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# 33 - Debby Connor - 1st base / designated player




BirthdateNovember 18, 1982
BirthplaceVenray (Netherlands)
ResidenceHaarlem & Venray (Netherlands)
StudyPABO
Height1,79 m
Weighttop secret!!!
BatsRight
ThrowsRight
Position1st base / designated player


Dutch National Team2003 - July 2008
Games Dutch National Team36


ClubsRed Caps (Venray)
MULO (Helmond)
Twins (Oosterhout, 2002-2005; 2008)
Gulf Coast CC (Panama City, Florida, USA, 2006-2007)
Euro Stars (Capelle a/d IJssel, 2006-2007)
Sparks Haarlem (Haarlem, 2009-current)
(Dutch Major League: 2002-current)
...Tournaments Participated In...

with Twins
2002 - Cup Winners Cup (Prague, Czech Republic)
2008 - International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)
International Indoor Cup
2003, 2004, 2008 (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Brasschaat Braves
2008 - European Cup (Prague, Czech Republic)(as pick-up player)

with Sparks Haarlem
2009 - International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)
Cup Winners Cup (Parma, Italy)
2010 - Intern. Jan de Wit Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Cup Winners Cup (Haarlem, Netherlands)
2011 - International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)
European Cup (Caserta, Italy)
2012 - International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)
International Jan de Wit Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
European Cup (Enschede, Netherlands)

with Dutch National Softball Team
2003 - European Championships (Caronno Pertusella/Saronno, Italy)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Macerata/Cupramontana, Italy)
2005 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
European Championships (Prague, Czech Republic)
2006 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
World Championships (Beijing, China)
Japan Cup (Yokohama, Japan)
2007 - Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Ronchi/Castions/Staranzano, Italy)
2008 - American Tour I (California/Hawaii, USA)
American (NPF) Tour II (Pennsylvania/Illinois/Ohio, USA)
Holland Tour (Santpoort/Groningen/Oldenzaal, Netherlands)

