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# 16 - Saskia Kosterink - outfield / 1st base
BirthdateAugust 13, 1984
BirthplaceZwolle (Netherlands)
ResidenceOldenzaal and Haarlem (Netherlands)
StudyNone at the moment, only concentrating
on Dutch Softball Team
Height1,80 m
Weight71 kg
BatsRight
ThrowsRight
Positionoutfield / 1st base


Dutch National Team2005-current
Games Dutch National Team126


ClubsRun '71 (Oldenzaal, 1997-2002)
Tex Town Tigers (Enschede, 2003-2007)
Gulf Coast CC (Panama City, Florida, USA, 2006-2007)
Sparks Haarlem (Haarlem, 2008-2012) (*)
Bollate (Bollate, Italy, 2010-2013)
Western Australia Flames (Australia, Oct.2012-May 2013)
Sparks Haarlem (Haarlem, current)
(Dutch Major League: 2005-2009; current)
(*)-2010-2012 Play-Offs/Holland Series only
Tournaments participated in | Awards | Career | Family





















...Tournaments Participated In...
with Run '71
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2001, 2002 - Enschede (Netherlands)

with Tex Town Tigers
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2003, 2004, 2005 - Enschede (Netherlands)
International Indoor Cup
2005 - Schiedam (Netherlands)

with Sparks Haarlem
International Mastenbroek Tournament
2008, 2009 - Enschede (Netherlands)
European Cup
2011 - Caserta (Italy)
2012 - Enschede (Netherlands)
2013 - Prague (Czech Republic)
Cup Winners Cup
2008 - Bollate (Italy)
2009 - Parma (Italy)
2010 - Haarlem (Netherlands)

with Dutch National Softball Team
2005 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
European Championships (Prague, Czech Rep.)
2006 - Canada Cup (Surrey, Canada)
World Championships (Beijing, China)
Japan Cup (Yokohama, Japan)
2007 - Australia Test Series (Enschede/Oosterhout/Haarlem, Netherlands)
European Championships (Amsterdam, Netherlands)
Olympic Qualifying Tournament (Ronchi/Castions/Staranzano, Italy)
2008 - American Tour I (California/Hawaii, USA)
American (NPF) Tour II (Pennsylvania/Illinois/Ohio, USA)
Holland Tour (Santpoort/Groningen/Oldenzaal, Netherlands)
Tri-Nation Exhibition Series (Sendai, Japan)
Olympic Games (Beijing, China)
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 Blue) (Schiedam, Neth.)
Holland Tour (Alkmaar, Netherlands)
Venezuela International Series (Puerto Ordaz/Barinas, Venezuela)
World Championship (Caracas, Venezuela)
2011 - American Tour (Florida/Tennessee, USA)
Torneo 150 Anni Unitá d'Italia (Bollate, Italy)
European Championship (Ronchi dei Legionari/Staranzano, Italy)
2012 - American Tour (Tennessee/Florida, USA)
World Cup of Softball (Oklahoma City, USA)
Seattle Series (Seattle, USA)
World Championship (Whitehorse, Canada)
2013 - Holland Tour (several sites, Netherlands)
European Championship (Prague, Czech Republic)
2014 - USA Tour I (various sites, Florida, USA)

...Awards...
2001 - Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy (Best Dutch Youthplayer)
2005 - Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy (Best Dutch International under 23)
2006 - Panhandle Conference First Team (USA)
All-Gulf District Tournament Team (USA)
OF Tournament All Star Team, Canada Cup
2007 - Panhandle Conference First Team (USA)
Best Outfielder, European Championships
Most Homeruns, Dutch Major League
Female Athlete of the Year City of Oldenzaal
2008 - Athlete Ambassador ISF
2009 - Most Stolen Bases, Dutch Major League

