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Dutch Team closes 2012 season
On September 26, the Dutch National Softball Team closed its 2012 season with a final practice session in Nieuwegein. After completion of the training, several items were discussed for the upcoming season, including the schedule of practices that start again in November. Also today, Meike Witteveen announced her withdrawal from the National Team, as she want to take a break in softball to focus on other interests. She also decided not to play in the highest division in 2013.

Try-out Dutch Junior White Team
National Team Program Supervisor Craig Montvidas led a team of coaches on Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16 during a 2-day try-out session for new players for the Dutch Junior White Team for the 2013 season. A total of 66 players participated in the try-out, which was conducted at the site of Nieuwegein Diamonds in Nieuwegein, which has been the home of the Dutch National Teams the past few years.
Recap and Photos (Dutch language only)

World Championship Update; Photos Added
All recaps of the World Championship have been updated with additional information and photos. In total, 668 photos have been added. To read the recaps and see the additional photos, scroll through the list below and choose one of the recaps (or all).

Dutch Team returns home safely
The Dutch National Softball Team returned home safely on Tuesday, July 24 after a flight of nine hours and 12 minutes from Vancouver. The team took off from Vancouver International Airport at 4:05 PM local time on Monday (1:05 AM Dutch time) and arrived ahead of schedule, touching down at 10:17 AM local time at Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport, where it was 78 degrees (25 Celsius). At the airport, the team was awaited by Karin Vroonhof, member of the board of the KNBSB, who handed all members of the team flowers on behalf of the board to congratulate them with the great result during the World Championship.
Recap and Photos Day 31 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 31 (Ned.)

Dutch Team on its way home
The Dutch National Softball Team, which finished in sixth place at the World Championship, is on its way home. Today, Monday, July 23, the team flew in the morning from Whitehorse to Vancouver. The Boeing-737 of Air North left the runway in Whitehorse at 9:15 AM local time (6:15 PM Dutch time) and landed one hour and 19 minutes later at 10:34 PM (7:34 PM Dutch time) in Vancouver, where it rained with a temperature of 57 degrees (13 Celsius). At 4 PM (1 AM Dutch time), the team leaves Vancouver for the flight to Amsterdam. The team is scheduled to arrive at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport at 10:20 AM on Tuesday-morning.

Japan dethrones USA and captures first world title in 42 years!
Japan upset reigning world champion USA on Sunday, July 22 in the final of the World Championship in Canada by winning 2-1 in a 10-inning thriller. Pitching star Yukiko Ueno threw all 10 innings for Japan and gave up only three basehits. Team USA captured seven world titles since 1986, but Japan ended their reign by capturing its first title since 1970 and second overall. Australia won the bronze medal.
During the Closing Ceremony, the ISF flag was passed on to the next host city of the World Championship in 2014, which is Haarlem, the Netherlands.
Recap and Photos Day 29 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 29 (Ned.)

Dutch Team finishes in sixth place after loss
The Dutch National Softball Team on Saturday, July 21, was shutout 4-0 by host Canada on Day 2 of the Play-Offs of the World Championship in Whitehorse. With the loss, the Dutch squad was eliminated, but finished in an all-time best sixth place, equaling the accomplishment of 1974. Dutch softball now belongs to the top-6 of the world! The last days, the Dutch Softball Team underscored it has grown again and can compete with any opponent. During the preliminary round, the team reached the Play-Offs on its own strength and didn't need 'help' from others. The Dutch Team again has climbed on the international ladder, finishing two spots higher than two years ago in Venezuela.
Recap and Photos Day 28 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 28 (Ned.)

Dutch Team beats Taipei to write history!
The Dutch National Softball Team opened the Play-Offs of the World Championship in Whitehorse on Friday, July 20 with a 4-3 victory vs. Chinese Taipei in a game with a suspenseful ending. With the win, the Dutch Team wrote history as it became only the second time that a Dutch Softball Team advanced to the second round of the Play-Offs. With this, the squad will not finish lower than sixth place, which is the best result ever in Dutch softball-history. On Saturday, the Orange now will meet Canada, which lost 4-2 against the USA. This game starts at 12:00 PM local (9 PM Dutch time).
Recap and Photos Day 27 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 27 (Ned.)

Dutch Team beats Puerto Rico; finish third in pool
The Dutch National Softbal Team on Thursday, July 19, trailed 1-0 after the first inning, but turned the game around and won comfortably with a 7-1 score against Puerto Rico to claim third place in their pool. Virginie Anneveld hit a 3-run homerun, scored twice and had four RBI's, while starting pitcher Dagmar Bloeming gave up only three hits in five innings, before being relieved by Rebecca Soumeru, who gave up only more basehit.
With the win, the Orange will start the Play-Offs on Friday against the number four placed team from Pool B. The game starts at 12:00 PM local time (9 PM Dutch time).
Recap and Photos Day 26 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 26 (Ned.)

Dutch Team shutout by USA, but clinches Play-Offs!
The Dutch National Softball Team on Wednesday, July 18, clinched a spot in the Play-Offs of the World Championship. With its four wins, the Dutch Team already was close to clinching the Play-Offs, but due to a combination of results of other games on Wednesday, the Orange knew it secured a spot in the Play-Offs before facing Team USA in the late afternoon. The USA had to work hard against the Orange, just as in Oklahoma City a few weeks ago, and led only 1-0 after five innings. A homerun then helped Team USA to win 4-0. The Dutch Team faces Puerto Rico in its last game of the preliminary round on Thursday.
Recap and Photos Day 25 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 25 (Ned.)

Dutch Team registers big shutout against South Africa
The Dutch National Softball Team on Tuesday, July 17, registered a big 13-0 shutout-victory against South Africa to win its fourth game in a row. The Orange collected 10 basehits, including the third homerun of the event by Nathalie Timmermans and the first by Virginie Anneveld. Pitcher Femke van Dusschoten threw a 4-inning No-Hitter in this game which started three hours later due to rain. On Wednesday, the Dutch Team faces Team USA and can reach the Play-Offs.
Recap and Photos Day 24 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 24 (Ned.)

Dutch Team wins crucial game vs. Venezuela to approach Play-Offs
The Duch National Sofball Team on Monday, July 16, registered an important 5-1 victory in a crucial game against Venezuela on Day 4 of the World Championship in Whitehorse. The win was accomplished on three homeruns. The team now has won three of its four games played and is closing in on clinching a spot in the Play-Offs. The Orange have three games left in the preliminary round. On Tuesday, the team faces South Africa, to be followed with games against the USA and Puerto Rico.
Recap and Photos Day 23 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 23 (Ned.)

Dutch win big against Czechs
On Sunday, July 15, the Dutch National Softball Team won big against the Czech Republic on Day 3 of the World Championship. After two scoreless innings, the Dutch opened the score, then took a 5-0 lead when Nathalie Timmermans hit a grand slam homerun in the fourth inning. The Czechs then scored twice, but the Dutch answered with four runs to win 9-2 in six innings.
Recap and Photos Day 22 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 22 (Ned.)

Big win and No-Hitter Dutch Team against Argentina
The Dutch National Softball Team won big on Saturday, July 14, as the squad shutout Argentina, 9-0 in five innings. After losing its opening game on Friday in 8 innings against China, the Dutch recovered fine and today belted nine basehits, including a 2-run homerun by Britt Vonk. Pitchers Lindsey Meadows (4 innings) and Femke van Dusschoten (1 inning) threw a combined No-Hitter.
Recap and Photos Day 21 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 21 (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens World Championship with loss
The Dutch National Softball Team opened the World Championship on Friday, July 13 with a 3-2 loss vs. China. The Orange squad was one out away from an upset 2-0 victory, but then China hit two basehits and scored twice to tie the score in the bottom of the 7th inning to force extra innings. Dutch pitcher Dagmar Bloeming threw a strong game, giving up only two hits in the first six at bats. The Dutch Team hit five and opened the score on two errors in the first inning. A squeeze by Chantal Versluis in the fifth inning made it 2-0. China then came alongside in the seventh and scored the winning run on an error in the eighth.
Recap and Photos Day 20 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 20 (Ned.)

Dutch Team beats Chinese Taipei in exhibition game
The Dutch National Softball Team on Thursday won 7-1 vs. Chinese Taipei in an exhibition game, which was the final preparation for the upcoming World Championship. The Orange outhit the Asian squad, 10-3 and rallied for four runs in the fourth inning. Britt Vonk got four runs batted in. The Dutch Team opens the World Championship on Friday-evening vs. China.
Recap and Photos Day 19 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 19 (Ned.)

