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USA Tour I - Day 23

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USA Tour I - Day 23 - Thursday, March 6
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Day 23: Great way to start

HONOLULU (Hawaii, USA) - The Dutch National Softball Team on Thursday started the Pepsi Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament at the University of Hawaii very well, winning both scheduled games. In the morning, the Dutch shutout the Idaho State University Bengals, 3-0, in a strong game, led by pitcher Judith van Kampen, who threw an one-hitter. In the next game, the Dutch initially trailed 4-1 after three innings, failed to hold onto a 6-5 lead, but eventually showed character and won 8-6 to raise its American Tour-record to 11-1. Tomorrow (Friday), the Dutch will play two more games, then close the tournament with a single game on Saturday-evening, which also will end the American Tour by the Dutch Pre-Olympic Team.

The banner for the tournament at the University of Hawaii

The team listens to Head Coach Liz Kelly, who announces the starting line-up

Box Score vs. Idaho State University

In the opening game of the tournament, the Dutch played a strong game, belted eight basehits and supported pitcher Judith van Kampen with good defense, including two line drive catchers by 3B Noémi Boekel. Another nice catch was made by leftfielder Marloes Fellinger. Offensively, Chantal Versluis and Nina van Huissteden, the numbers eight and nine in today's batting order, provided the timely hitting.

Rick Beach, father of former Sparks Haarlem-pitcher Erica,
was at the game vs. Idaho State

In attendance was Rick Beach, the father of pitcher Erica Beach, who played for Sparks Haarlem in 2003 and then struckout 76 batters, while finishing the season with a 10-0 record and an 0.62 ERA. Currently, Erica is the Pitching Coach for Ohio State University and plays professionally for New England Riptide. The daughter of Rick's girlfriend plays for Idaho State, so when he learned that the Bengals were playing the Dutch squad, he of course was interested in being at the game. Rick looked for players he knew from the year Erica played for Sparks and hoped to speak with some of them after the game.

Winning pitcher Judith van Kampen threw an one-hitter

Pitcher Judith van Kampen started by walking lead-off batter Megan Miller of the Idaho State University Bengals, but then settled down immediately. Miller was the first of only two Bengals to reach second base in this game. In the second inning, Wailana Buchanan led off with a single, which was to be the lone hit for her team. Hereafter, two foul-flies and a strikeout ended the at bat. The second Bengal to reach second base was Merissa Jannsen, who walked in the third inning, after Judith had struckout the first two batters, before walking the next two. But then, the righthander retired 13 of the next 14 batters, including the last ten batters of the game and struckout eight.

Rob Walgien coaching at first base

The Dutch team appeared to struck early, as Saskia Kosterink singled and Marloes Fellinger was hit by a pitch (with one out). The two advanced to second and third, but stranded there. In the second at bat, the Dutch got on the board with two outs. Chantal Versluis, who played at second base in this game, doubled down the leftfield-line, then scored when Nina van Huissteden singled.

Chantal Versluis walks, but was 2-for-2 and scored twice

Nina van Huissteden was 3-for-3 with two RBI's

The second Dutch run was added in the fourth inning, again with two outs and again Chantal and Nina were involved. First, Chantal reached on an infield-hit, then stole second and scored as Nina followed with a double into deep centerfield to make it 2-0. Dana Horeman was brought in to pinch-run for Nina on second base and she was waved home when Saskia Kosterink hit an infield-grounder. Both Dana and Saskia are speedy runners, with the latter beating the throw to first and being credited with an infield-hit, while Dana almost beat the following throw to the catcher and was tagged out at the plate.

Two innings later, an insurance run was scored with one out. Noémi Boekel then walked, as did next batter Chantal Versluis. The bases were loaded when Nina van Huissteden (who was 3-for-3) singled. Noémi then scored on a sac-fly by Saskia Kosterink, who also was 3-for-3.

