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Nathalie Gosewehr and Linda Hoenderdos win Italian title
National Team-player Nathalie Gosewehr and former National Team-player Linda Hoenderdos on Sunday, October 9 captured the national championship title in the final of the Italian Softball League, concluding their first season playing for Caserta. After winning the first two games of the best-of-five against Legnano, the opponent tied the series a week later to force a fifth and deciding game that was played today. Caserta won that game 1-0 to claim the title. Saskia Kosterink reached the Italian Play-Offs with her team Sanotint Bollate, while pitcher Lindsey Meadows this season was the third active National Team-player in the Italian Softball League, playing for Nuoro.
More on the Dutch players in Italy

DUTCH TEAM REPEATS AS EUROPEAN CHAMPION!
The Dutch National Softball Team on Saturday, August 6, defended its European title successfully in the final, beating Italy 10-2 convincingly, ending the game in the sixth inning because of the run-difference. History was written, as it was the first time that a final ended with the mercy-rule and it was also the first time that a final ended with a walk-off homerun, as Saskia Kosterink hit a towering 2-run homerun to end the game. Saskia also accounted for the first three runs, as she hit a 3-run triple in the first at bat. Lindsey Meadows threw four hitless innings, then Rebecca Soumeru took over and gave up the two Italian runs that narrowed the lead to 4-2. Dagmar Bloeming became the new pitcher in the fifth and completed the game. Afterwards, she was named Best Pitcher of the tournament, while Virginie Anneveld was named Most Valuable Player.
Recap Day 9 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 9 (Ned.)

DUTCH TEAM IN EUROPEAN CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL!!!
The Dutch National Softball Team won a Hitchockian thriller on Friday-evening to beat Italy 5-1, thanks to a 2-out, 4-run rally in the eighth inning to reach the final of the 17th European Championship. A 2-run double by Nathalie Gosewehr and a 2-run inside-the-park-homerun by Solange Starrenburg highlighted the deciding at bat. Winning pitcher Dagmar Bloeming threw a strong game, struckout eight and gave up only five hits. The Dutch will play the final on Saturday-evening and meets the winner of the game between Italy and Great Britain, which will be played in the afternoon. After reaching the final, several text messages to congratulate the team.
Recap Day 8 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 8 (Ned.)

Dutch Team qualifies for Semi-Final, World Cup; Milestone for Saskia Kosterink
On Thursday, August 4, the Dutch National Softball Team clinched a spot in the Semi-Final of the European Championship and qualified for participation in the World Championship in Canada. Also on Thursday, Saskia Kosterink played in her 100th official game for the Dutch Team. The Orange shutout Russia 2-0 to reach the Semi-Final, then won 8-1 vs. France in the evening to close the Second Round. The Dutch now will meet Italy in the Semi-Final on Friday-evening.
Recap Day 7 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 7 (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens 2nd Round with win vs. British
The Dutch National Softball Team opened the Second Round of the 17th European Championship on Wednesday-evening, August 3, with a 3-1 victory against Great Britain, the opponent in the final of the Championship two years ago. With the win, the Dutch Team has set a big step towards the semi-final on Friday-evening. On Thursday, the Dutch Team continues the Second Round with games against Russia and France.
Recap Day 6 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 6 (Ned.)

Dutch Team finishes preliminary round unbeaten
The Dutch National Softball Team closed the preliminary round of the 17th European Championship unbeaten on Tuesday, August 2 and gave up no runs in the four games played. On very sunny Tuesday afternoon and under a clear blue sky, the Dutch squad registered a 19-0 shutout-win against Denmark. The team has now scored 62 runs and collected 62 basehits in the four games played so far. On Wednesday-evening, the Dutch Team opens the Second Round and then meets Great Britain.
Recap Day 5 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 5 (Ned.)

Dutch Team again registers two convincing victories
The Dutch National Softball Team on Monday, August 1 registered two more convincing victories, as the squad won 9-0 vs. Belgium and 10-0 vs. Spain. The team collected 20 basehits in the two games, including a homerun by Nathalie Timmermans. Pitchers Dagmar Bloeming and Lindsey Meadows both threw one-hitters. The Dutch Team closes the preliminary round on Tuesday against Denmark.
Recap Day 4 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 4 (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens with big win
The Dutch National Softball Team on Sunday, July 31 opened the 17th European Championship with a big 24-0 shutout-win against Ukraine. The Dutch Team collected 25 basehits, including four by Virginie Anneveld and Solange Starrenburg. Tha latter also homered, as did Chantal Versluis and Areke Spel. The team rallied for 15 runs in the first at bat and ended the game in three innings. Pitcher Ginger de Weert threw an one-hitter.
In the evening, all 20 participating countries were present during the Opening Ceremony.
Recap Day 3 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 3 (Ned.)

Dutch Team has first practice
On Saturday, July 30, the Dutch National Softball Team conducted its first practice session on the main field of the European Championship in Ronchi dei Legionari. While it was another dark and sometimes rainy day today, the practice was held under fine conditions. In the evening, the Technical Meeting was held and so the tournament now has really started. On Sunday, the Dutch Team opens against Ukraine. A live play-by-play of this game will be available.
Recap Day 2 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 2 (Ned.)

Dutch Team arrives in rainy Italy for European Championship
The Dutch National Softball Team on Friday, July 29, traveled to Italy for the European Championship, that opens on Sunday, July 31 and will be played in the Ronchi dei Legionari-area. The Dutch Team meets Ukraine next Sunday in its first game of the event. It was a long travelday (with Areke Spel celebrating her birthday), which first brought the team to Rome and from there back north to Ronchi dei Legionari. Minutes after arriving, a heavy thunderstorm, accompanied by a lot of lightning, welcomed the team in Italy.
Recap Day 1 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 1 (Ned.)

