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# 00 - Maaike Blaauwgeers - outfield
BirthdateDecember 16, 1988
BirthplaceWoerden (Netherlands)
ResidenceAmsterdam (Netherlands)
StudyMedical Science
Height1,69 m
Weight60 kg
BatsLeft
ThrowsRight
Positionoutfield


Dutch National TeamOct.2009-Aug.2010; Oct.-Nov.2012
Games Dutch National Team0
Dutch National Junior Team2005-2007; 2009


ClubsHCAW (Bussum, 1996-2004)
Sparks Haarlem (Haarlem, 2005-2006)
Roadrunners (Ohio, USA, 2006)
Almere '90 (Almere, 2007)
Centrals (De Bilt, 2008-2010)
Alcmaria Victrix (Alkmaar, 2011-current)
Central Arizona College (Coolidge, Ariz.,USA, Jan.-April 2011)
(Dutch Major League: 2003; 2006; 2008-current)
...Tournaments Participated In...
with Sparks Haarlem
2005 - International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)

with Centrals
2008 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)
International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)
2009 - International Jan de Wit Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)
Holland Tour (De Bilt, Netherlands)
2010 - International Jan de Wit Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)

with Alcmaria Victrix
2012 - Intern. Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Neth.)
International Jan de Wit Tournament (Haarlem, Netherlands)

with Dutch Angels
2008 - Apeldoorn Softball Series (Apeldoorn, Netherlands)

with All Stars
2010 - Apeldoorn Softball Series (Apeldoorn, Netherlands) (guest-player)

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

with West Nederland Little League
2001 - Little League Eur. Region Championships (Den Haag, Netherlands)
Little League World Series (Portland, Oregon, USA)

with WindMills Utrecht Little League
2003 - Little League Eur. Region Championships (Kutno, Poland)
Junior League World Series (Seattle, Washington, USA)

With Dutch Junior Softball Team
2005 - Kingdom Games (Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles)
2006 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)
International Mastenbroek Tournament (Enschede, Netherlands)
2007 - World Championships Juniors (Enschede, Netherlands)

with Dutch Juniors Softball Team Under 23
2009 - International Indoor Cup (Schiedam, Netherlands)

with Dutch National Softball Team
2010 - International Indoor Cup (Team White) (Schiedam, Neth.)

