Dutch Women Softball Team

2008

Olympic Games - Day 15

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Olympic Games - Day 15 - Tuesday, August 19
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Day 15: The day after

BEIJING (China) - Today, Tuesday, was the day after the Dutch Olympic Softball Team closed its tournament with a 4-2 victory vs. Chinese Taipei. Today also was a day off in the Olympic softball-tournament, with the semi-finals being scheduled for tomorrow. And today was another hot day with a high humidity with temperatures reaching the 30 degrees (or more).

The four expected teams qualified for the medal round and will play again on Wednesday. At 9:30 AM, Japan meets Team USA in what also might be the confrontation in the Grand Final on Thursday-evening. The winner of this game qualifies directly for the final, while the loser meets the winning team of the second semi-final, which will be played at 12:00 PM between Canada and Australia. The losing team of this match-up is eliminated for the medals. On Wednesday-evening, starting at 5:00 PM, the bronze medal game will be played between the winner of the Canada-Australia game and the loser of the Japan-USA meeting. The loser wins bronze, the winner advances to the final on Thursday.

On Tuesday-morning, the Dutch Olympic Baseball Team was shutout 4-0 by Canada and therefore was officially eliminated for the medal round. A disappointment, as the Dutch baseball team captured fourth place in last years World Championship in Taiwan and was expected to be a contender to reach the final four. However, the team lacked hitting in its tournament (as did the softball-team) and never could set games to its hand. Against Canada, the team had only two basehits. An one-out single by Roel Koolen in the sixth inning and a lead-off single by Percy Isenia in the ninth at bat. The Canadian pitchers faced only one batter over the mininum, 28, as in the first eight innings only three Dutch batters appeared in the batter's box each time. In the ninth, four batters faced Canadian pitching. In the first inning, Michael Duursma led off by reaching on an error, but was then eliminated in a double play. From here, 15 batters were retired in order, before Koolen's single in the sixth, but he also became the victim of a double play. In the eighth, Bryan Engelhardt walked, but Canada then turned its third double play. Isenia became the lone runner to be left behind by the Dutch squad. The Dutch defense turned two double plays of its own, but starting pitcher Shairon Martis, who struckout five batters (including three in the first inning), gave up a run in the third, then two more in the fourth inning. The fourth Canadian run was scored in the eighth off reliever Diegomar Markwell.

The game was attended by almost the entire softball-team and staff-members. In the afternoon, some players went to Silk Street to do some shopping, while others just remain in the Olympic Village. Others have plans to visit the Great Wall later this week.

In the afternoon, Korea registered a historic 7-4 victory against Cuba in the baseball-tournament. It was the first Korean win vs. Cuba in Olympic play. In 1996 (Atlanta), Cuba won 14-11, then in 2000 (Sydney), a 6-5 win followed. On September 20, 2000, the Netherlands was the first team to hand Cuba an Olympic loss after 21 consecutive victories, dating back to the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. In 2000, Cuba was shutout 4-0 in the final by the USA. In 2004 (Athens), Japan won 6-1 vs. Cuba, which went on to win its third Olympic gold medal. The unbeaten Korean squad is playing against the Dutch baseball-team tomorrow-morning at 11:30 AM.

Also in the afternoon, Dutch Ambassador Bekink organised an informal reception for the parents of the Dutch athletes in his residence. Some of the softball-parents attended the reception.

As the softball-team completed its tournament, the players and staff now also have the opportunity to look around in the Holland Heineken House. Tonight, players Kim Kluijskens, Saskia Kosterink, Marjan Smit, Jolanda Kroesen, Marloes Fellinger and Sandra Gouverneur and coaches Rob Walgien and Mary-Ann Hatt were in the House with Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar and KNBSB-Boardmember André van Overbeek, along with some of the parents. There, we all enjoyed the night off, did some talking and we all looked to the big screen to see the coverage of NOS Studio Sport and saw Anky van Grunsven, riding Salinero, win her record third consecutive Gold Medal in the Dressage Individual Grand Prix Freestyle in Hong Kong. Of course, everyone in the House stood and sang when the national anthem was played after Anky got her gold medal during the Medal Ceremony.

Live Play-by-Play and Box Score Netherlands vs. Korea (baseball) on Wednesday


A baseball display at the entrance of Wukesong Baseball Field in Beijing


Martin Miller, President of the European Baseball Confederation (CEB), throws out the ceremonial
first pitch, at right is John Ostermeyer, the Secretary-General of the IBAF


Baseball's Business Manager Kees Sleegers and Scout Steve Matthew watch from the stands


Was it an interesting and attractive game?


Baseball-fans Frank Mooijman, Willem Broertjes, Gerda and Arie Grootendorst


An overview of the action between the Dutch Team and Canada


Some of the players of the Dutch Softball Team look on


Kristi de Vries, Marloes Fellinger, Jolanda Kroesen and Rebecca Soumeru
are ready to return to the Olympic Village after the baseball-game


And so are Nathalie Timmermans and Marjan Smit


A scenic shot from the big square in front of the complex where the two baseball-stadiums
and the basketball-stadium are located


Another baseball-display in the neighbourhood of the stadium


the Holland Heineken House by night


Coaches Mary-Ann Hatt and Rob Walgien with players and parents
in the Holland Heineken House


Saskia Kosterink and her mother Trudy


Watching Anky van Grunsven win her third gold medal in a row

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Last Update: August 19, 2008
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