Dutch Team adds two victories
NIEUWEGEIN (Neth.) - The Dutch National Softball Team continued its Holland Tour 2009 on Wednesday-evening by playing two games against the Dutch National Junior Team (or 'Jong Oranje', as it is called in Dutch) at the site of Nieuwegein Diamonds in Nieuwegein, the 'home' of the national squad.
The Dutch improved its record to 4-0 by winning 7-0 and 12-1 in two 5-inning games.
Coming Sunday (May 10), the team of Head Coach Craig Montvidas will play its next double-header at De Bilt, facing Centrals, one of the teams in the Dutch Major League.
On Wednesday, May 20, the Dutch Team will face the Juniors again in a double-header.
Schedule Holland Tour
The Dutch National Team and Dutch Juniors thank Umpires Jac van Riel and Arie Nokkert and Official Scorer Feiko Drost for their contributions in the two games.
Game One: Netherlands vs. Dutch Juniors, 7-0
As the regular pitchers were given the night off, outfielders (but both with pitching experience) Saskia Kosterink and Areke Spel did the pitching in tonight's double-header against the Dutch Juniors.
Saskia went the distance in the opener, struckout two and threw an one-hitter, only giving up an infield-hit to Dinet Oosting in the first inning with two outs.
In the next four innings, Saskia allowed only one batter to reach base, being Nadia Bron, who walked in the second at bat with one out.
From there, Saskia retired the final eleven batters she faced, including the last putout of the game on a line drive catch by rightfielder Solange Starrenburg, who had just entered the game.
The National Team scored its first run in the first at bat.
Meike Witteveen led off with a bunt-single, advanced on a grounder and a wild pitch, then scored on another wild pitch.
Two runs were added in the next at bat.
Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a walk, then stole second base and moved to third base on an infield-hit by Annemiek van Riessen.
Moments later, Nathalie scored on a sacrifice fly by Merel Oosterveld.
Annemiek then advanced on a grounder by Judith Diepeveen, stole third base and scored when a throwing error followed.
In the third inning, the National Team decided the game with a 4-run rally on three basehits.
With one out, Saskia Kosterink singled and reached third base on an error on a fly by Areke Spel, who herself ended up on second base.
Karin Tuk was then given an intentional walk to set up a force play, but Nathalie Gosewehr followed with an RBI-single, Annemiek van Riessen added a 2-run single and Merel Oosterveld followed with her second sacrifice fly of the game to make it 7-0.
Box Score Game 1 Netherlands vs. Dutch Juniors
Tonight's umpires Arie Nokkert (left) and Jac van Riel
Official Scorer Feiko Drost prepares the scorecard for the first game
Head Coach Craig Montvidas and Coach Nancy Evans follow the action from the dug-out
Batting is Rosanne de Vries for the Dutch Juniors
Pitcher Saskia Kosterink threw an one-hitter in the opener
In the back is short stop Petra van Heijst
A view into the Dutch dug-out
Spectators looking on from behind the backstop
Judith Diepeveen in fielding position at third base
Head Coach Craig Montvidas talks with the team between innings
The pitchers for the Dutch Juniors, MariŽlle Vleugels and Rosanne de Vries
At left is short stop Laura van Essen
Annemiek van Riessen, who went 2-for-2 and had two RBI's
Rebecca Duindam is the catcher and Jac van Riel is the Home Plate Umpire
Nathalie Gosewehr scores the seventh and last run in the 3rd inning
on the second sacrifice fly by Merel Oosterveld
At left, Judith Diepeveen signals to Nathalie she doesn't have to slide
Game Two: Netherlands vs. Dutch Juniors, 12-1
In the second game against the Dutch Juniors, Areke Spel threw a complete game, struckout two batters and gave up four basehits.
The first of these hits gave the Dutch Juniors a brief 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Jessie van Aalst led off with a walk, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Kiki Draaijer and scored on a double by Dinet Oosting, but then two outs followed.