Roster announced for European Championship
On Thursday, July 14, the Dutch National Softball Team roster of 17 players was announced for the upcoming European Championship in Italy. Head Coach Craig Montvidas informed all players the day before after completion of a practice session. On July 31, the defending European champion opens the event against Ukraine.
More on the roster-announcement (Eng.) | Meer over de bekendmaking (Ned.)

Dutch Team closes Holland Tour with wins vs. Argentina
The Dutch National Softball Team closed the fourth Holland Tour on Sunday, July 3 with two victories against the National Team of Argentina. In Amsterdam, the Dutch squad won big twice, 15-1 and 14-1 against the young Argentinian team that made an European tour. Last year, during the World Championship in Venezuela, the Dutch Team defeated Argentina 4-3. Initially, games also were scheduled today for the Foreign All Star Team, but these were dropped, as not enough foreign players were available. Because of this, the scheduled games against the All Stars for July 17 were dropped from the schedule, meaning this years Holland Tour has ended.

Dutch Team beaten by Men Softball Team
The Dutch National Softball Team continued the Holland Tour on Sunday, June 26 with two games against the Dutch National Men Softball Team. Both games ended in a shutout-loss, with the men winning 3-0 and 2-0. The second game was a Perfect Game.

Sunday's games canceled!
The scheduled double-header between the Dutch National Softball Team and the Foreign All Star Team for Sunday, June 12, has been scrubbed. On Saturday, the regular season-games between Iber Lengua Terrasvogels and Centrals were canceled due to rain and were re-scheduled for Sunday, resulting in the double-header in the Holland Tour to be dropped from the schedule.

Dutch Team back home
The Dutch National Softball Team returned home back safely on Monday, June 6, to complete their trip to Bollate in Italy. After a short 1:19 hour flight, the KLM Boeing 737-800 touched down around 3 PM at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The team will be back on the field on Wednesday and Friday for a practice session, then plays a double-header on Sunday, June 12 at Alkmaar in the Holland Tour.
Recap Day 6 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 6 (Ned.)

Dutch Team finishes tournament in second place
The Dutch National Softball Team on Sunday finished in second place, as the final of the Torneo 150 Anni Unitá d'Italia in Bollate rained out. Therefore, the final standings were made up based on the preliminary round. On Saturday, the Dutch were beaten by Italy, which therefore ended in first place. The earlier won game vs. Italy wasn't part of the tournament.
Recap Day 5 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 5 (Ned.)

Scoreless day for Dutch Team
The Dutch National Softball Team didn't score a run on Saturday, June 4, in the two games played on Day 3 of the Torneo 150 Anni Unitá d'Italia. In the afternoon, the Dutch squad played a scoreless 6-inning tie vs. organisor Sanotint Bollate, then was shutout 4-0 in the evening by Italy. On Sunday, the Dutch and Italian squads face each other in the tournament final. For the Italian team, this was its first win vs. the Dutch since the 2007 Olympic Qualifier, which eventually was won by the Dutch. In between, Karin Tuk and Nathalie Timmermans participated in a Homerun Derby.
Recap Day 4 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 4 (Ned.)

Two more wins; Dagmar Bloeming perfect!
The Dutch National Softball Team added two victories on Friday, June 3, on Day 2 of the Torneo 150 Anni Unitá d'Italia. The day started with lots of sun and a 6-0 shutout-win vs. SK Joudrs Praha (Czech Republic). In the evening, Dagmar Bloeming threw a Perfect Game, as the Dutch squad shutout Prague All Stars (Czech Republic) 8-0 in a rainshortened game.
Recap Day 3 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 3 (Ned.)

Dutch Team wins milestone-game vs. Italy
The Dutch National Softball Team on Thursday-evening June 2, won 7-2 vs. Italy in a game which was the 100th in history between the two countries. The win was the 60th for the Dutch Team vs. Italy. On Friday, the Dutch Team continues the tournament in Bollate with two games vs. the Czech participating teams.
Recap Day 2 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 2 (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens tournament with victory
The Dutch National Softball Team on Thursday, June 2, opened the Torneo 150 Anni Unitá d'Italia in Bollate with a 6-2 victory against the La Loggia All Stars. The squad rallied for five runs in the third inning to take a decisive lead. On Thursday-evening (tonight at 8:30), the Dutch Team meets Italy in what will be the 100th game in history between the two countries.
Recap Day 2 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 2 (Ned.)

Dutch Team arrives in rainy Milan
The Dutch National Softball Team on Wednesday, June 1, flew to Italy where it will participate in the Torneo 150 Anni Unitá d'Italia in Bollate from June 2-5. At Malpensa Airport in Milan there was a big surprise, as it rained steadily! On the first day in Italy, there was a dinner at the field and a first team-meeting.
Recap Day 1 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 1 (Ned.)

Britt Vonk in College World Series!
Dutch National Team-player Britt Vonk will play in the NCAA Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City from June 2-8, as she reached the finals on Sunday, May 29 with the Golden Bears, the softballteam of the University of California at Berkeley. After winning 1-0 on Saturday vs. the University of Kentucky, the team lost 8-0 in the next game on Sunday, which led to a third and deciding game. The Golden Bears then won 9-0 to qualify for the World Series.
More on Britt & the Series (Eng.) | Meer over Britt & de Series (Ned.)

Dutch Team continues Holland Tour
The Dutch National Softball Team on Sunday, May 29, continued the Holland Tour with two games against the Netherlands National Men Softball Team. At the site of Storks in The Hague, the Dutch women lost 5-2 and 2-0 and now will focus on the upcoming international tournament in Bollate (Italy), with games scheduled on June 2-5. The next games in the Holland Tour are scheduled for Sunday, June 12 at Alkmaar.