Miscellaneous
When did you start with softball?When I was six years old, I started peanutball, in 1995
Why did you start playing softball?My brother started playing peanutball and Anne and I went along
to watch and then we also started to play
What was your first club?HCAW in Bussum
Career HighlightsFinishing in 7th place on the World Junior Championships
Biggest AccomplishmentsGraduating cum laude from gymnasium (pre-university school)
and finishing in 7th place during the World Championships
in 2007 with the Dutch Junior Team
Biggest blunderI can't remember one, luckily I already forgot
Which persons do you most admire?My parents, because they always support me
Which persons would you like to meet?Jeroen van Koningsbrugge
Three people you would love to have dinner with?My parents, brother and sister
Dreamjob?Being a doctor in a good hospital with fine colleagues
From who did you learn the most?My parents
Biggest turn-off?People who don't have respect for each other
Talent you wish you had?Singing
PetsNone unfortunately
Exotic pet you would like to have?Parrot
Hobbies or InterestsReading, watching TV, being with friends
When you wouldn't have been involved in
softball, what other sport would you have done?
Volleyball or hockey
What does the Olympic Games means to you?The highest level reachable, playing against the best softballplayers of the world
Why does softball has to return to the Olympics?Because it is the most beautiful sport and ys is being played by the
most women worldwide
Describe your playing styleDon't give up
...My Favorite / Best...
MovieAngels in the Outfield
ActorHugh Laurie
ActressKatherine Heigl
TV ChannelNet5, RTL4, RTL5, Veronica
TV ShowGrey's Anatomy, ER, NCIS, etc.
TV Sports ShowNOS Studio Sport
TV PersonalityJeff Dunham
Radio ChannelQ-Music, Slam FM
Radio ShowNone
Radio PersonalityNone
Music GenreEverything
Singer (male)Guus Meeuwis
Singer (female)Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé
Group / Band etc.Krezip, Coldplay
Song'Eindeloos' by Guus Meeuwis
Vacation Spot / CountryWhere the sun shines
FoodItalian
DrinkTea, water
AnimalDog, have none myself unfortunately
NewspaperNone
BookDavid Baldacci, Tess Gerritsen, Karin Slaughter
MagazineNone
Internet SitesHyves.nl, Facebook
Sport (besides softball)Volleyball
Olympic Sport (besides softball)Iceskating, hockey
(Professional) Sports Team
Athlete (male)Sven Kramer, Usain Bolt
Athlete (female)Ireen Wüst
Softball PlayerToo many to pick one
Career
2012 --- In the regular season, Maaike hit .354 (40-for-113) with two doubles and a triples, scores 24 runs, has eight runs batted in and steals ten bases --- With Alcmaria Victrix, she reaches the Holland Series, leads the team with a .545 average, three runs and six hits and celebrates the first Dutch championship in club-history --- In October, Maaike is one of six players (including four former Junior Red-players) who are added to the national squad and is one of 31 players named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for the 2013 season, but she withdraws shortly after due to study reasons.
2011 --- On January 7, Maaike and her twin-sister Anne Blaauwgeers fly to the USA to start their first season at Central Arizona College --- On April 17, Maaike returns from the USA, where she had studied and played the past months with her sister --- On May 15, Maaike 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 --- After returning from the States, Maaike appears in 18 games in her first season with Alcmaria Victrix, hits .170, scores eight runs, hits eight basehits and has one RBI.
2010 --- In January, Maaike participates with the National squad (playing for Team White) in the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam (Netherlands) with her team finishing in third place --- On January 18, Maaike is one of five players to be cut from the active roster, but she remains eligible for future considerations --- In the regular season, Maaike scores 12 runs in 32 games and finishes with a .317 batting average. This is the second highest of her team Centrals, which reaches the play-offs for the first time in clubhistory --- After completion of the season, Maaike and her sister Anne decide to transfer to Alcmaria Victrix for the 2011 season.
2009 --- In the regular season, Maaike hits .235 in 30 games, scoring 13 runs (trailing only her sister Anne, who has 19) --- In October, Maaike is one of eight players being invited to participate in the indoor practice sessions of the Dutch National Softball Team. On October 25, the players get a try-out and then Maaike joins the team on November 1.
2008 --- In her first season with Centrals, Maaike plays in 29 games and scores five runs.
2007 --- Maaike again plays for the Dutch Junior Team, which this year qualifies for the first time in history for the play-offs during the World Championships Juniors, which is held in Enschede (The Netherlands).
2006 --- This year, Maaike spends five weeks in the USA with her twin-sister Anne, for the Road Runners, a so-called Travel Ball softball-team from Ohio. The team participates in tournaments in Ohio and New York State and finishes with a 37-7 record --- After returning home, Maaike (who didn't play in the big league in 2004 and 2005), plays in her first games for Sparks Haarlem, appearing in nine games in which she hits 2-for-4 --- As Maaike decided to go to the USA this summer, she wasn't part of the Dutch National Junior Team this year, but played for the team in January during the Indoor Cup Tournament in Schiedam (Netherlands).
2005 --- Maaike is selected for the first time in the Dutch Junior Team, with whom she travels to Curaçao to participate in the Kingdom Games, the bi-annual sports event for young athletes from the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
2003 --- Playing for HCAW in Bussum, Maaike makes her debut in the Dutch big league, playing in four games --- In the international Little League-competition, Maaike's team again qualifies for the World Series, being held this time in Seattle (USA).
2001 --- While playing for the West Nederland Little League-team, Maaike (and her twin-sister Anne) gains her first international experiences. The team wins the European Region Tournament and qualifies for the Little League World Series in the USA.
Family
MAAIKE is the daughter of Hans and Rineke Blaauwgeers and has one brother, Mark, and a twin-sister Anne.
Anne also plays softball in the Dutch big league, making her debut in 2003 with HCAW. Hereafter, Anne played for Sparks Haarlem (2006-2008) and Centrals (2009-2010) and currently for Alcmaria Victrix. Anne made her debut in the Dutch National Softball Team in 2009. Maaike's brother Mark plays baseball on a lower level.

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