Day 11: Disappointing loss|
BEIJING (China) - After the good game against gold medal-contender Japan on Thursday, hopes were high for the game against Venezuela on Friday-evening, but unfortunately, it ended in a desillusion, as the Dutch Olympic Softball Team was shutout 8-0 by the South American squad and reached base only twice.
Also on Friday-evening, the Dutch Olympic Baseball Team was shutout 5-0 by Japan. In three games, the baseball-squad hasn't scored a run yet.
Both the softball and the baseball team faced a big deficit in the first inning. Did the softball-team gave up three runs in the opening at bat, the baseball-team gave up four.
It was a beautiful day in Beijing, with a bright blue sky and temperatures varying from 29 to 31 degrees Celsius.
Unfortunately, it wasn't a good day for Dutch baseball and softball.
At the Fengtai Softball Field, Venezuela struck early on Dutch starter Kristi de Vries.
With one out, the righthander walked a batter, then gave up a single and loaded the bases with a hit batter.
After 3B Noémi Boekel caught a line drive by Geraldine Puertas for the second out, next batter Jineth Pimentel cleared the bases with a triple with the ball landing a few inches in fair territory at the rightfield-foulline.
Kristi de Vries returned in the circle in the second inning, but again gave up three runs, again with two outs.
With one out, Mayles Rodriguez was awarded first base as she was hit by a pitch, but she stepped into the pitch, while being outside the batter's box.
It appeared she had to be rule out, but the Australian home plate umpire saw it differently.
A single and a walk loaded the bases, then a strikeout followed.
Then, a walk and a 2-run single increased the Venezuelan lead to 6-0.
After an one-two-three inning in the third, Venezuela added two runs in the fourth at bat to reach the 7-run difference which is needed to end the game prematurely.
With two outs, Denisse Fuenmayor singled, then Rubilena Rojas and Geraldine Puertas followed with back-to-back doubles, with the latter resulting in two more runs.
Defensivily, the Dutch team made no errors and had some nice plays, including three catches on line drives.
After Noémi Boekel's catch in the first, centerfielder Saskia Kosterink caught a line drive to end the inning.
In the second, Noémi caught another line drive with two runners on base to end the inning.
Offensively, the Dutch team reached base only twice.
In the first inning, Marloes Fellinger singled with two outs, but then the next ten batters were retired in order, before Daisy de Peinder lead off the fifth with a walk.
Unfortunately, both Marloes and Daisy didn't reached beyond first base.
It was a game to be forgotten quickly.
So, let's focus on tomorrow's game against Australia!
Box Score Game 4 vs. Venezuela
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
Ishola Williams, President of the African Baseball Federation, throws out the ceremonial
first pitch before the baseball-game Cuba vs. USA
Dancers perform between innings during the USA-Cuba game
The main baseball stadion at the Wukesong Sports Complex
Cuban fans celebrate the entire game
Dutch softball-umpire Rob Veldkamp at the Fengtai Softball Stadium
An overview of the Softball Stadium during the game vs. Venezuela
Winning pitcher Mariangee Bogado
Players of Venezuela and the Netherlands shake hands after the game
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