Relaxing between the two games

Box Score vs. University of Washington

Game Two has great actions, defensive and baserunning mistakes and just a lot of action. In total, there were 41 baserunners (22 by the Dutch) in the game, which lasted just over two hours. All nine Dutch starters reached base at least twice, with four of them reaching base three times. Eight of the Dutch starters had at least one basehit, while seven of them walked. Did Chantal Versluis and Nina van Huissteden contributed in two of the three runs, in this game, Nathalie Timmermans and Noémi Boekel accounted for seven of the eight runs.

Concentrated players follow the action from the Dutch dug-out

The Dutch stranded five runners in the first two innings. Saskia Kosterink led off with a walk, but later was eliminated at third, then runners were left behind at first and second base. In the second inning, the bases were loaded with one out. Debby Connor then doubled, Sandra Gouverneur walked and Daisy de Peinder singled, but a strikeout and foul-fly ended this scoring opportunity.

Dutch starter Kristi de Vries

The Huskies from the University of Washington, however, did score two runs in their first two innings. In the first, Dutch starter Kristi de Vries gave up an unearned run. In the next at bat, Ashlyn Watson led off with a double, then her pinch-runner Jessica Ventoza scored on a unique sacrifice fly/fielder's choice situation.

The Dutch team answered with a run in the third. Marloes Fellinger led off with a single, moved on a sac-bunt by Nathalie Timmermans and a single by Noémi Boekel, then scored in an one-three situation. But the Huskies reacted with two runs in their third on two singles.

In the fourth inning, the Dutch team rallied for four runs on three hits to take a 5-4 lead. With one out, Saskia Kosterink single, then the bases were loaded when Kim Kluijskens and Marloes Fellinger both walked. Pitcher Caitlin Noble (who went the distance and threw more than 150 pitches) then also walked next batter Nathalie Timmermans to bring in a run. Noémi Boekel followed with a 2-run double to tie the score, then a 5-4 lead was taken when Chantal Versluis singled.

Safe or Out?
Amanda Fleischman slides towards home, where catcher Nathalie Timmermans
is about to catch the ball for a force play at the plate

Unfortunately, Washington was able to score two runs in its fourth, due to two defensive errors. Or was it one run? Or even none? The first run in the inning appeared to be a force out at home when 1B Kim Kluijskens threw the ball to catcher Nathalie Timmermans, who had her foot on home for the force. But Home Plate Umpire Walter Yamatsuka stated that runner Amanda Fleischman beat the throw and called her safe. Would this have been an out, a following grounder would have ended the inning, resulting in no runs. By the way, four consecutive batters reached base on a fielder's choice (which is unique) in this at bat, with only one action ending in an out. A great inning for an official scorer!

Again, the Dutch came back strongly to re-take the lead, scoring three runs in the fifth. Daisy de Peinder led off with a walk, then beat the throw to second base on a force play-grounder by Saskia Kosterink. Then, with two outs, Nathalie Timmermans and Noémi Boekel came through with RBI-singles, resulting in an 8-6 lead.

Winning pitcher Rebecca Soumeru follows through after delivering a pitch

Rebecca Soumeru, who took over the pitching for starter Kristi de Vries in the fourth, allowed only one baserunners in the first 2 2/3 inning she threw and was supported with a great sliding catch by centerfielder Saskia Kosterink in the fifth. In the seventh inning, she gave up a single and double with one out and was relieved by Judith van Kampen, the winner of Game One. With two runners in scoring position, a comeback grounder and a groundout to short ended the game, meaning Judith now earned a save.

This game was a good one for a scorer's exam, as it even had the unique sacrifice fly-fielder's choice call. Luckily, we were with three scorers up in the press and announcers booth, and we could use every set of eyes, as a lot happened in this game. The game had a lot to offer with all kinds of situations and therefore was the dream for an official scorer, so thank you ladies for keeping me sharp!

Pitchers and catcher talk after the game with Coach Linda Wells

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