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Day 4: Dutch Women crush St. Mary's Gaels|
MORAGA (California, USA) - The Dutch Women Softball Team opened its game-schedule on Saturday with a big 17-8 victory over the St. Mary's Gaels, outhitting their opponent 25-9 in a 10-inning, almost 4-hour marathon. The Dutch crushed the team from St. Mary's College, which is qualified as a mid-Division I squad and played their first home game of the season. Highlighting the game were four homeruns, including a grand slam by Petra van Heijst. Fourteen of the 17 Dutch players used in the game had at least one basehit, while Sandra Gouverneur, Nina van Huissteden, Kristi de Vries and Petra van Heijst had three each. Besides Petra, Nina van Huissteden, Jolanda Kroesen and Marloes Fellinger also homered. Dutch Head Coach Liz Kelly used three pitchers in the game, who combined struckout 16 batters and gave up nine basehits. The Dutch initially trailed 3-2 after two innings, but took a 5-3 lead in the third, then turned the game in its favor by scoring eight runs in the fifth and sixth at bat.
The four Dutch homerun-hitters:
Nina van Huissteden, Jolanda Kroesen, Marloes Fellinger and Petra van Heijst
The entrance of the beautiful campus of St. Mary's College
The two teams line up for the playing of the national anthems
An already big lead was made even more comfortable in the eighth inning when the Dutch team scored four runs to make it 17-5.
Petra van Heijst led off with a single to go 3-for-3 at that moment, then Sandra Gouverneur hit her second double and her third basehit in the game.
Debby Connor, who had moved in to play at first base in the sixth, then singled in a run.
Next, Dana Horeman, who also had come in to play in the sixth, also singled in a run in her first at bat of the game. Both Debby and Dana also singled in their next at bat in the ninth inning.
After an infield-fly, the bases were loaded when an error was made on a force play-grounder by Noémi Boekel.
With two outs, Kristi de Vries singled in two more runs to get the two back she had given up two innings earlier.
St. Mary's answered with three runs in its eighth off new pitcher Dagmar Bloeming, who walked two batters and gave up a single with one out.
After Dagmar struckout the next batter, Lauren Clark cleared the bases with a 3-run double to make it 17-8 in Dutch favor. In the next two innings, Dagmar struckout four batters and earned a save.
Two homeruns, including a huge grand slam by Petra van Heijst, highlighted a 5-run rally and lifted the Dutch Pre-Olympic Squad to a 13-3 lead in the sixth inning.
Marloes Fellinger led off the at bat with a big homerun, then Daisy de Peinder walked.
After Marlena Green, the third pitcher for St. Mary's in the game (and the announced starter), struckout the next two batters, but then walked Kristi de Vries and gave up a single to Nina van Huissteden (who was 3-for-4) to load the bases.
Petra van Heijst, who had entered the game as a pinch-hitter the inning before, then hit a huge grand slam homerun into leftfield.
Running the bases with her arms up in the air to celebrate, she increased the lead to 13-3 with her blast, which was the fourth Dutch homerun in the game.
Sandra Gouverneur and Kim Kluijskens followed with singles, then the bases were reloaded when Marloes Fellinger walked, but these three stranded, as a grounder ended the at bat.
,,It was a great feeling'', Petra van Heijst said afterwards. ,,I really didn't expect it to be a homerun. I just hoped it would drop behind the outfielders.''
Marloes Fellinger scores after her lead-off homerun in the 6th
Petra van Heijst celebrates her grand slam homerun
around the bases and with her teammates
In the home of the sixth, the Gaels got two runs back.
With two outs, a double, walk and wild pitch put runners on second and third base. A triple by Kaely Cuthill then scored both to make it 13-5.
The Dutch team increased their lead to 8-3 in the fifth inning by adding three runs.
Lead-off hitter Daisy de Peinder reached on an error, then moved on a sac-bunt by Noémi Boekel, before Jolanda Kroesen walked.
An infield-hit to short by Kristi de Vries then loaded the bases.
Next, Nina van Huissteden singled to the leftside of the infield, scoring Daisy.
Pinch-hitter Petra van Heijst then also singled through the rightside of the infield, enabling Jolanda to score.
Kristi was also waved home and also scored as the catcher dropped the ball on the play at home after the throw from rightfield.
A walk for Sandra Gouverneur then reloaded the bases, but the Gaels turned their fourth double play to end the inning, previnting more runs.
In its fifth, St. Mary's got the bases loaded with one out, but was unable to score.
A lead-off single was followed by a strikeout and two hit batters, but then Kristi de Vries struckout the next two batters to end the at bat.
Winning Pitcher Kristi de Vries
The fourth was a quiet inning for both teams.
In the Dutch fourth, the Gaels turned their third double play, while St. Mary's was retired in order.
