Dutch Team opens Second Round with win vs. British
REDIPUGLIA / RONCHI DEI LEGIONARI (Italy) -
The Dutch National Softball Team opened the Second Round of the 17th European Championship on Wednesday-evening, August 3, with a 3-1 victory against Great Britain, the opponent in the final of the Championship two years ago.
With the win, the Dutch Team has set a big step towards the semi-final on Friday-evening.
The win was the 19th vs. the British squad in 20 games between the two countries.
On Thursday, the Dutch Team continues the Second Round with games against Russia and France.
A Live play-by-play will be available again for the Dutch games
Go here for the Play-by-Play of the Dutch game vs. Russia.
Go here for the Play-by-Play of the Dutch game vs. France.
Go here for a complete look at the other games and their play-by-plays to be played on Thursday.
In the morning, the team was off and got time to spent with their family.
Some of the players went to the nearby Palmanova Sports Outlet Village where several shops are located in a village-like setting.
After having won the first four games of the tournament easily with big scores, today's game was the first 'real one'.
After the British stranded runners on first and third base in the first inning, but then were retired in order in the second (two strikeouts), the team opened the score in the third at bat off strong throwing Dutch starter Dagmar Bloeming.
In the first, with a runner on first base and two outs, centerfielder Solange Starrenburg made a great diving catch on a fly by Stacie Townsend, but lost control of the ball when she hit the ground.
In the third, with one out, Jess Legenore reached on an infield-hit and advanced on a sac-bunt by next hitter Laura Thompson.
She then scored on a single by Kristi Yoshisawa.
But that was to be the lone British run, as Dagmar would allow only two more batters in the remaining three innings.
In the fifth, Naomi Jones hit a line drive back to Dagmar, who reacted well, but barely missed catching it, then threw the ball passed first base.
In the sixth, Stacie Townsend reached on an one-out single.
She then advanced on a sac-bunt and would surely have scored the tying run when short stop Chantal Versluis would not have made a great jumping catch on a fly by Karlene Headley-Cooper.
In the seventh, rightfielder Areke Spel made a nice catch in foul territority to open the inning.
Next, Solange Starrenburg made the next out and Dagmar ended the game herself when batter Naomi Jones was called out on strikes.
The Dutch Team got on base in all seven innings.
In the first, with two outs, Britt Vonk singled and stole second base, but stranded there.
In the second, Nathalie Gosewehr singled, then next batter Solange Starrenburg did the same, but her hit was annulled, as Nathalie was ruled out for leaving first base too early.
In the third, Chantal Versluis doubled with two outs, but then was eliminated at third base trying to stretch it into a triple.
In the fourth, trailing 1-0, the Dutch came back immediately, scored twice and took the lead.
Meike Witteveen led off with a single and moved on a sac-bunt by Britt Vonk.
After Saskia Kosterink had flied out, Meike scored the tying run when Virginie Anneveld doubled.
Moments later, Virginie scored the go-ahead run on a triple by Nathalie Gosewehr.
In the fifth, Chantal reached on a wild pitch after a strikeout, but was left behind.
In the sixth, two runners stranded.
With two outs, Virginie Anneveld walked and advanced on a single by Nathalie Gosewehr (who was 3-for-3), but the latter and pinch-runner Fabienne van Uden then both were left when a groundout followed.
In the seventh inning, the Dutch Team added an insurance run.
With two outs, Chantal Versluis walked and stole second base, then scored on a following single by Meike Witteveen.
Another single by Britt Vonk followed, but the two runners were left as British pitcher Stacie Townsend followed with a strikeout.
In the home of the seventh, Dagmar Bloeming (who threw 99 pitches) first got fine defensive support, then ended the game with her eighth strikeout.
The streets of Palmanova Outlet Village
Rebecca Soumeru, Karin Versluis (mother of Chantal), Chantal Versluis,
Dagmar Bloeming and Virginie Anneveld doing shopping in Palmanova
Virginie Anneveld prepares the hair of Britt Vonk,
while Areke Spel checks her things
Does the World Softball Championship 2014 comes to the Netherlands?
Members of the Organizing Committee promoted the bid in Italy
Today's Official Scorers Maurizio Imperiali and Anita Manca in the back
with the Scoreboard Operator and P.A. Announcer in front of them
Another game is about to start
Today's umpires with tournament-mascot Opo
1B Alex Kaverin (Russia), HP Gianluca Magnani (Italy) and 3B Josť Sanchez (Sweden)
The player introductions are about to begin...
...with the Dutch fans in the background
Tourmament-mascot Opo entertains the spectators...
...and joins the coaches for their meeting with the umpires
Dagmar Bloeming is introduced
Lining up for the National Anthem
Stacie Townsend went the distance for the British squad
Britt Vonk became the first Dutch runner in the first inning
when she reached on an infield-hit
Dagmar Bloeming struckout eight and threw a 4-hitter
Italian Umpire Gianluca Magnani calls out a British batter on strikes
Head Coach Craig Montvidas checks the action from third base
Meike Witteveen running at second base in the fourth inning
Moments later, Meike scores on a 2-out double by Virginie Anneveld
Meike is greeted in the dug-out after scoring
Nathalie Gosewehr asks for a time-out in the fourth inning...
...then connects for a triple moments later
Virginie Anneveld, who scored on Nathalie's triple, is greeted in the dug-out
by Chantal Versluis, Merel Oosterveld and Coach Karen Marr
Dagmar Bloeming is ready for another pitch
Britt Vonk cheers and makes noise in the dug-out
HP Umpire Gianluca Magnani has his eye on the pitch behind catcher Nathalie Timmermans
Head Coach Craig Montvidas has a meeting with his entire team
Chantal Versluis steals second base in the seventh inning
Short stop Jess Legenore has no play; Moments later, Chantal scores an insurance run for the Dutch
Dagmar Bloeming is preparing for her final pitch of the game
Umpire Gianluca Magnani makes the final call, a strikeout that ends the game
Catcher Nathalie Timmermans is about to hand in the ball to the experienced umpire
Big smiles after the 3-1 win vs. Great Britain on the faces of pitcher Dagmar Bloeming,
Pitching Coach Karen Marr and catcher Nathalie Timmernans
Players exchange high-fives after the game, the fifth win is in the books
The players thanks the Dutch fans for their support