Nathalie Timmermans named to All Star Teams
On May 26 and 28, National Team-catcher Nathalie Timmermans has been named to four different All Star-teams after conclusion of her second season at Oklahoma City University in the USA.
Nathalie led her team this season in batting average (.402) and runs batted in (64), scores 48 runs and hits 68 basehits, including 17 homeruns, resulting in her being named to the All-SAC First Team, NAIA First Team All-American, Capital One Academics Al-American and NFCA All-NAIA Southeast Region Team.

Britt Vonk in All-Pacific Teams
On May 19, Britt Vonk was named to the NFCA All-Pacific Region first team and All-Pac-10 second team after already being named to the All-Freshman team after conclusion of her successful season with the Golden Bears, the softballteam of the University of California at Berkeley.
In her first season in Berkeley, Britt played in all 58 games and led the team in hitting (.415), runs scored (47), basehits (73), walks (26) and on-base percentage (.502), while being second-best in stolen bases (26). With Berkeley, Britt qualified for participation in the Regionals, which is the first step towards the College World Series.

Dutch Team opens Holland Tour
The Dutch National Softball Team on Sunday, May 15 opened the Holland Tour edition 2011 by winning twice against the Holland All Stars, a team compiled from players of the two Dutch top leagues. At the site of Centrals (De Bilt), the Dutch squad won the opener 8-1 on 13 basehits, then followed with an 11-1 victory on nine basehits. Four pitchers allowed only six basehits in the two games combined.

Meike Witteveen wins batting title in Enschede
On Sunday, April 3, National Team-player Meike Witteveen won the Batting Title after conclusion of the annual 3-day International Mastenbroek Tournament in Enschede (Netherlands) at the site of Tex Town Tigers. Meike batted .688 playing in her first tournament for her new club Iber Lengua Terrasvogels. With Terrasvogels, Meike won the event, beating reigning champion Sparks Haarlem in the final.
In the same weekend, Twins won the annual international Pre-Season Tournament of Roef! in Moergestel.

Dutch Team returns home safely
The Dutch National Softball Team returned home safely on Tuesday-morning, March 15, when their Delta Air Lines Airbus A330-200 landed on Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport at 10:42 AM (Dutch time, 5:42 AM Florida-time), well ahead of schedule. The journey home started on Monday, March 14 when the team flew from Tampa International Airport (Florida) to Memphis International Airport (Tennessee) where it experienced some heavy turbulence on approach, to complete the first leg of the journey home. In Memphis, the team switched planes for the flight to Amsterdam. Also on Monday, player Anne Blaauwgeers left Tampa in an AirTran Airways Boeing-737 for a flight to Atlanta, from where she continued her journey back to Arizona to resume her study and softball-season at Central Arizona College.
Recap Day 15/16 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 15/16 (Ned.)

Dutch Team plays final games USA Tour
The Dutch National Team on Sunday, March 13, played it's last games of this years USA Tour and split a double-header to finish with a 7-7 record. The Dutch Team won the first game vs. the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay convincingly with an 11-0 shutout on 14 basehits. Rebecca Soumeru and Ginger de Weert each threw three innings in the 6-inning game.
In the second game, the Dutch took a 4-0 lead, but then trailed 5-4 in the second inning after Quinnipiac scored five unearned runs. After the Orange came back to tie the score at 5-5, the game went into extra innings. The game, which lasted more than three hours, was finally decided in the tenth inning with Quinnipiac winning 7-6. Femke van Dusschoten threw strong in relief of Laura Treurniet, who had taken over the pitching from starter Eva Voortman.
On Monday-evening, the team starts the journey back home.
Recap Day 14 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 14 (Ned.)

Dutch Team wins another game;
Rebecca Soumeru throws first pitch at Phillies

The Dutch National Softball Team on Saturday-evening March 12 won 4-3 vs. Robert Morris University to registers its third win in a row and fourth in the last five games. Initially, Backstop Radio Pengue was to broadcast this game live again, but unfortunately this had to be cancelled due to internet-connection problems on the site in Clearwater. Besides that, one-and-a-half-hour before the game, the starting time vs. the Colonials changed and started 30 minutes earlier.
In the afternoon, the Dutch Team attended the Major League Spring Training game between the Philadelphia Phillies and Tampa Bay Rays in Clearwater. Before the start of this game, the ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by our pitcher Rebecca Soumeru, which of course was a great honor!
Hereafter, the team had a Meet & Greet with softball-youth players, before playing in the evening.
Recap Day 13 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 13 (Ned.)

Dutch Team makes boat-trip; game re-scheduled
The Dutch National Softball Team on Friday, March 11 had the morning off and made a boat-trip off the coast of Clearwater. During the trip, they had encounters with dolphins and went by the houses of celebrities as John Travolta, Nigel Mansell and Hulk Hogan. The team then returned to their hotel in the afternoon and were to play against the team of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay later in the day. However, that game was re-scheduled, as the opponent arrived late in Florida on Thursday-evening, due to travel delays by snow back home in Wisconsin. Besides that, Wisconsin already had two games scheduled today that were part of the USF Under Armour Invitational & Showcase and which it both won, defeating Central Connecticut (5-2) and Quinnipiac (7-2). The Dutch vs. Wisconsin game is now re-scheduled for next Sunday, preceeding the already scheduled game vs. Quinnipiac University.
Recap Day 12 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 12 (Ned.)

Dutch Team completes double-header with shutout-win
On a chilly and windy Thursday-evening, the Dutch National Softball Team completed the double-header with a 5-0 shutout-win vs. Central Connecticut State University. Three Dutch pitchers combined on a 2-hitter, while starter Lindsey Meadows dominated and struckout nine hitters. The Dutch offense collected eight basehits, including homeruns by Nadine Marinus and Nathalie Gosewehr. Both games today were covered live through an internet-radio broadcast by Backstop Radio Pengue and its reporter Elvin Englentina (photo right at work in Clearwater). This new station, which started in January, probably also will cover next Saturday's game. A confirmation of this broadcast will appear on this site.
Recap Day 11 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 11 (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens double-header with 8th inning win
The Dutch National Softball Team opened their double-header today, Thursday, March 10, with a 5-4 8th inning win vs. Saint Joseph's University. With the score tied, the Dutch scored three runs in the eighth inning, highlighted by a triple by Fabienne van Uden. Rebecca Soumeru went the distance and dominated by throwing eleven strikeouts.
Recap Day 11 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 11 (Ned.)

