Two more wins for Dutch Team
SANTPOORT (Neth.) - The Dutch National Softball Team continued its Holland Tour on Sunday with two games on the site of Iber Lengua Terrasvogels, which opened its new clubhouse for the first time.
In Santpoort, a triangular series was played with the participation of three teams.
First, the Dutch squad shutout the national team of Great Britain 9-0 in its second international game of this year.
Next, the British Team lost 9-1 to the Foreign All Star Team.
The day ended with the match-up between the Dutch Team and the All Stars, who had met eight times before during the Holland Tour.
As the record was 4-4, this game would be decisive.
The Dutch trailed 3-0, but came from behind to win 5-3 and win the 9-game series between the two squads.
As was the case in previous games, the weather conditions again were wonderful today and all games were played under a bright, blue sky with a warm sun.
Later in the day some dark clouds approached, but never reached the field.
It was reported that it had rained today in several closeby cities, but it remained dry in Santpoort and the spectators enjoyed another great softball-day of the Dutch National Team.
The next game in the Holland Tour will be played on Saturday, June 27 in Zoetermeer at the site of Birds.
This will mark the 30th and final game of the Holland Tour, which initially existed of 34 games. Four games were dropped from the schedule by the staff of the national squad due to several reasons.
Saturday's game will be played against a team compiled from players who were members of the Dutch National Team in the period 2005-2008 and will be the highlight of the 40th anniversary of Birds, which has several activities scheduled for next Saturday.
The game will start at 1:30 PM.
Schedule Holland Tour
The players and staff of the Dutch National Softball Team thank Umpires Arie Nokkert, Patrick Reus and Arjan de Wever, Official Scorers Olga Lablans and Pieter van der Ploeg, Public Address Announcer Cor van Nunen and Scoreboard Operator Lenie van der Werf and all bat-girls for their contributions in the games against Great Britain and the Foreign All Star Team on Sunday.
The Dutch players are introduced before the game against Great Britain
Groundskeeper Aad Klein puts the flags of Great Britain and the Netherlands
in top during the playing of the national anthems
The Dutch National Team listens to the national anthem
The teams of the Netherlands and Great Britain line up for the national anthems
Today's Official Scorers Olga Lablans and Pieter van der Ploeg
The Umpires in the first game Arjan de Wever and Arie Nokkert
Game One: Netherlands vs. Great Britain, 9-0
In the second game in three days against the British squad, the Dutch offense registered only five basehits, but eight batters received a walk.
Two of these walks were thrown in the first at bat, resulting in runners on all bases.
Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a single and stole second base.
With one out, Solange Starrenburg and Nathalie Timmermans walked to load the bases.
A run was then scored on a wild pitch and with two outs, the remaining two runners both scored on a single by Virginie Anneveld.
Four runs were added in the second inning.
All were unearned, as an error could have been the third out.
With one out, Judith Diepeveen walked and advanced when Nathalie Gosewehr was hit by a pitch.
Next, Judith reached third base safely on an error and then a flyout followed which would have been the third out in the inning.
But now, with runners on second and third base and two outs, the Dutch Team started a 4-run rally.
Solange Starrenburg and Nathalie Timmermans both walked again, leading to a run and another bases loaded situation.
Karin Tuk then drove the ball into rightfield for a baseclearing, 3-run double that gave the Dutch a 7-0 lead.
Two more walks followed to re-load the bases, but this time, the three runners were left behind.
The final two runs in this game were scored in the third bat bat.
With one out, Nathalie Gosewehr walked, then Solange Starrenburg reached on an infield-hit with two outs.
The two runners then scored on a double by Nathalie Timmermans.
Great Britain produced three basehits off two Dutch pitchers.
Ginger de Weert started in her first international game of her career and gave up a lead-off single to Laura Thompson in the first inning, but then retired the next six batters in a row.
In the fourth, Ginger gave up an one-out double to Leah English with a runner on first base, but ended the inning with a flyout and strikeout.
In the fifth inning, Virginie Anneveld took over, gave up an one-out single to Amber Jackson, but then two groundouts followed to end the game.
Besides Ginger, Merel Oosterveld also played in her first international game.
