Orange eliminated for Elgin-final
On the sixth day of the Illinois-trip, the second day of the 10th annual John Radtke Memorial Women's Fastpitch Classic in Elgin was scheduled.
By winning the third game on Saturday-evening, the Netherlands Softball Team avoided playing a game at 8 AM on Sunday-morning.
The Orange squad opened today in Elgin against Wisconsin Lightning, which was defeated again.
That set up a new confrontation with Hooters, the opponent of Saturday-evening.
Peter Schuler reports the following of Day 2 in Elgin:
Sometimes you lose a game while you're the better team.
That also is part of the game.
More about that later.
Thanks to the win on Saturday, we earned a later start and so, we played at 12 PM against a winner from the losers-bracket of the tournament.
And that again was Wisconsin Lightning, whom we met the day before!
The game was decided right away in the first inning when Merel Oosterveld and Chantal Versluis scored on a homerun by Jessie van Aalst and Dinet Oosting also drove the ball over the fence for a 4-0 score.
Rebecca Soumeru (4 strikeouts, 3 hits) and Eva Voortman (3 strikeouts, 1 hit) encountered no problems with the offense of Lightning, which reached base four times.
In the third and fourth inning we increased the lead to 8-0, including a huge solo-homerun by Chantal Versluis.
After five innings, we could store our bats and the girls had time to move out of the burning sun.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Wisconsin Lightning
In the semi-final, we very surprisingly met the same team as yesterday-evening: Hooters.
That was the result of the somewhat inlogical alignments of both brackets of the tournament.
As we will meet Hearts and Slammers later this week, it was though to avoid that confrontation today.
And that was also fine with us.
Femke van Dusschoten led the defense the entire game with Nathalie Timmermans behind the plate.
And again, it was a very close game.
In the fourth inning, the lone error in our defense enabled Hooters to score their first run.
with two outs and a runner on second base, the Hooters' second baseman then hit a double.
In the fifth inning, the score was tied again when Nathalie Timmermans led off with a double and then pinch-runner Eva Voortman stole third base.
And so, Britt Vonk only had to hit the ball into the outfield, but she decided the drill a triple to tie the score at 1-1.
A perfect situation (with only one out) for a squeeze.
The bunt by Merel Oosterveld was good, but was a little but too close to home plate and so Britt was out, or that's what the umpire saw.
Merel advanced to second base, but was caught stealing at third base moments later.
We also had some opportunities in the sixth inning, but couldn't move the runners.
In the bottom of the 6th, Hooters got the bases loaded and unfortunately, Femke then issued her second walk, which gave Hooters a 2-1 lead.
It also meant the end of the game, as there was a time-rule in the tournament of one-and-a-half hour and that was reached.
Unfortunately no final, but a fine result against this strong team.
Femke struckout 10 batters, walked two and gave up five hits.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Hooters
A day with good games and then back to the hotel to shower and then enjoy a nice Chinese buffet.
On Monday, some of the players will assist at a youth camp of the Chicago Bandits.
In the evening, the Orange Team will play against Indiana Slammers in the stadium of the Bandits.
Virginie Anneveld (who was having her birthday) reached 3rd base in the 2nd inning vs. Hooters...
...and emerges again
Britt Vonk triples against Hooters in the 5th inning
Nathalie Timmermans sits behind the plate vs. Hooters
(photos made by Joanne Schuler)