The Dutch turned the game in its favor again in the top of the third inning.
With one out, Marloes Fellinger singled. After she advanced on a sac-bunt by Daisy de Peinder, Noémi Boekel also singled.
Next, Jolanda Kroesen drove the ball into deep left-centerfield for a 3-run homerun, which went over the scoreboard to give the Dutch a 5-3 lead.
Anouk Mels then also singled up the middle, but was forced out to end the inning.
Jolanda Kroesen is greeted after her homerun
In the home of the third, the Gaels threatened, but this time were held scoreless.
With two on and two outs, Kristi de Vries took over the pitching and ended the inning with a strikeout.
Trailing 1-0, the Dutch came ahead 2-1 in the second inning.
With one out, Anouk Mels was hit by a pitch, then Nina van Huissteden hit a line drive homerun into left-centerfield to put the Dutch on top.
Hereafter, Lynn Geertman reached on a bunt-single and advanced on a wild pitch.
A double into deep centerfield then appeared to result in more Dutch runs, but ended up in an inning-ending double play.
Lynn races towards home, while the ball was underway from centerfield.
Just at the moment catcher Jenna Smith received the ball, a big collission between her and Lynn followed.
However, the catcher amazingly was being able to hold onto the ball, then, while sitting on the ground after getting up, also threw out Sandra at third, who tried to advance on the play.
Nina van Huissteden scores after hitting her homerun
In the Gaels' second, the home team regained the lead, scoring two unearned runs.
With one out, Chelsea Loftis reached on a fielding error, then her pinch-runner Kaely Cuthill advanced on a possible double play, force play-throwing error, which might have end the inning.
Now, with runners on first and second, Anouk Mels struckout the next batter. She also threw a nice pitch on a full count on next batter Bronwyn Russell, but Home Plate Umpire Tim Altheide decided it was outside the strike zone, so she walked.
Sandra Ruezga then followed with a 2-run single to make it 3-2, before a grounder ended the inning.
Kim Kluijskens is ready to connect
The Dutch team got into scoring position right away in the first inning, but was unable to score.
Sandra Gouverneur led off with a walk, then reached second base safely on a force play throwing error on a grounder towards first base by next batter Kim Kluijskens.
However, a long drive into right-centerfield by Marloes Fellinger then ended in a double play. Rightfielder Megan Galloway was able to catch the drive, then got the ball back in time to second base to double up Gouverneur.
Next, Daisy de Peinder doubled down the leftfield-line to bring Kim to third base, but then the inning ended when Noémi Boekel flied out to centerfield.
In the home of the first, the Gaels then opened the score off Dutch starter Anouk Mels. With this appearance, Anouk made her official comeback in the national squad and pitched in her first game since the Olympic Games of 1996 in Atlanta.
Lead-off batter Molly Bergson walked, advaned to third base on a bunt-single by next batter Bronwyn Russell, then scored in a double steal-situation.
After a hit batter and a sac-bunt, a pop-foul and a strikeout ended the at bat.
This was a game for statisticians, as a combined total of 113 batters stepped up to the plate (62 of them Dutch) ---
More facts: Besides the 25 runs, 34 basehits and seven errors in this game, there were 60 baserunners (38 Dutch), with 28 of them being left on base ---
In the game, there were 37 offensive or defensive changes (25 by St. Mary's) and the eight different pitchers combined delivered 433 pitches (219 by the St. Mary's pitchers, 214 by the three Dutch pitchers) ---
The game lasted 3 hours and 39 minutes ---
Four Dutch players played the entire game: Sandra Gouverneur, Daisy de Peinder, Noémi Boekel and Marjan Smit ---
Lead-off hitter Sandra Gouverneur reached base safely in her first six of her seven plate appearances, three times on a hit, three times on a walk ---
Dutch Team Press Officer Marco Stoovelaar acted as the Official Scorer in this game.
Coach Kelly looks back
,,It was nice to go out on the field and play against another team'', Head Coach Liz Kelly looked back to the Dutch opener.
,,Our offense was strong, by everyone, we crushed it, had hard hits. Nina had a big homerun, which kept us going. Petra's grand slam sealed the deal.''
Regarding the baserunning in the first two innings, which resulted in two double plays, Coach Kelly said: ,,We ran ourselves out of these innings. But thereafter, we also responded very well to their runs. That's a good sign. We have to have our three aspects going on all together. Our offense was good, our pitch selection was good, but we lacked a little bit of pitching and our defense has to be tuned up.''
Dutch Head Coach Liz Kelly (left) with St. Mary's Head Coach Jessica Hanaseth
Dutch Coaches Mary-Ann Hatt (bottom left) and Linda Wells (back row right) pose
with Head Coach Liz Kelly (center) and her family
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