Dutch Team faces either Italy or Czechs in Final
PRAGUE (Czech Republic) -
The Dutch National Sofball Team once again reached the final of the European Championship, as the Orange squad outscored Italy 7-3 in the semi-final on Friday-evening, July 12.
Later in the evening, host Czech Republic won 8-3 vs. Russia, which therefore was eliminated for a medal.
Italy now will face the Czech Republic on Saturday-morning in the Bronze Medal-game, with the winner advancing to the final and the loser winning the bronze medal.
The final on Saturday-afternoon will begin at 4:30 PM.
Both the bronze medal-game and the final can be followed live via a video-stream
Go here for the live stream via the ESF-website
Live stream via Ceska Televize-site (=> ivysilani => CT Sport (green one)
In today's game, the Dutch Team held a dominating 7-0 lead in the fifth inning, but Italy avoided a mercy-rule loss thanks to a 3-run homerun.
The game between the Dutch and Italy was attractive from the beginning.
For the Dutch Team, this was its 150th game overall during an European Championship.
Offensively, the Dutch squad collected 14 basehits, including three by Saskia Kosterink and Nathalie Timmermans, while Britt Vonk reached base four times.
The Dutch Team reached base frequently and that also led to 10 runners left on base.
Italy registered eight basehits, with two players accounting for six of them.
Veteran Eva Trevisan and Andrea Montanari each hit three hits.
The Dutch Team got on base right away in the first inning.
With two outs, Britt Vonk (who today played in her 75th international game for the Dutch squad) walked and Saskia Kosterink singled.
This brought Britt to third base, while Saskia advanced on the throw to third, but the two were left behind.
In the second inning, Dinet Oosting led off with a single, but stranded on second base.
The score was then opened in the third at bat.
With two outs, Britt Vonk walked again, then stole second base.
She then scored the first Dutch run when Saskia Kosterink followed with a double down the leftfield-line.
Next, Virginie Anneveld singled to bring in Saskia and make it 2-0.
Saskia's run was the 350th Dutch run in history against Italy.
That was the lead Dutch starter Dagmar Bloeming needed to grow.
In the first inning, the righthander gave up a lead-off single to Eva Trevisan, who moved on a sac-bunt, then reached third base on a bunt-single by Andrea Montanari.
But the two stranded, as two flyouts followed.
In the second inning, Italy opted for the bunt to try to set things into motion.
Lara Buila led off with a single, then a fielder's choice-sacrifice bunt by Priscilla Brandi resulted in two runners.
The two moved on a sac-bunt by Valeria Bortolomai.
Hereafter, Buila was unable to score on a squeeze-bunt by Irene Barone, who was retired at first base.
A grounder then ended the at bat.
In the third ining, now with a 2-0 lead, Dagmar retired the side, as she did in the fourth inning.
And so, she retired the last nine batters she faced.
The Dutch Team increased the lead to 4-0 by adding two runs in the fourth at bat.
Merel Oosterveld led off with a single, which led to a pitching change.
But new pitcher Michela Musitelli was greeted with a double by Nathalie Timmermans.
Next, Merel scored on a grounder by Anne Blaauwgeers and Nathalie Gosewehr added an RBI-single that made it 4-0.
Chantal Versluis then followed with a single, but that was erased as the 1B Umpire ruled out Nathalie for leaving first base too early.
A 3-run rally followed in the fifth inning off of new pitcher Ilaria Cacciamani.
Britt Vonk and Saskia Kosterink led off with singles which were to be the start of the rally.
After a flyout, Dinet Oosting singled to bring in Britt and the scoring continued when Merel Oosterveld reached on an error and Nathalie Timmermans singled.
After another pitching change, a strikeout followed and then the lead could gave increased even more when Nathalie Gosewehr drove the ball into deep centerfield.
With centerfielder Andrea Montanari running towards the fence, Nathalie's drive had 'homerun' written on it.
However, Montanari made an outstanding catch, hanging over the fence to end the inning.
But, the Dutch Team reached the 7-run difference and with that had a chance of end the game in five innings.
Italy then avoided a mercy-rule loss by scoring three runs in the home of the fifth inning.
Rebecca Soumeru took over the pitching for the Dutch and got two quick outs.
But then, Eva Trevisan singled and Sandra Bosdachin doubled.
Next, Andrea Montanari, moments after making her great catch, hit a 3-run homerun that narrowed the deficit to 7-3.
But that was it for Italy.
In the sixth and seventh inning, Femke van Dusschoten pitched.
In the sixth, with one out, there was a little bit of a scaring moment when Italian batter Lara Buila had to leave the game after a foulball hit her chin and teeth.
With an 0-2 count, Lara Cecchetti took over as batter, then reached base after a delivery from Femke hit her on the arm, but then two outs followed.
In the seventh, Trevisan (with one out) and Montanari (with two outs) hit their third basehit of the game, but they were left behind, as a pop-fly to short stop Chantal Versluis ended the game.
