Orange scores lots of runs
The Netherlands Softball Team was back on the field again on Thursday, July 10, Day 10 of the Illinois-trip, to play another double-header.
The Orange squad won twice with a convincing score: 18-0 and 6-0.
Offensively, the team had a productive day, including homeruns by Saskia Kosterink, Areke Spel and Nathalie Timmermans.
Jessie van Aalst, Nathalie Gosewehr and Anne Blaauwgeers each contributed with three hits in the opener, in which 17 hits were registered.
In the second game, Eva Voortman collected three bunt-singles.
Peter Schuler wrote the following recap of Day 10.
The team had the morning and part of the afternoon off to recover some and start preparations for their 'press conference'.
We already have had USA and Chinese Taipei.
Tomorrow, it's the turn of Italy.
At 2:30 in the afternoon, it was in the bus off to Cracker Barrel for a late lunch or maybe an early dinner.
Then on to the field for the preparations for the double-header against the U19-team of the Angels.
The Pitching Coach of the Angels is married to New Zealand top-pitcher Jeromy Manley and he was accompanied by several players of the Bloomington Stixx.
Also attendeing was former DVH-pitcher Jarryd Farrel, who played in the Netherlands.
He also plays for the Stixx, a professional team in Bloomington.
Ginger de Weert was the starter in Game 1 and threw four innings, giving up only one hit and walking only one batter, while striking out six.
Then, Lindsey Meadows completed the game and did that fine: 2 strikeouts, no walks and no hits allowed.
So, defensively there were very few problems.
The offense was very productive.
Right away in the first inning, the scoreboard showed a 5-0 score via hits by Britt Vonk, Merel Oosterveld, Jessie van Aalst and Nathalie Gosewehr plus some walks and an error.
A run was added in the second inning via a walk for Saskia Kosterink and a double by 'Goos'.
In the third inning, the lead was increased to 10-0 by hits by Anne Blaauwgeers and Merel Oosterveld a homerun by Saskia.
The Dutch kept on hittng and in the fifth inning there were more runs: Areke Spel led off with a homerun and that was followed by hits off the bat of Anne (2x), 'Goos', Saskia, Jessie and again walks and an error, leading to an 18-0 score!
While it was agreed to play 7 innings, it was decided to stop the game after five.
Box Score Game 1 Nederland vs. Angels U19
In the second game, there was a different line-up and other pitchers for the Angels.
For the Dutch, the ball was given to Rebecca Saoumeru (8 strikeouts, 3 hits) and here Dagmar Bloeming was the closer with five strikeouts.
For the young Angels-team, there was not much too gain, they reached base only three times.
But the Dutch offense also had maybe used 'everything' in the opener.
Besides that, the Angels-pitcher had a varied amount of pitches and held our batters under control.
But again, the score was opened right away in the first inning.
Eva Voortman reached on a bunt-single, Nathalie Timmermans walked and Karin Tuk batted both across the plate: 2-0.
In the third inning, there was another bunt by Eva and it was again Karin, who batted her in with a double.
In the fifth inning, Chantal Versluis opened with a double and this time, 'Timmie' batted her in: 4-0.
The third bunt-single by Eva in the seventh inning was followed by a towering homerun by 'Timmie', 6-0, and that also was the final score.
Box Score Game 2 Nederland vs. Angels U19
After the game, both teams posed for a photo and did it was back to the bus to go 'home'.
The girls now deserve some rest (11 games played) and after Friday's practcie, there is no softball for a day and a half.
On Sunday, the team is back on the field to play the U23 team of the Angels in the middle of the day, so probably with high temperatures.
Friday also will be the last day for Coach Tracy Bunge, who drives back to Kansas City to work there for a few weeks and then travels to the Netherlands for the 11 City Tour and the World Championship.
(photos made by Joanne Schuler)