All World Championship-games to be webstreamed live
All 66 games from the ISF XIII Womenís World Championship will be webstreamed. The games will be streamed live and there is no fee involved for viewers. Games will be recorded and archived for on-demand viewing as well. Starting July 13, the games can be viewed on www.sportscanada.tv.

Join the Dutch fundraiser
To raise more funds for the Dutch National Softball Team in order to develop the program and be able to participate in international events, a special fundraise-competition has been set up. Predict the scores of the games of the World Championship, or who will score the first Dutch basehit or score the first Dutch run. Or who will have the first RBI and which Dutch pitcher throws the first strikeout? Several prices can be won.
Go here for more details (Eng.) | Ga hierheen voor meer details (Ned.)

Dutch Team back on the field
On Wednesday, July 11, the Dutch National Softball Team returned to the field, as it held a practice in the morning under a clouded sky. After practice, the team returned to the hotel, then visited Takhini Hot Springs in the afternoon to have a last relaxing moment before the start of the World Championship. On Thursday-evening, the Dutch Team plays a final exhibition game, meeting the squad of Chinese Taipei. On Friday-evening, the Orange opens the World Championship against China, starting at 7:30 PM local time (4:30 AM Dutch time Saturday-morning).
Recap and Photos Day 18 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 18 (Ned.)

Dutch Team arrives safely in Whitehorse
On Tuesday, July 10, the Dutch National Softball Team has arrived safely in Whitehorse (Canada) where it currently is cloudy with a temperature is 51 degrees Fahrenheit (10 Celsius). Today, the team flew from Vancouver to Whitehorse, where the Air North Boeing 737 touched down at 1:45 PM local time (10:45 PM Dutch time) after a 2-hour flight. On Wednesday, the squad will have a practice, then play an exhition game against Chinese Taipei on Thursday-evening. Next Friday, July 13, the Orange opens the World Championship against China, starting at 7:30 PM local time (4:30 AM Dutch time, Saturday-morning). All games during the World Championship can be followed live via a video-stream. The link for that coverage will be added when the event begins.
Recap and Photos Day 17 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 17 (Ned.)

Dutch Team travels to Canada
The Dutch National Softball Team on Monday, July 9 traveled by bus from Seattle to Vancouver in Canada. On Day 16 of the trip, the team left the campus of the University of Washington in Seattle around 10 AM (7 PM Dutch time), boarded the bus and drove towards the nearby Canadian border. At the border, all items in the bus had to be checked and scanned before Canada could be entered and that took some one-and-a-half-hour. From the border, it was on to Vancouver, where the team stayed overnight near the airport. On Tuesday, the team flies to Whitehorse, the site for the upcoming World Championship.
Recap and Photos Day 16 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 16 (Ned.)

Day off on final day in Seattle
On its final full day in Seattle, the Dutch National Softball Team had the day off on Sunday, July 8. Today, the team traveled to the nearby Snoqualmie Falls, visited a shopping mall (spending their last American dollars) and relaxed in a park with a big lake. In the evening, it was time to pack everything, as the team leaves the hotel Monday-morning at 10 AM (7 PM Dutch time) for the bus-journey to the Canadian border. Then it's on to Vancouver, where the team stays overnight. On Tuesday, the flight to Whitehorse is on the schedule.
Recap and Photos Day 15 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 15 (Ned.)

Dutch Team shows power in second double-header
On Saturday, July 7, the Dutch National Softball Team played its second and last double-header to wrap up its Training Camp at the site of the University of Washington in Seattle. The Orange today won 10-2 and 9-2 vs. the Washington LadyHawks Gold. In today's double-header, the Dutch squad collected 24 basehits, including six (!) homeruns, which were hit by Nathalie Gosewehr, Areke Spel, Chantal Versluis (2), Saskia Kosterink and Karin Tuk. On Sunday, the Dutch Team has the day off and on Monday-morning, the team leaves Seattle to cross the Canadian border in the afternoon. After spending the night in Vancouver, the squad flies to Whitehorse on Tuesday for the upcoming World Championship.
Recap and Photos Day 14 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 14 (Ned.)

Dutch Team wins first double-header
The Dutch National Softball Team on Friday, July 6, played its first of two double-headers during its Training Camp in Seattle, where the final preparations are under way for the upcoming World Championship in Whitehorse (Canada). At the Softball Stadium of the University of Washington, the Orange met the team of Washington Lake Breeze Gold and won twice, 9-0 and 10-2. In Game 2, Lindsey Meadows and Virginie Anneveld homered for the Dutch. On Saturday, the Dutch squad plays its second and last double-header, which also starts at 5:00 PM local time (2 AM Dutch time).
Recap and Photos Day 13 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 13 (Ned.)

Dutch Team back on the field and sightseeing
The Dutch National Softball Team was back on the field on Thursday, July 5 having a practice session in the softball stadium of the University of Washington. The stadium also will be the site of the double-headers to be played on Friday and Saturday. After completion of the training, the team went to downtown Seattle to do some sightseeing, including a visit to the wellknown Space Needle. But on Friday, the focus is back to softball again with two games two be played. The first game starts at 5:00 PM local time (2:00 AM Dutch time).
Recap and Photos Day 12 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 12 (Ned.)

Dutch Team enjoys days off on Fourth of July
The Dutch National Softball Team enjoyed its day off on Wednesday, July 4, its first full day in Seattle. Today, the team attended the local 4th of July Parade in Bothell, the site of one of the campuses of the University of Washington, where the team stays. Hereafter, the team was invited for a barbecue and in the evening, the team watched the big fireworks. On Thursday, the team will be back on the field for a practice session in the softball stadium of the University of Washington.
Recap and Photos Day 11 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 11 (Ned.)

Dutch Team arrives in Seattle
The Dutch National Softball Team traveled from Oklahoma City to Seattle via Salt Lake City on Tuesday, July 3. In the afternoon, the team made an almost 2-hours flight from Oklahoma City to Salt Lake City for a brief 2-hour stop-over. Hereafter, the team flew to Seattle where it arrived early in the evening. In the coming days, the squad will practice and play at the University of Washington in Seattle.
Recap and Photos Day 10 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 10 (Ned.)

Dutch Team finish fourth, despite late comeback
After trailing 6-0 after two innings, the Dutch National Softball Team staged a late, 7th inning 4-run comeback on Monday, July 2, to turn a 7-4 deficit into an 8-7 lead, but then Canada did the same. In the home of the seventh, Canada first tied the score, then a 3-run, 2-out, walk-off homerun resulted in an 11-8 victory. With the win Canada won the bronze medal, while the Orange had to settle for fourth place. Three years ago, the Dutch Team ended its first participation in the World Cup of Softball with a fifth position. On Monday-evening, Team USA won the tournament with a 3-0 shutout-win vs. Australia.
Recap and Photos Day 9 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 9 (Ned.)

Dutch Team scoreless vs. Australia; plays for Bronze
The Dutch National Softball Team on Sunday, July 1 was shutout 4-0 by Australia, which therefore qualifies for the Final Game of the World Cup of Softball against Team USA, that won 9-0 vs. Brazil earlier in the day. The Dutch Team will play in the Bronze Medal Game on Monday, which starts at 4 PM local (11 PM Dutch time). In that game, the Orange faces Canada, whom it beat 7-6 in the opener of the World Cup of Softball. Canada reached the game by winning 13-0 vs. Brazil, after having won 7-0 vs. Puerto Rico before that.
The final of the tournament will be broadcasted tape-delayed by ESPN America on Tuesday, July 3, starting at 2 PM Dutch time.
Recap and Photos Day 8 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 8 (Ned.)

Dutch Team suffers one-run loss vs. USA
Team USA nipped the Dutch Softball Team only 2-1 on Saturday, June 30 on the third day of playing at the World Cup of Softball. And so, the Dutch squad again left a great impression on the field in Oklahoma City. The team made the USA work hard and even took an 1-0 lead in the fifth inning when Nathalie Timmermans homered. The Americans came alongside moments later, then took a 2-1 lead on a homerun in the sixth at bat. For the Dutch Team, this was its first loss, while the Americans registered their third win. The Orange close the preliminary round on Sunday against Australia.
Recap and Photos Day 7 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 7 (Ned.)

