Homeruns by Dinet Oosting, Nathalie Timmermans; strong pitching
PRAGUE (Czech Republic) -
The Dutch National Softball Team on Thursday, July 11 remained unbeaten and clinched the semi-final of the European Championship in the Czech Republic.
In the morning, the Orange squad shutout Austria 9-0, then also held Russia scoreless later in the day, winning 7-0 thanks to an impressive offensive show.
Today, Dinet Oosting and Nathalie Timmermans both homered.
Dutch pitching threw a No-Hitter against Austria, while Lindsey Meadows threw an one-hitter vs. Russia.
After a few hot days with temperatures around 30 degrees Celsius, today was a cold day, so the team played in long trousers tonight, while everyone brought some additional clothing to stay warm.
On Friday, July 12, the Dutch Team meets Italy in the semi-final, starting at 4:30 PM.
Game vs. Austria
In the first game today, Dutch pitchers Ginger de Weert (4 innings) and Femke van Dusschoten (1 inning) threw a combined No-Hitter.
Only one Austrian player reached base in the game and that was by a player with a Dutch connection.
In the second inning, Martina Lackner led off with a walk and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt.
Lackner played in the Dutch big league in 2009-2012 for Tex Town Tigers, with whom she won the Dutch championship title and won the European Cup.
During her period at TTT, she played together with Merel Oosterveld, Dinet Oosting, Karin Tuk, Britt Vonk and Ginger de Weert, who were in today's Dutch line-up, but also Virginie Anneveld and Lindsey Meadows, who didn't play in the game against Austria.
The Dutch Team opened the score with two runs in the second inning.
Saskia Kosterink led off with a double and scored on a following triple by Dinet Oosting, who then scored on a squeeze by Karin Tuk.
Hereafter, Marisčla de Wind doubled, but she was left at second base.
Three runs were added in the third inning.
With two outs, Britt Vonk walked and stole second base.
Hereafter, Saskia Kosterink was walked intentionally to set up a force play, but that failed, as Dinet Oosting drilled the next delivery over the centerfield-fence for a 3-run homerun.
A 4-run rally followed in the fourth inning.
Marisčla de Wind set the rally in motion by leading off with a single and advancing on a wild pitch.
Moments later, she scored when a drive by Nathalie Timmermans ended in an error.
After Nathalie advanced on a grounder by Yonina Sint Jago, Merel Oosterveld walked, then both runners scored on a single by Anne Blaauwgeers.
Next, Britt Vonk walked and an error was made on a fly by Saskia Kosterink, which led to a lot of traffic on the bases, but in the end, the bases were loaded, then Anne scored on a 2-out single by Karin Tuk to make it 9-0.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Austria
Official Scorers Lenka Richterová (Head Scorer), Jana Borovková & Veronika Čermáková
The Dutch dug-out is decorated for a new game
Today was a cloudy and cold day
The starting line-up against Austria hangs in the dug-out
Head Coach Craig Montvidas hits grounders
The umpires of the game against Austria
Pavel Vychodsky (3B, Czech Republic), Sara Dielen (HP, Belgium), Carsten Frederiksen (1B, Denmark)
Craig Montvidas meets Austrian coaches Francesca Fabretto and Marcel Kratochwil and the umpires
Ready for action
The National Anthems are being played
Time to Play Ball!
Ginger de Weert is the starting pitcher
3B is Dinet Oosting, 1B is Anne Blaauwgeers
Short stop Britt Vonk & 2B Merel Oosterveld
The cheering starts in the Dutch dug-out
Yonina Sint Jago again makes music
Austrian pitcher Lisa Wurm delivers; 1B is Cathi Weiser, 3B is Martina Lackner
Merel Oosterveld leads off the 1st inning, but flies out
Next hitter Anne Blaauwgeers also connects, but grounds out
And Britt Vonk pops out to end the first inning
Ginger de Weert throws four hitless innings
Catcher Karin Tuk looks at the signs
Martina Lackner is the lone Austrian runner in this game
1B is Anne Blaauwgeers
Head Coach Craig Montvidas has a talk with his players
Martina Lackner running at 2nd base; the umpire is Carsten Frederiksen
Belgian Home Plate Umpire Sara Dielen gives the count with Karin Tuk in front of her
The Dutch fans show that it is a lot colder today
But the cheering continues
Coaches Craig Montvidas and Berend Mannessen wear a jacket today
Saskia Kosterink hits a lead-off double in the 2nd inning
She then scores moments later...
