FAST ends Dutch winning streak
ENSCHEDE (Neth.) - The Foreign All Star Team (FAST) ended the 18-game winning streak of the Dutch National Softball Team on Sunday by winning twice at the site of reigning champion Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers in Enschede.
The team compiled of foreign players in the Dutch competitions won the opener of the double-header 5-2, then took Game Two in eight innings, winning 9-8 in the tie-break after the Dutch Team had come from behind to tie the score.
The loss not only ended the Dutch winning streak, but also the shutout-streak, as the Dutch had registered five shutouts in a row before today's games.
In Game One, the scoreless inning streak was extended to 33 2/3 inning, as the Dutch gave up the first FAST-run in the sixth inning.
In today's double-header, several Holland Tour-records were set.
The Foreign All Star Team set a record for most runs scored (14) and most basehits (19) in a double-header by a Dutch opponent and also set single-game records for most runs (8) and hits (11) in one game for a Dutch opponent.
The 34 hits combined in today's double-header also was a Holland Tour-record for two teams.
The next games in the Holland Tour will be played on Wednesday, June 10 at Nieuwegein at the site of Nieuwegein Diamonds.
There, the team of Head Coach Craig Montvidas will meet the Foreign All Star Team in the third double-header between the two teams during this years Holland Tour.
The first game in Nieuwegein will start at 1:00 PM.
This will be the second of three consecutive double-headers between the two teams.
Wednesday's double-header will be followed by a double match-up next 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 Albert Tolen and Arjan de Wever, Official Scorer Fred Haak and Public Address Announcer Bertil Haage for their contributions in the two games against the Foreign All Star Team on Sunday in Enschede.
Despite dark clouds before today's double-header, there was no rain
and both games could be played as scheduled
The Dutch dug-out was crowded with a lot of bags
Meike Witteveen, Virginie Anneveld, Nadine Marinus
and Coach Nancy Evans return to the dug-out after pre-game preparations
Physical Therapist Anouk Fermont prepares pitcher Femke van Dusschoten
Today's Umpires Arjan de Wever (left) and Albert Tolen
Today's Official Scorer Fred Haak
The players and coaches in today's Foreign All Star Team
Back Row: Rob Korpel (Assistant Coach, Robur '58), Leah English (Centrals),
Rebekah Tsatsa (Amsterdam Pirates), Marion Berg (Run '71), Michelle Calderon (Run '71),
Sage Woodham (Run '71), Tiffany McDonald and Kaleo Eldredge (Head Coach, Tex Town Tigers)
Front Row: Lizzy Prescott (Centrals), Emma Barnes (Centrals), Shannon Robinson (Robur '58),
Amanda Hess (DSS) and Lindsey Meadows (Tex Town Tigers).
Game One: Netherlands vs. Foreign All Star Team, 2-5
Today was very clouded and some dark rainy looking clouds approached the field before the opener, but fortunately, there was no rain, until five minutes after completion of the second game.
In the opening game of today's double-header, the Foreign All Star Team handed the Dutch National Softball Team its first loss of the season by winning 5-2.
The Foreign All Star Team, led by Head Coach Kaleo Eldredge (Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers), today added three new players to its roster, being catcher Leah English (Centrals), infielder Michelle Calderon and pitcher Sage Woodham (both Run '71).
Rob Korpel, the Head Coach of Dutch big league-team Robur '58, was the Assistant Coach of Kaleo Eldredge today.
The game remained scoreless for three innings and then the Dutch Team opened the score in the fourth at bat.
In the first four innings, lead-off hitter Emma Barnes was the lone player of the All Star Team to reach base off starter Dagmar Bloeming and she did it twice with a single.
Dagmar struckout four batters.
The Dutch Team reached base twice in the first inning off starter Lindsey Meadows and did it on an error and a force play-grounder.
In the fourth inning, Britt Vonk led off with an infield-hit, then stole second base.
Next, she returned back safely to second base after getting into a rundown on a grounder by Saskia Kosterink, who reached first base on the play herself.