Dutch Team also beats Brazil and Puerto Rico
On the second day of playing at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, the Dutch National Softball Team won its next two games on Friday, June 29 to remain unbeaten after three games. In the morning, the team came from behind to register its second victory, beating Brazil 4-3. Trailing 2-0 after five innings, the Dutch Team rallied for four runs in the sixth inning, hightlighted by a 2-run double by Nathalie Timmermans to take a 4-2 lead. Brazil scored one more run in the home of the sixth inning. Later in the day, the Dutch Team took charge of the game against Puerto Rico right away in the first at bat and went on to win 7-2, highlighted by a 2-run homerun by Karin Tuk, who had five RBI's.
On Saturday, the Dutch Team meets the USA in a game that starts at 11:00 AM (6 PM Dutch time). Check ESPN America is the game will be broadcast live. If not, it almost surely will be broadcast tape-delayed on Sunday-morning at 6 AM (Dutch time).
Recap and Photos Day 6 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 6 (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens WCS with victory
The Dutch National Softball Team opened the seventh edition of the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City on Thursday, June 28 with a 7-6 come-from-behind victory against Canada. The Dutch Team trailed twice (3-1 and 6-3), but tied the score both times, then scored what would be the winning run in the top of the seventh inning. The Dutch Team meets Brazil and Puerto Rico on Friday, which can be followed again through a live stream and a play-by-play.
Recap and Photos Day 5 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 5 (Ned.)

World Cup of Softball live on ESPN America
Starting on Thursday, ESPN America has scheduled live broadcasts of the games played by Team USA during the WCS. On Thursday, Friday and Saturday, starting at 1 AM Dutch time, the games of Team USA vs. Puerto Rico, Australia and Canada can be seen live. On Sunday-evening at 7 PM the game vs. Brazil can be seen live. As of now, the game of Team USA vs. Netherlands on Saturday at 6 PM unfortunately is not planned to be broadcasted live (it is by ESPN2, but not by ESPN America), but there is a broadcast scheduled on ESPN America for Sunday-morning starting at 6 AM, which almost surely will be the tape-delayed coverage of the USA vs. Orange match-up. But to be sure, check ESPN America on Saturday-afternoon around 6 PM. You never know, the schedule might chance.

Live stream and Play-by-Play
Live streams as well as play-by-plays of all games played during the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City are available through the website of USA Softball.
Information of the tournament can also be found at the website of the Amateur Softball Association (ASA).

Dutch Team shut out by Australia in exhibition game
On Wednesday, June 27, the Dutch National Softball Team met Australia in the second and final exhibition game between the two teams before the start of the World Cup of Softball. The Orange suffered a big 9-0 loss, as Australia had four productive at bats, scoring nine runs, including three on a homerun. In the last three innings, the Aussies were held scoreless and added only two more basehits off Rebecca Soumeru, who pitched in relief of Lindsey Meadows and Femke van Dusschoten. The Dutch Team registered only three basehits. On Thursday, the Orange squad opens the World Cup of Softball against Canada with the game starting at 11:30 AM local time (6:30 PM Dutch time). Other participants in the seventh edition of the event are Australia, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the USA.
Recap and Photos Day 4 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 4 (Ned.)

Dutch Team beaten by Australia
The Dutch National Softbal Team was beaten 8-5 by Australia on Tuesday, June 26, in its first of two exhibition games against the squad to prepare for the upcoming World Cup of Softball. Both teams meet again on Wednesday-afternoon, starting at 5 PM local time (midnight Dutch time). The tournament starts on Thursday and the Dutch squad then opens against Canada. In today's game, all four Dutch pitchers threw and Nathalie Timmermans homered.
Recap and Photos Day 3 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 3 (Ned.)

Dutch Team starts with day off
On its first day in Oklahoma City, the Dutch National Softball Team had no activities scheduled. Today, Monday, June 25, the players rested, walked around and yes, did the first shopping. It was also announced today that the upcoming two exhibition games against the national team of Australia will start one hours earlier than announced. On both Tuesday and Wednesday, the Dutch meet the Aussies at 5 PM local time (midnight Dutch time).
Recap and Photos Day 2 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 2 (Ned.)

Dutch Team arrives in Oklahoma City
The Dutch National Softball Team on Sunday, June 24, arrived safely in Oklahoma City, where it will participate in the World Cup of Softball for the second time. On a very rainy Sunday-morning, the team ensembled at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport. After boarding, the Delta Air Lines A330-300 left Gate E19 at 1:29 PM (nine minutes later than scheduled) and took off at 1:44 PM. It took the plane less than eight hours to bridge the distance between Amsterdam and Detroit and so, the plane touched down at 3:29 PM local time (9:29 PM Dutch time) and then arrived at Gate A54 twelve minutes later. And with this Coach Berend Mannessen experienced the first-ever flight in his life. The team then had a stop-over of almost four hours at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport. At 7:34 PM (1:34 AM Dutch time), the Canadair (Bombardier) Regional Jet 700 of ExpressJet left Gate C25 and took off at 8:01 (2:01) for the almost 2-hour flight to Oklahoma City. At 8:54 PM (3:54 AM Dutch time), the plane touched down at Will Rogers Airport and after collecting the luggage, the team went to the hotel. The team has no activities planned for Monday, using the day for resting and acclimatize to the weather conditions, as it was 95 degrees Fahrenheit (35 Celsius) when the team arrived on Sunday-evening. On Tuesday, the squad will play the first of two exhibition games against Australia.
Recap and Photos Day 1 (Eng.) | Verslag en Foto's Dag 1 (Ned.)

Roster announced for WCS and World Championship
Head Coach Craig Montvidas and his coaching staff on Friday, June 8, announced the names of the 17 players that were selected for the roster for the upcoming two international events. The Dutch squad first will participate for the second time in the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City (USA), then travels to Seattle (USA), before heading to Whitehorse (Canada) for the ISF World Championship. The 17-player team has no rookies on the roster. Two players, who were with the team the last two years at the World and the European Championship, this time were left off, while another player makes her international comeback after a 2-year absence.
More on the announcement (Eng.) | Meer over de bekendmaking (Ned.)

Britt's team eliminated in CWS semi final
The Golden Bears, the team of the University of California at Berkeley, first avoided elimination and advanced to the semi-final, but then was eliminated for the all-deciding final of the College World Series. On Saturday, June 2, California won 6-3 vs. Oregon to advance to the next game. In this game, Britt Vonk was 2-for-4 and batted in two runs with a double, while scoring once herself. California then faced Alabama in the semi-final, losing 5-2, meaning the Golden Bears were eliminated. The final will be played in a best-of-three between Alabama and Oklahoma on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

Cal Bears shutout in Game 2
The Golden Bears were shutout 3-0 in their second game of the College World Series in Oklahoma City on Friday-evening, June 1. The team of Britt Vonk registered only two basehits off of pitcher Keilani Ricketts, who struckout 16 (!) batters to set a World Series-record. Opponent Oklahoma University opened the score in the third inning and added runs in the fourth and sixth, with the run in fourth being scored on a homerun. Cal Berkeley now faces the winner of the game between Tennessee and Oregon on Saturday-evening. The winner of that game meets Alabama, which has won its first two games. And that match-up will decide who will advance to the all-deciding championship best-of-three.

Britt Vonk opens World Series with win!
Britt Vonk and the Golden Bears, the team of the University of California at Berkeley, opened the Women's College World Series in Oklahoma City on Thursday, May 31 with a 5-3 come-from-behind victory against Louisiana State University. Britt contributed in several ways in the opening win. The Bears trailed 2-0 in the third inning when Britt reached base in the third on a fielder's choice and went on to score the first run. In the bottom of the fifth inning, Britt bunted runner Jamia Reid to third base, who later scored the tying run. In the sixth, Cal Bears scored two runs, including the second one on a single by Britt. The Bears play their next game on Friday and then meets Oklahoma.

Nathalie Timmermans in All-Tournament Team
Nathalie Timmermans was one of three players of the University of Central Oklahoma that was named to the All-Tournament Team at the NCAA Division II World Series. In four games for the Broncos, Nathalie batted .500 (7-for-14), scored three runs, hit a homerun and had two RBI's. In the first game of the Division II Series, the Broncos won 4-2 vs. Flagler College, then a 6-4 win followed vs. Southern Connecticut State University. Hereafter, the Broncos lost twice to the University of California-San Diego, 4-3 and 2-0, to be eliminated for the final.

Nathalie Timmermans in NCAA Division II World Series!
Nathalie Timmermans will play in the NCAA Division II College World Series, which opens on Wednesday, May 16 in Louisville (Kentucky). Nathalie this season plays for the Broncos, the team of the University of Central Oklahoma and set her mark with the team. She finished the season as the team's best hitter with a .460 average (74-for-161) and also led with 22 homeruns and 66 RBI's, meaning she captured the Triple Crown. Nathalie also scored the most runs (72). UCO this season set a school record with 44 wins (only seven losses). It's the second time that UCO participates in the College World Series.

