Dutch Team outscores American squad
OLDENZAAL (Neth.) - The Dutch National Softball Team continued its Holland Tour on Wednesday with two games in Oldenzaal, the most eastern city in the Netherlands and close to the German border.
There, the team met Kansas Express USA, an American college-team, which annually participates in the International Softball Tournament in Oldenzaal, hosted by local club Run '71.
This club produced several talented softball-players through the years, including current National Team-players Rebecca Soumeru, Saskia Kosterink and Nathalie Timmermans and former National Team-player Marloes Fellinger.
The Dutch Team on Wednesday won both games with a 7-run difference, winning the opener 8-1, then shutout the Americans 7-0 in the next match-up.
The games (again played under fine weather conditions) were played on the cozy home field of Run '71, which has a nice location with a lot of green trees surrounding it, and were played during the international tournament, which was held for the 18th time.
Besides Kansas Express, Dutch champion Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers, host club Run '71 and Moskovia from Russia also participate in the event, which saw three teams (one from the USA, Russia and the Czech Republic each) withdraw due to financial reasons.
Therefore, the coming to Oldenzaal of the Dutch National Softball Team was a highlight for the event and created promotion for softball in the east of the country.
The next game in the Holland Tour will be played on Friday, June 19 in Haarlem at the site of Olympia Haarlem.
There, the team of Head Coach Craig Montvidas will meet the national team of Great Britain in the first international game of the 2009 season.
The game in Haarlem will start at 5:00 PM.
On Sunday, the Dutch squad will meet the British squad again, then at 11:00 AM at the site of Iber Lengua Terrasvogels in Santpoort as the opener of a 3-game event.
At 1:00 PM, the British team will meet the Foreign All Star Team, which then will face the Dutch Team at 3:00 PM.
Schedule Holland Tour
The players and staff of the Dutch National Softball Team thank Umpires Jac van Riel, Johan de Vries, Henk Reuvekamp and Bert Oosterveld, Official Scorer Ben Goorts and Public Address Announcer Wilfred Robaard for their contributions in the two games against Kansas Express on Wednesday in Oldenzaal.
Dutch Coaches Tiffany McDonald and Nancy Evans meet with Marjolein Faber, who filled in today
as Physical Therapist. Marjolein is affiliated with Dutch champion Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers
Coach Nancy Evans looks on, as starting pitcher Dagmar Bloeming
and catcher Nathalie Timmermans prepare before the game
Head Coach Craig Montvidas hits a grounder during infield-practice
The Dutch players welcome their teammates after completing the pre-game activities
Game One: Netherlands vs. Kansas Express USA, 8-1
In the opening game, Dutch starter Dagmar Bloeming retired all nine batters she faced in the three innings she pitched, including four on a strikeout.
In the fourth inning, Ginger de Weert took over and gave up the lone American run.
The Dutch squad took control over the game right away in the first at bat by scoring two runs, then added runs in each of the next four innings in this 5-inning, 7-run difference game.
In the first, Britt Vonk led off with a single, advanced on a passed ball, stole third base and scored the first run on a following throwing error towards third before the second batter reached base.
That second batter was Petra van Heijst who then also singled, moved on an infield-hit by next batter Saskia Kosterink and went on to score in a fielder's choice situation.
Two runs were added in the second inning.
Nadine Marinus (who was 2-for-2 and scored three runs) led off with a double, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on an one-out bunt-single by Virginie Anneveld, who then scored herself on a 2-out single by Petra van Heijst, who was 2-for-3.
Two runs were also scored in the third at bat.
Areke Spel reached first base on a passed ball on a third strike, then moved to third base on a single by Nadine Marinus and scored on a wild pitch by Kansas-starter Sage Woodham, who throws for organisor Run '71 in the Dutch First Division.
Nadine later scored again on another single by Virginie Anneveld, who was 3-for-3.
In the fourth inning, trailing 6-0, Kansas Express scored its first and only run.
Lee Ann Lopez led off with a single, then the bases were loaded when the next two batters walked.
Another walk, with one out, for Lezlie Lumbreras, then accounted for the run, but an infield-fly and a groundout prevented more runs.
In the fifth inning, the Americans got more runners on base, but this time a strong throw from leftfielder Judith Diepeveen to catcher Nathalie Timmermans eliminated a runner at the plate for the final out in the inning.
The Dutch Team scored a single run in the fourth inning.
With one out, Saskia Kosterink doubled and scored when Nathalie Timmermans followed with a single.
In the fifth, the 7-run difference was reached.
Nadine Marinus led off with a walk, then reached second base with one out on the third single in the game by Virginie Anneveld and scored on a game-ending double by Britt Vonk to make it 8-1. Britt was 3-for-4.
