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# 3 - Kirsten Scheele - pitcher
BirthdateMarch 11, 1983
BirthplacePurmerend (Netherlands)
ResidenceAmsterdam (Netherlands)
OccupationTeacher Physical Eduation
Height1,65 m
Weight63 kg

Dutch National TeamFeb.-July 2005; Jan.-May 2007;
Games Dutch National Team20
Dutch National Junior Team2000-2002

ClubsFlying Petrels (Purmerend)
Kinheim (Haarlem)
Onze Gezellen (Haarlem)
Terrasvogels (Santpoort, 2002-2006; 2008)
Sparks Haarlem (Haarlem, 2007; 2009-current)
(Dutch Major League: 2002-current)
...Tournaments Participated In...

with Onze Gezellen
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2001, 2003 (Enschede, Netherlands)

with Terrasvogels
European Cup
2005 (Macerata, Italy)
Cup Winners Cup
2003 (Valencia, Spain), 2004 (Moscow, Russia),
2006 (Caronno Pertusella, Italy), 2008 (Prague, Czech Republic)
International Indoor Cup
2003, 2006 (Schiedam, Netherlands)
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2002, 2003, 2006, 2008 (Enschede, Netherlands)
2008 - Holland Tour (Santpoort, Netherlands)

with Sparks Haarlem
European Cup
2007 (Haarlem, Netherlands), 2011 (Caserta, Italy), 2012 (Enschede, Netherlands)
Cup Winners Cup
2009 (Parma, Italy), 2010 (Haarlem, Netherlands)
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2007, 2009, 2011, 2012 (Enschede, Netherlands)
2010 - International Jan de Wit Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
2012 - International Jan de Wit Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
2013 - Intern. Jan de Wit Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)

with Holland All Stars
2011 - Holland Tour (De Bilt, Netherlands)

with Dutch Junior Softball Team
2000 - European Championships Juniors (Enschede, Netherlands)
2001 - Kingdom Games (Rotterdam, Netherlands)
2002 - European Championships Juniors (Chocen, Czech Republic)

with Dutch National Softball Team
2005 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
2007 - Australia Test Series (Enschede/Oosterhout/Enschede, Neth.)
2009 - Holland Tour (several sites, Netherlands)
Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
World Cup of Softball (Oklahoma City, USA)
European Championships (Valencia, Spain)
2010 - International Indoor Cup (Team Orange) (Schiedam, Neth.)
Holland Tour (several sites, Netherlands)
Venezuela International Series (Puerto Ordaz/Barinas, Venezuela)
World Championship (Caracas, Venezuela)