Career
2013 --- On January 6, Saskia hits 1-for-2, including a double, representing Western Australia in the inauguaral Softball Australia All Star Game in Blacktown (Australia) --- On June 27, Saskia is one of the 17 players named to the roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for this years European Championship in the Czech Republic --- On July 9, in the third game of the European Championship vs. Slovakia, Saskia scores three runs --- On July 10, in the fourth game vs. Sweden, Saskia is 2-for-4, scores twice and has four runs batted in --- On July 11, in the fifth game vs. Austria, Saskia singles, doubles and scores twice --- On July 12, in the semi-final vs. Italy, Saskia is 3-for-4 with a double and scores twice --- In the regular season, Saskia plays in her fourth year for Bollate in the Italian Softball League --- With Sparks Haarlem, she participates in the European Cup-tournament in Prague (Czech Republic) --- In October, Saskia is one of 23 players named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for the 2014 season --- After having played four seasons in Italy, Saskia returns to the Dutch big league in 2014, playing again for Sparks Haarlem.
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2012 --- In March, Saskia participates with the Dutch National Softball Team in the American Tour to Tennessee and Florida --- On March 2, vs. Murray State University, Saskia hits 3-for-3, including a solo-homerun, scores twice and has one RBI --- On March 10, Saskia is 2-for-5 and scores twice vs. the University of South Florida --- On March 13, she is 2-for-4 with a double, scores once and has two RBI's vs. Fordham University --- The next day, Saskia hits 3-for-4, including a 2-run homerun, vs. Rutgers University --- On March 16, Saskia hits her third homerun of the trip, a 2-run shot, and is 2-for-3 with two runs scored vs. Florida State University --- During the trip, Saskia leads the team 18 runs scored and 18 basehits --- On June 8, Saskia is one of 17 players named to the roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for participation in the World Cup of Softball (Oklahoma City, USA), a series of games in Seattle (USA) and the World Championship in Whitehorse (Canada) --- On June 29, Saskia is 2-for-4 in the second game of the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City against Brazil --- On July 2, Saskia is 3-for-4 with two doubles, scores once and had three RBI's in the bronze medal game of the World Cup of Softball against Canada --- On July 7, she is 2-for-4 with a double and homerun, scores twice and has two RBI's in the fourth exhibition game against Washington LadyHawks Gold during a training camp in Seattle --- On July 12, Saskia is 2-for-4 with a triple and two RBI's in an exhibition game against Chinese Taipei preceeding the World Championship in Canada --- On July 13, she hits 2-for-4 against China in the opening game of the World Championship in Whitehorse (Canada) --- The next day, she doubles, scores twice and has two RBI's in a 9-0 win against Argentina in the second game --- In October, Saskia is one of 31 players named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for the 2013 season.
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2011 --- In March, Saskia participates with the Dutch National Team in the American Tour to Florida and Tennessee --- On March 5, Saskia hits a solo-homerun vs. the University of Louisiana-Monroe --- On March 8, she is 2-for-4 in the game vs. St. John's University --- On March 12, Saskia goes 2-for-2 vs. Robert Morris University --- In June, Saskia participates with the Dutch National Team in the Torneo 150 Anni Unitá d'Italia in Bollate (Italy) and therefore is a member of the team when it plays the 100th game in history against Italy on June 2 --- In the opening game of the tournament, on June 2, Saskia hits two doubles, scores once and has two RBI's vs. All Stars La Loggia --- On July 13, Saskia is one of the 17 players named to the roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for this years European Championship in Italy --- On July 31, Saskia has an RBI-triple and scores twice vs. Ukraine in the opening game of the European Championship in Italy --- The next day, she had an RBI-single and scores vs. Belgium --- On August 2, Saskia is 2-for-3 with an double, scores three runs and has two RBI's vs. Denmark --- On August 4, in the game vs. France, Saskia plays in her 100th international game for the Dutch National Team --- On August 6, Saskia hits a 3-run double in the first inning of the final vs. Italy, then ends the game with a 2-run, walk-off, homerun in the sixth at bat --- Later in August, Saskia re-joins her former club Sparks Haarlem to participate in the European Cup-tournament in Caserta (Italy) --- In her second season playing for Bollate in the Italian Softball League, Saskia leads the team with a .455 batting average and also heads the team in runs scored (38), basehits (50), doubles (13), triples (4) and stolen bases (21), while having 14 RBI's --- Saskia's .455 batting average is only .002 less than the league's best hitter Christina Rolla, who bats .457 after having played the previous two seasons in the Dutch big league for Terrasvogels --- But Saskia leads the league with her 38 runs, followed by Nathalie Gosewehr, who scored 37 runs --- Saskia also leads the Italian League with her 50 basehits, 13 doubles (the latter sharing with Nathalie) and 21 stolen bases --- After her team Bollate is eliminated in the Italian Play-Offs, Saskia returns home, re-joins Sparks Haarlem and participates with her former team in the Holland Series, hitting .333 and scores four runs --- In October, Saskia is one of 21 players named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for the 2012 season.
