Orange squad gives up no runs
The Netherlands Softball Team played a very special game during its Illinois-trip on Monday, July 14.
The team didn't face another softball-team, it played against a professional baseball-team, Joliet Slammers.
This team plays in the Frontier League, one of the professional Independent Leagues.
The Orange squad played a very good game, held the professional baseball-players scoreless and won 4-0.
Peter Schuler made the following recap of Day 14.
The day we left Bloomington.
And so, we needed to pack-up again.
It was great to see how our 'loadmasters' Nathalie and Saskia stowed our luggage-van with all our stuff, leaving no millimeter on-used.
It just all fitted in.
Saying goodbye to the very friendly staff of the Country Inn and the off towards Joliet.
Two hours later, we crossed the bridge and were able to see our target: Harrah’s Hotel & Casino.
There, everything had to be unloaded again and then off to the rooms.
Unfortunately, not all rooms were available, but that was no problem.
We were scheduled to give our first clinic around 1 PM, but unfortunately, there were few registrations and so, a small delegation gave the clinic.
At 2:30, we were expected with the entire team in the stadium for a lunch.
Another clinic followed, which was given by another trio, while the rest was able to relax somewhat back in the hotel.
At 6 PM, the entire team was complete again in the very nice Silver Cross Stadium, which seats 6,000 spectators and is the home of our opponent: Joliet Slammers which plays in an Independent Professional League.
The team had 'hired' a serious softball-pitcher to assist them in this 'Battle of the Sexes'.
It became a very attractive and enjoyable evening with an enthusiast attendance, which soon were supporting the Dutch Team.
And they deserved that, as our girls played a very good game against these professional baseball-players.
Right away in the first inning, we took a 2-0 lead via a bunt-single by Chantal Versluis, a hit batter for Merel Oosterveld, a nice double steal and an RBI by Saskia Kosterink.
The second run was 'given' to us by a throwing error by the catcher, which ended up somewhere in rightfield.
Dagmar Bloeming threw an 'one-two-three' first inning (one strikeout).
Lindsey Meadows got two runners on base, but ended strongly with two strikeouts.
Inning 3 and 4 were pitched by Rebecca Soumeru (4 strikeouts, 3 walks, 1 hit).
Nathalie Timmermans drove another ball into the outfield, which would have been a homerun on a softball-field, but became a double in the baseball-stadium.
Unfortunately, we were unable to enlarge our lead until the sixth inning.
Saskia Kosterink then singled and stole second and was batted in by Virginie Anneveld: 0-3.
Ginger de Weert (1 strikeout) then retired three batters in a row.
The nice catch made by Nathalie Gosewehr contributed to that.
Femke van Dusschoten (4 strikeouts, 2 walks, 0 hits) closed the game.
The Netherlands added another run in the seventh inning, thanks to some errors, to make it 4-0.
A well-deserved victory with a good performance.
After the game, the local youth was given the chance to collect signatures.
And a lot of them took this opportunity.
Back to the hotel to refresh.
Yes, and some of us then went into the casino.
That marked the end of a very fun day.
On Tuesday, it's back to Chicago for the final series of seven games.
In a week, we will travel back home again.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Joliet Slammers
(photos made by Joanne Schuler)