2000 - Riet Vermaat Trophy (Best Dutch Youth Pitcher)
2006 - Nomination Best Pitcher, Dutch Major League
2011 - Best Pitcher, European Cup
Best Pitcher, Dutch Major League
2012 - Best Pitcher, European Cup
2013 - Nomination Best Pitcher, Dutch Major League
When did you start with softball?I started playing 'peanutball' (T-ball) when I was 5 years old in 1988
Why did you start playing softball?My parents were both active in softball, my mother played in
the big league, while my father was a coach
What was your first club?Flying Petrels in Purmerend
Accomplishments / HighlightsWinning CupWinners Cup in Valencia with Terrasvogels;
Winning European title with Dutch Juniors in 2000;
Graduating ALO (Academy for Physical Eduation)
Biggest blunderNot doing my best in my first year at the ALO
Which persons do you most admire?My parents
Which persons would you like to meet?Cat Osterman, Andruw Jones
Three people you would love to have dinner with?There are enough people I would like to have dinner with,
I cannot make a choice
Dreamjob?Teaching in the United States
From who did you learn the most?My parents
Biggest turn-off?Lying
Talent you wish you had?Being inventive
PetsDog named Snow and a rabbit named Rambo
Exotic pet you would like to have?Elephant
Hobbies or InterestsSnowboarding
When you wouldn't have been involved in
softball, what other sport would you have done?
Horseback riding
What does the Olympic Games means to you?A lot, the highest level in the world of softball
Why does softball has to return to the Olympics?Just because it belongs there
Describe your playing styleCalmly, but powerful
...My Favorite / Best...
MovieFor Love of the Game, Step Up
ActorChanning Tatum
ActressJenna Dewan
TV ChannelVeronica, NASN
TV ShowNCIS, Numb3rs, Bones
TV Sports ShowNOS Studio Sport, NASN
TV PersonalityCarlo Boszhard
Radio ChannelWild FM, Radio 538
Radio ShowEvers staat op
Radio PersonalityEdwin Evers
Music GenreR&B, pop
Singer (male)Lionel Richie
Singer (female)Alicia Keys
Group / Band etc.Nick & Simon
Song'Can't Help But Wait' by Trey Songz
Vacation Spot / CountryCanary Islands, Turkey
FoodPasta, salads
DrinkCola, cassis
AnimalDog, dolphin
BookHarry Potter-books
Internet Sitessoftbal.startpagina.nl, hyves.nl
Sport (besides softball)Snowboarding
Olympic Sport (besides softball)Sprint, athletics
(Professional) Sports TeamAtlanta Braves
Athlete (male)Maarten van der Weijden
Athlete (female)Inge de Bruijn
Softball PlayerCat Osterman, Kinge Bouma
2012 --- In the regular season, Kirsten is 13-2 with an 1.60 ERA and strikes out 86 batters in 87 1/3 inning --- With Sparks Haarlem, she reaches the Holland Series again, but then the team is dethroned by Alcmaria Victrix.
2011 --- On January 8, Kirsten is cut from the roster, as she is unable to be with the squad during several indoor practice sessions, as well as the USA-trip in March --- On May 15, Kirsten is one of 15 players that compile the Holland All Stars for the first double-header of the Holland Tour vs. the Dutch National Team at De Bilt --- In August, Kirsten participates with Sparks Haarlem in the European Cup-tournament in Caserta (Italy), this is her ninth European Cup-tournament --- After completion of the event, Kirsten is named Best Pitcher --- In the regular season, Kirsten is 11-0, appears in 14 games, strikes out 98 batters in 62 1/3 inning, walks only six and finishes with an 0.45 Earned Run Average --- Her 0.45 ERA is best in this years Dutch big league, while her eleven wins are second-best --- On November 11, during the KNBSB Stars Awards Gala, Kirsten is named Best Pitcher of the 2011 season. Also nominated were American pitchers Jenna DeLong (Tex Town Tigers) and Amanda Lindsey (Olympia Haarlem).
2010 --- In January, Kirsten participates with the National squad (playing for Team Orange) in the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam (Netherlands) with her team winning first place --- On January 18, Kirsten is one of 21 players named to the preliminary roster for this years World Championships --- On May 26, Kirsten is one of 16 players who is named to the final roster for the World Championship in Venezuela --- In August, Kirsten participates in the Cup Winners Cup Tournament in Haarlem (Netherlands) with Sparks Haarlem, which wins the Cup after a come-from-behind victory in the last inning, scoring six runs to win 7-6 --- In the regular season, Kirsten plays in 16 games and is 11-1 for Sparks Haarlem, striking out 82 batters and walking 22 in 73 1/3 inning --- On October 31, Kirsten is one of 24 players to be named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for the 2011 season.