For the British Team, the four days in the Netherlands were part of its preparations for the European Championships in Valencia (Spain) next month.
In the four days, the British team practiced at the sites of Onze Gezellen, Olympia Haarlem and Terrasvogels, played two games against the Dutch and one against the Foreign All Star Team.
They started on Thurday-evening with a game against Dutch First Divisionist Onze Gezellen from Haarlem, which won 9-8 in eight innings.
The trip by the British Team was arranged with the help of Dutch Head Coach Craig Montvidas, who led the British Team from 2004-2007.
British players Moe Flett, Amber Jackson, Sarah Jones, Stephanie Pearce, Kelly Randall, Linda Randall, J.J. Rushworth, Hannah Thompson, Laura Thompson and Rachael Watkeys all made their debut in the British national team during their trip to the Netherlands.
Today's game against Great Britain was the fourteenth in history between the two countries and resulted in the 13th win for the Dutch.
Box Score Game 1 Netherlands vs. Great Britain
Starting pitcher Ginger de Weert throws to Leah English in the first inning
Running at second base is Laura Thompson; Looking from centerfield is Merel Oosterveld
Ginger and Merel both played in their first international game with the national squad
Visible in the scorebox are left to right Scoreboard Operator Lenie van der Werf,
P.A. Announcer Cor van Nunen and Official Scorers Pieter van der Ploeg and Olga Lablans
A view of the first base stands
Sitting in the front row are left to right Sean, the boyfriend of Coach Nancy Evans,
ESF-President and interim KNBSB Boardmember André van Overbeek and
Fred Versluis, the father of Chantal
Dutch pitchers vs. Great Britain Ginger de Weert and Virginie Anneveld
Tiffany McDonald, who threw for the British squad vs. the Dutch Team
Nathalie Gosewehr steals second base in the first inning
Trying to tag her out is short stop Moe Flett
Merel Oosterveld connects in the second inning
Judith Diepeveen reaches third base safely in the second inning due to an error
Short stop Moe Flett again has no play
That's not my pitch
Solange Starrenburg and Nathalie Timmermans let a ball go by in the 2nd inning
Solange and Nathalie both walked
Moments later, Solange Starrenburg and Nathalie Timmermans both score
on a 3-run double by Karin Tuk; Catcher Leah English has no play
Karin Tuk standing on second base after hitting a 3-run double in the 2nd inning
Home Plate Umpire Arjan de Wever checks with catcher Leah English and pitcher Tiffany McDonald
A look into the Dutch dug-out
Playing at second base in this game was Anne Blaauwgeers
Nadine Marinus reaches out for a pitch and connects in the 4th inning
The Dutch infielders and battery have a talk in the fifth British at bat
The players shake hands after completion of the game
Game Great Britain vs. Foreign All Star Team, 1-9
Between the two games played by the Dutch National Team, the British squad played against the Foreign All Stars and collected four basehits, including an RBI-double by Leah English that gave the British an 1-0 lead in the first inning.
Karlene Headley-cooper, who singled with two outs, scored on the double, but this would be the lone British run.
All Star-pitcher Amanda Hess, who went the distance, gave up a lead-off infield-hit to Laura Thompson in the third, then another lead-off single by Rachael Watkeys in the fourth.
Did three outs follow the hit in the third inning, in the fourth at bat, the British got the bases loaded with no outs.
After Rachael's single, Stephanie Pearce and Amber Jackson both walked, but a force out at the plate, a strikeout and flyout ended the scoring opportunity.
Trailing 1-0, the Foreign All Stars scored four runs in the home of the first at bat.
Emma Barnes led off with a single and guest-player Jacqueline Wesselink followed with double.
Next, Shannon Robinson singled to bring in the tying run.
The All Stars then took the lead on a sacrifice fly by Lindsey Meadows.
With one out, Krissi Oliver tripled and scored on a sac-fly by Amanda Hess to make it 4-1.
Two runs were added in the second on an error and another sac-fly by Lindsey Meadows.
After a scoreless inning, the All Stars scored three more runs in the fourth inning.
Shannon Robinson led off with a single and scored on a double by Lindsey, who then scored when Amanda Hess tripled with one out.