Dutch Team suffers small loss
The Dutch National Softball Team played another fine game on Wednesday-evening March 9, but lost 2-1 to the team of the University of South Florida in Tampa. Both teams had only two basehits in this pitching duel. Nadine Marinus and Fabienne van Uden accounted for the two Dutch hits. The USA Tour will continue on Thursday with a double-header. First, the team meets St. Joseph's University, to be followed by a game vs. Central Connecticut State University with the first game starting at 5 PM (11 PM Dutch time).
Recap Day 10 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 10 (Ned.)

Big win for Dutch squad
The Dutch National Softball Team on Tuesday-evening registered a big 12-5 victory vs. St. John's University. The team collected 17 basehits, including homeruns by Nathalie Gosewehr and Karin Tuk, who both had three basehits. Chantal Versluis also had three basehits. She also had three RBI's, as did rookie Noëmie Brandjes, while Solange Starrenburg stole four bases. With this, the Dutch Team ended a 4-game losing streak. Today (Wednesday), the Dutch Team meets the University of South Florida at Tampa.
Recap Day 9 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 9 (Ned.)

Tough loss in Tuesday-opener
Today, Tuesday, March 8, the Dutch National Softball Team continues its USA Tour with two games in Clearwater, Florida. In the first game of today, the team met Central Michigan University. After trailing 3-1, the Dutch came back and the score was tied 4-4 after seven innings. In the top of the eighth, the strong playing Dutch took a 6-4 lead, but a homerun in the bottom half tied the score again, then a walk and a single resulted in a 7-6 loss.
Starting at 6:00 PM (midnight Dutch time), the next game will be played vs. St. John's University.
Recap Day 9 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 9 (Ned.)

Dutch Team shut out after returning from Tennessee
After its return from Tennessee, the Dutch National Softball Team on Monday-evening arrived somewhat over an hour before the start of its next game vs. Ball State University in Clearwater. The Dutch Team was more productive than its opponent and frequently reached base, but was shutout 2-0. On Tuesday, the team will play its next two games, starting at 11 AM and 6:00 PM local time (which is 5 PM and midnight Dutch time).
Recap Day 8 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 8 (Ned.)

Dutch Team back in Florida
The Dutch National Softball Team landed on Orlando International Airport at 2:01 PM (local time, 8:01 Dutch time) on Monday, March 7, and then by bus headed back to Clearwater, where it will face Ball State University in the evening. In the meantime, Nathalie Timmermans returned to Oklahoma City this morning, while Anne Blaauwgeers arrived in Florida.

Dutch Team loses to Tennessee in last inning
The Dutch National Softball Team led 5-3 vs. the University of Tennessee on Sunday-evening with temperatures dropping to freezing temperatures from the sixth inning on, but failed to hold onto the lead. In the seventh, Tennessee rallied for three runs, came alongside, then scored the winning run with one out to win 6-5. With this game, the Dutch squad completed the Tennessee Classic. On Monday-morning, the team will fly back to Florida where it will meet Ball State University in the evening in Clearwater.
Recap Day 7 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 7 (Ned.)

Dutch Team falls to Georgia Southern
On Sunday, March 6, in a game that started one hour and 12 minutes later than scheduled, due to the weather conditions and was played in winterly conditions (temperature was 37 degrees Fahrenheit (3 Celsius), but felt like 32 (0 Celsius) degrees), the Dutch National Softball Team lost 5-2 to Georgia Southern University. The Dutch took a 2-0 lead in the first inning on a 2-out, 2-run single by Solange Starrenburg, but then Georgia tied the score in the second inning and went on to win. The Dutch now will meet the University of Tennessee, starting around 6 PM (local; 11 PM Dutch time). This game can be followed live through a video-stream.
Recap Day 7 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 7 (Ned.)

WEATHER UPDATE KNOXVILLE
Rain has stopped in Knoxville and the tarp will be removed from the field shortly. The rest of the day should be fine, clouded, but also a little sunny, meaning the games probably can be played as scheduled. The Dutch vs. Georgia Southern game will probably start around 12:15 PM (local; 6:15 PM (Dutch time). So, the Play Ball will sound shortly.

Sunday's games delayed by weather
The two games of the Dutch National Softball Team in Knoxville will start an hour later than scheduled today. This because of weather conditions, which include rain and, yes, even SNOW, in some places. As of now, the Dutch will start it's first game at noon (local; 6 Dutch time) vs. Georgia Southern, to be followed by the match-up between Georgia Southern and Tennessee. The final game between the Dutch Team and Tennessee is now scheduled for 4 PM ((10 PM Dutch time).

Come-from-behind win Dutch Team; next game rains out
Early Saturday-morning, March 5, the Dutch National Softball Team played its first game in the Tennessee Classic Tournament and registered a come-from-behind 4-3 win vs. the University of Louisiana-Monroe. The Dutch trailed 3-0 after four innings, but then had a 3-homerun fifth at bat to take a 4-3 lead. Merel Oosterveld (2-run) and Saskia Kosterink hit back-to-back homeruns to tie the score, then Karin Tuk added a solo-shot with two outs to make it 4-3. Later in the day, the team was to play vs. Furman University, but that game was cancelled due to rain.
Recap Day 6 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 6 (Ned.)