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2010 --- In January, Saskia participates with the National squad (playing for Team Blue) in the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam (Netherlands) with her team finishing in second place --- On January 18, Saskia is one of 21 players named to the preliminary roster for this years World Championships --- On February 13, Saskia leaves for Italy to join Bollate, for whom she will play this season --- On May 26, Saskia is one of 16 players who is named to the final roster for the World Championship in Venezuela --- In August, Saskia 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, Saskia doesn't play for Sparks Haarlem, as she is playing in Italy, but during the Holland Series, she joins her former team to participate in three games --- In her first Italian season, Saskia plays in 25 games, hits .309 and leads the team with 18 runs, while hitting 21 basehits, including two homeruns --- On October 31, Saskia is one of 24 players to be named to the preliminary roster of the Dutch National Softball Team for the 2011 season.
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2009 --- On January 12-13, Saskia is in Plant City (Florida, USA) attending a 2-day workshop for the Athlete Ambassador-program of the BackSoftball-campaign of the International Softball Federation (ISF) --- On April 8, Saskia, Rebecca Soumeru and Head Coach Craig Montvidas, accompanied by Team Manager Paul Boonstra and Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar, participate in a softball lecture at the Japanese School of Amsterdam --- On May 3, Saskia is 2-for-3, including a triple, scores twice and has one RBI in the second game of the Holland Tour vs. Euro Stars --- On May 6, Saskia throws a complete game one-hitter in the first game against the Dutch Juniors. In the second game, she is 2-for-3 with a double --- On May 10, she scores three runs in the opening game vs. Centrals, then has two basehits and two RBI's in the second game of the double-header --- Saskia goes 3-for-4, including a double and triple, scores twice and has two RBI's in the second game vs. Gryphons on May 17 --- On May 24, Saskia starts the second game vs. Twins as pitcher and earns her second win in the Holland Tour --- Saskia is 1-for-1 (double), scores twice and has two RBI's in the second game against the Foreign All Stars on May 27 --- On May 27, Saskia 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 --- Saskia is 1-for-4, scores once and has one RBI in the opener, then is 3-for-4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI's in Game Two of the double-header vs. Robur '58 on May 31 --- Also on May 31, Saskia is elected one of the three captain's of the team by the players, the others being Petra van Heijst and Rebecca Soumeru --- On June 3, Saskia doubles and triples, scores twice and has two RBI's in the second game of the double-header vs. the Dutch Junior Team on June 3, after winning her third game as starting pitcher in the opener --- On June 17, Saskia is 4-for-6, including a double, scores two runs and has three RBI's in the double-header vs. Kansas Express USA --- On July 20, Saskia is one of four players to hit a homerun in the second game vs. Italy during the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, the others being Nathalie Gosewehr, Virginie Anneveld and Chantal Versluis --- On July 28, Saskia is 2-for-3 with a double, scores once and has an RBI in the game vs. Russia during the European Championships --- In the evening, she scores twice and has two RBI's in the game vs. Austria during the European Championships --- On August 1, Saskia is 2-for-2 with a double, scores and has an RBI in the final of the European Championships vs. Great Britain --- On August 1, Saskia 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, Saskia participates with Sparks Haarlem in the CupWinners Cup Tournament in Parma (Italy) --- On September 2, Saskia, Anne Blaauwgeers, Petra van Heijst and Rebecca Soumeru, accompanied by Head Coach Craig Montvidas and Media Officer Marco Stoovelaar, travel to Papendal to participate in the final of a fundraising for Right To Play --- In the regular season, Saskia hits .381 (third best of her teams), scores 29 runs (second best), hits 40 basehits (second best), including two homeruns and has 16 runs batted in.
