Moment of silence for victims Malaysia Airlines-flight
The Netherlands Softball Team played one game on Saturday, July 19.
The team again met the Beverly Bandits, who were beaten the day before.
Today, the Orange squad, which saw Areke Spel homer, ended up empty-handed, 4-2.
Before the game, there was a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the disaster with the Malaysia Airlines-flight above Ukraine.
On Sunday, the team closes the Illinois-trip with two games.
Beneath, Team Manager Peter Schuler again looks back to the activities of Day 19.
Unstable and frustrating
It is all part of a 3-week journey, it belongs to a selection process with the accomapying stress, it belongs to playing under different circumstances and playing against teams who (as all American teams) play very agressively.
How young or unexperienced they are, doesn't matter, they just want to win.
An error gets punished.
But that also is the gain of this trip.
Learning how to play under pressure.
Unfortunately, that's isn't always stable.
But no worries: that all will come together.
The talent is there.
Today, early in the morning the same trip to Plainfield, a 45-minute drive.
The opponent: Beverly Bandits.
The team whom we beat yesterday.
Before the start of the game, we took a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the planecrash above the Ukraine.
Again, we were confronted with a 17-year old pitcher, who, as is said, is looking ahead to a nice career.
This year, she will go to Washington to play softball and study there.
Today, she struckout eleven batters and gave up only four basehits.
Back to the beginning.
Eva Voortman (2 strikeouts, 5 hits) and Femke van Dusschoten (1 strikeout, 1 walk, 1 hit) today led the defense.
The Bandits opened the score in the second inning via an infield-hit, a double and a run-down, which unfortunately failed.
In the fourth inning, two runs were added due to an error, a basehit, a sacrifice bunt, a bunt-single and a deep catch in centerfield: 3-0.
In the sixth, another run was scored via a double, errant throw and a nice RBI by bringing the ball into the field.
Did the Dutch didn't got any chances?
Yes, we did.
In the bottom of the first inning, we got runners on second and third, but were unable to score.
In the fourth inning, we again had a runner on third base, but the two strikeouts followed to end this chance.
In the sixth inning, Merel Oosterveld (again her!) hit by a pitch and then was batted in by Dinet Oosting: 1-4.
So, it had to be done in the seventh inning.
And we almost succeeded in that.
Areke Spel led off with a homerun and then we got the bases loaded, but the decisive hit didn't come.
Final score: 2-4 for the Bandits.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Beverly Bandits
Our hosts had organized a nice BBQ and after that, we returned to the hotel.
A brief team-meeting by the coach followed there, but then the players were off for the remainder of the day to recharge themselves again for the final two games in Plainfield.
Luckily, not that early.
We will leave at 9:30 in the morning and then play at 12 PM, followed by a game at 2 PM when we win.
In case of a loss, we will play the second game at 4 PM.
Let's hope that with these two games, we will close this trip with a good feeling.
Tuesday is the flight back home, then some rest and then the 11-City Tour.
(photos made by Joanne Schuler)