2009 --- On May 3, Kirsten makes her comeback in the Dutch National Softball Team, throwing the opening game of the Holland Tour vs. Euro Stars, striking out eight batters. For Kirsten, this is her first game in the National Team since May 22, 2007 --- On May 10, Kirsten allows only one hit in three innings as the starter in the opening game vs. Centrals --- On May 27, Kirsten is one of the 17 players who is named to the final roster for the Dutch National Team to participate in this years international events --- Kirsten strikes out six and gives up only one hit in three innings to win her fifth game of the Holland Tour in Game Two vs. Robur '58 on May 31 --- On June 10, Kirsten closes the second game of the double-header against the Foreign All Star Team, strikes out three and earns her first Holland Tour save --- On June 17, Kirsten and Rebecca Soumeru throw a combined No-Hitter in Game Two of the double-header vs. Kansas Express USA --- On July 25, Kirsten combines with Rebecca Soumeru, Dagmar Bloeming and Femke van Dusschoten in a 7-inning No-Hitter in an exhibition game vs. Great Britain prior the European Championships in Valencia, Kirsten throws two innings and is the winning pitcher for the seventh time this year in an exhibition game --- On July 28, Kirsten strikes out seven batters and throws a 6-inning one-hitter in the game vs. Austria during the European Championships --- On August 1, Kirsten is a member of the Dutch Team which brings the European title back to the Netherlands for the first time in 19 years --- Two weeks later, Kirsten participates with Sparks Haarlem in the CupWinners Cup Tournament in Parma (Italy), which is her seventh European Cup-event --- In the regular season, her first back at Sparks Haarlem, Kirsten is 11-2 with a 2.34 ERA and strikes out 65 batters in 80 2/3 inning.
2008 --- This year, Kirsten returns to Terrasvogels and is 7-1 with 40 strikeouts and an 1.59 ERA --- With Terrasvogels, she participates in the European Cup-tournament in Prague (Czech Republic) --- After completion of the season, she decides to pitch again for Sparks Haarlem in the 2009 season --- On December 11, Kirsten is one of 28 players being named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Team for 2009 and is invited to start practice in January.
2007 --- In January, Kirsten is added again to the preliminary roster of the national squad --- In May, she is one of 23 players participating in the 5-game Test Series vs. Australia in the Netherlands, appearing in two games --- On May 20, Kirsten starts the second game of the first double-header in Enschede against the Australian Team, which wins 7-1 --- Next, she throws in relief in the first game of the second double-header vs. Australia, which is played in Haarlem. This time, the Aussies win 8-0 --- After having played five seasons for Terrasvogels, Kirsten this year plays for Sparks Haarlem --- In her first season with Sparks Haarlem, the team finishes in third place in the European Cup Tournament --- In the regular season, she is 6-1 with 44 strikeouts --- After the season, she returns to Terrasvogels.
2006 --- Kirsten completes the regular season with 14 victories, while losing only two. She strikes out 77 and has an 0.98 ERA, resulting a nomination for Best Pitcher in the Dutch big league, but she doesn't play internationally.
2005 --- In February, Kirsten is one of 32 players to be named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Team, then is one of 17 players on the roster for the Canada Cup-tournament in July --- On July 2, she is the starting pitcher in the opening game against the national squad of China, then finishes the game vs. Japan two days later. She also closes the game vs. Florida Quicksilver (USA) later in the tournament to conclude her first international event with the national team --- After completion of the Canada Cup, Kirsten in one of two players to be dropped from the roster for the European Championships in Prague (Czech Republic) --- In the regular season, she is 7-1 with a 1.46 ERA, while she strikes out 31.
2004 --- Kirsten has a fine year in her third big league-season with Terrasvogels, finishing with a 9-2 record and an 0.86 ERA, while striking out 59 batters. Of the 16 games she started, she completes twelve --- Earlier in the season, she participates with Terrasvogels in the CupWinners Cup-tournament in Russia (Moscow), finishing in second place.
2003 --- In the regular season, Kirsten is 8-4 with two saves and throwing her first complete game on the highest level --- With Terrasvogels, she wins the CupWinners Cup in Valencia (Spain).
2002 --- Playing for Terrasvogels, Kirsten this year makes her debut in the Dutch Major League. As pitcher, she finishes her rookie-season with a 3-2 record and an 1.89 ERA, while registering nine basehits when being used at first base --- With the Dutch National Junior Team, which finishes in fourth place, she participates in the European Championships in Chocen (Czech Republic).
2001 --- This year, Kirsten is playing with the National Junior Team in the Kingdom Games in Rotterdam (Netherlands).
2000 --- Kirsten makes her international debut. With the Dutch National Junior Team, she wins the European title on the Championships, which are being held in Enschede (Netherlands) --- At the end of the season, she wins the Riet Vermaat Trophy for Best Dutch Youth Pitcher.
KIRSTEN is the daughter of Rinie and Joke Scheele and has one sister Karen.
Father Rinie is a veteran softball coach (SHELL, Flying Petrels, DSC '74) and also is involved in the development of men softball in the Netherlands (playing, coaching, management national team men softball), while mother Joke played softball in the Dutch big league (1980-1991) for SHELL, Bloemendaal and HCAW.

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