Orange win big after loss in opener
On Wedneday, July 9, Day 9 of the Illinois Tour, the Netherlands Softball Team transfered from Schaumburg to Bloomington.
In the evening, a double-header was scheduled against Bloomington Lady Hearts.
In the first game, the Orange squad erased an 1-0 deficit by scoring four runs in the fifth inning, hightlighted by a 2-run homerun by Virginie Anneveld.
However, Bloomington answered with four runs of its own and went on to win 5-4.
The Dutch Team outhit Bloomington 11-6.
Virginie Anneveld went 3-for-4.
The Orange was more productive in the second match-up.
The team collected 13 basehits, allowed only won and won convincingly with a 14-0 score.
Alle players in the line-up hit at least one basehit and scored at least one run.
Marisèla de Wind went 3-for-3, including a triple, scored three runs and also had three runs batted in.
Jessie van Aalst accounted for the first runs with a 2-run homerun.
Beneath is the daily recap from Peter schuler, who looks back to Day 9.
Two games today.
But first, we had to stow away the luggage of 30 people in a cargo-van.
We then eventually went south towards Bloomington.
A drive of a few hours, with halfway of course a stop to have a bite.
Around 1 PM, we arrived at the Country Inn & Suites and went to our rooms.
Not for too long, as Joanne Schuler had arranged pizza's at the local Italian and of course, we had to watched the semi-final of 'the other Orange' (World Cup Soccer).
Specially therefore, the start of our game was delayed for one hour, but unfortunately, we were unable to watch the penaly drama.
We learned the result, while we were in the bus en route to the field.
The nice Champions Field was the site for the double-header against Bloomington Hearts.
Another good and agressive American team.
The basis of the dramatical game of Tuesday-evening got the chance for revenge.
Femke van Dusschoten (5 strikeouts, 4 walks, 1 hit) and Rebecca Soumeru (3 strikeouts, 1 walk, 5 hits) were the pitchers in this game, which had a bizarre line score.
We were unable to score and the Hearts needed only two walks and a hit to take an 1-0 lead in the third inning.
In the fifth inning, we took a 4-1 lead with two outs when Virginie Anneveld drove the ball over the fence for a 2-run homerun after basehits by Merel Oosterveld, Britt Vonk and Saskia Kosterink (which had produced two runs).
That lead didn't last long, as in the home of the fifth, four hits, also including a homerun turned it into a 5-4 deficit.
While we had scoring opportunities, the Hearts protected the lead and so, a loss became a fact.
We collected 11 basehits, the Hearts only 6.
Box Score Game 1 Netherlands vs. Bloomington Hearts
In the second game, Head Coach Craig Montvidas started with another line-up.
Hearts played with almost the same team, except for another pitcher.
And how very differently was this game!
Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a double and was bunted to third base by Eva Voortman.
And then it was Jessie van Aalst, who hit the ball out of the park: 2-0.
In the second hitting, hits by Nikki Harte, Marisèla de Wind, Dinet Oosting and Eva Voortman increased the lead to 5-0.
In the third inning, we enlarged our lead even more to 9-0 on four more hits and in the fifth, we made it 14-0!!
A fine accomplishment.
What was also noteworthy was the dominance of our two pitchers.
Eva Voortman 'did’ the first three innings, gave up two hits, but also struckout seven batters, while walking none.
Dagmar Bloeming also did great and added five more strikeouts in her two innings.
While we had agreed to play 7 innings, the coaches stopped after five complete innings: the 14-0 had made a big impression.
Box Score Game 2 Netherlands vs. Bloomington Hearts
It was long and tough day and around 11 PM, players and staff could retire to their rooms.
On Thursday, we will have a quiet morning and then at the end of the afternoon, we have a double-header against another young team from Bloomington: BNSGA Varsity.
(photos made by Joanne Schuler)