Dutch defeat Venezuela again!
SURREY, British Columbia (Canada) - The Dutch National Softball Team on Wednesday again outscored Venezuela on the fifth day of the Canada Cup Tournament, winning 4-2.
In the evening, the Dutch Team met Team USA and was shutout 8-0.
The start of the game against Venezuela was delayed twice for an hour, due to rain and maintenance work to the field, but finally started three hours after the scheduled starting time.
The Dutch Team faced Venezuelan pitching ace Mariangee Bogado, who was the winning pitcher in two earlier games in this event.
On the opening day, she threw 8 innings and gave up five hits in an 1-0 win vs. host Canada, then later threw 8 innings again in a 4-3 victory vs. Australia, giving up again only five basehits.
In the Olympic confrontation between the two teams last year in Beijing, Bogado threw five innings in an 8-0 shutout vs. the Dutch team, giving up only one basehit.
But today, it was a completely different story, as the Dutch offense hit Mariangee Bogado hard, collecting six basehits and scoring four runs in the three innings she pitched.
In the second inning, with one out, Karin Tuk singled and was replaced by pinch-runner Nadine Marinus, who then advanced when Virginie Anneveld also singled.
The bases got loaded when Solange Starrenburg walked.
Next, Nadine scored when Bogado also walked next batter Chantal Versluis.
Three runners stranded, as the inning ended with a strikeout and flyout, but the Dutch had taken the lead.
Three runs were then added in the next at bat.
Anne Blaauwgeers and Britt Vonk led off with singles.
With one out, the two speedsters both scored on a 2-run double by Karin Tuk (pictured left), who then scored herself when Virginie Anneveld also doubled.
In the fourth inning, Mariangee Bogado was relieved by Anyibel Ramirez, who gave up three more hits in the next four innings, including two by Meike Witteveen, but gave up no more Dutch runs.
Dagmar Bloeming (pictured right) went the distance for the Dutch squad and did a great job.
The righthander gave up seven hits, but only two of them led to a run.
That happened in the third inning when Maria Soto singled with one out and scored on a single by Yurubi Alicart with two outs.
An error accounted for the second Venezuelan run in the sixth inning and was scored by Denisse Fuenmayor, who had received the lone walk issued by Dagmar.
Venezuela left five runners in scoring position thanks to the good pitching by Dagmar and the fine defensive plays on the right moments.
Box Score Game Netherlands vs. Venezuela
Schedule Canada Cup
The grounds crew works hard on the field after a rain-delay
Head Coach Craig Montvidas and Petra van Heijst look at the activities
...and so does Petra here with Solange Starrenburg...
...and Nathalie Gosewehr also looks on
Meike Witteveen already took a bat, while the field was being prepared,...
...while Karin Tuk waited for the game to start
Finally, the Head Coaches met the umpire-crew to begin the game
Meike Witteveen running at second base in the first inning
Britt Vonk flied into a double play in the first at bat
Pitcher Dagmar Bloeming delivers a pitch to catcher Karin Tuk
Virginie Anneveld singles in the second inning
Pinch-runner Nadine Marinus scores the first run on a basesloaded walk in the second inning
Meike Witteveen flies out
Denisse Fuenmayor leads off the Venezuelan second inning with a double, but is left behind
Short stop Chantal Versluis is ready for action
Head Coach Craig Montvidas checks the action
A concentrated Meike Witteveen playing at second base
Meike Witteveen steals third base in the fourth inning
Coach Nancy Evans has a talk with catcher Karin Tuk and pitcher Dagmar Bloeming
Anais Puertas running at first base, where 1B Britt Vonk plays her position
Solange Starrenburg grounds out in the sixth inning
Winning pitcher Dagmar Bloeming is congratulated by 3B Virginie Anneveld...
...and then by the rest of the team
The players of both teams shake hands afterwards
Game vs. USA
In the evening, the Dutch Team was shutout 8-0 by Team USA, which had another strong offensive outing.
The Americans scored one run in the first inning, then rallied for seven in the next at bat, but were then held scoreless in the remaining two innings of this game.
Dutch starter Kirsten Scheele gave up bunt-singles to lead-off hitters Chelsea Bramlett and Caitlin Lowe in the first inning, leading to the first run, but two flyouts prevented more runs.
In the second inning, however, the Americans took command of the game by scoring seven runs, four of which were unearned, as two Dutch errors were made.
Highlight in the inning were three RBI-singles and a 2-run homerun by Andrea Duran, which lifted the lead to 8-0.
In the third inning, Femke van Dusschoten took over and threw two fine innings, giving up only one basehit.
Femke, who had a tough outing earlier in the event, gave up a 2-out single to Brittany Rogers in the third, but then struckout next batter Ashley Holcombe to end the inning.
In the fourth, Femke retired the side.
The Dutch offense got only one basehit off the American pitching.
Starter Jennie Finch struckout two batters in two innings, then Katie Burkhart took over and struckout seven more batters in the next three.
In the first inning, Saskia Kosterink got on base on an error with two outs, but was then caught stealing.
In the third, two batters reached base.
Solange Starrenburg led off with the lone walk issued by an American pitcher, but then was forced out on a grounder by Nadine Marinus, followed by two outs.
The lone scoring opportunity came in the third inning.
Chantal Versluis (pictured right) led off with the lone Dutch basehit and advanced on an error.
After two strike outs, Chantal moved to third base on an error after a strikeout, but another strikeout then ended the at bat.
Box Score Game Netherlands vs. USA
Schedule Canada Cup
Between games, the Dutch players tried to stay warm on this cold day
Head Coaches Craig Montvidas and Jay Miller meet with the umpires
Jennie Finch started for Team USA
Here, Jennie Finch delivers to Saskia Kosterink in the first inning
After reaching on an error moments later, Saskia Kosterink takes off for
second base, but is caught stealing
Natasha Watley doubled in the first American at bat
Chelseas Bramlett hitting for Team USA in the second inning
American 3B Vicky Galindo
Areke Spel hitting in the fourth inning
Katie Burkhart took over the pitching for Team USA in the third inning
Femke van Dusschoten came on in relief of starter Kirsten Scheele in the third
Chantal Versluis accounted for the lone Dutch basehit in the fourth with a bunt-single
Nathalie Timmermans batting in the fourth inning
Areke Spel looks at a pitch in the fourth at bat
Areke Spel, who reached on a strikeout-passed ball, at first base moments later
Natasha Watley was 2-for-3 for Team USA
Having a meal afterwards