Right To Play Future Stars Tournament marks return of indoor-softball in Amsterdam
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - Indoor-softball as a regular game returned to Sporthallen Zuid in Dutch capital Amsterdam in the weekend of February 6 and 7, as the first edition of the Right To Play Future Stars Indoor Softball Tournament was played there.
And it was a big success, as the event received only positive reactions from everyone involved, including personnel of the Sporthallen Zuid.
One of them also worked at the huge sports complex, when it was the site of several successful indoor competions in the early nineties.
The staff of the Dutch National Softball Teams announced on Sunday, after completion of the tournament, that there will be a second edition of the Future Stars Tournament early next year, probably with international participation.
Humanitarion organisation Right To Play linked its name to the event.
In June last year, the Dutch National Softball Team became an ambassador of Right To Play, which works for a better future for children worldwide through sports and game-projects in more than 20 countries.
Participating in the first Future Stars Tournament were the players on the preliminary rosters of the Dutch Junior Red and Dutch Junior White Teams.
For all players, the event was part of the selection process, as the Junior Red Team is preparing for the European Junior Championship this Summer in Vienna (Austria).
The event was visited well, mostly of course by family members of the players, but also by members of several clubs.
Almere '90 (Almere), DSS (Haarlem) and Roef! (Moergestel) all were at the games with large delegations.
Clubs, who ordered 10 or more tickets, became eligible for a special event with one of them winning a clinic by the Dutch National Softball Team.
During the Award Ceremony, National Team Head Coach Craig Montvidas did the drawing and it was Roef! that won the clinic.
Also, a raffle lottery was held with prices being donated by Donnay and All-American Sports, who both are supporting sponsors of the Dutch National Softball Team.
The main price in the lottery, a bicycle, was donated by MatraBike.
All winning tickets for the lottery were handed in, except for one.
On Sunday, the winning ticket with number 559 (a 25 Euro cheque by All-American Sports) got no winner (yet).
So, when you read this and have number 599, please contact the Dutch Federation Head Office at firstname.lastname@example.org (attention Harumi Ueda).
During the two days of the event, five umpires were active: Francine Grotenhoff, Carolien Stadhouders, Albert Jung, Boyd Suk and Rick Tuk.
Bert Loggen was the Umpire-in-Chief.
Also, Ben Goorts (five games on Saturday) and Olga Lablans (six games on Sunday) were the Official Scorers.
Dennis Duin scored one game on Saturday and was responsible for the tournament statistics.
Marco Stoovelaar, the Media Officer of the Dutch National Softball Teams, scored one game on Sunday and was the Scorer-in-Chief of the event.
Hans Jansen, the Public Address Announcer of Dutch Major League baseball teams L&D Amsterdam Pirates and Almere Magpies, was the announcer during 12 of the 13 games played.
Dennis Duin acted as announcer during one game on Sunday.
The players and staff of the Dutch Juniors thank all these game officials for their participation in the event.
The players of the Dutch National Softball Team also participated in the event, as they assisted the organisors and participating teams in all kind of activities, such as setting up the playing field, hanging up the promotional banners, selling tickets and lottery tickets and being assisting coach.
So, let's now start a complete lookback to the event, with brief recaps of all 13 games played, as well as Box Scores and Photos.
Unfortunately, not all recaps are being illustrated by photos, but nine of the 13 are.
Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar took most of the photos, but a special thanks goes to to Karin Versluis and Henk Seppen, who took several photos on Saturday and submitted them for this website.
The announcement of the Right To Play Future Stars Softball Tournament
on the outside marquee of the Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam
The four umpires, who officiated on Saturday:
Standing: Boyd Suk, Carolien Stadhouders and Rick Tuk
Sitting is Albert Jung
Official Scorer Ben Goorts (right), who scored five of the six games on Saturday
At left is Dennis Duin, who scored one game and handled the statistics of the event
In the center is Hans Jansen, the Public Address Announcer during the event
Game 1: Team Orange vs. Team Red, 4-0
Team Orange opened the first edition of the Right To Play Future Stars Indoor Softball Tournament with a 4-0 shutout-victory vs. Team Red.