...when Dinet Oosting follows with a triple
Saskia is greeted after scoring the first run
Dinet Oosting scores the second run on a squeeze-bunt by Karin Tuk
Marisčla de Wind at second base after hitting a line drive double
Merel Oosterveld leads off the 3rd inning with a flyout
Anne Blaauwgeers bunts, but the ball goes foul
With two outs in the 3rd, Britt Vonk walks and steals 2nd base
Centerfielder Carola Krejci tries to catch the ball, but has no chance...
...and so, Dinet Oosting hits a 3-run homerun
Catcher Karin Tuk in action
Rightfielder Marisčla de Wind makes the final out of the 4th inning
Standing in front of her are 2B Merel Oosterveld and pitcher Ginger de Weert
Marisčla de Wind scores in bottom 4th on a double by Nathalie Timmermans
Waiting for the ball at left are short stop Lauren du Toit (2) and 2B Victoria Wildling (9)
At right, pitcher Jacqueline Kohlmaier covers home, while Yonina Sint Jago is coaching
Another angle of Marisčla de Wind's head-first at home plate
Nathalie Timmermans at 2nd base after her RBI-double
Anne Blaauwgeers hits a 2-run single moments later
Later in the at bat, Saskia Kosterink singles to load the bases
Whoops, some confusion after Saskia's drive into centerfield
With two outs, Karin Tuk singles in a run to make it 9-0
Femke van Dusschoten throws the 5th inning
Femke strikes out all three batters she faces
ESF President Andre van Overbeek (center) has a talk with former KNBSB President
Ruud van Zetten (left) and Michael Schmidt, Vice-President of the Austrian Federation
Yonina Sint Jago is the leftfielder against Austria
Saskia Kosterink is playing in centerfield
End of the game
The players shake hands...
...and thank the spectators
Game vs. Russia
After five big shutout-victories, Russia was the first 'serious' opponent, but in the end, the Dutch Team put on an impressive offensive show, resulting in a 7-0, 5-inning victory.
Pitcher Lindsey Meadows went the distance, struckout five batters and allowed only two players to reach base.
In the second inning, she gave up an one-out double and with two outs, she hit a batter.
Hereafter, Lindsey retired the next 10 batters.
The Dutch Team opened the score with one run in the first inning when both Britt Vonk and Saskia Kosterink both reached on an error.
In the second inning, Dinet Oosting drove the ball into rightfield for an apparent homerun, but it was caught by the rightfielder.
With two outs, Nathalie Timmermans singled, but stranded.
In the third at bat, Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a single, advanced to third base, but also stranded.
The Dutch Team then took more distance in the fourth inning, scoring two runs.
With two outs, Merel Oosterveld was hit by a pitch, then Nathalie Timmermans hit a towering homerun on the next delivery by Russian pitcher Ekaterina Eronina.
The offensive show was completed in the fifth inning when four runs were scored (again with two outs) on five consecutive basehits to reach the 7-run, mercy-rule difference.
First, Britt Vonk singled and stole second base, then scored on a single by Saskia Kosterink.
Virginie Anneveld then followed with another single.
Saskia and Virginie scored when Dinet Oosting drilled a double into centerfield.
A walk-off, RBI-single by Merel Oosterveld then completed the inning and the game.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Russia
Before leaving the hotel, the players are briefed over next opponent Russia
The field is being prepared
Lindsey Meadows standing in the rain?
No, this is water being sprayed on the field before the game
Berend Mannessen hits fly balls to the outfielders
And Craig Montvidas hits grounders to the infielders
This is how Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar made the previous photo
And this is Fred Versluis after making the previous photo
The umpires in the game against Russia
Raoul Machalet (1B, Germany), Gianluca Magnani (HP, Italy), Peter Kluszcynsky (3B, Canada)
Coaches Maria Kazantseva and Craig Montvidas shake hands and meet the umpires
The playing of the National Anthems
The players exchange gifts
Everyone is ready in the Dutch dug-out
Time to Play Ball!
