Two Holland Tour-milestones for Dutch Team
OOSTERHOUT (Neth.) - The Dutch National Softball Team increased its record in the Holland Tour 2009 to 12-0 on Sunday by winning twice vs. Twins, one of the eight teams in the Dutch Major League, 4-2 and 8-2.
In the two games, the Dutch Team added 15 basehits to pass the 100-mark in the Holland Tour.
The 100th basehit was registered in the second inning of the first game and was a 2-run single by Solange Starrenburg.
Also on Sunday, which was another beautiful and sunny day, the Dutch Team scored its 100th run in the Holland Tour and that was the seventh run scored in Game Two and it was Meike Witteveen, who accounted for this feat, scoring on a wild pitch.
Joining the team for the first time (and therefore making her debut) today was Tiffany McDonald, who arrived in The Netherlands a few days before and was added to the coachingstaff of the national squad.
The former pitcher of Florida State University, where she set a record for career strikeouts, was a coach at FSU earlier this year and will throw for Dutch Major League-team Robur '58 in the regular season.
The next games in the Holland Tour will be played next Wednesday, May 27, when the team will meet the Foreign All Stars for the first time in this series.
The first game of this double-header, which will be played on the site of Nieuwegein Diamonds in Nieuwegein, will start at 1:00 PM.
In the meantime, it has been confirmed that an additional game has been added to the schedule of the Holland Tour.
On Saturday, June 27, the Dutch National Team will play a game against former national team-players, who played for the national squad from 2005-2008.
This team will be coached by Rob Walgien and Mary-Ann Hatt, who were members of the national team's coachingstaff in that period.
The game will be played in Zoetermeer on the site of Birds, to highlight the celebrations of this club's 40th anniversary.
The game also will be the conclusion of the Holland Tour, as the team will leave for Canada a week later to participate in the Canada Cup.
Schedule Holland Tour
The players and staff of the Dutch National Softball Team thank Umpires Wout van der Horst and Arjan de Wever, Official Scorer Rienette van Zetten, Public Address Announcer Willem Nuijten and Scoreboard Operator Dexter de Weert for their contributions in the two games against Twins on Sunday.
Femke van Dusschoten, Daisy Verstappen, Nathalie Timmermans
and Ginger de Weert relax before starting their pre-game preparations
Solange Starrenburg, who hit the 100th Dutch basehit in the Holland Tour
Meike Witteveen, who scored the 100th Dutch run in the Holland Tour, puts on her shoes
Dutch Heach Coach Craig Montvidas with Twins Head Coach Renť Roovers before the game
Attending the game was former national team outfielder Diana Remmers-Verhoef
Sitting at left is Diana's mother
Public Address Announcer was Willem Nuijten (sitting), who in 1997-1999 was Business Manager
of the National Team when Craig Montvidas served his first term as Head Coach
Head Coach Craig Montvidas hits a grounder during pre-game
Catcher Karin Tuk looks on at right
Dagmar Bloeming (8) runs towards her teammates after completion of the pre-game activities
Pitchers Kirsten Scheele, Ginger de Weert and Dagmar Bloeming and
Catchers Anne Blaauwgeers and Nathalie Timmermans return from the bullpen for Game One
The team is ready to play on another beautiful and sunny day!
Areke Spel, new Assistant Coach Tiffany McDonald, Karin Tuk
and Nadine Marinus are waiting for the first pitch of the game
Today's umpires Arjan de Wever and Wout van der Horst
Today's Official Scorer Rienette van Zetten
Game One: Netherlands vs. Twins, 4-2
In the opening game on Sunday, the Dutch Team took a 2-0 lead off Twins' American starter Andee Lindgren after a scoreless first at bat.
Lead-off batter Areke Spel reached on an error, then another error on a force play-grounder next batter Nathalie Timmermans put two runners on base.
After the two advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Virginie Anneveld, they scored when Solange Starrenburg singled with two outs to not only give the Dutch Team a 2-0 lead, but also register the 100th basehit of the national squad in the Holland Tour.
The Dutch Team doubled its lead in the fourth inning off young reliever Nina Hekker.
Areke Spel again led off the at bat and again reached base, this time with a triple into rightfield.
Moments later, she scored the third Dutch run on a single by Nathalie Timmermans, who then also went on to score her second run in the game.
After Virginie Anneveld flied out and Petra van Heijst lined out, the bases got loaded when Solange Starrenburg singled and Nathalie Gosewehr reached on an error.
