Two big losses Dutch on fourth tournament-day!
SURREY, British Columbia (Canada) - The Dutch National Softball Team started the fourth day of the Canada Cup Tournament on Tuesday-morning with a big 9-0 loss vs. Australia, which was winless before the game.
The match-up initially was scheduled for Monday-evening, but then was moved to this morning, due to rain on Monday-afternoon.
The delayed game between Australia and Venezuela was completed on Monday-afternoon, while the game between Canada and the USA was moved to the evening.
Instead of playing in the middle of the night (which was also an option), it was decided to re-schedule the Netherlands vs. Australia game to Tuesday-morning.
As the starting time was scheduled at 8:00 AM, it meant that the team was having breakfast at 5:15 in the morning (!), before leaving to the field around 6 PM.
The early playing time probably has been of influence to the result of the game against Australia, as everyone of course was focused on playing on Monday-evening.
With the 3-1 victory against Venezuela earlier in the day just behind them, the Dutch could have registered another good outing when it would have played Australia in the evening.
But instead, as mentioned, the game was postponed and had to be played in the early morning.
A new day, a new situation, a new game plan, a new planning overall, as the Dutch Team also had a game scheduled more than 12 hours later, playing vs. Canada at 8:30 in the evening.
The Dutch Team lost that game 10-3 after leading 3-1 in the second inning.
Between the two games, the team returned to the hotel to do some needed resting after the early rising to prepare for tonight's game (details being added later, as it had yet to be played when this story was made).
The game against Australia was decided in the first inning when the Aussies hit starting pitcher Femke van Dusschoten hard, collecting five basehits, including three homeruns, leading to five runs.
With one out, Leah Parry and Brenda De Blaes singled, then powerhitters Stacey Porter and Tracey Mosley followed with back-to-back homeruns, the one hit by Stacey being a 3-run shot.
After a grounder accounted for the second out, Jodie Bowering also homered to make it 5-0.
Australia added four more runs in the second inning on three hits, including a 2-run double by Brenda De Blaes, the Belgian player turned Australian, who played in the Dutch competition for Twins in the 2003-2004 seasons and then went on to play professionally in the USA and Italy.
A sacrifice fly by Stacey Porter and a single by Tracey Mosley increased the lead to 9-0.
Kirsten Scheele took over the pitching in the third inning and threw the final two innings in this 4 1/2 inning game.
Kirsten gave up no more hits or runs, walked two batters, but none Australian got beyond first base in these two at bats.
The Dutch Team was off to a good start, as Meike Witteveen led off the game with a single, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Anne Blaauwgeers and a grounder by Saskia Kosterink, but then a strikeout ended the at bat.
Starting with the sacrifice bunt, Australian pitcher Justine Smethurst retired ten batters in a row, before giving up an one-out double to Saskia Kosterink in the fourth inning.
Nathalie Timmermans then walked, followed by a strikeout.
The fourth inning then ended when a line drive by Solange Starrenburg was caught by 3B Clare Warwick.
In the fifth inning, the squad of Head Coach Craig Montvidas was close to scoring a run again.
With one out, Nadine Marinus walked and then (with two outs), Meike Witteveen (pictured right) doubled to register her second hit in the game and put runners on second and third base.
But a pop-fly then ended the at bat and the game.
In the evening, the Dutch Team trailed 1-0 after the first inning when starting pitcher Rebecca Soumeru walked lead-off hitter Melanie Matthews, who then went on to score on a single by Jennifer Salling.
In the second inning, the Dutch Team reacted with three runs to take a 3-1 lead.
With two outs, Petra van Heijst and Nadine Marinus singled, then both scored when Nathalie Gosewehr (pictured left) homered.
Canada got one run back in the third inning, then rallied for four runs in the fourth inning to take a 6-3 lead.
The Canadian runs in the third and fourth at bat were all scored with two outs.
In the fourth, Melanie Matthews tripled in the tying run, then scored when Victoria Hayward followed with a double.
A basesloaded single by Kaleigh Rafter then accounted for two more runs, leading to a pitching change.
Dagmar Bloeming took over and ended the at bat with a strikeout.
In the fifth and sixth inning, Dagmar gave up four runs, two in each of the at bats.
These runs also all were scored with two outs and all were unearned as three errors contributed in the scoring.
In the fourth Dutch at bat, Solange Starrenburg doubled with one out, but then two strikeouts followed.
In th fifth, Nathalie Gosewehr (who was 2-for-2) led off with a single, but no runs were added in the remainder of the game.
On Wednesday, the Dutch Team again will play two games, meeting Venezuela and the USA.
Box Score Game Netherlands vs. Australia
Box Score Game Netherlands vs. Canada
Scores International Division on Tuesday
Canada vs. Venezuela, 4-1; USA vs. Australia, 7-0 (4 1/2).
Schedule Canada Cup
Virginie Anneveld, who turned 20 on Monday, blows out candles
on a cake the next morning at an early breakfast
The team enjoys breakfast and Virginie's birthday's cake
It was rise and shine early on a chilly Tuesday-morning, but then it was time for warming-up
Areke Spel continued breakfast at the field
On a chilly and early morning, the teams present themselves to an empty stands
Lead-off hitter Meike Witteveen ended up at third base in the first inning,
but stranded there
Saskia Kosterink doubled in this game
Solange Starrenburg follows through during one of her at bat bats
Karin Tuk lets a ball go by
Hans and Rineke Blaauwgeers, the parents of Anne Blaauwgeers, and her sister Maaike, look on
Femke van Dusschoten delivers to an Australian batter
...and so does Justine Smethurst to Dutch batter Nadine Marinus
As all three catchers were in the line-up vs. Australia, Virginie Anneveld
acted as bullpen-catcher
Kirsten Scheele throwing in the third inning
Head Coach Craig Montvidas has a talk with Britt Vonk and Meike Witteveen
Saskia Kosterink arrives at second base after her 4th inning double
Saskia Kosterink at second base and Nathalie Timmermans at first
in the fourth Dutch at bat, but then two outs followed
Karin Tuk awaits her turn at bat in the fourth inning
Kirsten Scheele delivers another pitch in the fourth
Meike Witteveen moments before hitting a double in the fifth inning
Players shake hands at the end of the game