The two then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Nathalie Timmermans, which was followed by a sacrifice fly by Areke Spel, resulting in Britt scoring the opening run.
After another scoreless inning, the Foreign All Stars came alongside in the sixth inning off reliever Femke van Dusschoten.
Shannon Robinson led off with a double, moved on a sac-bunt by Lindsey Meadows and scored on a single by British player Leah English.
The Foreign All Star Team then took the lead by scoring four (unearned) runs in the seventh inning.
First, Amanda Hess walked and (with one out), Head Coach Kaleo Eldredge took the bat herself as a pinch-hitter and reached base with an infield-hit.
After reaching base, Rebekah Tsatsa re-entered the game as pinch-runner.
An error on a grounder by Emma Barnes then gave the Foreign All Star Team a 2-1 lead.
With two outs, Rebekah and Emma scored on a single by Lindsey Meadows, who later scored herself on a single by German player Marion Berg to make it 5-1.
In its seventh at bat, the Dutch Team added one more run off reliever Tiffany McDonald, who had taken over the pitching in the fifth inning.
Petra van Heijst led off with a walk, moved on a grounder by Solange Starrenburg and scored on a single by Nathalie Gosewehr.
Box Score Game 1 Netherlands vs. Foreign All Star Team
Head Coaches Craig Montvidas and Kaleo Eldredge hand in their starting line-ups
to Home Plate Umpire Albert Tolen. Field Umpire Arjan de Wever looks on at right
Dutch Game One pitchers Dagmar Bloeming and Femke van Dusschoten
FAST-hurlers Lindsey Meadows and Tiffany McDonald
A focused Britt Vonk playing at first base
Shannon Robinson puts down a sacrifice bunt in the first inning
Dutch players look on from the dug-out
Saskia Kosterink connects in the first Dutch at bat
At left, Saskia Kosterink is forced out at second base in the first inning
by lefthanded (!) short stop Marion Berg
At right, Dutch short stop Petra van Heijst retires a batter in the second inning
Petra van Heijst turns to bunt in the second at bat
Meike Witteveen makes a leaping catch in the third inning
Britt Vonk beats out a throw at first base with an infield-hit in the fourth
Moments later, Britt Vonk dives back to second base head-first to beat
a throw during a rundown
Nathalie Gosewehr and Areke Spel connect in the fourth
A meeting in the circle for the Foreign All Star Team in the fourth inning
Left to right are P Lindsey Meadows, C Leah English (9), 3B Shannon Robinson,
1B Lizzy Prescott (10), SS Marion Berg (not visible) and 2B Michelle Calderon
Sage Woodham and Rebekah Tsatsa batting in the fifth inning
Solange Starrenburg is caught stealing in the fifth inning
Shannon Robinson slides into second base with a double in the sixth inning
Meike Witteveen is almost in time to tag her out
Meike Witteveen and Britt Vonk make contact in the sixth
Head Coach Craig Montvidas coaching at third base
Virginie Anneveld grounds out in the sixth inning
Coach Nancy Evans talks with pitcher Dagmar Bloeming
Foreign All Star Head Coach Kaleo Eldredge during her pinch-hit at bat in the 7th inning
Later in the seventh inning, Lindsey Meadows singles in two runs to give the All Stars the lead
Michelle Calderon singles in the seventh to bring in the fifth FAST-run
Nadine Marinus hits a game-ending grounder in the seventh
Game Two: Netherlands vs. Foreign All Star Team, 8-9 (8 inn.)
In Game Two, the Dutch National Team again took the lead, this time 2-0, but then trailed 7-2 in the middle of the third inning.
However, the Dutch squad showed character and came back strongly to tie the score at 8-8 in the sixth.
It resulted in the first extra inning game and first tie-break of the Holland Tour and ended after eight innings, as the Foreign All Stars then scored the deciding run.
In the first inning, the Dutch Team took a 2-0 lead off starting pitcher Sage Woodham.
