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European Championship (Italy) - Day 5 - Tuesday, August 2, 2011

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Dutch Team finishes preliminary round unbeaten

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REDIPUGLIA / STARANZANO / GRADO (Italy) - The Dutch National Softball Team closed the preliminary round of the 17th European Championship unbeaten on Tuesday, August 2 and gave up no runs in the four games played. On very sunny Tuesday afternoon and under a clear blue sky, the Dutch squad registered a 19-0 shutout-win against Denmark. The team has now scored 62 runs and collected 62 basehits in the four games played so far. On Wednesday-evening, the Dutch Team opens the Second Round and then will meet Great Britain, starting at 6:30 PM. On Thursday, the Dutch meet Russia (10:00 AM) at Ronchi and France (6:30 PM) at Staranzano.

A Live play-by-play will be available again for the Dutch vs. British game.
Go here for the Play-by-Play of the Dutch game.
Go here for a complete look at the other games and their play-by-plays to be played on Wednesday.

The 19-0 victory was the second-highest score against Denmark in the 12 games played between the two countries. The highest score is a 29-0 win that was registered on September 5, 1986 during the European Championship in Antwerp (Belgium). Ten of the games against Denmark ended in a shutout-win.

Dutch pitcher Rebecca Soumeru, who played in her 80th official international game, threw a 3-inning Perfect Game and struckout seven of the nine batters she faced. After striking out the first six batters in a row, Henriette Gilhøj, the Danish catcher, became the first batter to hit the ball into the field, but that ended up in a pop-fly to third. After another strikeout, the game ended with a foul-fly. For Henriette Gilhøj, who is the recordholder in games played for the Danish National Team, this was her 121st game. In 1989, the veteran player played for Amsterdam Pirates in the Dutch big league and kept on playing and coaching thereafter in the Danish competition. Recently, she became the President of the Danish Federation. With her 45 years, Henriette Gilhøj is the oldest player participating in this European Championship.

The Dutch Team scored four runs in the first inning. Chantal Versluis led off with a triple and scored when Fabienne van Uden followed with a single. After the bases were loaded when Saskia Kosterink walked and Karin Tuk was hit by a pitch, the next run was added when Merel Oosterveld also was hit by a pitch. Next, Solange Starrenburg singled in two runs to make it 4-0.

In the second inning, three runs were added. With two outs, Britt Vonk and Saskia Kosterink singled, then Karin Tuk followed with a 3-run homerun. Karin's run not only lifted the lead to 7-0, it also was the 50th run scored by the Dutch Team during this tournament.

In the third inning, which lasted 38 minutes, twelve runs were added on eleven basehits. Solange opened the at bat with her fourth triple of the event, then scored on a passed ball. With one out, Anne Blaauwgeers doubled, then a runscoring error followed. A triple by Fabienne van Uden then led to another run. RBI-singles by Karin, Merel and Solange then followed, while Nathalie Timmermans and Saskia both added a 2-run double to increase the lead to 19-0.

As the team was off in the evening, players and staff went to nearby Grado. There, in the old center of this small harbour-city, the team had dinner and had time to walk around to close the day.

Before the Dutch played vs. Denmark, the match-up between Israel and Germany was played
Dutch umpire Rob Veldkamp was at third base in this game

Ginger de Weert assists Coach Tracy Bunge during batting practice

The field in Staranzano, which was the site for today's game

The umpires for the game against Denmark
1B Akos Farkas (Hungary), HP Gianluca Magnani (Italy) and 3B Johann Garigliano (Italy)

The umpires and coaches meet

Meike Witteveen and Britt Vonk are ready for the player introductions

Fred Versluis took his spot on the scoreboard or is he addressing the crowd?

Anne Blaauwgeers is introduced

The National Anthems are being played with the teams lining up under a clear, blue sky

Chantal Versluis at third after leading off the game with a triple
Sabrina Nihøj is the 3B and Johann Garigliano the umpire

Nana Ejstrup pitched for Denmark and gave up 17 basehits

Fabienne van Uden at 2nd base in the first inning after a bunt-single and stolen base

45-year old Henriette Gilhøj, President of the Danish Softball Federation, was the catcher
The former player of Amsterdam Pirates holds the record for most games played in the Danish National Team

Kristina Nielsen, the lefthanded (!) second baseman of Denmark

Merel Oosterveld as runner at third base in the first inning...

...and playing at second base defensively

Head Coach Craig Montvidas at third base

Lindsey Meadows and Ginger de Weert were in charge of the pitching charts today

Karin Tuk is greeted after hitting a 3-run homerun in the 2nd inning

Rebecca Soumeru went the distance in this 3-inning game
She struckout seven of the nine batters she faced and threw a Perfect Game

Solange Starrenburg at 3rd base after leading off the 3rd inning with a triple

Lindsey Meadows reached on an error as pinch-hitter in the 3rd inning

A look in the Dutch dug-out

Game over, the Dutch Team wins its 4th game and closes the preliminary record unbeaten

Winning pitcher Rebecca Soumeru, who threw a Perfect Game
At left is Karin Tuk and at right Areke Spel

Virginie Anneveld with the stadium in Staranzano in the background

Fabienne van Uden with mother Fieke and Nathalie Timmermans with her parents Joke and Herman

Solange Starrenburg is greeted by her mother Monique

Areke Spel with father Ben

Saskia Kosterink with her parents Ed and Trudy and her brother Sebastiaan

Karin Tuk with mother Maaike at left and Fred Versluis (father of Chantal) at right
Also pictured are Karin's grandfather (left), Hans Blaauwgeers (the father of Anne Blaauwgeers)
and players Nathalie Gosewehr and Rebecca Soumeru

On the other side of the field are Virginie Anneveld, Meike Witteveen
and Britt Vonk playing a game

In the evening, the players wait for the bus to travel to Grado

It was another hot day

And there is the bus

And this is the destination: Grado

One of the inner-harbours of Grado

And the beach of Grado overlooking the Adriatic Sea

The historic center of Grado...

...with its small streets

The team has dinner in Grado to close the day

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