The fourth Dutch run was then scored when Meike Witteveen singled, but three runners stranded.
The last three innings for Twins were thrown by American pitcher Chelsea Engle, who arrived last week.
The righthander gave up an infield-hit to Virginie Anneveld, but also some hard hit balls, that ended up as outfield flyouts and a line out.
Dutch starter Ginger de Weert threw three innings and gave up only one basehit, a single by Belgian player Sarah Van Der Meiren, who was the lone Twins-batter to reach base in the first three at bats.
Twins then scored its two runs in the fourth inning off Kirsten Scheele, who, by the way, threw a Perfect Game a day before in the regular competition.
In the fourth, Evelien Vonk was hit by a pitch and Sandra Catoen reached on an infield-hit, then both scored on a single by Sarah Van Der Meiren.
Daisy Verstappen threw the last two innings for the Dutch squad, gave up two hits and earned her first save, while pitching for the national team.
Defensively, the Dutch Team made some nice plays again, including a great play by 3B Virginie Anneveld on a bunt by FabiŽnne van Uden in the fifth inning, picking up the ball barehanded and throwing the batter out at first base, where Britt Vonk played in the opener.
In the sixth inning of the game, 15-year old rookie Anouk in den Kleef made her debut for Twins, appearing as a pinch-hitter.
Anouk is the daughter of catcher Jeanette van den Heijkant, who played for Twins in the Dutch big league in 1986-1988 and was one of five sisters to play in the same team at the same time in the highest division, the others being Helma, HenriŽtte, Jacqueline and Marion.
Three of them, Helma, HenriŽtte and Marion played for Twins when Dutch Head Coach Craig Montvidas was in his first year as Head Coach with Twins in 1990.
Jeanette, HenriŽtte, Jacqueline and Marion also played for the Dutch National Team.
In experienced players Daisy de Peinder and Sandra Catoen, both infielders, Twins has two former national team players.
Daisy played in the national squad from 1997 until 2008 (appearing in 146 games) and last year participated in the Olympic Games in Beijing (China).
Box Score Game 1 Netherlands vs. Twins
Dutch Head Coach Craig Montvidas and Twins coaches Renť Roovers and Leon Kaptein
meet with umpires Arjan de Wever and Wout van der Horst before Game One
The Dutch Team performs its yell to start the game
The Dutch pitchers in Game One:
Ginger de Weert, Kirsten Scheele and Daisy Verstappen
Team Manager Paul Boonstra has a talk with some of the players relatives,
who attended the well-visited games in Oosterhout
Nathalie Timmermans standing at second base
She scored two of the four Dutch runs
Veteran short stop Daisy de Peinder, who played in 146 Dutch National Team-games
Head Coach Craig Montvidas keeps an eye on the action from the dug-out
Twins' American pitcher Chelsea Engle with her strange looking wind-up
A look into the Dutch dug-out
Nathalie Timmermans ready to connect
Umpire is Arjan de Wever
Britt Vonk playing at first base with Daisy de Peinder running
Pinch-hitter and rookie Anouk in den Kleef turning to bunt in the sixth inning
Anouk is the daughter of former big league and national team-player Jeanette in den Kleef
Head Coach Craig Montvidas has a talk with his team
Game Two: Netherlands vs. Twins, 8-2
In the second game against Twins, the Dutch Team scored its first run in the first at bat for the tenth time.
By the way, the first game of this double-header was the first after nine games in which the Dutch Team didn't score in the first inning.
With two outs in the first, Anne Blaauwgeers (who was on first base after a force play-grounder) scored on an infield-hit by Nathalie Timmermans.
Twins came alongside in its first at bat off starter Saskia Kosterink.
Micky Jansen led off with a walk and went on to score on a grounder by Sandra Catoen.
Hereafter, Twins got the bases loaded, but then 3B Nathalie Timmermans made a nice out on a grounder by Evelien Vonk and then the inning ended with a strikeout.
The Dutch Team re-took the lead in the second inning on a 4-run rally, scoring all runs with two outs off starter Chelsea Engle.
With two outs, Karin Tuk (fielder's choice) and Merel Oosterveld (infield-hit) were on base when Meike Witteveen tripled to make it 3-1.
Next, Nadine Marinus drove the ball into rightfield for an RBI-triple and was able to score when a throwing error followed, increasing the lead to 5-1.
Twins got one run back in the home of the second.
