Two more shutout-victories
NIEUWEGEIN (Neth.) - The Dutch National Softball Team added two victories and two shutouts on Wednesday-evening to its Holland Tour-winning streak, which now stands at 18-0.
On Wednesday, the Dutch squad won 4-0 and 15-0 vs. the Dutch Junior Team and now has not allowed a run in the last 28 1/3 inning, as its registered five consecutive shutouts.
Before Wednesday's games, Dutch National Team Head Coach Craig Montvidas and player and ISF Athlete Ambassador Saskia Kosterink were interviewed by Sport.nl, the site of the Netherlands Olympic Commitee (NOC*NSF).
Since June 1, the site of the NOC has been completely renewed with the addition of videos of several different sports, which now also include softball.
The interviews, held by Onno Hansum and taped by cameraman Eef Schurink, were posted on the site of the NOC on Friday.
You can view the interviews (in Dutch), which are illustrated with images from the game preparations as well as the game itself, by going to www.sport.nl.
We would like to thank sport.nl for their interest in our team and we are looking forward to welcome them again on one of our game days or other activities.
The next games in the Holland Tour will be played on Sunday, June 7 at Enschede at the site of reigning Dutch champion Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers.
There, the team of Head Coach Craig Montvidas will meet the Foreign All Star Team in the second double-header between the two teams.
The first game in Enschede will start at 2:00 PM.
This will be the first of three consecutive double-headers between the two teams.
Next Wednesday, June 10, the two teams will meet again, then in a double-header at the site of Nieuwegein Diamonds in Nieuwegein, starting at 1:00 PM.
This will be followed by a double match-up on Sunday, June 14 at the site of Sparks Haarlem in Haarlem.
Schedule Holland Tour
The players and staff of the Dutch National Softball Team thank Umpires Wout van der Horst and Arie Nokkert and Official Scorer Dennis Duin for their contributions in the two games against the Dutch Juniors on Wednesday.
Saskia Kosterink is interviewed by Onno Hansum of sport.nl, the site of the NOC
Head Coach Craig Montvidas also is taped for sport.nl
Saskia Kosterink and Craig Montvidas answer questions for sport.nl,
the site of the Netherlands Olympic Commitee (NOC*NSF)
Attending part of today's games was Rob Walgien, who was a member of the Dutch
National Team's Coaching Staff the last three years
On June 27, Rob is one of the coaches of the Former National Team, that will face the current squad
Twins-players Sandra Catoen and Andee Lindgren and its Team Manager Rox van der Hoeven
(left to right) also were on hand to watch today's games
Today's umpires Arie Nokkert (left) and Wout van der Horst
Tonight's Official Scorer Dennis Duin
Game One: Netherlands vs. Dutch Juniors, 4-0
Were last Sunday's games against Robur '58 played on the hottest day during this Holland Tour, tonight's games (only three days later) were played on the coldest day in the series.
Players, spectators and game officials wore extra clothing to remain warm as it wasn't an enjoy to be on the field tonight.
But hey, two games were played again.
In the opener of today's double-header, the Dutch Juniors held the Dutch National Squad to only two runs in the first three innings.
Starter Chantal Kradolfer gave up two basehits in the first inning which led to the first run.
With one out, Britt Vonk singled and advanced on an outfield-error, then moved on a flyout and scored on a single by Nathalie Timmermans.
After leaving a runner on third base in the second at bat, the Dutch Team added a run in the third off new pitcher Eva Voortman.
The lefthander gave up a lead-off bunt-single to Meike Witteveen, who then stole second base and advanced on a wild pitch, before scoring on a single by next batter Britt Vonk.
The lead was doubled to 4-0 in the fourth inning of the 5-inning match-up.
Virginie Anneveld led off with a double and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Judith Diepeveen.
With two outs, Nathalie Gosewehr drilled the ball into deep leftfield, barely missing a homerun, but ending up with an RBI-triple.
Moments later, Nathalie scored when Meike Witteveen followed with a double.
Dutch starting pitcher Saskia Kosterink struckout one and gave up one hit (a lead-off single in the first inning by Suzanne Meiring) to win her third game of the Holland Tour.
Kirsten Scheele threw the third and fourth inning and was supported with some fine defensive plays, like a caught stealing and a putout at home when a runner tried to score on an infield-hit.
Dagmar Bloeming completed the game and retired the side in the fifth.