Dutch Team travels to Tennessee
The Dutch National Softball Team traveled to Knoxville in Tennessee on Friday, March 4. It was another long day for the team, as it woke up very early to fly to Tennessee, but in the afternoon and evening, the team had time to rest. At the site of the University of Tennessee, the Dutch squad will play four games, two each on Saturday and Sunday, before returning to Florida on Monday-morning. All four games can be followed through a live play-by-play, the links can be found on the recap on today.
Recap Day 5 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 5 (Ned.)

Loss for Dutch Team in second game
On Thursday-evening, March 3, the Dutch National Softball Team met the Lions, the softball-team of Loyola Marymount University in its second game of the USA Tour. After a strong start the day before, the Dutch squad tonight was shutout 3-0, despite outhitting their opponent 7-5. Ginger de Weert (4 innings), Eva Voortman (2) and Laura Treurniet (1) pitched for the Dutch squad. The Lions scored twice early in the game, then added another run towards the end. The Dutch got a scoring opportunity halfway, but then had an unfortunate break as a runner passed a preceeding runner and was called out.
Recap Day 4 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 4 (Ned.)

Strong opening Dutch Team
The Dutch Softball Team had a strong outing in its first game of their USA Trip on Wednesday, March 2, winning 6-1 vs. the University of Michigan, which had won its previous 17 games. Three pitchers struckout nine batters, while the offense outhit the Wolverines 9-6. Three players had a multi-hit game. The Dutch Team plays its next game on Thursday-evening, meeting the team of Loyola Marymount University.
Recap Day 3 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 3 (Ned.)

Bats arrive in time for game!
Towards the end of Wednesday-morning, the bag with the team's bats finally arrived in the hotel in Clearwater. The bag was missing since the team changed planes in Atlanta during the delay, which was caused by weather conditions. And so the players can use their own bats on Wednesday-evening when the Dutch Softball Team plays its first game against the University of Michigan.

Dutch Team conducts first practice
The Dutch National Softball Team on Tuesday, March 1 conducted its first pratice session at Eddie C. Moore Sports Complex in Clearwater. Initially, the team was to practice in the morning, but that was cancelled due to rain. But later in the day, the weather improved and it became sunny and hot. Therefore, the team held its practice session in the afternoon after enjoying a self-made lunch. After diner, it was back to the hotel, where everyone went to bed early. The team will play its first game on Wednesday, meeting the University of Michigan.
Recap Day 2 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 2 (Ned.)

Dutch Team arrives safely in Florida
The Dutch National Softball Team arrived safely in Clearwater, Florida (USA) on Monday, February 28 (or rather Tuesday, March 1) after a long day of traveling. The day started with getting together at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport around 11:00 on Monday-morning and ended well after midnight in the early hours of Tuesday-morning local time (which was around 8 AM Dutch time on Tuesday) when the hotel in Clearwater was reached after a long delay. A severe thunderstorm was the reason for the delay. When the plane from Amsterdam approached Atlanta, the area was stricken by severe thunderstorms, resulting in several flight being diverted. After circling around for an hour, the team touched down in Atlanta. Next, the connecting flight to Tampa was delayed for almost three hours because of the weather conditions, then arrived at 00:35 AM (local) in Tampa, to be followed by a busride to Clearwater.
Recap Day 1 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 1 (Ned.)

With this update
With this update, all coverage of the 2010 season (which until now also was listed on this page underneath the 2011 headlines) has been moved to the archives of this site.
Of course, all coverage of last year, which includes the World Championship, remains available. Simply go to archive-link (in the menu above) and choose for 2010 (or another year) when you want to re-read the articles again.

Coming weekend: National Team Showcase
Coming weekend, February 26 and 27, the first National Team Showcase will be held in Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. On both days, a full program is scheduled, including open for all workshops, clinics and topics on pitching, hitting, coaching, umpiring and much more. Also, exhibition games will be played by the Dutch National Team and the Dutch Junior Red and White Teams. The National Team Showcase is open for everyone interested in softball, from players to coaches to officials to family-members. Coaches and umpires will be able to join their colleages and can even experience participating in events.
Complete Schedule (Eng.) | Compleet Programma (Ned.)

Former National Team Coach André Prins to coach in France
Veteran coach André Prins, who was a member of the coachingstaff of the Dutch National Team in 2005 and was involved as coach and manager of the national youth teams from 2005-2009, will return to a national squad. In 2011, Prins will be the Head Coach of the national team of France, with whom he will participate in this years European Championship in Italy. Last year, Prins headed the French Junior Team during the European Championship in Vienna (Austria). In the past, he also coached the national senior and junior teams of Russia.

Team Orange wins Future Stars Tournament
Team Orange remained unbeaten on Sunday, February 13 to finish in first place of the 2nd Right To Play Future Stars Indoor Softball Tournament, which was held in Sporthallen Zuid at Amsterdam. Quincey Catsburg of Team White won two individual awards, as she was the Batting Champion, but also was named Most Valuable Player of the 2-day event. Ilona Andringa (Team Red) was the Best Pitcher, while Noa Brand (Team Orange) was honored as the Most Outstanding Player. During the Closing Ceremony, it also was announced that the players of the Dutch National Softball Team will conduct a clinic at The Pioneers in Assen later this year, as this club from the northern part of the country attended the event with the highest total of clubmembers.
Recap & photos Day 2 (Eng.) | Verslag & foto's tweede speeldag (Ned.)

Day 1 Future Stars Tournament in the books
The first 10 games of the 2nd Right To Play Future Stars Softball Tournament are now history. On the first day of the 2-day event, the seven participating teams all won at least once, making Day 2 (on Sunday, February 13) a very interesting one! After the first day, the Dutch Junior Orange team leads with 2 victories and one tie, followed by the Dutch Red-squad and the two Czech teams. Rounding out the table are the Dutch White and Blue Teams and Great Britain. The players of the Dutch National Softball Team today served in a supporting role, acting as hostess, assistant coach, runners, raffle ticket-sellers, etcera.
Recap & photos Day 1 (Eng.) | Verslag & foto's eerste speeldag (Ned.)

