunissen)


Judith van Kampen went the distance vs. Japan


Almost 6000 spectators watched the interesting game between the Dutch and Japan


Kim Kluijskens in the batter's box


Sandra Gouverneur and Noémi Boekel at respectively short stop and 3rd base


Rain or no rain, KNBSB-President Ruud van Zetten is in the stadium


A view from the outfield of the beautiful Fengtai Softball Field


Family and friends are waiting for the players in the 'Meet & Greet'-zone


Jolanda Kroesen with Manon Schol and Blake Hoorelbeke


Rebecca Soumeru with the parents of Noémi Boekel


Sandra Gouverneur had to pose frequently with Chinese fans afterwards


Coach Mary-Ann Hatt with Business Manager Caroline Theunissen

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