Dutch Team takes two from Foreign All Stars
NIEUWEGEIN (Neth.) - The Dutch National Softball Team met the Foreign All Star Team for the first time on Wednesday-afternoon during this years Holland Tour and went on to extend its winning streak.
By beating the Foreign All Stars 4-3 and 10-0, the Dutch Team is now 14-0.
There is a pool of 35 players from nine different countries (who play in the Dutch Major League and First Division) to pick players for the Foreign All Star Team, but not all of them are available at the same moment.
Some are having other commitments, have minor injuries or work/study during the day, while some has not yet arrived.
The players on the FAST-roster come from the United States, Czech Republic, Belgium, Austria, Sweden, Australia, Italy, Germany and Ghana.
Today, Head Coach Kaleo Eldredge, who is the Head Coach of reigning Dutch champion Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers, had nine players on her team, but more will join the squad (when available) for the next games.
Berend Mannessen, the Head Coach of First Divisionist DSS, assisted Kaleo Eldredge in today's games.
The Dutch Team will meet the Foreign All Stars in nine more games.
The next games are scheduled for JUne 7, June 10, June 14, June 21 and June 24.
The next games in the Holland Tour will be played next Sunday, May 31 at Apeldoorn when Dutch big league-team Robur '58 will be the opponent.
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The players and staff of the Dutch National Softball Team thank Umpires Bob Gieskens and Jac van Riel and Official Scorer Huub Nelissen for their contributions in the two games against the Foreign All Star Team on Wednesday.
Today's opponent: the Foreign All Star Team
Back row: Berend Mannessen (Assistant Coach, DSS), Lizzy Prescott (Centrals),
Rebekah Tsatsa (Amsterdam Pirates), Emma Barnes (Centrals), Marion Berg (Run '71),
Martina Lackner (Tex Town Tigers), Kaleo Eldredge (Head Coach, Tex Town Tigers).
Front row: Amanda Hess (DSS), Shannon Robinson (Robur '58), Tiffany McDonald (Robur '58).
Foreign All Stars Head Coach Kaleo Eldredge has a talk with Dutch Coach Nancy Evans
Saskia Kosterink brings in some of the equipment
Today's umpires Bob Gieskens and Jac van Riel
Today's Official Scorer Huub Nelissen
Game One: Netherlands vs. Foreign All Star Team, 4-3
In the opening game against the Foreign All Star Team, the Dutch National Team was outhit for the first time during the Holland Tour, as the All Stars collected eight basehits, while the Dutch squad registered five basehits.
For only the second time in the Holland Tour, the Dutch Team trailed at one moment.
On May 6, the Dutch Junior Team led 1-0 after their first at bat in the opening game of their double-header, but the Dutch Team answered with four runs and went on to win 12-1.
Today, the Foreign All Stars took an 1-0 lead in the third inning, but the National Team responded with three runs and went on to win 4-3, but that happened after the opponent came alongside in the sixth at bat.
Dutch starter Dagmar Bloeming struckout five batters in the first two at bats, allowing only one of the seven batters she faced to reach base.
In the third inning, Marion Berg (who plays for First Divisionist Run '71) led off with a triple.
The German player took the day off from her job on Wednesday and left home around 9 AM from Cologne in Germany to be on time with the team in Nieuwegein.
Moments later, Marion scored the opening run when an error was made on a bunt by Tiffany McDonald, who is a pitcher for big league-team Robur '58 in the regular season, but is also the Assistant Coach for the Dutch National Team.
The Dutch Team also reached base only once in its first two at bats, which happened when Meike Witteven singled in the first inning.
In the home of the third, trailing 1-0, the Dutch Team answered with three runs to take the lead.
Lead-off batter Merel Oosterveld reached on a throwing error, then advanced on as sacrifice bunt by Judith Diepeveen.
Hereafter, Nathalie Gosewehr was hit by a pitch from starter Lizzy Prescott, who arrived last week and throws for big league-team Centrals.
Meike Witteveen then followed with her second single to bring in Merel and tie the score.
A stolen base-situation with an error enabled Nathalie to score the go-ahead run, then Meike scored the third run in the at bat on a 2-out single by Nathalie Timmermans.
After the Foreign All Stars were unable to score off reliever Ginger de Weert in the fourth and fifth inning, the international squad came alongside in the sixth off Daisy Verstappen.
Shannon Robinson (Robur '58) singled with one out and Marion Berg (Run '71) singled with two outs, then Tiffany McDonald singled to bring in both runs and tie the score.
For Tiffany, it had been five years ago that she last had batted during a game.
Again, the Dutch Team responded immediately and re-took the lead in the home of the sixth at bat.
Lead-off batter Nathalie Timmermans led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Anne Blaauwgeers.
With one out, Karin Tuk also was walked by Tiffany McDonald, who took over the inning before.
The two runners advanced on a double steal, then Anne scored what would be the winning run on an infield-hit by Merel Oosterveld.
