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USA Tour I - Day 24

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USA Tour I - Day 24 - Friday, March 7
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Day 24: Tough one-run losses for Dutch Team

HONOLULU (Hawaii, USA) - On Friday, the Dutch Softball Team suffered two tough losses on the second day of the tournament in Honolulu. The Dutch led in both games, but ended up empty-handed. Against Southern Illinois University, the team took a 4-2 lead into the seventh, then lost 5-4. In the next game, an early 1-0 lead was turned into a 3-1 deficit, but the Dutch came alongside, before losing 4-3 in eight innings. Nathalie Timmermans homered in the first game of the day. On Saturday, the Dutch team will play its final game in both the tournament and the American Tour.

Box Score vs. Southern Illinois University

In the first game on Friday against Southern Illinois University, which is ranked 33rd in the NCAA Division I, the Dutch played a good game, but was unlucky in the seventh and last inning, resulting in a 5-4 loss.
The Dutch got on the board right away in the first inning. Lead-off hitter Saskia Kosterink reached base on a bunt-single, moved on a sac-bunt by Petra van Heijst and a flyout by Marloes Fellinger, then scored when Debby Connor singled.

Petra van Heijst moved Saskia Kosterink into scoring position
with a sacrifice bunt, before the latter scored the first Dutch run in the first inning

Debby Connor singles in the fourth inning...

...then Jolanda Kroesen follows with a single...

...enabling Debby Connor to score
Dana Horeman (10) tells Debby what to do

In the fourth inning, the Dutch lead was doubled. With one out, Debby Connor singled, then Noémi Boekel walked. A single by Jolanda Kroesen then enabled Debby to make it 2-0.

Dutch starter Rebecca Soumeru retired the first nine batters

Dutch starter Rebecca Soumeru started strong, retiring the first nine batters she faced in a row, before giving up a lead-off single to Krystal Stein in the fourth inning. An one-out single by Alicia Garza and a 2-out single by Katie Wilson then gave Southern Illinois its first run, but a grounder ended the at bat.

Jolanda Kroesen (17) just scored and she and her teammates welcome Nathalie Timmermans
after she hit a 2-run homerun in the sixth inning

The Dutch team appeared to add two insurance runs in the sixth inning, lifting the lead to 4-1. With two outs and Jolanda Kroesen (fielder's choice) on first, Nathalie Timmermans hit a line drive, 2-run homerun, making it 4-1. Southern Illinois reacted with a run in its sixth. Krystal Stein led off with a triple, then scored on an infield-hit by next batter Katie Wagner, resulting in a pitching change. Anouk Mels took over, saw three batters reach base, but ended the at bat with a strikeout and a foul-fly.

In the seventh inning, trailing 4-2, Southern Illinois turned the game around in its favor. With one out and a runner on first base, an error on a force play-grounder put runners on first and second, then the bases were loaded when the next batter walked. Anouk Mels was relieved by Dagmar Bloeming, who gave up two RBI-singles, which tied the score and kept the bases loaded. After an infield-fly, Southern Illinois scored the winning run on a basesloaded walk.

Box Score vs. University of Hawaii

In the evening, the Dutch team took an early 1-0 lead in the second inning against the University of Hawaii, which is ranked 15th ot of 277 teams in the NCAA Division I. Debby Connor led off with a single, then Noémi Boekel also singled. Dana Horeman was brought in to pinch-run for Debby at second base and scored the first run on a 2-out fielder's choice-grounder by Chantal Versluis, with 3B Clare Warwick forgetting to tag a sliding Noémi Boekel at third, as this was no force situation. In the meantime, Dana had scored.

In the evening, the Dutch team again suffered an one-run loss

The Rainbow Wahine answered with two runs in their second inning. A lead-off error was followed by back-to-back hard doubles by Malamaisaua Manuma and Amanda Tauali'i, the last being a 2-run shot, making it 2-1 in favor of Hawaii. Dutch starter Judith van Kampen then retired the next eight batters in a row, but then gave up a lead-off homerun to Melissa Gonzalez in the fifth inning, which increased the laed to 3-1.

In the third and fourth inning, the Dutch got their lead-off batter on base with a single, but then three outs followed. In the sixth, the Dutch came back in the game and tied the score. Debby Connor, who was 2-for-4 in this game and 4-for-7 on the day, led off with a single, then scored all the way from first base on a towering triple into deep rightfield by Noémi Boekel, who herself went on to score the tying run when Sandra Gouverneur followed with a single. After Jolanda Kroesen flied out, Chantal Versluis drove the ball into deep centerfield, where centerfielder Malamaisaua Manuma ran into the wall. Chantal ended up on second base with a double, which put Sandra at third base, but unfortunately, a flyout and strikeout followed, ending this scoring opportunity. However, the score was tied, so we got a new ballgame.

Kristi de Vries, who entered the game in relief for starter Judith van Kampen in the fifth inning, retired the first five batters she saw in a row, then had a runner on third base with two outs in the seventh, before ending the at bat with a strikeout to force extra innings.

In the eighth inning, Dana Horeman pinch-ran again for Debby Connor in the eighth as the tie-break runner. She advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt by Noémi Boekel, but stranded there as a strikeout and groundout followed. In the home of the eighth, Hawaii decided the game. With two outs and the tie-break runner on third base, an intentional walk was given to Kate Robinson to set up a force play, but an infield-hit, just out of reach for pitcher Kristi de Vries made an end to the game, as runner Tanisha Milca was able to score the winning run.

Let's end this day with two tough losses on the bright side
It was another great day in Honolulu
The Dutch Team is ready to come back again on Saturday

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