Lead-off hitter Nathalie Gosewehr reached on a throwing error, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Nadine Marinus, stole third base and scored on a following single by Meike Witteveen, who was 3-for-5, scored twice and had two RBI's.
Meike later scored herself on a double by Areke Spel.
Dutch starter Rebecca Soumeru retired six of the first seven All Stars she faced, but then ran into problems in the third inning and gave up seven runs with two outs.
With Tiffany McDonald (fielder's choice) on base, Emma Barnes walked.
Shannon Robinson's line drive was then caught nicely by 2B Meike Witteveen for the second out.
Hereafter, Lindsey Meadows singled and Leah English followed with a 3-run homerun to give the All Stars a 4-2 lead.
Next, Marion Berg doubled and Michelle Calderon reached on an infield-hit, then Amanda Hess also hit a 3-run homerun to increase the lead to 7-2.
In the fourth inning, the All Stars added another run.
Emma Barnes reached on a bunt-single and went on to score on a triple by Leah English, who had just arrived a week earlier to join Centrals in the Dutch big league.
The Dutch Team started to come back in the home of the fourth at bat.
Solange Starrenburg led off with an infield-hit, then two errors on a hit by Petra van Heijst led to runners on first and third base.
A single by Merel Oosterveld then resulted in a run and a pitching change.
Rebekah Tsatsa took over and gave up an one-out RBI-single to Meike Witteveen and walked Areke Spel with the bases loaded, which narrowed the Dutch deficit to 8-5.
In the fifth, the Dutch scored its sixth run when Solange Starrenburg led off with a single and scored on a grounder by Nathalie Gosewehr.
The Dutch Team came alongside in the sixth inning off new pitcher Tiffany McDonald.
Meike Witteveen led off with her third single, advanced on a passed ball and scored on a double by Nathalie Timmermans, who then scored the tying run on a double by Karin Tuk.
In the fifth, sixth and seventh inning, the All Stars were held scoreless by new pitcher Kirsten Scheele, who was supported by several great defensive plays by the Dutch Team, including a great play by SS Petra van Heijst on a hard grounder by Michelle Calderon in the fifth inning and two catches by leftfielder Nathalie Gosewehr, who caught a line drive by Lindsey Meadows in the sixth and caught a fly against the fence by Amanda Hess in the seventh inning.
The game was decided in the eighth inning.
Tie-break runner Michelle Calderon advanced on a wild pitch and scored when Emma Barnes (who was 4-for-8 in the double-header) singled.
Hereafter, Emma advanced on two successful sacrifice bunts to third base, but Kirsten Scheele then ended the at bat by striking out Leah English.
In the home of the eighth, some bunts failed, but tie-break runner Meike Witteveen advanced to third on a grounder, but stranded there.
After completion of Game Two, players and staff of both teams as well as the game officials enjoyed a nice pasta-meal and of course, everyone involved thanks Tex Town Tigers for its hospitality today and the nice meal.
Box Score Game 2 Netherlands vs. Foreign All Star Team
The Dutch Team meets before Game Two
Dutch Game Two pitchers Rebecca Soumeru and Kirsten Scheele
Game Two pitchers for the Foreign All Stars
Sage Woodham, Rebekah Tsatsa and Tiffany McDonald
3B Nathalie Timmermans retires a batter in the first inning
FAST Head Coach Kaleo Eldredge
Dutch Coaches Craig Montvidas and Nancy Evans have a talk
Meike Witteveen reaches second base in the first inning after a wild pitch
Sage Woodham, the starting pitcher of the Foreign All Star Team
In the third inning, Leah English connects and hits a 3-run homerun
Later in the at bat, Amanda Hess added another 3-run homerun
Meike Witteveen reaches first base in time when an error is made on her bunt in the third inning
Nathalie Timmermans and Karin Tuk at second base
after their RBI-doubles in the sixth inning that tied the score
With an 8-8 score the game went into the eighth inning
Players of both teams thank each other for today's double-header
(thanks to Kees Tetteroo for submitting several photos)