Coaches Craig Montvidas and Karen Marr
Lindsey Meadows goes the distance against Russia
3B is Virginie Anneveld, 1B is Anne Blaauwgeers, the umpire is Raoul Machalet
Lindsey Meadows throws a one-hitter
Cheering from the Dutch dug-out
Russian pitcher Ekaterina Eronina
With two outs in the 1st inning, Britt Vonk reaches on an error
Saskia Kosterink follows with a drive, that is missed in the outfield
and enables Britt to score the first Dutch run; Eygeniya Eglazarova is the catcher
Saskia Kosterink dives back to 2nd base after reaching it on an error
2B Tatiana Zhuchkova tags Saskia, but has no play
Moments later, Saskia takes off on a fly by Virginie Anneveld, but that is caught
Short stop Anastatia Buchenkova sees that the ball is caught
Short stop Chantal Versluis and 3B Virginie Anneveld
Anne Blaauwgeers playing at first base
Rightfielder Merel Oosterveld and 2B Britt Vonk
In the 2nd inning, Elena Povarova is the lone Russian player to reach second and third base in the game
Pitcher Lindsey Meadows and catcher Nathalie Timmermans have a talk
after Tatiana Beltyukova is hit by a pitch; Standing at right is coach Lyudmila Petrova
Nathalie Timmermans shakes hands with Coach Berend Mannessen after her 2-out single
in the bottom of the 2nd inning; 1B is Alexandra Larionova
Looking on from the dug-out
In the bottom 3rd, Nathalie Gosewehr leads off with a single
Moments later, Nathalie advances on a grounder by Chantal Versluis
2B Tatiana Zhuchkova gets the ball; 3B Alina Afanasyeva looks on, as is umpire Peter Kluszcynsky
Nathalie then moves to 3rd base on a flyout by Britt Vonk, but is then left behind
Centerfielder Saskia Kosterink makes the first out in the top 4th
Leftfielder Nathalie Gosewehr is covering
Nathalie Timmermans moments before hitting a 2-run homerun in the bottom 4th
Nathalie rounds the bases after her homerun
Lindsey Meadows struckout five batters
Britt Vonk reaches on a bunt-single with two outs in bottom 5th
1B Alexandria Larionova gets the ball too late
Britt takes off from 1st base to steal second base moments later, as seen by umpire Raoul Machalet
Short stop Anastasia Buchenkova awaits the ball, but Britt already reaches the base
Britt then goes on the score on a single by Saskia Kosterink
Virginie Anneveld scores on a 2-run double by Dinet Oosting
Dinet on second base after her 2-run double...
...and is cheered by her teammates
Merel Oosterveld connects for a walk-off single that makes it 7-0
Cheering after the mercy-rule victory...
...which came on an overpowering, offensive show
Merel Oosterveld is greeted
The players shake hands
The Dutch players thank their supporters
Head Coach Craig Montvidas talks with the team afterwards
(photos made by Marco Stoovelaar (MS) and Fred Versluis (FV)
|Second Round (1st-8th place)|
|Pool E||Pool F|
|Italy vs. Spain||6-1||Netherlands vs. Austria||9-0 (4½)|
|Great Britain vs. Czech Republic||5-3||Austria vs. Sweden||3-1|
|Czech Republic vs. Spain||8-0 (4½)||Netherlands vs. Russia||7-0 (5)|
|Second Round (9th-16th place)|
|Pool G||Pool H|
|Poland vs. Slovakia||2-11 (5)||Croatia vs. Switzerland||9-5|
|Poland vs. Denmark||0-7 (5)||Switzerland vs. Ukraine||7-6|
|Belgium vs. Slovakia||8-7||Croatia vs. Germany||2-11 (5)|
|Second Round (17th-19th place)|
|Israel vs. France||4-3 (8)|
|Final Standings Second Round (1st-8th place)|
|Pool E||Pool F|
|Italy, Czech Republic, Netherlands, Russia qualify for 1st-4th place Play-Offs|
|Great Britain, Austria will play for 5th-6th place|
|Spain, Sweden will play for 7th-8th place|
|Final Standings Second Round (9th-16th place)|
|Pool G||Pool H|
|Belgium, Germany, Slovakia, Ukraine qualify for 9th-12th place Play-Offs|
|Denmark, Switzerland will play for 13th-14th place|
|Croatia, Poland will play for 15th-16th place|