The Dutch got into scoring position again in the sixth and seventh at bat, but didn't add more runs.
In the sixth, Chantal Versluis led off with a single, but then was forced out on a grounder by Britt Vonk.
With two outs, Britt stole second base, then Virginie Anneveld walked, but a strikeout ended the at bat.
In the seventh, Nathalie Timmermans singled with one out and Nathalie Gosewehr singled with two outs, but they also were left behind.
And so, the 104th game in history between the Netherlands and Italy was in the books.
By the way, this also was the 150th game in history played by the Dutch Team on an European Championship.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Italy
|Play-Offs 1st-4th place||Play-Offs 9th-12th place|
|Italy vs. Netherlands||3-7||Slovakia vs. Ukraine||7-1|
|(Netherlands qualifies for Final)||(Ukraine finishes in 12th place)|
|Czech Republic vs. Russia||8-3||Belgium vs. Germany||1-5|
|(Russia finishes in 4th place)||(Germany qualifies for 9th-10th place final)|
|Final Ranking Games|
|15th-16th place||7th-8th place|
|Poland vs. Croatia||9-4||Spain vs. Sweden||4-6|
|13th-14th place||5th-6th place|
|Denmark vs. Switzerland||8-7||Great Britain vs. Austria||5-1|
|Second Round (17th-19th place)|
|Hungary vs. Israel||1-0|
|Final Standings Second Round (17th-19th place)|
|Israel finishes in 17th place, France finishes in 18th place, Hungary finishes in 19th place|
Fred Versluis takes his position for making photos of the semi-final
Anton Kops, former KNBSB-boardmember for softball affairs
Dutch umpire Patrick Reus (right) with his Spanish colleague Luis Ignacio Pardo
Official Scorers Dagmar Fuchsová & Tereza Závranská
The Dutch fans are ready for the semi-final
A little bit too much water behind second base during field preparations
The batter's box is being prepared
Chief Technical Commissioner Cornelia Chwojka (Czech Republic) is all smiles
Former National Team-player and current Italian 1B Coach Paola Marfoglia
The flags and banners are up again in the Dutch dug-out
Craig Montvidas hits grounders...
...and Berend Mannessen hits fly balls during pre-game activities
The umpires in the semi-final
Franck Lautier (3B, France), Peter Kluszcynsky (HP, Canada), Raoul Machalet (1B, Germany)
Head Coach Craig Montvidas looks at the Italian preparations
Britt Vonk also checks the activities on the field
Coaches Craig Montvidas and Marina Centrone with the umpires
Time for the player's introductions
Here, Saskia Kosterink enters the field
And here, Virginie Anneveld is introduced
Yonina Sint Jago shakes hands with teammates
Marisčla de Wind enters the field, then Karin Tuk is introduced
The team after being introduced
Listening to the National Anthems
The umpires stand in the middle
The Dutch players applaud their National Anthem
Time for the Italian National Anthem
The players exchange gifts
The team-yell and then Play Ball!
Nathalie Gosewehr is the lead-off hitter
Chantal Versluis is the second Dutch batter
Ready to start the game
Nathalie Gosewehr leads off, but grounds out
Greta Cecchetti is the Italian starting pitcher
Cheering from centerfield
Manoa Weijgertse, Charissa Soumeru, Shareday Christina & Kimberly Jones
Sitting in the middle behind the fence is KNBSB-boardmember Karen Vroonhof, who arrived today
Italian coaches Marina Centrone, Monica Corvino and Paola Marfoglia
Chantal Versluis is the second Dutch batter in the 1st inning
Saskia Kosterink singles with two outs in the 1st inning...
...and brings Britt Vonk (walk) to third base
Britt dives into third base head first...
...where 3B Giuilia Longhi receives the ball too late
Virginie Anneveld grounds out to end the first inning
Recognizable on the back row in the stands are Peter van der Aart (Org.Com. 2014 World Championship),
Ruud van Zetten (former KNBSB-President), Pavel Podhajecky (Czech Local Commissioner) and
Pavel Vychodsky (Czech umpire) and sitting in front at right are Carolien Stadhouders
(Dutch Umpire-in-Chief) and Peter Vonk (Dutch umpire)
The Dutch Team starts the first defensive inning
Dagmar Bloeming is the starting pitcher for the Orange squad
Dagmar gives up only three basehits in four innings
Ilaria Pino connects, but pops up in the bottom 1st inning
Nathalie Timmermans is the catcher, Peter Kluszcynsky the umpire
1B Anne Blaauwgeers catches the pop-fly by Ilaria Pino
Veteran pitcher Rebecca Soumeru looks on
Yonina Sint Jago leads the cheering in the dug-out
Dinet Oosting leads off the 2nd inning with a single
Valeria Bortolomai is the catcher
Nathalie Timmermans before grounding out in the 2nd inning
1B Priscilla Brandi gets the ball in time to retire Nathalie Timmermans
Dinet Oosting advances on Nathalie's grounder, but she is left behind
Eva Trevisan grounds out to end the bottom 2nd with runners on 2nd and 3rd base
Coaches Karen Marr and Craig Montvidas check the paperwork
Nathalie Gosewehr lines out to lead off the 3rd inning
Britt Vonk walks with two outs in the 3rd inning...