Box Score Game 1 Netherlands vs. Foreign All Star Team
Head Coaches Craig Montvidas and Kaleo Eldredge meet with
umpires Bob Gieskens and Jac van Riel before Game One
Dutch starting pitcher Dagmar Bloeming
Lindsey Meadows reaches out for a bunt, catching is Karin Tuk
Bob Gieskens makes the calls as Home Plate Umpire
Foreign All Star-hurlers Lizzy Prescott and Tiffany McDonald
Today's members of the Foreign All Stars in their Game One positions:
Martina Lackner (3B), Marion Berg (SS), Lindsey Meadows (2B), Amanda Hess (1B)
Rebekah Tsatsa (LF), Emma Barnes (CF) and Tiffany McDonald (RF)
Shannon Robinson did the catching for the Foreign All Star Team
Merel Oosterveld is the batter, Bob Gieskens the Umpire
Marion Berg after hitting a lead-off triple in the third
Moments later, Tiffany McDonald enables Marion to score the first run
Business Manager Rich Hooff and Paul Boonstra
Dutch relievers Ginger de Weert and Daisy Verstappen
It was a cold day today and FAST Head Coach Kaleo Eldredge shows it
Several Dutch players also put on extra clothing today
Head Coach Craig Montvidas has a talk with his team
In the meantime, Kaleo Eldredge talks with Marion Berg (27) and Shannon Robinson (9)
Pinch-runner Anne Blaauwgeers scores the winning run in the 6th inning
Game Two: Netherlands vs. Foreign All Star Team, 10-0
In the second game against the Foreign All Stars, the Dutch Team collected nine basehits, including two by Britt Vonk, Nathalie Timmermans (including a double and had three RBI's) and Areke Spel, who tripled and homered.
The All Stars produced only two basehits, which both came off starter Kirsten Scheele, a lead-off single in the first inning by Emma Barnes (Centrals) and another one by Tiffany McDonald with two outs in the second at bat.
Rebecca Soumeru threw the last two innings and retired six batters in her row in her first appearance in the circle after being out several weeks with a leg-injury.
In the top of the first inning, the All Stars loaded the bases, but were unable to score.
After Emma Barnes had led off the game with her single, Lizzy Prescott (Centrals) reached on a fielder's choice, which resulted in a throwing error.
The two then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Lindsey Meadows (Tex Town Tigers), but then next batter Marion Berg (Run '71) struckout.
Next, a force play was set up by walking Amanda Hess (DSS) was walked intentionally, before the inning ended when Shannon Robinson (Robur '58) was struckout by Kirsten Scheele.
In the home of the first, the Dutch Team rallied for five runs to take a commanding lead.
With Meike Witteveen and Britt Vonk on base, Saskia Kosterink hit an RBI-double to make it 1-0, then a single by Nathalie Timmermans was followed by an outfield-error, resulting in two more runs.
Hereafter, Areke Spel drove the ball into leftfield for a 2-run homerun and lift the lead to 5-0.
In the second inning, another run was scored when Meike Witteveen reached on an error and scored on a sacrifice fly by Saskia Kosterink.
The seventh run was added in the third at bat, when Areke Spel led off with a triple and scored on a wild pitch by starter Amanda Hess (DSS), who, by the way, played a fine defensive game at first base in the opener, making six putouts, including a nice catch on a foul pop-up near the backstop.
The remaining inning was thrown by Rebekah Tsatsa (Amsterdam Pirates), who threw part of the at bat in a steady rain at one moment.
However, the game could continue and the Dutch Team scored three more runs.
Britt Vonk led off with a single and Saskia Kosterink walked, then both scored on a double by Nathalie Timmermans.
The latter advanced on a single by Petra van Heijst and scored on a force play-grounder by Solange Starrenburg to make it 10-0.
After playing the previous games in mostly fine under very good weather conditions, today is was cold, windy and at sometimes rainy, but nevertheless, the two games could be completed as scheduled.
The players in the Foreign All Star Team had fun and enjoyed to be part of this opportunity, being able to play against the Dutch Team, help them with their preparations and meet other foreign players who play in the Dutch leagues.
Most will be back for the next games and they will be joined by others, who were unable to participate today.
Afterwards, the players and staffs of both teams and the game officials enjoyed a meal in the clubhouse of Nieuwegein Diamonds.
But there were some tense moments awaiting the players of the Dutch National Team afterwards, as the players were informed who made the final roster of 17 players to participate in the three international tournaments in July.
Go here for the story on the roster announcement
Box Score Game 2 Netherlands vs. Foreign All Star Team
Between the two games, Head Coach Craig Montvidas has another team-meeting...
...and Physical Therapist Anouk Fermont treats some players
Dutch pitchers in Game Two Kirsten Scheele and Rebecca Soumeru
Head Coach Craig Montvidas keeps an eye on all the action...
...and gives advice when needed, here to Solange Starrenburg
Foreign All Star Team-pitchers in Game Two: Amanda Hess and Rebekah Tsatsa
Areke Spel is greeted after hitting a 2-run homerun in the first inning
Saskia Kosterink doubled, scored twice and has two RBI's
Areke Spel tripled, homered, scored twice and had two RBI's
Meike Witteveen scores the sixth run in the second inning
There was some heavy rain in the fourth inning
Home Plate Umpire Jac van Riel gives the count in the rain
Coaching at first base were Nancy Evans for the Dutch Team
and Berend Mannessen for the Foreign All Star Team
Game Over: Players shake hands afterwards
Head Coach Craig Montvidas has a talk with the 17 players,
who were selected for the final roster for the international tournaments