Despite the run-difference, this was a pitching duel between MariŽlle Vleugels (Orange) and Jessie van Aalst (Red), who both struckout nine batters.
MariŽlle gave up only two hits, Jessie gave up three, but her defense committed eight errors.
After having retired 10 of the first eleven batters she faced, MariŽlle walked Nadia Bron, then gave up a single to Marjolein Merkx.
But with runners on second and third base, MariŽlle ended the inning by striking out the next two batters.
In the fifth, Deion van der Voort led off with a single off MariŽlle, who then retired the next six batters in a a row.
After reaching on her single, Deion stole second and third base, but stranded there.
Red-starter Jessie van Aalst struckout four batters in the first two innings, but then gave up two unearned runs in the third at bat.
Stephanie Ruiter led off by reaching on an error, then advanced on two passed balls.
After next batter Kiki Draaijer walked, a throwing error led to two runs.
Hereafter, Shadeney Castillo singled, but then 2B Daphne Endlich made a nice double play by catching a line drive off the bat of Beau van Gelder.
Jessie van Aalst added three more strikeouts, but gave up two additional runs (also both unearned) in the fifth inning.
Kiki Draaijer and Shadeney Castillo both reached on errors, then the bases got loaded when Suzanne Meiring walked.
With two outs, MarisŤla de Wind singled to bring in two runs and raise the lead to 4-0.
Team Orange got the bases loaded again, but this time Jessie van Aalst registered her ninth strikeout to end the at bat.
Box Score Team Orange vs. Team Red
Pitcher MariŽlle Vleugels delivers in the opening game for Team Orange
Sophie Bugter hitting for Team Red with Stephanie Ruiter being the catcher
Carolien Stadhouders is the umpire
A view from the dug-out during the opening game
At left is coach Nathalie Franssen
The players of Team Red look on
Winning pitcher MariŽlle Vleugels, who threw a 2-hitter
Jessie van Aalst throwing for Team Red and gave up three hits
Cheryl Hiele on her way to second base after an overthrow in the second inning
Lisanne Korringa at bat for Team Red;
Stephanie Ruiter is behind the plate; Carolien Stadhouders is the umpire
Nadia Bron steals second base in the fourth inning
Short stop Beau van Gelder (8) jumps up for the ball;
2B Suzanne Meiring and LF Shadeney Castillo (4) look on
Suzanne Meiring (who reached base three times) running a 3rd base for
Team Orange in the fifth inning; Eliza Rikkelman is playing at third for Team Red
Team Red warms up before the start of the sixth inning;
On the players' stands, Team White and Team Blue are ready to play the next game
Game 2: Team White vs. Team Blue, 5-2
In the second game of the day, Team White defeated Team Blue, 5-2, despite being outhit 5-2.
Winning pitcher Laura Treurniet struckout seven batters and gave up five hits, while Eva Voortman of Team Blue threw a 2-hitter and struckout six batters.
Team Blue initially opened the score by scoring a run in the first inning.
Lead-off hitter NoŽmie Brandjes reached on an error, then stole second base, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Rebecca Duindam and scored on a single by Pien Bartels, but then two runners were left behind.
In the home half of the first inning, Team White reacted with three runs.
Kimberly Jones led off with a walk and stole second base.
After Cindy van der Zanden reached on an error, both runners went on to score on passed balls.
Laura Treurniet then walked, moved on a sacrifice bunt by Dinet Oosting and scored on a 2-out single by Rosanne de Vries to make it 3-1.
Team Blue got one run back in the third inning.
With one out, Lueji Petchkovsky Morais was hit by a pitch and scored on a single by Myrthe Smid.
Team White then also scored a run in its third at bat.
With one out, Laura Treurniet doubled, moved on a wild pitch and scored on a grounder by Dinet Oosting.