Fourth intersquad game played
Today, Friday, February 11, the Dutch National Softball Team played its fourth intersquad game of their indoor season. In today's game, five players from the Junior Red-squad were invited to participate in the practice and the game. The Dutch Team plays its next intersquad game on Friday, February 25, also in Amsterdam, starting at 11:45 AM.
Lookback to today's game (Eng.) | Terugblik op duel van vandaag (Ned.)

Coming weekend: Future Stars Tournament
Coming weekend, February 12 and 13, the 2nd Right To Play Future Stars Softball Tournament will take place in Amsterdam. Participating are four Dutch teams, two Czech and one British. On Sunday, February 6, the rosters were named for the four Dutch squads. All players from the National Softball Team will be on hand during the event, where they will have a supporting role. All 21 scheduled games can be followed through a Live Play-by-Play.
Latest news Future Stars (Eng.) | Laatste nieuws Future Stars (Ned.)

Schedule National Team Showcase
In the weekend of February 26-27, the National Team Showcase will take place in the Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. A full program is scheduled, including intersquad games by the Dutch National Team and the Dutch Junior Red and White Teams. Also included are workshops for Pitching, Hitting, Umpiring and much more. The National Team Showcase is an Open House-event and is open for everyone interested in softball, from players to coaches to officials to family-members. The preliminary schedule has now been announced, but new topics can still be added.
Latest news Showcase (Eng.) | Laatste nieuws Showcase (Ned.)

Dutch Team to face Notre Dame?
Talks are underway for the possibility of setting up a 4-game Friendly Challenge Series between the Dutch National Softball Team and the Fighting Irish, the softball-team of Notre Dame University. As of now, the tentative dates for playing these games, two double-headers, are October 15 and 16.
More about these games (Eng.) | Meer over deze wedstrijden (Ned.)

First homerun in Tulip League
On Friday, February 4, the Dutch National Softball Team played its third intersquad game of the season. In this game, the first homerun was hit and it wasn't hit by a player on the active roster, but by a guest-player. The Dutch Team will play its next intersquad game on Friday, February 11, also in Amsterdam.
Lookback to today's game (Eng.) | Terugblik op duel van vandaag (Ned.)

Junior Player added to National Team Roster
In January, Dutch National Team Head Coach Craig Montvidas added a second current player of the Dutch Junior Red Team to the preliminary roster of the National Team. After catcher Noëmie Brandjes was added in November, this time lefthanded Pitcher Eva Voortman was promoted. Both will travel will the national squad to Florida/Tennessee at the end of February to participate in a 2-week spring training. Noëmie and Eva also remain part of the Dutch Junior Red Team. With the addition of Eva, the total players on the current active roster is now 24.

News of the Dutch Juniors
There is also news added to the pages of the Dutch Junior Softball Teams. Amongst the news items is a recap of the annual Indoor Cup Tournament January 14-16, where Kimberly Jones was the Best Hitter. Also, Mary-Ann Hatt has been added to the coachingstaff of the Junior White Team and a new roster of the Junior Red Team has been announced.
News of the Dutch Juniors (in Dutch only) | Meer nieuws over Jong Oranje (Ned.)

Dutch Team plays another game
On Friday, January 28, the Dutch National Softball Team played its second intersquad game of the season at the Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. In last week's game, the players just switched between hitting and playing defensively, but today two teams were formed who faced each other. The next intersquad game will be played on Friday, February 4, also in Amsterdam.
More on this intersquad game (Eng.) | Meer over de intersquad game (Ned.)

Awards for current and former internationals
Three current National Team-players, two former internationals and two players on the current Dutch Junior-roster won individual awards on Saturday, January 22 when the Dutch Association named its best players of the 2010 season. Two other National Team-players were nominated for an award. Lindsey Meadows was named Best Pitcher, while Britt Vonk won two awards, former Orange-1B Kim Kluijskens was named MVP.
More on the annual awards (Eng.) | Meer over de prijsuitreiking (Ned.)

Dutch Team plays first intersquad game
The Dutch National Softball Team played its first intersquad game on Friday, January 21 in its indoor facility in Amsterdam. With this game, the squad opened its indoor 'Tulip League' which will exist of seven intersquad games. Four more are to be played before the teams leaves for Florida in the end of February. Today's game was attended by Roelant Oltmans of the Netherlands Olympic Committee.
More on this intersquad game (Eng.) | Meer over de intersquad game (Ned.)

Former international also to play in Italy
Outfielder Linda Hoenderdos, who played in the Dutch National Softball Team in 2005, is the latest player who decided to play in the Italian Softball League in 2011. After completion of the 2010 season, Linda initially retired, but she now comes out of retirement to add another season.
More on Linda's decision (Eng.) | Meer over Linda's besluit (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens indoor practices
The Dutch National Softball Team opened the 2011 season with its first practice session on Wednesday, January 12 at Zeist. From now on, the Dutch Team will conduct three indoor practices per week. On Friday, January 21, the first indoor game is scheduled to be played. The indoor games are open for everyone to watch. To start the new season, the team posed with the European Championship Trophy of 2009, as it will defend the Cup in 2011 in Italy.
More on the first practice (Eng.) | Meer over de eerste training (Ned.)

Additional Physical Therapist joins staff
The medical staff of the Dutch National Softball Teams was expanded with Ingrid Holstege, who became the third Physical Therapist, joining Anouk Fermont and Sanne Oude Egberink. Ingrid was introduced during the first practice sessions of the Dutch National Team on Wednesday, January 12. From now on, she will be with the team during the weekly Friday-practices in Amsterdam.
More on Ingrid's debut (Eng.) | Meer over Ingrid's debuut (Ned.)