Britt Vonk in NCAA Regional
Britt Vonk and the Golden Bears, the softball-team of the University of California at Berkeley, on Friday captured the Pac-10 championship by winning 5-0 vs. Arizona. The team qualified for the NCAA Regional which opens at home on May 18. The Regional is the first step en route to the College World Series in Oklahoma City in June. It marks the 27th consecutive year that the Golden Bears participate in a postseason. The Golden Bears were 50-4 this season and Britt finished with a .331 batting average, scored 29 runs and has 27 RBI's.

Former Juniors added to preliminary roster
Lefthanded pitchers Jessie van Aalst and Eva Voortman were added to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team in May after the two returned from the United States. There, the former pitchers of the Dutch Junior Team studied and played in Florida. Jessie played at Florida State College in Jacksonville and Eva pitched for Chipola College in Marianna. The two will join the National Team for practice sessions and all other activities of the squad.

Dutch players participate in National Youth Camp
For the second year in a row, the National Softball Youth Camp was being held in Bussum. On Tuesday, May 1, the 4-day camp opened and all players of the Dutch National Softball Team participated in the event as instructors. After registration, the camp went underway and the almost 60 participating players got instructed in several categories. The camp ended with an exhibition game by the Dutch Team.
Recap & Photos (Eng.) | Verslag & Foto's (Ned.)

Dutch Team conduct successful clinic in Assen
On Sunday, April 29, the Dutch National Softball Team traveled to Assen in the province of Drenthe. There, at the site of baseball and softball club Pioneers, the reigning European champion conducted a successful clinic for softball-players in the northern part of the country. Initially, the clinic was scheduled for last September, but was moved to April of this year. Local TV-station RTV Drenthe covered the clinic.
Recap & Video's (Eng.) | Verslag & Video's (Ned.)

Kayleigh Adelina withdraws from team
Kayleigh Adelina has informed the staff and the players that she has withdrawn from the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team. Kayleigh joined the National Team in January after having been invited in November to participate in the practice sessions. She had to make the difficult decision, as she needs more time for her study, making its impossible to combine this with the practices and other activities of the National Team. Of course, the coaches will follow the developments of Kayleigh for future considerations. This season Kayleigh makes her debut in the Dutch big league playing for UVV.

Dutch Team opens outdoor season
The Dutch National Softball Team played its first outdoor intersquad game of the season on Wednesday, April 25 on the site of Nieuwegein Diamonds in Nieuwegein. This is the first of a series of intersquad games that will be played on Wednesdays in Nieuwegein. The next intersquad game is scheduled for Wednesday, May 9. The team also will play a series of games during this years Holland Tour. Initially, this Tour was to open on Sunday, May 6, but the activities on that day were dropped due to make-up games in the Dutch big league.

Areke Spel Best Hitter in Enschede
Dutch National Team-player Areke Spel on Sunday, April 1, won the award for Best Hitter at the conclusion of the annual J.C.J. Mastenbroek Tournament in Enschede. Areke, who participated in the event with her clubteam Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem, finished with an .833 batting average to win the title. With Sparks Haarlem, she qualified for the final, but the team lost the deciding game 12-5 to Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels. Sparks Haarlem led 3-1 in the last at bat, but then Terrasvogels rallied for eleven runs on nine basehits to win the game and the tournament. Last year, Terrasvogels also beat Sparks Haarlem in the final of the tournament.

Indoor Tulip League-season ends
The Dutch National Softball Team has ended its indoor-season without playing. Initially, the squad had two practice sessions and two intersquad games scheduled for Wednesday, March 28 and Friday, March 30 at their indoor facility in Amsterdam. However, due to a mix-up, the Dutch staff wasn't informed that the facility was to be used for other activities this week. And so, the indoor season has ended. The Dutch Team now will start its outdoor practice season on Wednesday, April 4 at the site of Nieuwegein Diamonds in Nieuwegein. There, the team will practice twice-weekly on Wednesdays and Fridays. Starting on Wednesday, April 25, the team will play an intersquad game weekly in Nieuwegein.

Saskia, Lindsey off to Italy
Dutch National Team-players Saskia Kosterink and Lindsey Meadows left for Italy on Thursday, March 22, to join their team for the start of the new softball-season. Saskia will play in her third season for Sanotint Bollate, while Lindsey will be her teammate there this season. Last year, Lindsey made her debut in the Italian Softball League, playing for Museo della Arte Nuoro. Nathalie Gosewehr, who last year also made her debut in Italy, playing for DES Caserta, will play again in the Dutch big league this season, re-joining her former team Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem, which last year won the Dutch championship.

Dutch Team back home safely
The Dutch National Softball Team arrived home safely on Tuesday, March 20 after an 8 hour, 52 minute flight from Miami (Florida) and were re-united with their family and loved ones. With this, the Team concluded a successful 21-day trip to the USA where 17 of the 21 games played were won. The Team is off for the rest of the week, but will resume practice on Wednesday, March 28 with an indoor session and indoor game at Amsterdam.
Recap Day 21 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 21 (Ned.)

Dutch Team on the way back home
The Dutch National Softball Team is on its way home. On Monday, the squad left the hotel in Clearwater at noon local time (5 PM Dutch time) to travel to Tampa International Airport. After handing in the vans and checking in, the squad boarded the Delta Air Lines Canadair (Bombardier) Regional Jet for the short flight to Miami. The plane left Gate E69 at 4:29 PM (9:29 PM Dutch), took off at 4:36 PM (9:36 PM Dutch) and after a 40-minute flight touched down at 5:16 PM (10:16 PM Dutch) at Miami International Airport. There, after a more than five hour stop-over, the team will board a Delta Air Lines MD11 for the flight to Amsterdam later tonight. This flight is scheduled to leave Miami at 10:50 PM local time (3:50 AM Dutch) and will arrive in Amsterdam on Tuesday-afternoon at 12:25 PM local (7:25 AM Florida-time).

Dutch Team closes American Tour with shutout-victory
The Dutch Softball Team played its 21st and last game of the American Tour on Sunday vs. the University of Maryland and closed the trip with a 6-0 win. With this, the team concluded with a 17-4 record. The team opened the score on a 2-run homerun by Areke Spel in the first inning, then added two runs in both the sixth and seventh at bat. The Dutch collected eight hits, including two by Karin Tuk and Areke Spel. Rebecca Soumeru, who started, but also re-entered as pitcher, struckout 10. The team flies back on Monday and will arrive in Amsterdam on Tuesday-afternoon.
Recap Day 19 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 19 (Ned.)

Dutch Team wins in tie-break vs. Towson University
The Dutch National Softball Team on Saturday-evening won 3-2 vs. Towson University in an 8-inning tie-break game. The game started somewhat later than scheduled and Towson opened the score in the first inning. The Dutch came alongside in the second at bat. Petra van Heijst then scored on a sac-fly by Merel Oosterveld. Femke van Dusschoten pitched the first two innings and was relieved by Ginger de Weert in the third. In the eighth inning, Petra van Heijst hit a 2-out, 2-run single to give the Dutch a 3-1 lead. In the home of the eighth, Towson could add only one more run. MariŽlle Vleugels, who took over in the fifth, threw the last four innings and did fine.
Recap Day 18 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 18 (Ned.)

Dutch Team delegation attend Jubilee Congress KNBSB
Head Coach Craig Montvidas, players Solange Starrenburg and Chantal Versluis and Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar represented the Dutch National Softball Team on Saturday, March 17 at the Jubilee Congress of the KNBSB in Rotterdam (Netherlands). On March 16, it was exactly 100 years ago that the then Netherlands Baseball Association was founded. In 1971, the Association merged with the Netherlands Amateur Sofball Association to become the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB). The 100th anniversary was celebrated with a reception during the Congress of the European Baseball Confederation (CEB), which was held these days in Rotterdam. Also attending the anniversary were ISF President Don Porter and IBAF President Riccardo Fraccari.
More on the reception (Eng.) | Meer over de receptie (Ned.)