Leading 4-2, Team White scored one more run in the fifth inning.
Kimberly Jones then was hit by a pitch, stole second and third base and scored on a grounder by Laura Treurniet.
Box Score Team White vs. Team Blue
Eva Voortman pitching to Eva van Knegsel and catcher Myrthe Smid;
Looking into the situation are 2B Rebecca Duindam and HP Umpire Boyd Suk
Spectators are watching the game from the third base stands
A look to the dug-out area
Eva Voortman, who struckout six batters
Cindy van der Zanden hitting for Team White
Dinet Oosting turns for a bunt;
Myrthe Smid is the catcher; Boyd Suk the umpire
Cindy van der Zanden playing at short...
...and Kim Buizer playing at third base for Team White
Switch-hitter Kimberly Jones hitting lefthanded for Team White
Miranda van der Ham hitting for Team Blue
Dinet Oosting stops the ball in front of umpire Boyd Suk
Here, Melissa de Greef is hitting for Team Blue
Laura Treurniet running at 2nd base after hitting a double in the 3rd inning...
...and becoming the winning pitcher for Team White, striking out seven batters
Game 3: Team White vs. Team Orange, 6-5
Team White registered its second victory by nipping Team Orange 6-5 after breaking a 4-4 tie in the fourth inning.
Team White took a 2-0 lead in the first inning.
Kimberly Jones led off with a double and scored when an error was made on an one-out line drive by Dinet Oosting, who then went on to score on a double by Laura van der Bos.
Team Orange tied the score immediately in its first at bat.
Lotte Zijlstra led off with an infield-hit and moved on a sacrifice bunt by Shadeney Castillo and a single by Suzanne Meiring.
Next, Lotte scored on a passed ball and Suzanne on a single by Marit van Vulpen.
Team White re-took the lead by scoring twice in the second inning.
Cindy van der Zanden reached on an error and Rosanne de Vries followed with an infield-hit.
When the latter got in a rundown, Cindy was able to score a run.
Hereafter, Kimberly Jones singled, stole second and third base and scored on a following double by Maaike Siegerist.
But Team Orange again came alongside, this time scoring twice in the third inning.
With one out, Suzanne Meiring walked and Marit van Vulpen reached on a fielder's choice.
Kiki Draaijer followed with an RBI-single, then Marit scored the tying run in a stolen base-situation.
Team White took the lead for the third time in the fourth inning, this time for good.
Rosanne de Vries led off with a walk, stole second base and scored on an error.
Kimberly Jones added a run by hitting a single and scoring on a 2-out single by Laura van der Bos.
Team Orange managed to score another run in the fifth inning, but ended up short.
With one out, Suzanne Meiring walked and scored on a sacrifice fly by Kiki Draaijer.
Kimberly Jones, Laura van der Bos (both White), Suzanne Meiring and Marit van Vulpen (both Orange) all reached bases three times, with Kimberly (who went 3-for-4) and Suzanne each scoring three runs.
As Suzanne also reached base three times in the first game, she now has reached base six times in a row.
Box Score Team Orange vs. Team White
A view from the leftfield stands to the playing field...
...and a view from the dug-out
Winning pitcher Loes van der Vliet starts her wind-up for Team White
Standing in the back are umpire Carolien Stadhouders and short stop Laura van der Bos
At right is leftfielder Merel Groenveld
Suzanne Meiring is welcomed in the dug-out after scoring in the first inning
on a single by Marit van Vulpen; Lotte Zijlstra does a high-five;
In the back, 1B Rosanne de Vries talks with pitcher Loes van der Vliet
Femke Duffhues, who pitched the first three innings for Team Orange
However, due to an injury, this was to be her lone appearance in the tournament
The players of Team White cheer, while being at bat
Looking on in the front are Orange-players Stephanie Ruiter (left) and Kiki Draaijer
Maaike Siegerist avoids being hit by a pitch;
Cheryl Hiele is the catcher; Rick Tuk the umpire
MarisŤla de Wind pitching for Team Orange
MariŽlle Vleugels connects for Team Orange
A look into the dug-out of Team White
Sitting in the back are Kim Buizer and Laura Treurniet
Sitting in front are Jasmin Carlson, Eva van Knegsel and Coach Marjan Smit
Designated Player Kiki Draaijer turns for a bunt
Suzanne Meiring, who scored three runs, hitting for Team Orange
Kimberly Jones is the catcher; Rick Tuk the umpire
Game 4: Team Red vs. Team Blue, 6-2
Team Red rallied for four runs in the sixth inning to break a 2-2 tie vs. Team Blue, but in the end the runs were annulled, as they were scored in an incomplete inning.