Moments later, Amanda scored on a groundout by Martina Lackner to make it 9-1.
Box Score Great Britain vs. Foreign All Star Team
José Hardenbroek, the loyal fan of both Terrasvogels and Sparks Haarlem,
assists the ground crew to prepare the field for the second game of the day
Groundskeeper Aad Klein puts down a new batter's box
In the meantime, Head Coach Craig Montvidas has a talk with the Dutch players
Afterwards, the players enjoy a lunch in the new clubhouse of Terrasvogels
And then most watched the game between the British and the All Stars
Like Nathalie Timmermans, Anne Blaauwgeers, Judith Diepeveen and Nadine Marinus
Terrasvogels-President Bert Wessels prepares sausages for lunch
Solange Starrenburg is being interviewed by Peter van der Aart of the Haarlems Dagblad
Former national team players Shannah van der Kaaij, Debby Connor, Dana Horeman
and Linda Hoenderdos attended today's games at Santpoort
Sitting behind Dana is her sister Lyanne, who also has played in the national team
The Dutch players sit together to watch the game between the British and All Stars
Merel Oosterveld and Meike Witteveen have fun during the break
Chantal Versluis with Lyanne Horeman, who was a member of the preliminary Dutch Team in 2005
A view from behind the backstop
Today, several planes could be seen in the distance taking off from nearby Schiphol International Airport
Here, one of the 'blue birds' of the Royal Dutch Airlines (KLM) is en route to its destination
Physical Therapist Anouk Fermont works with Chantal Versluis
Game Two: Netherlands vs. Foreign All Star Team, 5-3
In the last game of the day, the Dutch National Team faced the Foreign All Stars for the ninth and final time during the Holland Tour.
A decisive game, as the winner also would win this series between the two teams, which was even at 4-4 before today's match-up.
Initially, it were the All Stars who appeared to take charge of the game with a 3-run rally in the second inning off starter Rebecca Soumeru.
Leah English led off with a single, moved on a sacrifice bunt by Krissi Oliver and then scored on a double by Amanda Hess, who then advanced on a single by Martina Lackner.
Amanda scored on a grounder by Lizzy Prescott, which was handled greatly by 3B Virginie Anneveld, who made several great plays at third in this game and had seven assists.
Later in the at bat, Martina Lackner scored the third run when Emma Barnes doubled.
The All Star-offense was then silenced in the third by Rebecca.
In the fourth inning, Femke van Dusschoten took over and had a strong inning, striking out two and retiring the side.
In the fifth, she gave up a 2-out double to Shannon Robinson (her second in the game), but then finished the inning with another strikeout.
Kirsten Scheele completed the game by throwing the final two innings.
In the sixth, she was supported with a nice double play initiated by short stop Britt Vonk, who caught a line drive by Krissi Oliver, then also eliminated pinch-runner (and the team's Head Coach) Kaleo Eldredge at first base.
In the seventh, with a runner on first base, Kirsten struckout the next batters, then the game ended with a pop-fly in the infield.
Foreign-starter Lizzy Prescott initially retired the first eight batters in a row, then gave up a single to Nathalie Gosewehr, but she stranded at first base.
From the fourth inning on, the Dutch Team started to turn the game around.
Trailing 3-0, Anne Blaauwgeers led off with an infield-hit and moved on a sacrifice bunt by Saskia Kosterink and single by Nathalie Timmermans.
But then the inning ended when Areke Spel lined into a double play.
In the fifth inning, the Dutch Team came alongside.
Virginie Anneveld led off with an infield-hit, but was forced out on a grounder by Nadine Marinus.
Next, Judith Diepeveen also singled and the two runners advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Nathalie Gosewehr.
The two runners then scored on a towering triple into centerfield by Britt Vonk, who went on to score the tying run on a passed ball.
In the sixth, the Dutch took the lead.
This time, Saskia Kosterink led off with a deep triple and scored on a sacrifice fly by Nathalie Timmermans.
In the seventh at bat, an insurance run was added.
Nadine Marinus led off with an infield-hit, moved on a sacrifice bunt and flyout, then scored on a double by Britt Vonk, who had three RBI's and played an important role in this victory.
Moments later, she also caught the final out of the game.