Box Score Game 1 Netherlands vs. Dutch Juniors
Dutch Game One Pitchers:
Saskia Kosterink, Kirsten Scheele and Dagmar Bloeming
Dutch Junior Pitchers in the opener:
Chantal Kradolfer, Eva Voortman and MariŽlle Vleugels
The Dutch National Junior Team has a meeting
Britt Vonk went 2-for-3 today with a run scored and RBI
Saskia Kosterink has some fun with Coach Nancy Evans,
who coached at third base today
It was cold today and it was shown in the dug-out by
Femke van Dusschoten, Chantal Versluis, Petra van Heijst and Saskia Kosterink
Anne Blaauwgeers connects in the fourth inning
Rebecca Duindam is the catcher; Wout van der Horst is making the calls
Nathalie Gosewehr who tripled in a run and scored herself in the 4th inning
Virginie Anneveld is welcomed after scoring on Nathalie's triple
Meike Witteveen standing at second base after her RBI-double in the fourth inning
Players try to stay warm by drinking a cup of hot tea
Left to right: Virginie Anneveld, Chantal Versluis, Solange Starrenburg and Judith Diepeveen
Game Two: Netherlands vs. Dutch Juniors, 15-0
The second game of tonight's double-header was won by the National Squad with a 15-0 shutout, which also was the largest score in the six games played between the two teams.
This also was the last match-up between the Dutch National Team and the Dutch National Juniors.
The players and staff of the National Team of course wish the Dutch Juniors and its staff headed by coaches Andrť Prins and Jaap Braakman a great season and good luck during the international events, which include the Kingdom Games in Aruba.
Like in the opener, the Dutch Team scored its first run in the first at bat off starter MariŽlle Vleugels, who had ended Game One by throwing the last inning.
Britt Vonk led off with a bunt-single, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Nadine Marinus and scored when following batter Saskia Kosterink doubled.
A double play then ended the inning.
The Dutch Team then broke open the game with a 6-run rally in the second inning and added seven more runs in the third bat bat.
In the second inning, Virginie Anneveld (walk) and Karin Tuk (error) were on base with one out when Virginie beat the throw to home on a grounder by Nathalie Gosewehr.
Next, Karin and Nathalie scored when Petra van Heijst followed with a single.
After Petra was forced out on a grounder by Britt Vonk, Nadine Marinus and Saskia Kosterink followed with back-to-back triples to make it 6-0.
Saskia then scored the sixth run in the inning on a wild pitch.
In the third inning, the seven runs were scored on RBI-singles by Britt Vonk, Nathalie Timmermans, a 2-run triple by Solange Starrenburg, passed ball, obstruction-call and a throwing error.
The obstruction-call came when Nathalie Timmermans advanced from first to third base on a single by Virginie Anneveld.
While rounding third, Nathalie was obstructed and was awarded home plate by Umpire Arie Nokkert.
Hereafter, Karin Tuk walked and Virginie and Karin then scored on the triple by Solange Starrenburg, who was able to continue running and score when a throwing error followed on the relay from the outfield.
The 15-run difference was reached in the fourth at bat when Nadine Marinus walked in a 10-pitch at bat, then scored when Saskia Kosterink's fly was missed in the outfield.
The Dutch Juniors reached base only once in the game.
First, starter Dagmar Bloeming, who also had ended Game One by pitching the last inning (just like Junior-starter MariŽlle Vleugels), had an one-two-three first inning.
Next, Ginger de Weert retired five batters in a row, then gave up a bunt-single to Rosanne de Vries, who was the Juniors' lone runner.
In the fourth, Rebecca Soumeru also retired the side.
Offensively, the Dutch Team collected eleven basehits, with eight of the nine starters hitting at least once.
Also, eight of the nine starters scored at least one run, led by Britt Vonk, who scored three.
Box Score Game 2 Netherlands vs. Dutch Juniors
The Dutch pitchers in Game Two:
Dagmar Bloeming, Ginger de Weert and Rebecca Soumeru
The pitchers who threw for the Juniors in the second game:
MariŽlle Vleugels, Jessie van Aalst, Marjolein Merkx and Eva Voortman
Coaches Nancy Evans and Craig Montvidas look on from the dug-out
Karin Tuk was the catcher in Game Two
It was also cold during Game Two
At left Coach Nancy Evans tries to stay warm, at right Dagmar Bloeming enjoys a cup of tea
Spectators also tried to stay warm during the games
By the way, that's not Anne Blaauwgeers sitting at right, but her twin-sister Maaike
Virginie Anneveld slides in to score beating a throw to home in the 2nd inning
Catcher Dinet Oosting is waiting for the ball; Umpire Arie Nokkert watches the play
Karin Tuk standing at third base, moments before scoring in the second inning
Playing at third base for the Juniors is Rebecca Duindam
Petra van Heijst singles to bring in two runs in the second inning
Dinet Oosting is the catcher
Britt Vonk tells Nathalie Gosewehr to stay up while scoring
in the second inning on Petra's 2-run single
Saskia Kosterink connects for an RBI-triple in the second inning
Britt Vonk scores on a passed ball in the third inning
While the sun starts to set, Rebecca Soumeru delivers to Jessie van Aalst in the 4th inning
While the sun came out sometimes during sunset, it stayed cold
Dagmar Bloeming, Judith Diepeveen, Chantal Versluis, Meike Witteveen
and Virginie Anneveld try to remain warm
The Dutch batting gloves are resting after doing their duty
The players of the two teams pose together after completion of their 6-game series