Karen Marr attends first practice
New Pitching Coach Karen Marr was at her first practice session on Sunday, January 9 when the two Dutch Junior Softball Teams staged another indoor practice in Veenendaal. The Australian coach first appearance with the Dutch National Softball Team is on Wednesday, January 12 when the squad opens its indoor sessions of the year in Zeist.
More on Karen's first practice (Eng.) | Meer over Karen's eerste training (Ned.)

Team Manager Paul Boonstra marries in Thailand
Team Manager Paul Boonstra married to his wife Rung on Saturday, January 8 in Sisaket in Thailand. Paul and Rung already were married in the Netherlands, but today married for the second time, enabling Rung's family to attend the ceremony.
More on Paul's marriage (Eng.) | Meer over Paul's huwelijk (Ned.)

Schedule announced for American trip
On Saturday, January 8, the schedule was announced for the trip to the USA where the Dutch National Softball Team will conduct a trainingcamp in the first two weeks of March. The Dutch squad will stay primarily in Clearwater (Florida), but will also travel to Knoxville (Tennessee) to play four games there. At the moment, 14 games are scheduled for the trip, but more might be added.
More on the American tour (Eng.) | Meer over de Amerikaanse tour (Ned.)

Anne Blaauwgeers, Nathalie Timmermans, Britt Vonk in USA
Dutch National Team-player Anne Blaauwgeers flew to the USA on Friday, January 7, while Orange-players Nathalie Timmermans and Britt Vonk return or will return to the States in the following days. Also starting an American adventure are Jessie van Aalst and Mariëlle Vleugels, two players on the current roster of the Dutch Junior Red Team. Besides these five, former National Team Alternates Maaike Blaauwgeers and Malou van Dusschoten also will play in America the coming months.
More on these American trips (Eng.) | Meer over deze Amerikaanse trips (Ned.)

Karen Marr arrives in Netherlands
New Pitching Coach Karen Marr arrived in the Netherlands early on Friday-morning, January 7 when her plane touched at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. The Australian coach will be at her first practice session on Sunday, January 9 when the two Dutch Junior Teams are practicing in Veenendaal. On January 12, Karen joins the Dutch National Team during its first indoor practice of the year in Zeist.

Website Dutch National Softball Teams updated again
The website of the Dutch National Softball Teams has had a major update again. Included in the new update are 126 new pages, changes or additions to 257 previously published pages and 380 new illustrations (including 311 photos). Amongst the new additions are of course the pages of the players of the newly formed Dutch Junior White Team, as well as the new players added to the Dutch Junior Red Team, but also of the new staffmembers and of upcoming events. In the menu above, you can make your choice for the Dutch National Team, as well as the Junior Red and White Teams. As soon as the first activity of 2011 is in the books (Indoor Cup), all items of 2010 (as published below) will go to the archives and then this opening page will entire focus on the 2011 season.
More on the update (Eng.) | Meer over deze update (Ned.)

Dutch Juniors to participate with four teams in Schiedam
The Dutch Junior Red Team will participate with four separate squads in the upcoming edition of the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam, which will be held January 14-16. Initially, three teams would take part, but after Dridma from Spain withdraw, a request to field a fourth team was honored. There are currently 46 players on the preliminary roster, who will be divided into four teams. The game schedule for the event was announced on January 4.
More on the Indoor-schedule (Eng.) | Meer over het Indoor-schema (Ned.)

Saskia Kosterink on TV
Dutch National Team-outfielder Saskia Kosterink will be a guest participant in Beat De Mol, a game show of Veronica TV-channel, which will be broadcast on Tuesday, December 21. In the game show, Saskia will assist one of the two candidates during several games in the studio.
More on this gameshow (Eng.) | Meer over deze spelshow (Ned.)

Dutch National Team to promote BuntDown Bat
During the upcoming indoor practice sessions, but also during the following outdoor practices, the Dutch National Softball Team will use and promote a specially designed bat, developed by BuntDown Bat. This bat will be specifically used during bunt drills.
More about this promotion (Eng.) | Meer over deze promotie (Ned.)

Russell strengthens partnership Dutch National Team; Dudley provides balls
Russell has increased its support of the Dutch National Women Softball Team and will provide the players and staffmembers with clothing. Besides that, the Dutch squad will play with balls provided by Dudley during the Holland Tour 2011.
More about these agreements (Eng.) | Meer over deze overeenkomsten (Ned.)

Craig Montvidas returns from San Diego
Dutch National Team Head Coach and Dutch Youth Teams Coordinator Craig Montvidas returned from San Diego on December 13. In San Diego, Montvidas attended the annual convention of the National Fastpitch Coaches Assocation.
More on Craig's trip (Eng.) | Meer over Craig's reis (Ned.)

Playing sites European Championship confirmed
The Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS) confirmed to the European Softball Federation (ESF) that Ronchi dei Legionari will be the main playing site during next years European Championship. There also will be played in Staranzano and Redipuglia. A website also has been launched for the event.
More on the playing sites (Eng.) | Meer over de speellocaties (Ned.)

2nd Future Stars Tournament and Showcase coming up
In February 2011, there will be two big softball events taking place in Amsterdam. On February 12-13, the second edition of the Right To Play Future Stars Tournament will take place, which will have an international status. Two weeks later, the first National Team Showcase will be organized.
More on these events (Eng.) | Meer over deze evenementen (Ned.)

Karen Marr new Pitching Coach Dutch Team
Australian Karen Marr is the new Pitching Coach of the Dutch National Softball Team. On December 2, her assignment was officially announced. The last six years, Karen Marr was the Pitching Coach of the University of Louisville in the USA.
More on Karen Marr (Eng.) | Meer over Karen Marr (Ned.)