According to the tournament rules, a game ends when the time-limit is reached (which stands for 75 minutes for Saturday-games) with the official final score being that after the total of complete innings played.
In this case, it meant the game officially ended in a 2-2 tie. But, also according to tournament rules, all statistics of the abbreviated inning count in the totals.
Team Red scored its first run in the second inning when Debby Barbť was hit by a pitch, advanced on a grounder by Kirsten Vierdag, stole third base and scored on a sacrifice bunt by Deion van der Voort.
The lead was doubled in the next at bat.
Daphne Endlich led off with a single, advanced on an error and stole third base, but then was eliminated at the plate on a grounder by next batter Nadia Bron.
The latter then stole second base and went on to score when Jessie van Aalst followed with a double.
After three runners were caught stealing in the first two innings, Team Blue got a run back in the third.
Eva Voortman reached second base on a throwing error, then stole third base and scored on a single by Rebecca Duindam.
Team Blue then tied the score in the fourth inning.
With one out, Myrthe Smid (who was 3-for-3) singled, moved to third base on a single by Laura Bakker and scored the tying run on a grounder by Gini Ketelaars.
After a scoreless fifth inning, Team Red scored four runs in the sixth inning.
Sophie Bugter walked and Debby Barbť was hit by a pitch, then the first scored on a passed ball and Debby scored on a double by Kirsten Vierdag, who was later forced out.
Moments later, Deion van der Voort also was hit by a pitch and Daphne Endlich reached on a fielder's choice.
The two then scored on a single by Nadia Bron, who reached base three times, as did Daphne Endlich and Myrthe Smid.
Box Score Team Blue vs. Team Red
Team Blue-pitcher Chantal Kradolfer, who struckout four batters
Jessie van Aalst is tagged out by 3B Lueji Petchkovsky Morais
in the first inning on a throw by leftfielder Gini Ketelaars
The infield of Team Red is ready to start the home of the first inning
In the back are 2B Deion van der Voort and 1B Jessie van Aalst
In front are SS Debby Barbť (31) and 3B Eliza Rikkelman (20)
At right is starting pitcher Marjolein Merkx
Winning pitcher Marjolein Merkx in full motion
Short stop Myrthe Smid tags out Eliza Rikkelman
in the 2nd inning after trying to advance on a throwing error
Leftfielder Gini Ketelaars throws the ball back to the infield
after a lead-off single by Daphne Endlich in the third inning
Moments later, Daphne Endlich successfully steals third base
Short stop Myrthe Smid has no play
Team Blue Coach Sandra Gouverneur has a meeting with her players
More action on the basepaths
Here, short stop Debby Barbť tags out Rebecca Duindam,
who overslide second base in the third inning after advancing on a single by NoŽmie Brandjes
Moments later, NoŽmie Brandjes reaches second base
Debby Barbť at bat for Team Red
Laura Bakker is the catcher; Albert Jung is the umpire
Kirsten Vierdag connects for Team Red
Centerfielder Nadia Bron throws the ball back to the infield
1B Jessie van Aalst catches the ball for an out
Rebecca Duindam ends up in foul territory after stealing third base in the 5th inning
Lueji Petchkovsky Morais approaches first base, but is out,
despite a high throw, which is being caught by 1B Jessie van Aalst
Game 5: Team White vs. Team Red, 7-1
Like Team Red in Game 4, Team White had a big rally annulled, due to the fact that the time-limit was reached.