After the Dutch defense had turned a double play, Micky Jansen singled and went on to score on an infield-hit by Sandra Catoen, who had both RBI's for Twins in this game.
In the fourth inning, Michelle Haen took over the pitching for Twins and gave up the remaining three runs in the sixth inning.
First, Karin Tuk singled and advanced on an error and stolen base, but then was thrown out at the plate on a throw by Daisy de Peinder (who at that moment played in centerfield) to complete a double play after having made a catch on a fly ball hit by Merel Oosterveld.
But hereafter, speedy Britt Vonk rounded the bases on an inside-the-park-homerun into leftfield.
Meike Witteveen then reached on a throwing error, stole second base and advanced on a single by Nadine Marinus.
The two then scored on passed ball, which was followed by an error. By scoring on the passed ball, Meike scored the 100th Dutch run in the Holland Tour.
The Dutch defense got enough action in these two games, as Twins reached base nine more times off pitchers Saskia Kosterink, Areke Spel and Virginie Anneveld in the last five innings after having scored its last run in the second at bat.
But, as in Game One, the defense did its job and again turned several fine putouts.
Today's games again were well-visited.
Amongst today's attendees was former national team player Diana Remmers-Verhoef, who played in the Dutch big league for Terrasvogels and Twins from 1984-1993.
From 1987-1990, Diana was a member of the Orange squad. While at Twins (and in 1987 in the national team), the outfielder was coached by Craig Montvidas, whom she assisted during one of the winter indoor practice sessions earlier this year.
Also in attendance was Diana's husband Fred Remmers, who was a longtime coach of the Dutch National Junior Team.
In 1984, Fred was a member of the coaching staff of the Dutch National squad, which was then headed by Teus Morren.
Besides that, Fred was the Assistant Coach of Craig Montvidas in 1993 and 1994 when the latter was the Head Coach for Twins in the Dutch big league.
In 1980, Fred was the Head Coach himself on the highest level when he led HCAW.
A year later, he was succeeded there by Montvidas.
Also at today's games was Willem Nuijten, who was the Public Address Announcer, but was the Business Manager of the Dutch National Softball Team in 1997-1999 when Montvidas served in his first term as Head Coach of the Orange squad.
Another onlooker today was Ruud van Zetten, the President of the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Associaton (KNBSB), and former KNBSB-Boardmember Charles van der Meijs, who was at the game to make an article for the newspaper De Stem.
Afterwards, a meal was served in the clubhouse for the players and staff of the Dutch Team and the game officials.
The players and staff of the Dutch National Team thank Twins for its hospitality during today's games and their contributions in the national squad's preparations for the international season.
Box Score Game 2 Netherlands vs. Twins
Head Coach Craig Montvidas talks with his former assistant Fred Remmers (right)
KNBSB-President Ruud van Zetten with Team Manager Paul Boonstra
Ginger de Weert and Merel Oosterveld have a chat
Coach Nancy Evans gives some advice to Nathalie Gosewehr
Between games, Rebecca Soumeru has a talk with former national team player Daisy de Peinder
Dutch starter Saskia Kosterink and reliever Areke Spel
Andee Lindgren, who started the opener for Twins, and Michelle Haen,
who completed the second game
Close-ups of starter Saskia Kosterink and reliever Virginie Anneveld
Team Manager Paul Boonstra is ready for more paperwork
While the sun starts to lower, Meike Witteveen stands at first base
with coach Nancy Evans; Playing at 1B is Andee Lindgren
Annemiek van Riessen, Solange Starrenburg, Saskia Kosterink,
Britt Vonk and Virginie Anneveld look on from the dug-out
As are Team Manager Paul Boonstra, Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar, Coach Tiffany McDonald
and Physical Therapist Anouk Fermont with Nadine Marinus batting
KNBSB-President Ruud van Zetten (right) with former Board-member Charles van der Meijs
2B Meike Witteveen and SS Britt Vonk high five after a putout
At left is 1B Annemiek van Riessen, in the center Pitcher Areke Spel
In front of the photo (20) is centerfielder Merel Oosterveld
Areke Spel throws to batter Ilse van Kerkoerle
Physical Therapist Anouk Fermont working on one of the players
Leftfielder Anne Blaauwgeers makes one of her three catches
Game Over, players shake hands
On behalf of the team, Rebecca Soumeru presents a gift to Coach Nancy Evans,
who celebrated her birthday today
The day ended with a meal in the clubhouse
(thanks again to Karin Versluis for submitting several photos)