Dutch Team sets record with win vs. Florida State University
On Friday-evening, March 16, the Dutch Team won 6-1 vs. Florida State University to register its 15th victory of the trip. With this, the Team recorded the most wins ever during an American Tour. The win also came on the day that the Dutch Association celebrated its 100th anniversary after being founded on March 16, 1912. The jubilee-year officially starts tomorrow on March 17. In the game, Dagmar Bloeming was the winning pitcher for the fifth time, while Rebecca Soumeru earned her fifth save of the Tour. Dagmar struckout eight in four innings, then Rebecca added six more for a combined total of 14 strikeouts in this 3-hitter. Saskia Kosterink hit a 2-run homerun in the second at bat and Anne Blaauwgeers went 3-for-3. The lone FSU-run was a homerun in the fifth inning. Early this morning, Nathalie Timmermans left the team to fly back to Oklahoma City again to re-join her team there for a double-header later today. Head Coach Craig Montvidas also left this afternoon, as he has to be in Rotterdam (Netherlands) on Saturday to be at the 100th anniversary-reception of the Dutch Association.
Recap Day 17 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 17 (Ned.)

Winning streak ends with big loss
The 10-game winning streak of the Dutch National Softball Team ended on Thursday, as the team suffered a big 9-1, mercy-rule loss in five innings against the team of the University of Northern Colorado. The lone Dutch run was a homerun by Nathalie Timmermans. In the fourth inning, the game was delayed for 30 minutes due to the fact that the sprinkler-device on the field suddenly started to work. Earlier this morning, the players participated in an extensive, 3-hours workout as the team participated in the iQ Physical Test. The Dutch Team will be back on the field on Friday-evening and then meets Florida State University. This game starts at 6:45 PM local (11:45 PM Dutch time).
Recap Day 16 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 16 (Ned.)

Dutch Team participates in iQ Physical Test on Thursday
The Dutch National Softball Team participates in the iQ Physical Test on Thursday, March 15, which was streamed live on internet. The iQ Physical Test is made up of specific elements that showcase the player's full abilities on the field. The iQ Physical Test was developed to give an athlete more tools to her grow as a player. With this, coaches get more insight into the complete athlete by an extensive physical test to see at a glance the overall quality of a particular athlete. The Test was developed by the iQ Fastpitch-staff with Jennie Ritter (2005 NCAA College World Series Champion, University of Michigan), who went on to play for Team USA and in Japan. Included in the Test are: bunting - slapping - line drive - throwing accuracy/speed - long jump - 5-10-5 shuttle - 40-yard dash - 10-ball speed drill - agility - contact to 1st - contact to home - push-ups - standing rotational throw - 2 x 300-yard shuttle run. The iQ Physical Test of the Dutch Team was streamed live by USSSA and iQ Fastpitch. The Physical Test is a joined project between iQ Fastpitch and USSSA Pride, which plays in the National Pro Fastpitch and has players on its roster like Jessica Mendoza, Cat Osterman and Natasha Watley.

Dutch raises win-total to 14
The Dutch National Softball Team raised its total victories on this years American Tour to fourteen on Wednesday by adding to small wins. In the opener today, the Dutch Team won 3-1 vs. Rutgers University on a 2-run homerun by Saskia Kosterink in a game that was tied at 1-1 in the fourth inning. In the second game against Canisius College, an 1-1 tie was broken in the sixth inning when Nathalie Timmermans homered, leading to a 2-1 victory for the Orange. Nathalie also homered in the first game of today's double-header, which was played in Tampa in the stadium of the University of South Florida. On Thursday-afternoon, the Dutch Team plays a single game and then meets Northern Colorado, starting at 5 PM local time (10 PM Dutch time). The day will start early when the team participates in a Physical Test in Clearwater.
Recap Day 15 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 15 (Ned.)

Dutch Team wins two more games
The Dutch National Softball Team played another double-header on Tuesday, March 13 and added two more victories. In the first game, the squad met Syracuse University, then followed with the match-up against Fordham University. In the opener, the Dutch Team won 5-1, in the second game, a big 9-2 victory was registered. With this, the current winning streak is now extended to eight games, while the Team now has won 12 of its 15 games played. In the opener, Rebecca Soumeru threw five innings, then Lindsey Meadows closed the game to secure the win and combined on a 4-hitter. In Game 2, the Dutch collected 12 basehits, including doubles by Karin Tuk, Lindsey Meadows, Saskia Kosterink and Areke Spel. The Dutch pitching gave up four hits.
Recap Day 14 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 14 (Ned.)

Rob Veldkamp assigned as Umpire for World Championship
Experienced Dutch umpire Rob Veldkamp has been assigned by the International Softball Federation for the upcoming ISF World Championship in Whitehorse (Canada) in July. It will mark the first time that Veldkamp will officiate at a Women's World Championship, but he had participated in several big tournaments before. In 2008, Veldkamp was one of the umpires during the Olympic Games in Beijing (China) and in 2009, he umpired at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City. In 2007, he umpired at the ISF Junior World Championship in Enschede (Netherlands) and in 2009, he traveled to Prague (Czech Republic) for the ISF Youth World Cup Under 16. Last year, Veldkamp was the Dutch umpire at the European Championship in Italy. Veldkamp also was an umpire during the 2003 (Italy) and 2005 (Czech Republic) European Championships, the 2008 Canada Cup and the 2005 University Games in Tampa (USA). Besides that, he officiated at several European Cup-tournaments.

National Team-players assist at Umpire Clinic
Dutch National Team-players Solange Starrenburg and Laura van Essen joined Dutch Junior Red-players Cheryl Hiele and Lueji Petchkovsky Morais and Dutch Junior White-players Lizzie Clarijs, Denice van Dijk and Britt Remmers on Saturday, March 3 to assist at the annual Umpire Clinic. The Dutch Umpire Organization BUBS annually stages a weekend at Elspeet where the umpires not only get together to exchange experiences and be instructed for the new season, but also to go to an indoor-facility to go through several game situations. Last year, six players of the Dutch Junior Red assisted during this situations, which was much appreciated by the umpires and much enjoyed by the players involved. So this year, another invitation was extended and this time a group of seven players from all three national teams could be formed to assist the umpires. And again, the umpires were very pleased with their contributions and thanked the seven players very much for coming to Elspeet.

Dutch Team watches baseball-game
The Dutch Softball Team was off on Monday, March 12, and so the team traveled to St. Petersburg to watch the game of the Dutch National Baseball Team against the Pittsburgh Pirates. Saskia Kosterink threw out the ceremonial first pitch. The Dutch Baseball Team, which captured the world championship-title in October last year in Panama, currently participates in the St. Petersburg Internationall Baseball Series and lost today 8-2.
The softball-squad returns to the field on Tuesday to play another double-header. The Dutch then meet the teams of Syracuse University and Fordham University. The first game starts at 4 PM local time (9 PM Dutch time).
Recap Day 13 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 13 (Ned.)

Dutch Team adds two victories on Sunday
On Sunday, March 11, the Dutch National Softball Team added two more victories to extend its current winning streak to six games. The team is off on Monday and returns to the field on Tuesday for a new double-header. In today's opener, the Orange shutout Central Connecticut 7-0 on a 3-hitter by Ginger de Weert, MariŽlle Vleugels and Dagmar Bloeming. Saskia Kosterink, Dinet Oosting and Fabienne van Uden contributed with RBI-doubles. In the next game, the Dutch Team came from behind to win 3-2 vs. Boston University. Trailing 2-1, the Dutch Team scored twice in the sixth inning on a single by Anne Blaauwgeers and grounder by Fabienne van Uden. Winning pitcher Rebecca Soumeru again retired all nine batters she faced.
Recap Day 12 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 12 (Ned.)

Dutch Team gets back into action with two victories
After having the day off on Friday, the Dutch National Softball Team returned to the playing field on Saturday, March 10, to play two more games of its American Tour, winning both. The Orange opened with a 7-1 victory vs. the Braves, the team of Bradley University. In the evening, the Dutch Team met the University of South Florida and stunned the nr. 25 ranked team in the country with a big 8-1 victory. In the opener, the Dutch won on a combined 6-hitter by Lindsey Meadows, Ginger de Weert and MariŽlle Vleugels. The squad collected 11 basehits, including three by Yonina Sint Jago and a solo-homerun by Areke Spel. In the second game, the Orange collected 13 basehits, including three by Virginie Anneveld. Pitchers Dagmar Bloeming and Rebecca Soumeru allowed only two hits.
Recap Day 11 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 11 (Ned.)

Dutch Team has break in the action
The Dutch National Softball Team had a break in the action on Friday, March 9, as no big team-activities were planned for today, except for the joined dinner. One group opted to go shopping and so went off to several malls, another group went to the beach. The team returns to the field on Saturday for another double-header. The Orange squad then meets the teams of Bradley University and the Universty of South Florida.
Recap Day 10 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 10 (Ned.)

