Dutch Team finishes preliminary round unbeaten
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