Did Team Red's game ended in a tie, Team White won 2-1, despite losing five runs in the official final score.
Team White scored twice in the first inning.
Lead-off hitter Kimberly Jones was hit by a pitch, stole second and third base and scored when an error was made on a grounder by next batter Loes van der Vliet, who then went on to score when another error was made on a sacrifice bunt by Laura van der Bos.
Team Red scored its first run in the fifth inning.
White-starter Laura Treurniet struckout three batters in the first four innings and was supported by a double play in the first inning by short stop Eva van Knegsel made a nice catch on a line drive by Marjolein Merkx.
With one out in the fifth inning, Red scored when Lisanne Korringa reached on an error and scored when Debby Barbť also reached on an error.
Leading 2-1, Team White rallied for five runs in the sixth inning on five basehits.
The team got the bases loaded when Laura van der Bos walked and Dinet Oosting and pinch-hitter Kim Buizer both singled.
Laura Treurniet then singled in a run and Merel Groenveld followed with a sacrifice fly.
The bases got loaded again when Jasmin Carlson also singled.
With two outs, Kim Buizer beat the throw to home on a force play-grounder by Loes van der Vliet and then two more runs were scored when Laura van der Bos followed with a 2-run double.
Now leading 7-1, the time-limit was reached with one out in the home of the sixth, meaning the five runs were annulled and the final score was moved back to 2-1.
Kimberly Jones reached base three times for the second time today and ended the first day of the event by reaching base eight times in three games, in which she stole eight bases!
Team White-players Loes van der Vliet, Laura van der Bos and Dinet Oosting also reached base three times.
The latter did the same in her previous game.
Box Score Team White vs. Team Red
Team Red-pitcher Deion van der Voort
Lisanne Korringa steals third base in the fifth inning
and looks up to coach Mireille Gill'ard
Short stop Eva van Knegsel, who caught a line drive in the
first inning to start a double play
Kim Buizer running with Lisanne Korringa playing at third base
game 6: Team Orange vs. Team Blue, 8-2
The first day of the Right To Play Future Stars Indoor Softball Tournament officially ended with a 4-2 victory for Team Orange, which became the third team in a run that has a rally being annulled due to the time-limit tournament rule, losing four runs.
Team Orange scored twice in the first inning.
Lotte Zijlstra led off with a single and went on to score on a bunt-single by Beau van Gelder.
With two outs, Cheryl Hiele walked and scored on a single by MariŽlle Vleugels.
In the home of the first, Team Blue came alongside.
Eva Voortman led off with a single, moved on a sacrifice bunt by Miranda van der Ham and scored on a single by Rebecca Duindam, who was then eliminated moments later in the same action.
With two outs, Myrthe Smid walked, advanced on a single by NoŽmie Brandjes and scored when an error was made on a grounder by Chantal Kradolfer.
Team Orange broke the 2-2 tie in the third inning.
With one out, Suzanne Meiring (who had reached on a fielder's choice) was on base when Cheryl Hiele walked.
MariŽlle Vleugels then followed with her second RBI-single of the game to make it 3-2.
Moments later, Cheryl scored on a grounder by Ardine Schemmekes.
Leading 4-2, Team Orange rallied for four runs in the fourth inning.
With one out, Beau van Gelder singled and stole second base.
With two outs, Cheryl Hiele was hit by a pitch and MariŽlle Vleugels walked to load the bases.
Hereafter, Kiki Draaijer and Ardine Schemmekes followed with back-to-back 2-run doubles to make it 8-2.
But when next batter Stephanie Ruiter flied out to end the inning, the time-limit was reached, meaning the game ended.
Box Score Team Orange vs. Team Blue
Continue here for the games which were played on Sunday, February 7
Schedule Right To Play Future Stars Tournament
(special thanks to Karin Versluis and Henk Seppen for submitting several photos)