...Awards...
2003 - Most Homeruns, Dutch Major League
2004 - Most Homeruns, Dutch Major League
Nomination MVP, Dutch Major League
2005 - Best Hitter, European Championships
Most Homeruns, Dutch Major League
2006 - Panhandle Conference First Team
2007 - Panhandle Conference First Team
2008 - Most Homeruns, Dutch Major League
2009 - Most Homeruns, Dutch Major League
2011 - Most Homeruns, Dutch Major League
Most Valuable Player, Holland Series
Miscellaneous
When did you start with softball? ????
Why did you start playing softball?My brother and father played baseball for Red Caps in Venray
and I always went with them to watch
What was your first club?Red Caps in Venray
Accomplishments / HighlightsFinishing in first place on the Olympic Qualifier in 2007
Best Hitter European Championships in 2005
Homerun Queen Netherlands
Qualifying for the Olympic Games
Biggest blunderFalling face down on the pitcher's plate
Which persons do you most admire?My parents and brother
Which persons would you like to meet?Reggie Bush, Martin Luther King
Three people you would love to have dinner with?Reggie Bush, Nelson Mandela, Vin Diesel
Dreamjob?Retiring, chilling on a tropical island with a cocktail in my hand
From who did you learn the most?My parents
Biggest turn-off?People who lie, prejudice, people who smell
Talent you wish you had?I would love to sing good
PetsVery nice for someone else
Exotic pet you would like to have?Black panther
Hobbies or InterestsSleeping, shopping, needlework and knitting
When you wouldn't have been involved in
softball, what other sport would you have done?
Basketball
What does the Olympic Games means to you?A dream come true
Why does softball has to return to the Olympics?Because it just BELONGS there
Describe your playing styleChill, relaxed, no worries, be happy and just play
...My Favorite / Best...
MovieThe Notebook, Remember the Titans, Medea's Family Reunion,
Love & Basketball, You Got Served, Stomp the Yard
ActorBoris Kodjoe, Orlando Bloom, Paul Walker, Vin Diesel
ActressKeira Knightley, Halle Berry, Jessica Alba
TV ChannelEvery channel, as long as there is something on which interests me; NASN !!
TV ShowSex and the City, Will & Grace, Idols, De Gouden Kooi,
Friends, Family Guy, That 70's Show
TV Sports ShowNOS Studio Sport, Holland Sport
TV PersonalityGordon, Gerard Joling
Radio ChannelQ-Music
Radio ShowNOS Langs de Lijn
Radio PersonalityGordon
Music GenreSalsa, Merengue, R&B, HipHop, Electro, Latin house
Singer (male)Robin Thicke, J. Holiday, Tank, Tyrese, Elvis Crespo
Singer (female)Leona Lewis, Heather Headley, Alicia Keys
Group / Band etc.Opgezwolle, De Jeugd van Tegenwoordig, Opposites
Song'Weakness' in Me' by Keisha White, 'Bleeding Love' by Leona Lewis,
'Je moet niet zitten aan me Nike's' by The Opposites
Vacation Spot / CountryHawaii, Bahamas, Maledives, Fiji, Curaçao
FoodPapa's chicken, Roti, Mexican
DrinkFernandes (green)
AnimalAre fun for other people, but it's NOTHING for me
NewspaperDe Telegraaf, Dagblad De Limburger
BookThey're standing in my closet, unread
MagazineCosmopolitan, Celebrity, Glossy
Internet SitesHyves, MySpace, YouTube, dee.waarbenjij.nu, Hotmail
Sport (besides softball)Baseball, Basketball, American Football, Taekwondo, Volleyball,
Skating, Swimming, Tennis
Olympic Sport (besides softball)Baseball, Basketball, Taekwondo
(Professional) Sports TeamBoston Red Sox (baseball), New Orleans Saints (American Football) and we of course!
Athlete (male)Bob Sanders, Reggie Bush, Manny Ramirez, A-Rod, Roger Federer, Sven Kramer
Athlete (female)Leontien van Moorsel, Esther Vergeer, Ireen Wüst
Softball PlayerMy buddy: Rebecca Soumeru!
Career
2012 --- In this season, Debby hits .407 (46-for-113) with 10 doubles and six homeruns, scores 30 runs and leads the league with 45 runs batted in --- With Sparks Haarlem, she reaches the Holland Series again, but then the team is dethroned by Alcmaria Victrix.
2011 --- In August, Debby participates with Sparks Haarlem in the European Cup-tournament in Caserta (Italy) --- In the regular season, Debby finishes with a .435 batting average, scores 20 runs, has 30 basehits, including four homeruns and leads her team with 32 RBI's --- Her 32 runs batted in are the most in this years Dutch big league --- Her four homeruns also leads the big league-list marking the sixth time in nine seasons that Debby leads the league in this category --- In the Additional Round, that follows the regular season, Debby leads Sparks Haarlem with a .368 average (7-for-19), hits one homerun and has seven RBI's --- In the Holland Series, Debby is the best hitter of Sparks Haarlem with a .500 batting average, sharing the lead with teammate Areke Spel --- Debby also leads all players with four runs batted in (sharing with teammate Virginie Anneveld) and one homerun --- After the last game, Debby is named Most Valuable Player of the Holland Series, leading to an unique situation, as her brother Wesley was named MVP in the baseball Holland Series some weeks earlier when he won the championship with Amsterdam Pirates.