After earlier having lunch after the first game, the players and staff of the Dutch National Team enjoyed a nice pizza & hamburger meal after this game and of course, everyone involved thanks Terrasvogels for its fine hospitality today.
Box Score Game 2 Netherlands vs. Foreign All Star Team
The Umpires for the Dutch vs. All Stars game: Arie Nokkert and Patrick Reus
The Dutch players prepare for the introductions
The Dutch players are introduced before the game
The Dutch players line up during introductions
Head Coach Kaleo Eldredge makes a jump during the introduction of the Foreign All Stars
The Dutch players give the All Stars a gift to thank them for their participation
in the games during the Holland Tour
Foreign-starter Lizzy Prescott throws to Saskia Kosterink in the first inning
The Dutch pitchers in this game
Rebecca Soumeru, Femke van Dusschoten and Kirsten Scheele
Lizzy Prescott and Krissi Oliver pitched for the Foreign All Star Team
Areke Spel fouls off a pitch in the second inning
Full concentration for Virginie Anneveld, who played a great game at third base
Lead English rounds third base to score the first FAST-run in the second inning
In the back, Amanda Hess arrives at second base with her RBI-double
Rebecca Soumeru pitching to Martina Lackner in the second inning
Nancy Evans coaching at first base
In the back, Rob Walgien, who will be one of the coaches coming Saturday with the
former national team-players, talking with reporter Peter van der Aart (Haarlems Dagblad)
Anne Blaauwgeers connects for an infield-hit in the fourth inning
Head Coach Craig Montvidas looks on from third base
Britt Vonk hits her 2-run triple in the fifth inning
Judith Diepeveen is one of two players to score on Britt's triple
Britt Vonk dives into home plate head first scoring the tying run on a passed ball
Shannon Robinson slides into second base with her second double of the game in the fifth inning
Saskia Kosterink arrives at third base after her lead-off triple in the sixth
Moments later, Saskia scores the go-ahead run on a sacrifice fly by Nathalie Timmermans
Umpire Arie Nokkert out-signal is for the flyout in centerfield
A view into the Dutch dug-out
Physical Therapist Anouk Fermont admires a glove
3B Virginie Anneveld makes her seventh assist of the game in the sixth inning
Nadine Marinus arrives at third base after a flyout
3B Martina Lackner is waiting for the throw from centerfield
Moments later, Nadine scores an insurance run for the Dutch squad, making it 5-3
After the end of the game, players shake hands again
Today's players in the Foreign All Star Team
Back row: Kaleo Eldredge (Head Coach, Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers), Martina Lackner,
Krissi Oliver, Lindsey Meadows (all Tex Town Tigers), Leah English (Centrals),
Christie Hill (Assistant Coach, Olympia Haarlem), Jacqueline Wesselink (DSS) and
Rob Korpel (Assistant Coach, Robur '58)
Front row: Amanda Hess (DSS), Shannon Robinson (Robur '58), Lizzy Prescott (Centrals) and
Tiffany McDonald (Robur '58); Lying down in front is Emma Barnes (Centrals).
Former professional soccer player Ruud Geels and his wife visited the game.
They are the parents of Luciène, the wife of Dutch Head Coach Craig Montvidas,
who introduced them to Coach Nancy Evans
Ruud played professionally from 1964-1984 for Dutch big league-clubs Telstar, Feyenoord,
Go Ahead Eagles, Ajax, Sparta, PSV and NAC and Belgian big leaguers Club Brugge and Anderlecht
In 741 professional games, Geels scored 605 goals. He was the Dutch topscorer five times
and played in 20 games for the Dutch National Soccer Team
The Dutch National Softbal Team afterwards posed for several fans and photograpers
An opportunity to take a teamphoto of the Dutch National Squad
Head Coach Craig Montvidas addresses the team afterwards
Team Manager Paul Boonstra with former National Softball Team-great Ludy van Mourik
The infielder played for Terrasvogels in the Dutch big league from 1968-1984
Terrasvogels' Facility Manager Martin de Jonker prepares the hamburgers for the players' meal
The Dutch players enjoy the pizza & hamburger-meal afterwards
(thanks again to Fred Versluis for submitting several photos)