National Team Roster expanded to 25 players
Towards the end of November, Dutch National Team Head Coach Craig Montvidas has added a 25th player to the preliminary roster of the national squad. The initial group of 21 players was expanded in October with Dinet Oosting, Laura Treurniet and Marisčla de Wind, former members of the Dutch Junior Softball Team, who are no longer eligible for this team. The 25th player on the roster is catcher/short stop Noëmie Brandjes, who in October was one of the 49 players named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch Junior Red Softball Team.

Lindsey Meadows, Nathalie Gosewehr to play in Italy
Pitcher Lindsey Meadows and Nathalie Gosewehr, one of the outfielders of the Dutch National Softball Team, both will play in the Italian Softball League next year. Lindsey will be playing for Nuoro, while Nathalie will play for Italian champion DES Caserta in 2011.
More on these transfers (Eng.) | Meer over deze transfers (Ned.)

Daughters for Junior Coaches
Within a week, Dutch Junior-coaches Mireille Gill'ard and Sandra Gouverneur became mothers. On November 20, Mireille welcomed her second daughter, Maja-Yann, while Sandra become mother for the first time when daughter Mette was born on November 28. Recently, Mireille was named the Head Coach of the Dutch Junior Red Team, while Sandra will be a Hitting Instructor in 2011. A month earlier, on October 2, former National Team-catcher Nina van Huissteden also became a mother for the first time when son Jelle was born.

Solange Starrenburg in Benin for Right To Play
Dutch National Softball Team-outfielder Solange Starrenburg on November 15 returned from Benin in Africa, after spending a week there as a member of a delegation of Right To Play. The Dutch Softball Team is one of the ambassadors of this organization since June 2009. During their impressive stay in Benin, the delegation visited several schools, as well as facilities of Right to Play and conducted clinics.

National Team players change clubs
Several players, who are currently on the roster of the Dutch National Softball Team, have changed clubs during the transfer-period, that ended on November 1. Also, some players on the rosters of the Dutch Junior Teams changed clubs.
More on the transfers (Eng.) | Meer over de transfers (Ned.)

New players on Junior Rosters get together;
new staff members introduced

On October 31, a total of 93 players got together in Veenendaal for the first meeting of the Dutch Junior Red and White Softball Teams for 2011. Also, four new staff members were introduced, while the staff for the 2011 season of the youth-teams also were announced.
More on this meeting (Eng.) | Meer over deze meeting (Ned.)

Preliminary roster National Team announced; Three Junior-players added
Catcher/Infielder Dinet Oosting, Pitcher/1B Laura Treurniet and Outfielder Marisčla de Wind were all added to the roster of the Dutch National Softball Team in October. In 2010, the three were all members of the Dutch Junior Softball Team that participated in the European Junior Championship in Vienna (Austria). Due to their age, the three are no longer eligible to play for the Junior-squad. While being on the National Team-roster, the three will practice with the squad and be part of the team until the moment the final roster will be named for the European Championship 2011 in Italy. Besides the three former Junior-players, the roster is compiled of all 17 players who participated in the World Championship in Venezuela, plus four of the alternate players, who were on the roster for 2010. The current roster now exists of 24 players.

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...In December 2008, Craig Montvidas was named to lead the Dutch National Women Softball Team the next four years. Under his leadership, the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB) entered a new chapter in the rich history of Dutch softball, which started in 1943. Since then, Dutch softball evolved into a well organized sport and the Netherlands became one of the leading countries in Europe.

2010 was another thrilling year for everyone involved. It was the year in which the Dutch Softball Team participated in the World Championships in the Veneuelan capital Caracas and reached the play-offs for the first time again in 16 years! But there also was a disappointment, as the Dutch Junior Team not only was dethroned as European champion, but also failed to qualify for the World Championship 2011.

In 2009, the national team recaptured the European title for the first time in 19 years by staying inbeaten during the European Championships in Spain. It was the closing of a successful international season in which the Dutch Softball Team showed its enthusiasm and also played attractive games during the Holland Tour, Canada Cup and World Cup of Softball. A season also in which the Dutch Junior Team captured the silver medal on the first World Youth Championships under 17 in the Czech Republic. It was a season with many highlights, but also a year in which the Dutch Softball Team became an ambassador of Right To Play.

In 2008, the Dutch National Women Softball participated in the Olympic Games in Beijing for the first time since the Atlanta Olympics in 1996. It was the crown on a year of hard work. Unfortunately, the Olympic softball-tournament in Beijing was the last for this moment. Softball (and baseball) is no part of the Olympic Games in 2012 in London (Great Britain), but the international softball-community is working hard for the reinstatement of the sport on the Olympic Games. The International Softball Federation (ISF) launched the BackSoftball-campaign in 2007 and in November 2008, twelve international Athlete Ambassadors were named to support the program. One of the players which were chosen for this unique position is Dutch national team-player Saskia Kosterink.

In 2008, to celebrate the return of the Dutch team to the Olympics, this site was created and launched, enabling everyone to follow the Dutch national team, its players and its games. The site has proven to be a great success and attracted a lot of visitors. In 2008 and 2009, the site was only available in the English language, but since the end of 2009, all coverage is been done in both the English and Dutch language. Furthermore, starting in November 2009, the site expanded with the coverage of the Dutch National Junior Red Team. In January of 2010, the coverage of the Dutch National Junior White Team was added.

2011 will again be an exciting and intense year for everyone involved, but it also will be another year in which experiences and new impressions will be gained. A year in which new goals will be set! A year in which the Dutch National Softball Team will participate in the European Championship in Italy, where it will defend its title. A year in which the youngest group of the Dutch Juniors will participate in the European Championship in Belgium. Of course, all previous coverage of the 2008, 2009 and 2010 seasons of the Dutch National Softball Teams (and more) will remain available on this site.

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