...and steals 2nd base, sliding past SS Eva Trevisan, as seen by umpire Franck Lautier
Saskia Kosterink follows with a double...
...that enables Britt to score the first Dutch run
Britt is greeted after opening the score
The Dutch fans cheer the first Dutch run
Virginie Anneveld follows with an RBI-single...
...and Saskia Kosterink scores the second run
Britt Vonk, Dagmar Bloeming and Pitching Coach Karen Marr cheer
Dinet Oosting hitting in the 3rd inning
In the stands, we see also Dutch Czech Head Coach André Prins, former KNBSB-boardmember Anton Kops
and Johan Kluijskens of the 2014 World Championship Organizing COmmittee
Merel Oosterveld leads off the 4th inning with an infield-hit
Michela Musitelli takes over the Italian pitching in the 4th inning
3B is Giuilia Longhi, 1B is Priscilli Brandi
Nathalie Timmermans reaches 2nd base in the 4th with a double
Short stop Eva Trevisan shouts for the ball
Merel Oosterveld moves to 3rd base on Nathalie's double
3B Giuilia Longhi tells the defense where the ball has to go
Umpire Peter Kluszcynsky gives the count, while catcher Nathalie Timmermans checks the signals
2B Britt Vonk makes the 2nd out in the bottom of the 4th inning
Looking on from the Dutch dug-out
Short stop Chantal Versluis makes the final out of the 4th inning
Leonella Elizabeth, Manoa Weijgertse, Charissa Soumeru,
Maaike Blaauwgeers, Kimberly Jones and Shareday Christina
cheer from the centerfield-stands
Britt Vonk and Saskia Kosterink lead off the 5th inning
with singles; standing in the middle is 2B Sandra Bosdachin
Virginie Anneveld connects, but flies out
Sitting in the right corner are Chief Technical Commissioner Cornelia Chwojka (Czech Republic)
and Head Umpire-in-Chief Andrea Marcon (Italy)
The cheering continues in the Dutch dug-out
Britt Vonk is going to score in the 5th on a single by Dinet Oosting
...and is greeted in the dug-out
Dinet moves to 2nd base on the throw to home plate; 2B is Sandra Bosdachin
Moments later, Saskia Kosterink scores the next run when Merel Oosterveld reaches on an error
Ilaria Cacciamani is the third Italian pitcher with Dinet Oosting running on 3rd base
The Italian coaches see the action unfold before them
Luana Luconi is the fourth pitcher for Italy, taking over in the 5th at bat
The inning ends with a great catch by centerfielder Andrea Montanari on a drive by Nathalie Gosewehr
Rebecca Soumeru takes over the Dutch pitching in the 5th inning
Standing in the back are 3B Virginie Anneveld and umpire Franck Lautier
...and HP Umpire Peter Kluszcynsky calls the third strike on Irene Barone
Later in the bat, Italy scores three runs on a homerun by Andrea Montanari
Chantal Versluis is forced out in the top 6th by short stop Eva Trevisan
Britt Vonk on 2nd base in the 6th after a stole base
Media Officer/Scorer Marco Stoovelaar and Physical Therapist Ingrid Holstege share a moment of fun
3B Virginie Anneveld makes the first out in the bottom 6th
Femke van Dusschoten is the third Dutch pitcher, taking over in the 6th
Femke makes a delivery
Lara Buila is attended after hitting herself on her mouth with a foul ball
Craig Montvidas asks why umpire Peter Kluszcynsky rules a hit by pitch
on pinch-hitter Lara Cecchetti, while catcher Nathalie Timmermans looks on
Head Coach Craig Montvidas back in the dug-out
Marisčla de Wind cheers
Femke van Dusschoten looks on
Yonina Sint Jago makes music
Britt Vonk and Pitching Coach Karen Marr cheer
Pitcher Dagmar Bloeming makes noise
Karin Tuk is pinch-hitter in the top 7th, but pops out
Nathalie Gosewehr lets a ball go by and later singles...
...to bring Nathalie Timmermans (who also singled) to 3rd base
The final out is made in the bottom 7th; the Dutch Team is in the final!
The players exchange high fives
Of course, the Dutch players thank their supporters again
Craig Montvidas looks back to the game with his team
Nathalie Gosewehr is interviewed by Czech television
Head Coach Craig Montvidas is also interviewed
(photos made by Marco Stoovelaar (MS) and Fred Versluis (FV)