Dutch Team wins big vs. Temple University on Thursday
The Dutch National Softball Team won big on Thursday-evening, beating the Owls, the of Temple University, 10-2. The team got 13 basehits, including three more by Britt Vonk, who has now hit 12 basehits in her last 14 at bats. Dutch pitchers Ginger de Weert, MariŽlle Vleugels and Rebecca Soumeru allowed only three basehits. The latter struckout five of the nine batters she faced in the last three innings. The Dutch Team broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning, then rallied for seven runs in the fifth inning to take a commanding. Highlights in this at bat (11 batters, 5 hits) were a lead-off triple by Virginie Anneveld and an RBI-double by Meike Witteveen.
Recap Day 9 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 9 (Ned.)

Dutch Team's winning streak ends, but starts new one
The 4-game winning streak of the Dutch National Softball Team ended on Wednesday, March 7, when the squad fell 5-4 to the team of Virginia Tech University. The Orange entered the home of the seventh inning with a 4-3 lead, but Virginia Tech then scored twice to win the game.
In the evening, the Dutch Team won 2-1 behind strong pitching of Rebecca Soumeru and Dagmar Bloeming and a solide defense. Trailing 1-0, the Dutch scored twice in the top of the seventh inning.
Recap Day 8 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 8 (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens Florida-series with two wins
The Dutch National Softball Team got back into action again on Tuesday, March 6, played two games and won twice. The Orange defeated two strong opponents, winning 9-2 vs. Miami University of Ohio, then followed with an 11-10 win vs. Central Michigan University. In the opener, the Dutch Team trailed 2-1 after three innings, but then had two 3-run innings to turn the game around. In the last four innings, Rebecca Soumeru gave up only one basehit to the RedHawks. In the evening, the Dutch trailed 4-2 after three innings and then staged a 6-run rally in the fourth. In the home of the 7th inning, the Dutch Team led 11-10 with the Chippewas having runners on second and third base, but then Lindsey Meadows struckout her eighth batter to end the game.
Recap Day 7 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 7 (Ned.)

Preliminary roster Dutch Juniors trimmed
The coaches of the Dutch Junior Red and Junior White Teams have trimmed the preliminary rosters of these two squads. That meant that they had to face the recurring decision to cut players and that's always difficult in a group that practice and plays together for some months. The Junior Red Team now has 21 players, which will be the roster for the big league-competition. The Junior White Team now has 23 players on its roster.
More on these rosters (in Dutch.) | Meer over de selecties (Ned.)

Dutch Team arrives in Florida
The Dutch National Softball Team has arrived in Tampa, Florida, and from there, it was off to the hotel in Clearwater. The team left the hotel in Knoxville early Monday-morning for the airport and then flew via Atlanta to Tampa. For the record, the team flew in a Canadair 'Bombardier' Regional Jet from Knoxville (Tennessee) to Atlanta (Georgia), where it arrived at 1:11 PM (7:11 PM Dutch time) after a short one hour, six minute flight. The team then continued its journey around 3 PM local (9 PM Dutch) in a Delta Airlines Boeing 757 and arrived in Tampa (Florida) at 4:21 PM local (10:21 PM Dutch). Upon arrival, there was a bright blue sky and temperatures of 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 Celsius). On Tuesday, the team will get into action again, playing two games, meeting the teams of Miami University of Ohio and Central Michigan University.
Recap Day 6 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 6 (Ned.)

No activities on Sunday
The Dutch National Softball Team has no activities on Sunday. The team doesn't have to fill in for a team during the Tennessee Classic and no practices were scheduled, so Head Coach Craig Montvidas gave the team off for today. And so, players were able to walk around in Knoxville, do some shopping, relax or watch games at the softball-stadium. On Monday, the team flies to Florida for the remainder of the USA Tour.
Recap Day 5 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 5 (Ned.)

Dutch Team wins highscoring game
The Dutch National Softball Team on Saturday won 15-7 in a highscoring game vs. the Blue Raiders, the team of Middle Tennessee State University. The game featured 10 homeruns, including four again by the Dutch Team, hit by Lindsey Meadows, Nathalie Gosewehr, Karin Tuk and Areke Spel. Because of a change in the schedule, the game started later than scheduled. The changes to the schedules for Saturdat and Sunday were made due to the rain and tornado-warnings on Friday, resulting in a game-cancellation. Because of the schedule-change, the Dutch Team now probably will have the day off on Sunday, but might fill in for another team if necessary. In today's game, the Dutch Team rallied for seven runs in the third inning.
Recap Day 4 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 4 (Ned.)

Dutch win big in rain-delayed game
Almost 4 1/2 hours after it started, the Dutch Team eventually won Friday's game against Murray State University, which was much-delayed by rain and thunderstorms, convincingly 12-4 in five innings. After Merel Oosterveld had homered in the second inning after a long delay, the Dutch squad added seven more runs in the next three innings, highlighted by two more homeruns, the second by Petra van Heijst and another one by Saskia Kosterink.
Recap Day 3 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 3 (Ned.)

game update 7:35 PM (1:35 AM Dutch):
The game resumed again after a delay of almost 2 1/2 hours and the Dutch added a run in the second inning when Merel Oosterveld also hit a homerun. The Orange now lead 5-1.

game update 6:30 PM (00:30 AM Dutch):
The tornado-warning has been lifted again. It's now waiting for official word what will happen with the game.

game update 5:35 PM (11:35 PM Dutch):
Currently, everyone in the softball stadium had to take shelter as a new tornado-warning has been issued until 6:00 PM.
The Dutch Team is in the lockerroom under the stadium and everyone is safe!!!

game update 5:00 PM (11:00 PM Dutch):
The Dutch Team leads 4-1 after one inning, highlighted by a 3-run homerun by Petra van Heijst, but the game is currently under a rain-delay with the tarp being put on the field.

game update 4:20 PM (10:20 PM Dutch):
THE GAME HAS STARTED!

game update 3:50 PM (9:50 PM Dutch):
There is an overcast in Knoxville, but it is dry, resulting in the decision to move the starting time of the game vs. Murray State ahead. The game now is scheduled to start at 4:25 PM (10:25 PM Dutch).
The starting line-up will be as follows:
P-MariŽlle Vleugels, C-Dinet Oosting, 1B-Saskia Kosterink, 2B-Meike Witteveen, 3B-Virginie Anneveld, SS-Petra van Heijst, LF-Nathalie Gosewehr, CF-Merel Oosterveld, RF-Yonina Sint Jago, DP-Fabienne van Uden.

game update 2:30 PM (8:30 Dutch):
The rain is now much less than an hour ago, which led to the decision to move the start time of the Dutch Game vs. Murray from 3 PM to 4:45 PM local (10:45 PM Dutch). The team is currently still is the hotel waiting for the rain to stop. While thunderstorms are still expected to hit East Tennessee today, they just might pass Knoxville. The temperature currently is 68 degrees Fahrenheit (22 Celsius).

game update 1:30 PM (7:30 Dutch):
Currently, it is raining hard in Knoxville, meaning the third game of the Dutch National Softball Team is on hold. The Dutch Team is scheduled to play vs. the Racers, the team of Murray State University, starting at 3 PM local (9 PM Dutch time).

Dutch Team opens USA Tour with two tough losses
The Dutch National Softball Team opened it's USA Tour on Thursday, March 1 with two tough losses. The Orange squad lost 6-5 vs. the Buccaneers, the team of East Tennessee State University, which was followed by an 8-7 loss vs. the Lady Vols, the team of host University of Tennessee. In both games, the Dutch Team held a 5-1 lead and in both games, the game was lost in the last at bat.
The Dutch Team continues the trip with one game on Friday.
Recap Day 2 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 2 (Ned.)

Game Schedule Tennessee adjusted due to weather
The University of Tennessee announced that potential weather issues have forced a change in the schedule for the Tennessee Softball Classic to be held at Lee Softball Stadium in Knoxville, starting on Thursday. This means that the game-schedule for the Dutch National Softball Team also has changed. For Thursday, the weather is expected to be fine and the two games to be played by the Dutch Team remained on schedule and will start at the announced starting time. But for the coming three days, the schedule slightly changed and the Dutch will play one game less than orgininally scheduled.
Recap Day 2 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 2 (Ned.)

Dutch Team arrives in Knoxville
The Dutch National Softball Team has arrived safely in Knoxville (Tennessee) on Wednesday, February 29. The Delta Airlines A330-300 plane that carried the Dutch squad left Amsterdam Schiphol Airport almost 90 minutes later than scheduled, meaning it arrived more than one hour later than scheduled in Detroit (Michigan), the team's first stop in the USA. From there, it boarded a connecting flight to Knoxville (Tennessee), where the team arrived later in the afternoon. The Dutch Team will be in the USA for three weeks, playing 23 games in an 18-day period. The squad will play its first two games on Thursday.
Recap Day 1 (Eng.) | Verslag Dag 1 (Ned.)