In the remainder of the game, only one more batter would reach second base.
Marisela de Wind, Maaiken Rooker and Debby Barbť accounted for the other three basehits by the Dutch Juniors.
Starting pitcher for the Dutch Juniors was Jessie van Aalst, who in December 2008 was awarded the Riet Vermaat Trophy for the Best Dutch Junior Pitcher.
In the first inning, the Dutch Team accomplished an unique feat, as it batted for-the-cycle, registering a single, double, triple and homerun in the same at bat.
First, Chantal Versluis led off with an inside-the-park-homerun for the tying run.
Next, Anne Blaauwgeers walked and scored on an one-out triple by Areke Spel, who then scored on a throwing error.
Solange Starrenburg followed with a double, advanced on a flyout and scored when Merel Oosterveld singled, making it 4-0.
Five runs were added in the second inning.
Judith Diepeveen led off with a triple and Chantal Versluis walked.
Hereafter, Dutch Juniors Head Coach decided to bring in MariŽlle Vleugels to relief starter Jessie van Aalst.
Last Sunday, MariŽlle (who started the first game tonight) also faced the Dutch Team, while pitching for Euro Stars in the two opening games of the Holland Tour.
MariŽlle faced Anne Blaauwgeers, who hit a comeback-grounder, but Judith beat the throw to home and scored the fifth run.
Saskia Kosterink followed with a hard line drive off the bag at third for a double to bring in Chantal.
Hereafter, Anne and Saskia both scored on a single by Areke Spel, who later scored on a 2-out single by Merel Oosterveld.
After a scoreless third inning, the lead was increased to 12-1 by adding three runs in the fourth at bat.
With one out and Nadine Marinus (error) and Merel Oosterveld (fielder's choice) on base, Petra van Heijst hit a 2-run triple and went on to score herself on a wild pitch.
Petra's triple was the 40th Dutch basehit in four games.
In this game, all nine starting players in the Dutch line-up scored at least one run, while eight of the nine hit at least one basehit.
Six of the eleven basehits in this game were extra-basehits.
Box Score Game 2 Netherlands vs. Dutch Juniors
Coach Nancy Evans talks with the team prior to Game Two
Laughs in the circle before the start of Game Two for pitcher Areke Spel (22),
catcher Anne Blaauwgeers (7), 3B Petra van Heijst, SS Chantal Versluis,
2B Judith Diepeveen and 1B Nadine Marinus
There's also fun in the dug-out with Kirsten Scheele, Meike Witteveen and Dagmar Bloeming
At left is Karin Tuk
Pitcher Areke Spel, who went the distance in Game Two
At left is short stop Chantal Versluis
Chantal Versluis approaches home plate in the first inning to complete
her inside-the-park-homerun, Anne Blaauwgeers gives signals
In the back, Head Coach Craig Montvidas looks on after waving Chantal home
Jaap Braakman (left) and Andrť Prins, the coaches of the Dutch Juniors, look on from their dug-out
Merel Oosterveld, who went 2-for-3 with two RBI's
Running at third base is Areke Spel, who was 2-for-3, scored twice,
had three RBI's and was the winning pitcher
Nadia Bron hitting for the Dutch Juniors with Anne Blaauwgeers doing the cathing
Making the calls is Home Plate Umpire Arie Nokkert
Saskia Kosterink looks on, while Chantal Versluis is hitting
Dinet Oosting is the catcher, Arie Nokkert the umpire
Gwen Brinkman hitting for the Dutch Juniors, before flying out in the fourth inning
Nadine Marinus hitting for the Dutch in the fourth inning,
before reaching on an error
Petra van Heijst moments before hitting a 2-run triple in the 4th inning
Business Manager Rich Hooff and Team Manager Paul Boonstra in the Dutch dug-out
Players of both teams exchange hands after completion of the double-header
Winning pitchers Areke Spel and Saskia Kosterink
At left are Virginie Anneveld and Britt Vonk,
At right is Solange Starrenburg