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USA Tour I - Day 14

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USA Tour I - Day 14 - Tuesday, February 26
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Day 14: Dutch come from behind to win

BERKELEY (California, USA) - The Dutch Women Softball Team on Tuesday-afternoon came back from a 5-1 deficit after five innings and turned the game around to win 7-5 against the University of California-Berkeley Golden Bears, one of the prime teams in the Pac-10 Conference. The Bears were the national champions in 2002 and reached the College World Series 13 times. The day started with some of the Dutch players to have a meeting with Professor Inez Hollander, who teaches Dutch on the University in Berkeley. By the way, this is not the Inez Hollander, who pitched in the Dutch Softball League and the Dutch National Team in the nineties. With today's victory, the team raised its unbeaten record to 4-0 and closed the first part of their American trip in California. On Wednesday, the team travels to Hawaii for the second part of the trip, which will take 12 days.

Warming-up before the game

Dutch players line-up for the National Anthem

Professor Ineze Hollander throws the first pitch

The Dutch Team lines up during the pre-game ceremonies

Thank you, University of California Berkeley

Box Score vs. University of California at Berkeley

Today's game had two faces. In the first five innings, the Dutch reached base frequently, but were unable to score, while the Golden Bears were more productive and took a 5-1 lead. But in the sixth inning, the game turned in favor of the Dutch, who then had a 6-run rally and went on to win 7-5.

After the players were introduced and the national anthems were played, Professor Inez Hollander threw the ceremonial first pitch, then Dutch Head Coach Liz Kelly handed out thank you-gifts on behalf of the Dutch team to those who had assisted the squad during their stay in Berkeley, such as the field crew, laundryman Bart and Ken, who is in charge of the weightroom, as well as Cal-coaches Diane Ninemire and Tammy Lohmann. Thank you, University of California for your hospitality during the first part of our trip in the USA!

Dutch starting pitcher Rebecca Soumeru

When the game went underway, the Dutch team appeared to strike immediately. Saskia Kosterink led off with a nice bunt-single, then Kim Kluijskens did the same. After the two advanced on a grounder by Marloes Fellinger, a strikeout followed, but then the bases were loaded when Jolanda Kroesen walked, but then the inning ended with a comeback-grounder.
The Golden Bears reacted right away. First, lead-off hitter Valerie Arioto walked and Erika Racklin reached on an infield-hit. Then, a double steal was followed by a throwing error, giving the Bears their first run. A grounder by next batter Gina Leomiti then made it 2-0, before a pop-fly ended the at bat.

After a quiet second inning, the Dutch team reached base again in the third. Saskia Kosterink walked, moved on a sac-bunt by Kim Kluijskens, then Marloes Fellinger also walked. But again, the two runners stranded as a strikeout and pop-fly made an end to this scoring opportunity.

Jolanda Kroesen moments before delivering her line drive in the fifth

In the fifth inning, the Dutch narrowed the deficit to 2-1, but again two runners were left behind. With one out, Saskia Kosterink walked again, followed by a single by Kim Kluijskens. On a foul-fly in leftfield close to the fence by Marloes Fellinger, Saskia was able to move up to third base, the Kim advanced on a passed ball. Next, pinch-hitter Debby Connor, who came in for Sandra Gouverneur, reached on an error, enabling Saskia to score the first Dutch run. The Dutch surely would have broken open the game hereafter when a hard liner by Jolanda Kroesen would have gone through the infield, but instead short stop Taylor Kelly got hold of Jolanda's line drive and ended the inning with a force out.

After giving up the two runs in the first inning, Dutch starter Rebecca Soumeru threw three strong innings. Starting with the third out in the first, Rebecca retired eight of the next nine batters, before she walked a batter and gave up a single in the fourth. But a flyout and a strikeout ended this opportunity for the Bears.

Shortly after the Dutch had scored their run in the fifth inning, the Golden Bears answered with three runs and appeared to have taken a comfortable 5-1 lead. In the inning, the Bears hit four basehits, including a lead-off single by Savannah Hensley and RBI-singles by Valerie Arioto, Gina Leomiti and Sanoe Kekahuna, the latter ending up in the infield, just out of reach for 2B Marjan Smit, who had just entered the game. After giving up the RBI-single to Leomiti, Rebecca Soumeru was relieved by Judith van Kampen, while Marjan entered the game replacing Lynn Geertman at second base.

Marjan Smit turns for her bunt-single in the sixth

Trailing 5-1, the Dutch came back strongly in the sixth inning, scoring six runs on six hits to turn the game around and take a 7-5 lead. All hits and runs were produced off Brittany LaRosa, Cal's third pitcher in the game. With the 6-run rally, the Dutch silenced the Golden Bears, who saw their lead being turned around in a 7-5 deficit. Petra van Heijst, who had come in to play at short the inning before, led off with an infield-hit, then Daisy de Peinder's grounder was misplayed. A bunt by Marjan Smit resulted in no out at third base, so she was credited with a bunt-single to load the bases. Next, Nina van Huissteden came through with a single throught the leftside, scoring two runs and make it 5-3. The bases were loaded again when Saskia Kosterink beat out the throw with a bunt-single. Saskia was 2-for-3, reached base in all of her five plate appearances and scored twice. Moments later, the Dutch moved within one run when Marjan scored on a wild pitch. The score was tied on a single just over the infield by Kim Kluijskens, who was 3-for-3, scored once and had an RBI. The scoring wasn't over yet, as a grounder by Marloes Fellinger enabled Nina to score and make it 6-5 in Dutch favor. Debby Connor then followed with a hard single through the infield, adding another run, before the inning ended with a double play.

Kim Kluijskens went 3-for-3, scored once and had one RBI

Judith van Kampen, who had taken over the pitching in the fifth, retired the side in both the sixth and seventh inning and retired the last seven batters she faced. She allowed only one of the nine batters she faced to reach base, which was back in the fifth inning. Judith became the winning pitcher and is now 2-0 in the American trip.

Winning pitcher Judith van Kampen

In the end, the Dutch bats spoke

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