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Holland Tour - Day 15 - Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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Dutch Team recovers after loss

NIEUWEGEIN (Neth.) - The Dutch National Softball Team on Wednesday met the Foreign All Star Team in the third of four double-headers between the two squads. In the opener, by winning big 12-2, the All Stars handed the Orange squad its third loss in a row, but then the Dutch recovered and convincingly won 7-2. The Dutch Team is now 19-3 in the Holland Tour, while the Foreign All Star Team's record in the series is 3-3. The two teams meet again next Sunday.

Today, the All Stars equaled or broke some of the Holland Tour-records they set in the previous two games. In the opener, the All Stars set a new record for most runs (12) and hits (13) by an opponent in a single game. It also equaled the record for most runs (14) in a double-header and broke the record for most hits (20) in a double-header. The 33 hits combined by both the Dutch and All Star Team was one shy of the double-header record.

The next games in the Holland Tour will be played on Sunday, June 14 at Haarlem at the site of Sparks Haarlem. There, the team of Head Coach Craig Montvidas will meet the Foreign All Star Team in the fourth double-header between the two teams during this years Holland Tour. The first game in Haarlem will start at 3:00 PM. Before Sunday's double-header, the players of the Dutch National Team will conduct a clinic for youth players to celebrate World Softball Day (June 13), which is set up to promote the sport of softball worldwide.

Coming week will be a busy week for the national squad. On Monday, the team will participate in a sports activities day organized by Right to Play and Asics in Leiden, then travels to Oldenzaal on Wednesday for a double-header against an USA College All Star Team (which is played during the Oldenzaal Softball Week) and will meet the national team of Great Britain on Friday at the site of Olympia Haarlem in Haarlem. The starting time of this game against the British squad has been changed from 1:30 to 5:00 PM.
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The players and staff of the Dutch National Softball Team thank Umpires Marianna Prins-Atanasova and Anne van Hal and Official Scorer Dieks Bannink for their contributions in the two games against the Foreign All Star Team on Wednesday in Nieuwegein.

The ever-expanding Foreign All Star Team, today with 16 players
Back Row: Rob Korpel (Assistant Coach, Robur '58), Stephanie Wheeler (Hoofddorp Pioniers),
Martina Lackner (Tex Town Tigers), Lindsey Meadows (Tex Town Tigers), Leah English (Centrals),
Rebekah Tsatsa (Amsterdam Pirates), Amanda Hess (DSS), Michelle Calderon (Run '71),
Christie Hill (Olympia Haarlem), Chelsea Engle (Twins) and Tiffany McDonald (Robur '58).
Front Row: Brianna Hassett (De Zuidvogels), Shannon Stempher (De Zuidvogels),
Emma Barnes (Centrals), Lizzy Prescott (Centrals), Shannon Robinson (Robur '58),
Courtney Lyons (Olympia Haarlem) and Head Coach Kaleo Eldredge (Tex Town Tigers).

Today's umpires Marianna Prins-Atanasova and Anne van Hal

Today's Official Scorer Dieks Bannink

Game One: Netherlands vs. Foreign All Star Team, 2-12

The Foreign All Star Team was expanded with more players today, as six new players joined the squad. So far, 18 different players participated in the six games played so far by the team to give the Dutch National Team a good competition, which it of course needs for the upcoming international events. Joining the team for the first time today were pitcher/1B Stephanie Wheeler (Hoofddorp Pioniers), pitcher Christie Hill, IF/pitcher Courtney Lyons (both Olympia Haarlem), pitcher Chelsea Engle (Twins), pitcher Brianna Hassett and catcher Shannon Stempher (both Be Wild Zuidvogels). Unfortunately, Christie Hill was not able to play today due to an injury, but she was with the team and will play in one of the upcoming match-ups.

Due to several reasons, the Dutch Team wasn't complete today, as some players were rested with minor injuries, while three others were not with the team due to other commitments. Therefore, Debby Barbé and Dinet Oosting were re-called from the Dutch National Junior Team and added to the national squad in which they made their debuts today. Debby played at second base, while Dinet played in centerfield in the opener, then shared a designated player-spot in Game Two.

The opening game of today's double-header was a high-scoring one for the All Stars, as they scored twelve runs on 13 basehits off Dutch pitchers Femke van Dusschoten and Ginger de Weert. The All Stars struck with five unearned runs in the second inning, highlighted by a baseclearing, 3-run double by Shannon Robinson. A single run was added in the fourth inning when Lizzy Prescott walked and scored on a single by Lindsey Meadows, who started the game as pitcher and retired the first nine batters in a row. The All Stars added three runs in the fifth inning. Stephanie Wheeler led off with a single and Michelle Calderon followed with a double. Next, Courtney Lyons connected for an RBI-single and Rebekah Tsatsa added a sacrifice fly. The third run in the at bat was scored on a sacrifice bunt by Lizzy Prescott. In the sixth, the All Stars scored three more runs, including two on a double by Stephanie Wheeler, who then scored herself on a 2-out double by Shannon Stempher.

