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Canada Cup - Day 5 - Sunday, July 5, 2009

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Dutch ends up short vs. host

SURREY, British Columbia (Canada) - The Dutch National Softball Team on Sunday also was left empty-handed in its second game of the Canada Cup Tournament, losing 8-1 against host Canada. The game was played again in the main stadium of Softball City and was followed by the Opening Ceremony of the event. On Monday, the Dutch team plays against Venezuela and Australia.

The Dutch Team against faced a tough opponent today in Canada, which has nine players on its 19-man roster from last year Olympic Games in Beijing. The Canadian squad, led by Head Coach Mark Smith, were off to quick start to take the lead as lead-off hitter Melanie Matthews started the first inning with a homerun off Dutch starter Dagmar Bloeming. It appeared that Canada was to take charge of the game early, as it got the bases loaded after a flyout. Jennifer Salling walked and Jennifer Yee and Charlotte Dolan both singled, but then the Dutch Team recovered. Next batter Kelsey Haberl popped up for an infield-fly and Dagmar ended the scoring thread herself by striking out Megan Timpf. In the top of the second inning, the Dutch Team was able to come alongside immediately, but stranded three runners, leaving an opportunity to take the lead. Nathalie Timmermans led off with a walk, then Canadian starter Jenna Caira gave up singles to Areke Spel and Virginie Anneveld. Next, no play was made on a grounder by Petra van Heijst, enabling Nathalie to score the tying run and leaving the bases loaded with no outs. But this time, the Canadian pitcher recovered and struckout next batters Chantal Versluis, Nathalie Gosewehr and Meike Witteveen to end the inning. In the home of the second, Dagmar retired the side, including striking out Erin Cumpstone.

The Dutch Team then got another chance of taking the lead in the third at bat. Britt Vonk led off with a single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Saskia Kosterink. Next, Nathalie Timmermans walked again, but this time a strikeout and groundout followed. In the Canadian third, the home team took charge of the game by hitting five basehits and scoring four runs to make it 5-1. Some putouts weren't made, resulting in additional Canadian runners and this combined with an error, a bad-hop single resulted in the 4-run rally. Pinch-hitter Sheena Lawrick contributed with a 2-run single. But with runners on first and second base, Dagmar Bloeming prevented more runs by striking out Melanie Matthews to end the inning.

Canada added two runs in the fourth inning off new pitcher Kirsten Scheele, who walked lead-off hitter Victoria Hayward, who then went on to moved on a fielder's choice and passed ball, before scoring on a wild pitch. A throwing error resulted in the second run in this at bat. The Dutch offense registered two basehits off new Canadian pitcher Leah McIntosh in the fourth and fifth inning, but was unable to add more runs. In the fourth, Chantal Versluis singled with one out, while Britt Vonk hit her second single of the game to lead-off the fifth at bat. In the home of the fifth, the Canadians reached the 7-run difference when Erin Cumpstone led off with a single and went on to score on a single by Caitlin Lever. The Dutch failed to struck in the second and third inning, leaving five runners.

scores International Pool Saturday
Canada vs. Venezuela, 0-1 (8); USA vs. Australia, 7-0 (5).
scores International Pool Sunday
Canada vs. Australia, 5-2; USA vs. Venezuela, 8-1 (6).

Box Score Game Netherlands vs. Canada

Schedule Canada Cup

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