2010 --- In August, Debby participates in the Cup Winners Cup Tournament in Haarlem (Netherlands) with Sparks Haarlem, which wins the Cup after a come-from-behind victory in the last inning, scoring six runs to win 7-6 --- In the regular season, Debby hits .353, playing in 31 games for Sparks Haarlem, scores 21 runs and shares the lead with 24 runs batted in.
2009 --- In August, Debby participates with Sparks Haarlem in the CupWinners Cup Tournament in Parma (Italy) --- In the regular season, her first with Sparks Haarlem, Debby hits .340, scores 26 runs, shares the team-lead with five homeruns and is second best with 27 runs batted in --- For the fifth time in her career, Debby leads the Dutch league in homeruns.
2008 --- Goes 2-for-2, scores once and has one RBI on February 16 vs. St. Mary's College in the opening game of the first American Tour by the Dutch National Team, which is part of the preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- On February 29, Debby scores twice and hits a homerun in the second game of a double-header vs. Brigham Young University-Hawaii --- On March 2, she goes 3-for-3, including two doubles, scores twice and has three RBI's in the second game vs. Chaminade University of Honolulu --- In the first game of the second American Tour, Debby homers in the opener vs. the professional team of Philadelphia Force --- In the next two games, she adds two more basehits against the Force --- On June 14, in the last game against Rockford Thunder, Debby leads off the first inning with a double and scores the first run in a 3-0 shutout-win --- Five days later and after a transfer to the state of Ohio, Debby hits another homerun in the second game vs. Akron Racers --- On July 14, when the roster for the Olympic Games is announced, she is one of the players who is left off --- In the regular season, Debby hits four homeruns and for the fourth time in her career, she leads the Dutch Major League in this category --- Playing for Twins, she leads her team with a .371 batting average, scores 20 runs and leads the league with 25 RBI's. Her run-production of 45 gives her a third place in the league --- In September, Debby participates with Brasschaat Braves from Belgium as a so-called pick-up player in the European Cup-tournament in Prague (Czech Republic).
2007 --- On March 6, Debby breaks the All-Time record for most homeruns in a career at Gulf Coast Community College in Panama City (Florida, USA). She hits five homeruns during the Polk Tournament to bring her season total to seven and her career total to 27, as she hit 20 in 2006 in her freshman season. The 27 homeruns are a new school-record --- In the opening game of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Staranzano (Italy) on June 9, Debby is 2-for-4, scores twice and has three RBI's in a 14-0 shutout-win vs. Slovakia --- On June 12, Debby goes 3-for-3, including a double and a triple, scores twice and has two RBI's in the 5-0 win against South Africa --- In the final of the Qualifier against Italy, played at Ronchi Dei Legionari, Debby singles in the tying run (2-2) for the Dutch Team, which wents on to win 3-2 to qualify for the Olympic Games in Beijing (China) --- Debby finishes the regular season with a .391 average, collecting 25 basehits, scores 12 runs and has 13 RBI's and two homeruns.
2006 --- In the regular season, her first with Euro Stars, Debby finishes with a .311 batting average and hits one homerun. Defensively, she makes no errors in 98 chances, playing at first base.
2005 --- In the regular season, her last with Twins, Debby hits .333, scores 14 runs, has 11 RBI's and leads the league with three homeruns for the third consecutive year.
2004 --- With a .400 batting average, Debby leads her team Twins in the regular season. She wins the Triple Crown, as she also leads in RBI's (23) and homeruns (4). For the second year in a row, she also leads the league in homeruns, hitting four and earns a nomination for the league's MVP Award.
2003 --- On July 7, during the European Championships in Bollate (Italy), against Sweden, Debby is brought into the game as a pinch-hitter, which marks her debut in the Dutch National Team --- Later in the year, she also is a member of the Dutch squad which participates in the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Italy, which is won by the host country --- In the regular season, Debby bats .329 and leads the league with 5 homeruns. She scores 20 runs and has 24 RBI's.
2002 --- Debby makes her debut in the Dutch Major League as a player for Twins. She finishes with a .336 average, hits one homerun and collects 26 RBI's --- With Twins, she finishes in second place on the CupWinners Cup Tournament in Prague (Czech Republic).
Family
DEBBY is the daughter of Roy and Trudy Connor and the sister of Wesley, who played professional baseball for three seasons (2005-2007) in the organisation of the Minnesota Twins in the American minor leagues. Since 2008, Wesley plays in the Dutch Major League for Amsterdam Pirates. In 2003 and 2004, he already played in the highest league for Twins in Oosterhout, before turning professional.

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