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2008 --- Saskia reaches base five times and scores twice on February 26 in the game vs. the University of California at Berkeley during the first American Tour of the Dutch National Team, which is part of the preparations for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- On March 2, she hits 2-for-4 and scores twice in the first game of a double-header vs. Chaminade University of Honolulu --- In the second game of the double-header vs. Chaminade, Saskia is 3-for-4, scores four runs, has four RBI's and homers twice in one inning --- Is 3-for-3 on March 6 in the game vs. Idaho State University during the Malihini Kipa Aloha Tournament in Honolulu --- The next day, Saskia goes 3-for-4 in the game vs. Southern Illinois University --- On May 29, during the first game of the second American Trip (the NPF-Tour) vs. the pro-team of Philadelphia Force, Saskia hits a homerun --- The next day, she leaves the second game slightly injured after having run into the portable fence in centerfield and is sidelined out of precaution the next two games --- After the team had transfered to Illinois, Saskia makes her return into the line-up on June 12 in the first game vs. Rockford Thunder and homers again, accounting for the lone Dutch run --- In the fourth game against Rockford, Saskia is 2-fo-3 and scores once --- On June 19 and a transfer to Ohio, Saskia reaches base four times, is 2-for-3, walks and scores twice in the second game vs. Akron Racers --- Back home, Saskia is 2-for-3 and scores once in the third and last game of the Holland Tour vs. the Holland All Stars --- On July 14, Saskia is one of 15 players to be named to the Olympic Team of the Netherlands for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- In the last game of the Japan Tour, Saskia reaches base three times (two walks and a single) in the exhibition game vs. Tohoku Fukushi University --- Ten days later, Saskia makes her Olympic debut in the opening game of the Olympic Games vs. host China --- The next day, on August 13, in the game against Canada, Saskia registers her first Olympic basehit, a single in the first inning --- In the regular season, her first with Sparks Haarlem, Saskia bats .324 and leads her team, with Kim Kluijskens, in runs (27) --- With Sparks, she also participates in the CupWinners Cup in Italy --- On November 21, Saskia is one of twelve players to be elected Athlete Ambassador by the International Softball Federation (ISF) to support the BackSoftball-campaign for reinstatement of softball on the Olympic calender --- On December 11, Saskia 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.
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2007 --- On May 28, Saskia is 2-for-2 (double and triple), scores twice and has two RBI's in a 15-0 win vs. Greece during the European Championships in Amsterdam (Netherlands) --- The next day, Saskia belts two triples, including a baseclearing one, in a 12-3 win vs. Germany --- On May 30, she is 3-for-3, including a triple, scores twice and has two RBI's in an 11-0 shutout against Austria --- On June 1, Saskia hits 2-for-3, including an inside-the-park-homerun, in the 5-0 shutout vs. Russia --- In the final of this event, Saskia hits two singles against Italy, which wins the game, 9-3 --- On the final day of the European Championships, Saskia is being named Best Outfielder of the event --- On June 13, the outfielder is 3-for-3, scores twice and has an RBI in a 12-1 win vs. Croatia during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Italy --- on the next day, she accomplishes a highlight in her career in the 8-2 come-from-behind win vs. Greece. After the Dutch turns a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead, Saskia increases the lead to 7-2 by hitting a 2-out, grand slam homerun --- In the semi-final against the Czech Republic, Saskia is 2-for-4 and scores twice in a 9-6 win to reach the final --- In the final vs. Italy, Saskia scores the winning run on a passed ball in the eighth inning, resulting in a 3-2 victory and qualification for the Olympic Games in Beijing --- In the regular season, Saskia hits .343, scores 18 runs and leads her team with 23 RBI's and four homeruns, which also is the most in the league --- She also is named Female Athlete of the Year in her residence Oldenzaal.
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2006 --- After completion of the Canada Cup Tournament, Saskia is elected in the Tournament's All Star Team, becoming the first Dutch player to get that honor --- After returning from her first season with the Gulf Coast College in the USA, Saskia plays in 16 games with Tex Town Tigers, hitting .388.
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2005 --- Playing for Tex Town Tigers in Enschede, Saskia makes her debut in the Dutch Major League with a .318 batting average and scoring 15 runs --- After completion of her first year in the National Team, Saskia wins the Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Award for Best Dutch International under 23.
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2001 --- Saskia wins the Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy for Most Talented Dutch Youth Player.

Family
SASKIA is the daughter of Ed and Trudy Kosterink, has two brothers Jasper and Sebastiaan.

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