Dutch Softball Team suffers one-run loss vs. World Baseball Champion
The Dutch National Softball Team met the Dutch National Baseball Team on Sunday-afternoon February 26, in a 7-inning softball 'Game of the Champions' in Amsterdam and lost only 4-3 from the reigning World Champion. The Softball-squad, which became the unbeaten European champion last year, presented itself with its complete roster of 23 players, trailed 3-0, but then came alongside, before losing in the sixth inning of the National Team All Star Game. Before the start of the game, the Dutch Junior White Team, that captured the Europen Cadets Softball-title last year was honered, as were the best players of the Future Stars Tournament of two weeks ago. Also, National Softball Team Head Coach Craig Montvidas was named Coach of the Year for 2011 and Kees van Vegten of Amsterdam Pirates won the Nol Houtkamp Award.
The game between the two National Teams closed the successful 2-day National Team Showcase. The third Showcase will be held next year.
A complete update of the Showcase will be added later.
Here you can see the play-by-play of the Game of the Champions

Successful first day National Team Showcase
The first day of the second annual National Team Showcase in Amsterdam has been very successful. The players of the National Youth Teams has a long and intensive day in the National Team's indoor-facility in the capitol, but it was a very productive day. The players of the Junior Red and Junior White Teams played a game, attended several workshops and practiced with the Dutch National Softball Team.
follow 'Game of the Champions' live
Day 2 of the Showcase will take place on Sunday, February 26, starts at 10 AM and will be concluded with a softball-game between the European Softball Champion Netherlands Team and the World Baseball Champion Netherlands Team. The game starts at 2:45 PM and can be followed through a live play-by-play.
A complete update of the Showcase will be added later.

Coming weekend: National Team Showcase
In the weekend of February 25-26, the second National Team Showcase will be held in Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. Day One will be filled with lots of workshops and instructional sessions for the players of the Dutch Junior Teams, who also will play games. On Sunday, more workschops are scheduled for participating children from around the country. Day 2 concludes with a softball-game between the Dutch National Softball Team and the Dutch National Baseball Team in a 'World Champion meets European Champion' match-up. The National Team Showcase is open for everyone, players, parents, family, coaches, officials, fans. Also scheduled for Saturday is a tournament for handicapped players (G-ball).
Complete Showcase-schedule (Eng.) | Compleet Showcase-programma (Ned.)

Team Black best in Future Stars
Team Black on Sunday, February 12, won 4-2 vs. Team Blue in the all-deciding final of the third Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Indoor Softball Tournament in Amsterdam. Team Black broke an 1-1 tie with a 3-hit, 3-run rally in the third inning, highlighted by a 2-run single by Lueji Petchkovsky Morais, that gave the team a 3-1 lead. Sophie Bugter (right) scored once and had two hits in the final to become the Batting Champion and also was crowned as Most Valuable Player. Floor van Dijk (left) was named Most Outstanding Player, while Svenja de Lincel (center) was the Best Pitcher of the annual event.
Recaps and photos Day 2 (in Dutch only)

Team Pink and Black lead after Day 1 Future Stars
Team Pink won two of three games played on Day 1 of the 3rd Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Indoor Softball Tournament on Saturday, February 11 at Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. Team Black also won twice and was unbeaten after Day 1, as it has two games left on Sunday, which is the second and final day of the annual event. The two teams are followed by Team Blue, which won once, lost once, played one tie and will be the opponent of Team Pink on Sunday in the race to be the third team in the race for the final later on the day. Pink-player Dominique Sprengers (pictured right) on Saturday became the first player to hit a homerun in this year's tournament in which players of the two Dutch Junior National Teams are participating.
Recaps and photos Day 1 (in Dutch only)

Dutch Team plays fifth indoor game
The Dutch National Softball Team played its fifth indoor game of the season on Friday, February 10 in Amsterdam. Today's game in reality was a series of mini-games, as each of the seven innings were played with the tie-break rule, as if it was the deciding inning of a real game. Three of the innings ended in a tie, while the other four innings were split between Team Black and Team Grey. And so, this game will enter the history books of the Tulip League as a tie, which is the second in a row and second of this season. Next Friday, the team is off, so the next indoor game is scheduled for Friday, February 24, which will be the last one before the squad leaves for a 3-week trip to the USA.
Recap fifth game (Eng.) | Verslag vijfde wedstrijd (Ned.)

Coming weekend: 3rd Donnay / Right To Play Future Stars Tournament
On Saturday, February 11 and Sunday, February 12, the third edition of the annual Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Indoor Softball Tournament will be held in Hall 1 of Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam, the indoor-facility of the Dutch National Softball Team. A total of 13 games are scheduled, seven on Saturday, six on Sunday, with the last being the final of the 2-day event. Participating in the tournament are the 56 players, who are currently on the combined rosters of the Dutch Junior Red and Dutch Junior White Teams. The players are divided over five different teams for the tournament. The players of the Dutch National Softball Team will have a supporting role during the event. The future of Dutch softball will get into action coming weekend! All games can be followed via this website through a live play-by-play.
More tournament-info (Eng.) | Meer toernooi-info (Ned.)

Schedule for 2nd Showcase finalized
The schedule for the 2-day National Team Showcase, to take place on Saturday, February 25 and Sunday, February 26, has been finalized. Earlier, it was already announced that Sunday's schedule includes a softball-game between the European Champion Dutch National Softball Team and the World Champion Dutch National Baseball Team. The schedule for Saturday now also has been finalized and includes games by the two National Junior Teams, several workshops for the players of these teams, as well as pratice sessions of the Dutch National Softball Team.
Complete schedule Showcase (Eng.) | Compleet schema Showcase (Ned.)

Team plays game despite freezing cold & snow
The fourth game of this years Tulip League today, Friday, February 3, was one of records, both inside and outside the indoor facility in Amsterdam. The day started with a cold, freezing wind and some drizzling snow, but ended in a snow-covered country. Today's game ended in a rare scoreless tie, but also saw a record of strikeouts. The team was joined by two players from the Dutch Junior Red Team for the first time this season. The next indoor game will be played on Friday, February 10. In the weekend thereafter, Febnruary 11-12, the third Donnay/Right To Play Future Stars Indoor Softball Tournament will take place in Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam.
Recap fourth game (Eng.) | Verslag vierde wedstrijd (Ned.)

Photo-session and third game
The Dutch National Softball Team played its third indoor game on Friday, January 27 in Amsterdam. The game lasted only three innings, as it was preceeded by a photo-session that took some two hours. The player's portraits were taken, as well as teamphotos and other 'relaxed' moments. The Dutch Team will play its next indoor game on Friday, February 3, also in Amsterdam.
Recap 3rd game and photo-session (Eng.) | Verslag 3e wedstrijd en foto-sessie (Ned.)

Dutch Softball Team to meet Dutch Baseball Team during Showcase
The Dutch National Softball Team will meet the Dutch National Baseball Team on Sunday, February 26 on Day 2 of the second National Team Showcase at the Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. Last year, the first National Softball Team Showcase was staged in Amsterdam. This year, the second Showcase will be combined with baseball. The schedule for Day 2 of the event has now been announced.
More on the Showcase (Eng.) | Meer over de Showcase (Ned.)

Orange plays 2nd game; first homerun hit
The Dutch National Softball Team continued the 2012 Tulip League Indoor-season today with its second intersquad game on Friday, January 20. Seven more indoor games are scheduled in the upcoming weeks. In the first game last week, only four runs were scored, today a total of 12 runs were registered. Amongst the 18 basehits in the game, Petra van Heijst accounted for the first homerun of the season.
Recap of the second game (Eng.) | Verslag van de tweede wedstrijd (Ned.)

MariŽlle Vleugels named MVP in Indoor Cup
MariŽlle Vleugels, one of three rookies in the Dutch National Softball Team, was named Most Valuable Player of the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam after completion of the 3-day event on Sunday, January 15. In the tournament, MariŽlle was a guestplayer of Gryphons, which won the 17th edition of the event. Two teams of the Dutch Junior Red Team also participated, with one of them finishing in fourth place and the other in ninth place.
Coverage Indoor Cup (Dutch only) | Verslaggeving Indoor Cup (Ned.)

