17 players selected for event in Prague
NIEUWEGEIN (Netherlands) -
Dutch National Softball Team Head Coach Craig Montvidas has announced his roster of 17 players for the upcoming European Championship, which will be held July 7-13 in the Czech capital of Prague.
All players were personally informed by Montvidas on Wednesday-evening, June 26.
Later in the evening, all coaches and clubs concerned were also informed.
The roster was then officially announced on Thursday, June 27.
The Dutch Team will play two final exhibition games on Sunday, June 30 to conclude its Holland Tour.
At Sportpark Toolenburg, the site of Hoofddorp Pioniers in Hoofddorp, a double-header will be played against Team AIST from the USA, starting at 1 PM.
The Dutch Softball Team is reigning European champion.
In 2009, when first led by Montvidas, is recaptured the title in Valencia (Spain) after 19 years.
Two years ago, in 2011 in Ronchi Dei Legionari (Italy), the Dutch squad prolonged to title, defeating Italy in the final game.
In the upcoming European Championship, the Dutch Team opens the Preliminary Round in Pool B, facing Croatia, Slovakia and Spain.
The Orange squad opens the event on Sunday, July 7 at 12:30 PM against Spain, then meets Croatia on Monday, July 8 (12:30 PM) and concludes against Slovakia on Tuesday, July 9 (12:30 PM).
The Second Round then starts on Wednesday, July 10.
Pool A is formed by Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Hungary and Switzerland.
In Pool C, Denmark, Germany, Great Britain, Israel and Russia will meet each other.
Pool D is compiled of France, Italy, Poland, Sweden and Ukraine.
The Dutch roster is compiled of experienced players, who have been active in the Dutch big league and the National Team for several years.
There are no rookies in the squad, but Dinet Oosting and Marisèla de Wind have been selected for the first time for a major tournament.
Both have been part of the Dutch Team during two American Tours in 2011 and 2012, playing against (Division I) college-teams.
Besides these two, Yonina Sint Jago also will play in her first European Championship, but she already was with the team during last years World Championship in Canada.
After returning into the National Team in 2009, outfielder Areke Spel will miss her first tournament since then, due to an injury.
Five players have been selected who play for Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem.
FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem and Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels each have three players in the National Team.
One player comes from reigning champion Alcmaria Victrix, but she also plays in the American Division I for the University of California at Berkeley.
The five remaining players are active this season in the highest Italian League.
Eight players had to be cut from the preliminary roster.
They all will remain on the National Team 'overall' roster and were named 'alternate'.
They also remain available for future selection-moments.
During the European Championship, Head Coach Craig Montvidas will be assisted by Karen Marr (Pitching Coach) and Berend Mannessen.
The supporting staff will include Physical Therapist Ingrid Holstege, Team Manager Paul Boonstra and Media Officer/Statistician Marco Stoovelaar.
The roster for the European Championship looks as follows: