Dutch Women suffer two small losses in Holland Tour
OOSTERHOUT (Neth.) - The Dutch National Softball Team today, May 16, met the Dutch National Men Softball Team in a double-header in Oosterhout during its Holland Tour.
The Dutch Women played two good games and lost twice with a one-run margin, 2-1 and 5-4.
The next games will be played on May 23 at Haarlem during the Softball Gala 2010.
On that day, the Dutch Women will meet the Foreign All Star Team, which is compiled from foreign players who play in the Dutch leagues.
Two weeks ago, the first scheduled games in the Holland Tour rained out in The Hague.
There, the two national teams also were to meet, but today, the two games could be played as scheduled under fine conditions.
And it were two good games, which were promotion for the sport of softball.
The team thanks Twins for hosting today's games and for assistance and support.
In past years, when the Women Team met the Men Team, the latter almost always won win big figures, mostly because of the speed of their pitchers.
But today, it was a complete different story.
In the opener, the Women Team outhit their opponent 4-2, but ended up empty-handed.
In Game Two, both teams collected eight basehits and the Women Team just ended up short when it staged a comeback in the seventh inning.
Game One: Netherlands Women SB Team vs. Netherlands Men SB Team, 1-2
In the opening game of today's double-header, the Dutch Women Team outhit the Men Team 4-2, but the latter needed only one of their two basehits to do the damage.
In the first at bat, with two outs and Mike den Braven (fielder's choice) on first base, Enrique Javier connected on a delivery of Femke van Dusschoten for a 2-run homerun to give the Men Team a 2-0 lead.
And that was to be all for the team, which prepares itself for the European Championship in July in the Czech Republic.
In the second inning, two runners got on base.
Jeffry Visser led off with a walk, but later was eliminated on a grounder by Sander Wuis, who then stranded on third base.
In the third, Signald Paz walked with one out, but was caught stealing.
Hereafter, Femke van Dusschoten retired the next four batters (including two strikeouts), then was relieved by Rebecca Soumeru, who retired the first three batters she faced, including two strikeouts.
In the sixth, Tim Verbrugge led off with the second basehit of the Men Team, but later was forced out on second base.
The Women Team got on base in the first inning when Merel Oosterveld walked with one out, but stranded there.
In the second inning, Karin Tuk led off with a single, but then a double play followed.
Trailing 2-0, the Women Team got one run back in the third inning.
With one out, Chantal Versluis walked and advanced when Nathalie Gosewehr followed with a single.
With two outs, Virginie Anneveld reached on an error, which enabled Chantal to score, but runners at first and third base stranded when pitcher Jeroen Mulder ended the at bat with a strikeout.
In the fourth inning, the Women Team got another runner in scoring position.
With two outs, Nadine Marinus walked, stole second base and reached third base when Kim Donkers (who made her National Team-debut) hit an infield-hit.
Again, the inning ended with a strikeout, leaving two runners behind.
In the fifth at bat, Nathalie Gosewehr led off with her second single in the game, but was forced out.
Later, a doubled play ended the inning.
In the sixth inning, Wesley Blonk took over the pitching for the Men Team and retired the side in the sixth and seventh inning.
In the seventh, Nadine Marinus led off with a line drive, but rightfielder Etiënne Meijer made a nice catch.
Box Score Game One
Today's umpires Wout van der Horst and Rob Veldkamp
Anouk van den Heuvel fouls off a ball
Signald Paz hitting for the Men Team; Karin Tuk is the catcher
The home plate umpire is Wout van der Horst
Kim Donkers playing at first base with Tim Verbrugge being the runner
Enrique Javier during an at bat for the Men Team; in the first inning he hit a 2-run homerun
Nadine Marinus faces pitcher Wesley Blonk
Game Two: Netherlands Women SB Team vs. Netherlands Men SB Team, 4-5
In Game Two, both teams collected eight basehits in another attractive game.
The Women Team trailed 5-1 when the home of the seventh inning began and then staged a comeback, scoring three runs, but ended up short.
Kirsten Scheele started for the Women Team and struckout the first two batters she faced, retiring the side in the first inning.
In the home of the first, the Women Team took an 1-0 lead.
With one out, Merel Oosterveld singled, as did next batter Virginie Anneveld.
The latter's hit was followed by a throwing error, which brought Merel to third base, who then scored on a throwing error when Virginie stole second base.
The Men Team tied the score in the second inning.
Enrique Javier led off with a single, stole second, reached third on an error and scored on grounder by Dylan Wolthuis.
In the next at bat, they got the bases loaded with no outs, but added only one more run.
First, René Koelink led off with a single and stole second base.
Next, Anthony Beaumont walked and then the bases got loaded when Steven Verbrugge also singled.
The lead runner was then forced out at home on a grounder by Mike den Braven, leaving the bases loaded.
Next, a run was scored on a sacrifice fly by Enrique Javier, but then a strikeout ended the inning.
The Men Team made it a 3-1 score in the fourth inning when Tim Verbrugge led off with a walk and later scored on a sac-fly by Eumir Nielsen.
The Women Team got its next scoring opportunity in the fourth inning.
With one out, Virginie Anneveld singled, then reached third base when Anouk van den Heuvel also singled.
But then the next two batters struckout.
Two more runners got on base in the sixth inning.
With one out, Merel Oosterveld reached on a bunt-single and advanced when Anouk van den Heuvel singled with two outs.
With runners on second and third base, a grounder made an end to this at bat.
In the seventh inning, the Men Team scored two more runs, which proved to be very important in the end.
With one out, René Koelink and Anthony Beaumont hit back-to-back doubles to bring in a run, then the latter scored on a 2-out single by Signald Paz to make it 5-1.
In the home of the seventh, the Dutch Women Team scored three runs to narrow the deficit to 5-4.
With one out, Nadine Marinus walked and with two outs, Britt Vonk reached on an error.
The two then scored when debuting Fabienne van Uden followed with a triple.
A single by Merel Oosterveld (who was 3-for-4) then enabled Fabienne to score and made it 5-4.
But a strikeout ended the inning and the game.
Box Score Game Two
Virginie Anneveld reaches base on an infield-hit in the first inning;
As the throw went by first baseman Merlijn Brink, runner Merel Oosterveld advanced to third base;
Pitcher Jeffry Visser looks to the action
Moments later, Virginie Anneveld steals second base;
an errant throw followed, enabling Merel Oosterveld to score the first run
Enrique Javier leads off the second inning with an infield-hit, while it appears on this photo
that 1B Nadine Marinus already has possession of the ball
Pitcher Kirsten Scheele oversees the action
Solange Starrenburg is caught stealing in the third inning,
as short stop Dylan Wolthuis got the bal in time
Pitcher Kirsten Scheele throws to Dylan Wolthuis
Solange Starrenburg is the catcher; Rob Veldkamp the umpire
Anouk van den Heuvel running at first base in the fourth inning
Merlijn Brink is the first baseman
Solange Starrenburg is retired at first base in the fifth inning
1B Merlijn Brink has made the play, while pitcher Arjan Baanen looks on
(special thanks to Martin Winkel for submitting the photos)