Dutch Team opens Tulip League-season
The Dutch National Softball Team opened this years Tulip League Indoor Season on Friday, January 13 with its first of a series of weekly intersquad-games. The game also marked the acquaintance with the new floor in the Sporthallen Zuid, its indoor facility in Amsterdam. In the last months, a home plate was put in the line-system in the floor and a construction was developed to place real bases in the floor for a softball-game.
Recap of the first game (Eng.) | Verslag van de eerste wedstrijd (Ned.)

Schedule for USA Tour announced
The Dutch National Softball Team will conduct another USA Tour in March, traveling to Knoxville (Tennessee) and Clearwater/Tampa (Florida). At the moment, 23 games against American university-teams are scheduled to be played in 18 days. On February 29, the team flies to Knoxville via Detroit. At Knoxville, the Dutch squad will play six games. Next, it's on to Florida, where the remaining 17 games will be played in either Clearwater or Tampa. Last year, the Dutch Team also traveled to Tennessee and Florida and then played a series of 14 games.
Complete schedule USA Tour (Eng.) | Compleet schema USA Tour (Ned.)

On The Right Track; Dutch Team conducts first practice
The Dutch National Softball resumed its practice schedule on Sunday, January 8 with its first indoor session in Amersfoort. After a series of conditioning practices in November and December, the team now will get together three times a week to practice. Also, starting on Friday, January 13, the team starts its annual Tulip League with weekly indoor games at Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam. Today, Head Coach Craig Montvidas briefed the team on the latest developments, then the players (divided in five groups) had to conduct several tasks in a teambuilding-session. The Dutch Team is 'on the right track'.
More on the first practice (Eng.) | Meer over de eerste training (Ned.)

Two players added to National Team-roster
The roster of the Dutch National Softball Team was expanded to 25 players early January with the addition of two new players. Catcher Laura van Essen, who plays for Amsterdam Pirates, and outfielder Kayleigh Adelina, who plays for UVV, will join the team officially on January 8 and January 11 respectively. In November, the 21-player roster also was expanded with two players, infielder Petra van Heijst (Tex Town Tigers) and pitcher MariŽlle Vleugels (Iber Lengua Terrasvogels). Van Heijst returned to the national squad after a 2-year absence, while Vleugels last year was a member of the Dutch Junior Red Team.

Andrť Prins to coach Czech National Team
Veteran softball-coach Andrť Prins, a former member of the coachingstaff of the Dutch National Team and former Head Coach of the Junior-squad, is starting a new chapter in his long career, as he has accepted the position of Head Coach of the National Team of the Czech Republic. His major goal comes in 2013 when during the European Championship, he want to qualify with the Czech women for the 2014 World Championship, which will then be held in Haarlem (Netherlands).
More on Andrť Prins coaching Czech Team

Website World Championship 2014 launched
The official website for the XIV ISF World Championship Softball was launched on Thursday, December 15, at the clubhouse of Olympia Haarlem, on whose site the event will be organized in 2014. Head Coach Craig Montvidas and players Dagmar Bloeming, Femke van Dusschoten and Chantal Versluis represented the Dutch National Softball Team, as well as Team Manager Paul Boonstra.
More on the launching

Pages new Junior-players added
The website of the Dutch National Softball Teams is expanded with the personal profile pages of the 22 new players, who recently were selected for the preliminary rosters of the Dutch Junior Red and Dutch Junior White teams. 21 of these players are on the roster of the White Team. The 22nd new players is on the roster of the Red squad. And they have a long list with all kinds of choices what their favorites are concerned. 15 current Dutch National Team-players are named as their Favorite Softball Player.
More on the new Junior-players

Awards for current and former National Team-players
During the annual KNBSB Stars Awards Gala, held on Friday, November 11, the best players in this years softball and baseball seasons were decorated. Current National Team-player Areke Spel was named Most Valuable Player of the 2011 Dutch softball-season, while former National Team-player Kirsten Scheele won the Best Pitcher Award. These were two of the nine softball-awards that were handed out. The Dutch National Team, which captured the European title unbeaten this Summer in Italy, also was honoured, as were the best youth players.
More on the KNBSB Awards Gala

Another player joins the National Team
On Wednesday, November 9, the Dutch National Softball Team conducted its second strenghth and conditioning workout-session in Voorthuizen. Today, the squad was joined for the first time by pitcher MariŽlle Vleugels, who plays for Iber Lengua Terrasvogels. The last four seasons, MariŽlle was a member of the Dutch Junior Red Team, but due to her age, she is not eligible anymore for that youth team. Like Petra van Heijst, who joined the team a week ago, MariŽlle was invited to be with the team during the winter practice sessions.

Dutch Softball Team attends premiŤre 'Moneyball'
A delegation of the Dutch National Softball Team attended a private, for invited guests only, premiŤre of the American movie 'Moneyball' on Monday, November 7, at Pathť ArenA in Amsterdam. Also attending was a delegation of the Dutch Baseball Team, which in October captured the world title, as well as Major League-players Rick van den Hurk and Adam Jones of the Baltimore Orioles. During the evening, the Mattingly V-grip bats were promoted.
More on the premiŤre

2012 season starts; player added
On Wednesday, November 2, the 2012 season officially started for the Dutch National Softball Team when the players got together for their first indoor workout. At an indoor facility in Voorthuizen, the team conducted its first of a series of strenghth and conditioning sessions. Starting in January, the squad will start their three-times-per-week practice sessions at Voorthuizen, Amersfoort and Amsterdam. This also will included again weekly indoor games, where the team will be joined weekly by some player from the Dutch Junior Red-roster.
Being with the team today for the first time was infielder Petra van Heijst, who re-joined the National Team after being not available in 2010 and 2011 due to sickness. Petra last played for the National Team during the successful European Championship of 2009 in Valencia (Spain). Petra, who plays for Tex Town Tigers, was invited to join the team for the winter practice sessions.

Three National Team-players change club
National Team-players Karin Tuk (catcher), Fabienne van Uden (outfield) and Britt Vonk (short stop) have changed clubs for the upcoming season. Before the transfer-deadline expired on November 1, the three decided to play for another club in 2012. Karin Tuk will play for Dutch champion Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem next year after having played the last four seasons for Tex Town Tigers, with whom she won the championship in 2008 and 2009. Before coming to Tex Town Tigers, Karin already had played four seasons in the Dutch big league for Euro Stars. Fabienne van Uden will play for Gryphons, which promoted to the big league this year. Fabienne leaves Twins, where she played her entire 17-year career, including 10 big league-seasons. Britt Vonk opted to go to Alcmaria Victrix, leaving Tex Town Tigers, where she had played all of her 11 softball-seasons, including seven on the highest level. Britt will see only limited action for her new club, as she is currently studying and playing for the University of California at Berkeley and will not return before the beginning of June, then will leave again somewhere in August.

ISF awards World Championship 2014 to Netherlands!
Sunday, October 30, 2011, has become a memorable day in Dutch softball-history, as today the International Softball Federation (ISF) awarded the organization of the 2014 World Championship Women to the Netherlands! After a successful presentation on Friday for the ISF Competitions Committee, the 72 attending Federations at the ISF Congress in Oklahoma City (USA) today unanimously voted for the event to take place in the Netherlands. The World Championship 2014 will be held in the city of Haarlem from August 13-23 and it will mark the first time the event takes place in Europe.
More on the Championship coming to the Netherlands

21 players named to preliminary roster National Team
In October, Head Coach Craig Montvidas named 21 players to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for the 2012 season. Included therein are all 17 players, who were members of the successful 2011 squad that this year again captured the European title by remaining unbeaten in the European Championship in Italy. In 2012, the Dutch Team will travel to Florida in March, then participate in the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City (USA) en route to the World Championship in Canada.
Preliminary Roster 2012

Berend Mannessen named Flex Coach; Junior Coordinator
In October, veteran softball-coach Berend Mannessen was added officially to the staff of the Dutch National Softball Teams as a Flex Coach. Mannessen, who led the team of UVV this season to promotion to the Dutch big league, will assist the existing coaching staff of the Dutch National Softball Team, as well as the Dutch Junior Teams as an assistant coach and instructor during games and practices.
Besides being a Flex Coach, Mannessen also will assist National Team Program-Supervisor Craig Montvidas in coordinating the programs regarding the National Youth Teams, such as the organisation of try-out sessions.
More on the naming of Berend Mannessen

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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 and 2011 were two more thrilling years for everyone involved. 2010 was the year in which the Dutch Softball Team participated in the World Championships in the Venezuelan 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 2011, the Dutch Team again captured the European title unbeaten, while the Dutch Juniors White Team captured the European Cadets Championship.

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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