roster & staff
Day 17: Back in business|
LAIE (Hawaii, USA) - After the 8-1 loss the day before, the Dutch National Softball Team on Friday showed their agressive side again, registering two shutout-victories against the Seasiders, the softball-team of Brigham Young University-Hawai'i. The team had recovered fine from the loss, as it played very well defensively, had big hits and solid pitching by Kristi de Vries and Judith van Kampen, who both went the distance. Kristi threw a 7-inning 3-hitter, while Judith threw a 5-inning 1-hitter.
Day 17 was another blue sky day in Honolulu, seen on this view from the room of the webmaster
The ride to Laie gave us some beautiful sightings of Oahu Island
Head Coach Liz Kelly talks to her team before the warm-up
Physical Therapist Rob Oskam (left) works with the players during the
warm-up with palmtrees in the background. Is a better setting possible to play softball?
The ride from our hotel in Honolulu to Laie took more than an hour, but it was worth it. The route took us across the island of Oahu, with beautiful sightings, high mountains, a seaside-highway with the Pacific Ocean only a few meters away and a bright blue sky.
On the campus of Brigham Young University, the softball-field was located in another wonderful setting, just like yesterday. Mountains in the background and surrounded by high palmtrees.
And it was hot today, as it was 78 degrees Fahrenheit (almost 30 degrees Celsius).
But despite the heat, the Dutch team played two fine games and gave up no runs, while producing 13 themselves.
Box Score Game 1 of double-header vs. Brigham Young University-Hawai'i
In the opener of the double-header vs. Brigham Young University, Kristi de Vries went the distance.
The righthander needed 101 pitches to complete the seven innings, in which she gave up only three basehits, walked one and struckout six.
Only two BYU-players reached third base.
The first of them in the third inning when Kerissa Clifford led off with a walk, advanced on a sac-bunt by Melissa Lehano and moved to third on a grounder by Leslie Fester.
But after a hit batter, Kristi ended the at bat with her fourth strikeout of the game.
In the fourth, Kim Artiaga led off with BYU's second basehit and went on to reach third base on a wild pitch and a sac-bunt, but also stranded there.
After giving up the lead-off single in the fourth, Kristi retired 12 of the next 13 batters, including the last seven in a row.
Sandra Gouverneur scores the first run in the second inning
Daisy de Peinder (right) tells Sandra what to do
Lynn Geertman singles in the second run
The Dutch got on the board in the second inning.
After the side was retired in order in the first at bat, Sandra Gouverneur led off with a single and advanced when an error in centerfield followed.
With one out, she scored on a double by Kristi de Vries, who then moved after a wild pitch and scored on a 2-out single by Lynn Geertman.
Chantal Versluis singles, then scores the third run in the 3rd inning
The third run was added in the third inning.
With one out, Chantal Versluis singled. She then stole second base and was able to advance to third base on a throwing error.
Moments later, she scored on a grounder by next batter Saskia Kosterink.
Defensively, catcher Nina van Huissteden made two fine foul-fly catches.
Winning pitcher Kristi de Vries, who threw a 3-hit shutout and struckout six
Between games, the players relax in and around the dug-out on this hot day
Box Score Game 2 of double-header vs. Brigham Young University-Hawai'i
In Game Two of the double-header vs. BYU, the Dutch Team collected seven basehits, which were all extra basehits, five of them a double, the other two back-to-back homeruns in the fourth inning.
The Dutch broke open the game in the third with a 7-run rally.
In this game, Judith van Kampen threw a complete game shutout and allowed only one basehit.
With one out in the first inning, Leslie Fester singled, then next batter Kahea Beltram was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second.
But hereafter, Judith retired the next 14 batters in order to end the game, including nine strikeouts.
Judith got some fine defensive support, including a diving catch by short stop Petra van Heijst and nice fielding by 3B Dana Horeman, who also had some fine actions in the last three innings of Game 1. In the second inning, she appeared to make a great diving catch close to the third base-fence, but barely missed making a catch.
Nathalie Timmermans ready to hit her double in the third inning
With the bases loaded, Kim Kluijskens hits the ball towards second...
...but Petra van Heijst beats the throw and scores the first run
Saskia Kosterink scores with Kim Kluijskens on her heels,
who also scored on a 3-run double by Marloes Fellinger
In the third inning, eleven batters stepped to the plate, hitting three doubles and scoring seven runs to take a comfortable lead.
Petra van Heijst led off with a walk, then Nathalie Timmermans drilled the ball into deep centerfield for a double, which brought Petra to third base.
After a strikeout, the bases were loaded when Saskia Kosterink walked.
Kim Kluijskens then grounded towards second base, but Petra beat the throw to home and slid in safely, scoring the first run of the game.
Next, the bases were cleared by Marloes Fellinger, who hit a 3-run double and set up some agressive baserunning.
After Nathalie had scored from third base, Saskia rounded third base, with Kim following closely behind her. Marloes herself advanced to third on the throw to home.
She then scored when Debby Connor hit the ball into centerfield. There, centerfielder Kerissa Clifford not only missed the catch, but also had to leave the game because of an injury.
Debby ended up on third base, because of the error.
With two outs, Dana Horeman walked, then she and Debby scored on a double by Petra van Heijst to make it 7-0.
After hitting her homerun in the fourth inning, Marloes Fellinger is greeted
by Kristi de Vries (24), Lynn Geertman (13), Debby Connor (33) and Kim Kluijskens (7).
Moments later, Debby Connor also homered and is welcomed by Saskia Kosterink (16),
while Marjan Smit, Dagmar Bloeming, Daisy de Peinder,
Jolanda Kroesen, Kristi de Vries and Lynn Geertman look on
In the fourth inning, three more runs were added.
With two outs, Kim Kluijskens walked, then Marloes Fellinger homered to deep centerfield, giving her five RBI's in the day. It was her second homerun of the trip, while she hit a third one in the canceled game in Davis. However, her homerun also resulted in another injured centerfielder. Jessica Solei, who had replaced injured Kerissa Clifford the inning before, chased the ball hit by Marloes, but then collided face-first with the fence. She had to leave the game also, as her upperlip was cut. She had to be taken to a doctor, as stitches were needed.
After 2B Brooke Perriaton had taken over in centerfield, Debby Connor hit a towering homerun into rightfield to make it 10-0.
BYU Head Coach Jackson Mapu then brought in Kat Veazie, the starter of Game One, to relief Bettye Doering, but she was greeted by a double from Jolanda Kroesen, but would be left behind on second base.
In the fifth inning, Marjan Smit doubled with two outs to register the fifth double in the game, but she also would strand on second base.
After BYU batted in its fifth, the game ended because of the run-difference.
Saturday will be a day off for the team, which then has another double-header scheduled on Sunday when it will meet the team of Chaminade University of Honolulu.
Winning Pitcher Judith van Kampen, who threw a complete game 1-hitter and struckout nine batters
Players and staff of the Dutch Team receive a gift from the BYU-players after the game
The Dutch Team poses after winning two on Day 17 of the first American Tour
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