The Dutch Team got two runners on base in the fourth inning off new pitcher Chelsea Engle, but both were left behind. In the fifth, Virginie Anneveld led off with the first Dutch basehit, but was then forced out. In the sixth inning, off new pitcher Tiffany McDonald, the Dutch Team scored its two runs. Lead-off hitter Nathalie Gosewehr was hit by a pitch, then Nadine Marinus walked. After a groundout, the bases were loaded when Nathalie Timmermans also walked. The first two runners then scored when Areke Spel hit a double into deep centerfield.

Box Score Game 1 Netherlands vs. Foreign All Star Team

Dutch Game One pitchers Femke van Dusschoten and Ginger de Weert

Game One-pitchers for the Foreign All Star Team
Lindsey Meadows, Chelsea Engle and Tiffany McDonald

Courtney Lyons in her first All Star at bat
Karin Tuk is the catcher, Marianna Prins-Atanasova makes the calls

Coaches Craig Montvidas and Nancy Evans check the action from the dug-out

Players look on from the Dutch dug-out

Dutch Junior players Dinet Oosting and Debby Barbé made their debut in the National Squad

Leftfielder Nathalie Gosewehr makes a catch on a fly by Shannon Robinson in the fourth inning
3B Virginie Anneveld looks on at left

First time All Stars Stephanie Wheeler at first base and Courtney Lyons at second

Playing at third for the All Stars was Martina Lackner and at short was Michelle Calderon

Michelle Calderon runs around catcher Karin Tuk to score on a sacrifice fly
by Rebekah Tsatsa in the fifth inning; Umpire Marianna Prins-Atanasova is ready to make the call

Head Coach Craig Montvidas keeps a close eye on the action

Another first-time All Star: Stephanie Stempher, who doubled in her first at bat

Nathalie Gosewehr, Virginie Anneveld and Meike Witteveen
look on from the dug-out

Game Two: Netherlands vs. Foreign All Star Team, 7-2

Game Two had a complete different face, as the Dutch Team played a good game, struck early, had solid defense and went on to win convincingly 7-2 to end the 3-game losing streak. The team collected ten basehits and scored seven runs in the first two innings and held on to the lead, as Dutch pitchers Rebecca Soumeru and Kirsten Scheele struckout six batters and gave up seven basehits.

The score was opened with one run in the first inning. With one out, Meike Witteveen (infield-hit) advanced to second on a force play-grounder by Nathalie Timmermans, moved on a wild pitch, then scored on an infield-hit by Areke Spel.

A 6-run rally followed in the second at bat off starter Rebekah Tsatsa. Karin Tuk led off with a single and advanced on an error, then her pinch-runner Anne Blaauwgeers moved on a bunt-single by Dinet Oosting, her first basehit in the national squad. Anne then scored when Judith Diepeveen grounded out. Next, Dinet scored on a bunt-single by Nathalie Gosewehr to make it 3-0. Hereafter, Nadine Marinus singled and Meike Witteveen followed with an RBI-single. Nadine and Meike then both scored on a single by Nathalie Timmermans, which was followed by a double by Areke Spel (who was 3-for-4) and a sacrifice fly by Virginie Anneveld to increase the lead to 7-0.

In the next three innings, the Dutch offense was held hitless by Brianna Hassett, who throws for Second Divisionist Be Wild Zuidvogels and struckout four batters. Austrian Martina Lackner completed the game for the All Stars.

The All Stars were limited to only three hits by Dutch starter Rebecca Soumeru, who threw the first four innings. The righthander gave up a lead-off single to Emma Barnes, who was then caught stealing. Michelle Calderon added an infield-hit in the second, as did Emma Barnes in the third, but neither of them went beyond first base. Kirsten Scheele took over in the fifth inning and then retired the side. She gave up two hits in the sixth, but didn't ran into problems. In the seventh, Michelle Calderon led off with a triple and scored when next batter Amanda Hess hit her second Holland Tour-homerun to make it 7-2, but that was all for the All Stars.

Box Score Game 2 Netherlands vs. Foreign All Star Team

The team has a meeting between the two games

Game Two pitcher for the Dutch squad Rebecca Soumeru and Kirsten Scheele

The three pitchers who threw in Game Two for the Foreign All Stars
Rebekah Tsatsa, Brianna Hassett and Martina Lackner

Judith Diepeveen hits an RBI-grounder in the second inning

Nathalie Gosewehr slides in safely into second base on a single into
short rightfield by Nadine Marinus; Michelle Calderon has received the ball
and umpire Marianna Prins-Atanasova makes it clear what her decision is

Virginie Anneveld hit a sacrifice fly in the second inning,
which enables Nathalie Timmermans to score

Nathalie Timmermans scores on the sacrifice fly

Chantal Versluis and Saskia Kosterink looked on from the dug-out today

Assistant Coach Tiffany McDonald handled the centerfield-camera during Game Two

Dutch Juniors Dinet Oosting and Debby Barbé made their National Team-debut today

Another ball saved from the water

Business Manager Rich Hooff was with the team today after a day's work

Amanda Hess is greeted after hitting her 2-run homerun in the seventh inning

Players thank each other after completion of Game Two

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