Box Score Game 1 Netherlands vs. Kansas Express USA
The Umpire-crew for the first game
Henk Reuvekamp, Jac van Riel and Johan de Vries
Head Coaches Craig Montvidas and Phil McSpadden meet
with the umpires before the first game
The team is ready to take the field
Dutch Game One pitchers Dagmar Bloeming and Ginger de Weert
Kansas Express-pitchers Sage Woodham and Melissa Rhodes
A concentrated starting pitcher Dagmar Bloeming
Britt Vonk dives into second base head first,
advancing on a passed ball in the first inning and later scores the first run
Coach Nancy Evans talks with Areke Spel
Petra van Heijst running at third base moments before scoring the second run
Judith Diepeveen and Kirsten Scheele follow the action
Head Coach Craig Montvidas talks with the team between innings
Umpires Jac van Riel, Henk Reuvekamp and Johan de Vries also have a talk between innings
Official Scorer Ben Goorts and Announcer Wilfred Robaard look on from their seats
Short stop Britt Vonk, who went 3-for-4 with a double
1B Nadine Marinus, who reached base three times (single, double, walk)
and scored three runs in the opener
Nathalie Gosewehr encourages her teammates from the dug-out
Virginie Anneveld, who went 3-for-3, scored once and had two RBI's
Coach Nancy Evans has a talk with the infield and the battery
Solange Starrenburg connects in the fourth inning
Britt Vonk and Nadine Marinus enjoy some snacks
Game Two: Netherlands vs. Kansas Express USA, 7-0
In Game Two of today's double-header, the Dutch Team opened the score in the second at bat.
Virginie Anneveld led off with her fourth single of the day, moved on a wild pitch, reached third on a grounder by Karin Tuk and scored on a passed ball.
The team then rallied for three runs in the third inning to take a comfortable 4-0 lead.
After Nathalie Gosewehr had lined out to short, Britt Vonk's hit went through into leftfield.
The speedy Britt rounded third base and was en route to score on an inside-the-park-homerun, when it was decided that she had to return to second base, as the ball got stuck under the fence in leftfield.
Next, Britt stole third base and Petra van Heijst was hit by a pitch.
Both went on to score on a single by Saskia Kosterink, who then scored herself on a 2-out single by Karin Tuk.
Two runs were added in the fourth inning.
With one out, Nathalie Gosewehr reached on an infield-hit, but was forced out at second base on a grounder by Britt Vonk.
Britt moved on a wild pitch and stole third base, then Petra van Heijst walked and both Britt and Petra then again scored on a single (followed by an outfield-error) by Saskia Kosterink, who was 2-for-3, scored once and had three RBI's.
The 7-run difference was reached again in the fifth at bat.
Virginie Anneveld again led off with a single.
After going 3-for-3 in the opener, she was 2-for-2 with a walk in this game.
She advanced to third base on a single by Karin Tuk, who was 2-for-3, then scored the seventh run on a double by Nadine Marinus to end the game with the 7-run difference mercy-rule.
Starting pitcher Kirsten Scheele retired the first six batters she saw, then allowed two batters to reach base in the third inning on a throwing error by herself and a walk.
Rebecca Soumeru took over in the fourth inning and retired six of the seven batters she faced, including four with a strikeout.
One batter reached base on an error, meaning the two pitchers combined on a No-Hitter, which was the second by the Dutch pitching in this Holland Tour.
The first was thrown on May 20 vs. the Dutch Junior Team by Femke van Dusschoten and Dagmar Bloeming.
After completion of Game Two, players and staff of the Dutch National Team as well as the game officials enjoyed a nice meal and of course, everyone involved thanks Run '71 for its hospitality today.
Box Score Game 2 Netherlands vs. Kansas Express USA
The Umpire-crew for Game Two
Johan de Vries, Bert Oosterveld (yes, the father of player Merel Oosterveld) and Jac van Riel
The latter officiated in his seventh Holland Tour-game
Official Scorer Ben Goorts, who scored his third and fourth game during the Holland Tour
Dutch Game Two pitchers Kirsten Scheele and Rebecca Soumeru,
who combined on a 5-inning No-Hitter
Kansas Express Game Two pitchers Chelsea Liddy and Teena Joos
Anne Blaauwgeers playing in centerfield
All smiles for Saskia Kosterink and Petra van Heijst
The clubhouse of Run '71 behind left-centerfield
After going 3-for-3 in the opener, Virginie Anneveld batted 2-for-2 in Game Two
Coach Tiffany McDonald in the dug-out with starting pitcher Kirsten Scheele
Fill-in Physical Therapist Marjolein Faber enjoyed the day with the Dutch squad
Catcher Karin Tuk with Home Plate Umpire Bert Oosterveld judging the pitch
Ed Kosterink, father of Saskia and Jon van Heijst, father of Petra,
enjoy the game and the fine weather sitting on the terrace behind centerfield
Pitcher Femke van Dusschoten looks on from the dug-out
Petra van Heijst scores one of her two runs in Game Two
Centerfielder Saskia Kosterink, who had two hits in both games
Game Over, players shake hands
Dutch coaches Tiffany McDonald, Nancy Evans and Head Coach Craig Montvidas
talk afterwards with Kansas Express Head Coach Phil McSpadden
Today's game officials relax after the double-header
Left to right are Official Scorer Ben Goorts and Umpires Johan de Vries, Bert Oosterveld,
Cor Veraar (also an umpire, but today the clubhouse attendant), Henk Reuvekamp and Jac van Riel
Players relax together with family members
Players sit together on the terrace in front of the clubhouse
A photo opportunity with the three former Run '71-players
Rebecca Soumeru, Saskia Kosterink and Nathalie Timmermans