Dutch Team wins first double-header
SEATTLE, Washington (USA) -
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).
|Our opponent today|
Today's opponent Washington Lake Breeze Gold is compiled of players who are in their Junior or Senior years for local High Schools.
The team is led by Coach Margo Leiter, who started the Washington Breeze program in 1997, while coaching herself at a High School.
She set up the program to help softball players in the area to grow and develop their skills.
Later, an older group ('Gold') was added to enable players to get college opportunities to play softball at a higher level.
In 14 years, Washington Lake Breeze produced three professional players, 50 college-players (nine of whom are now coaching) and three players who played in Europe.
Several of the current players on the Breeze-roster have won individual or team awards during their High School careers.
As some of the players have finished High School, they recently made their decision what university (and softball-program) they will attend in the next school-year.|
In both games, Veronica 'Ronnie' Ladines started for Lake Breeze.
The righthander is a Junior for Arlington High School and will go to Kent State University to play softball there.
In December 2010-January 2011, she was one of three players of the Breeze who were part of the 38-person Washington Cultural Exchange Softball Delegation that traveled to China.
There, the team participated in an International Youth Softball Tournament in Guangzhou and also visited Beijing.
Besides Ronnie Ladines, Haley Fritz and Shawna Hochstetler (who both also played against the Dutch today) also were part of the trip to China.
In the opening game, the Dutch Team was retired in order in the first at bat, but then scored three runs in the second inning.
Saskia Kosterink led off with a walk and stole second base, then scored on an one-out single by Areke Spel.
Hereafter, Karin Tuk walk.
Areke and Karin then advanced on a double-steal and both scored when Nathalie Timmermans followed with a single.
The next run followed in the third inning.
Britt Vonk led of with a walk and went on to score on another single by Areke Spel.
Two runs were added in the fourth at bat off of new pitcher Alyssa Reuble, a Junior for Meadowdale High School, who will pitch for Seattle University in the new season.
Nathalie Timmermans led off with a double and scored on an one-out single by Nathalie Gosewehr.
The latter then advanced on a fielder's choice and stole base, then scored on a sac-bunt by Meike Witteveen.
After remaining scoreless in the fifth and sixth inning, three runs were scored in the seventh to lift the lead to 9-0.
With one out, Saskia Kosterink (who got on base with a fielder's choice) scored on a single by Virginie Anneveld, who then scored herself when Areke Spel followed with a triple.
By the way, Areke was fully recovered from the ankle-injury she sustained in the last game during the World Cup of Softball against Canada.
Moments later, Areke scored the ninth Dutch run on a grounder by Karin Tuk.
Lindsey Meadows and Rebecca Soumeru pitched for the Dutch Team and struckout 14 batters.
Lindsey struckout 11 in the five innings she pitched in which she gave up two bunt-singles.
These were registered by two sisters, Chloe and Lauren Kesterton, who both stole second base after reaching, but also both stranded on second base.
Rebecca took over in the sixth inning and added three strikeouts.
She also gave up two basehits.
An one-out single to Erin Bueser in the sixth inning and an one-out single to Lexie Levin in the seventh inning.
Box Score Game 1 vs. Washington Lake Breeze Gold
Complete Schedule Trainingcamp in Seattle
The pre-game activities are under way
Head Coach Craig Montvidas hits grounders
Coaches Margo Leiter and Craig Montvidas exchange line-ups and meet the umpires
Veronica 'Ronnie' Ladines started for the Breeze in both games
Nathalie Gosewehr leads off for the Dutch...
...and is followed in the batter's box by Meike Witteveen
Britt Vonk is the third batter in the opening at bat, but grounds out
Sara Anderson grounds out in the 3rd inning; Nathalie Timmermans is the catcher
In the 2nd inning, Saskia Kosterink leads off, reaches on a walk...
...then steals second base; Short stop Lauren Kesterton gets the ball too late
Areke Spel then singles to bring in Saskia for the first run
Areke herself moves to second base
Head Coach Craig Montvidas follows all the action from third base
Areke Spel slides by 3B Shawna Hochstetler for a stolen base in the 2nd inning
Chantal Versluis hits the ball back to pitcher Ronnie Ladines for an out
In the 3rd inning, 3B Virginie Anneveld throws the ball to first base,
but batter Chloe Kesterson would reach with a bunt-single
Moments later, Chloe Kesterson steals 2nd base, while it appears she is tagged by Chantal Versluis
Physical Therapist Ingrid Holstege looks at 2B Meike Witteveen, who injured herself
Virginie Anneveld, Britt Vonk and Areke Spel look on
Britt Vonk played at first base in the opener
Lindsey Meadows struckout 11 batters in five innings
The concentrated face of 3B Virginie Anneveld
Short stop Chantal Versluis
Another shot of 3B Virginie Anneveld
Erin Bueser reaches second base in the sixth inning
Short stop Chantal Versluis puts on the tag; at right is 2B Petra van Heijst
Rebecca Soumeru took over the pitching in the 6th inning
Areke Spel hits an RBI-triple in the seventh inning
An overview of the field
Short stop Chantal Versluis is ready for action
The second game against the Breeze was briefly tied at 1-1 after three innings, but then the Dutch Team took more distance in the middle innings.
In the first inning, Anne Blaauwgeers singled with one out for the Dutch, but stranded at third base.
The score was then opened in the next at bat.
Virginie Anneveld led off and reached on an error, then moved on a sac-bunt by Yonina Sint Jago, stole third base and scored on a sac-fly by Lindsey Meadows.
Hereafter, Petra van Heijst walked and stole second base, but was left behind.
In the bottom of the second inning, Dutch pitcher Femke van Dusschoten gave up the tying run.
Ronnie Ladines led off with a double, moved on a grounder by Haley Fritz and scored on a bunt by Erin Bueser.
The Dutch Team then left two runners in the third inning.
With one out, Anne Blaauwgeers and Britt Vonk both reached on an infield-hit, but then Ronnie Ladines struckout the next two batters.
In the fourth inning, the Orange re-took the lead when Lindsey Meadows homered with one out.
With two outs, Merel Oosterveld singled, but stranded on third base.
The Dutch squad then enlarged its lead by scoring four runs in the fifth at bat off of new pitcher Alyssa Reuble when the Breeze-defense committed three errors.
Anne Blaauwgeers reached on an error and stole second base and went on to score on a throwing error.
Britt Vonk, who moved Anne to third base with a single, herself advanced to third when a throwing error was made on a force play-grounder by Karin Tuk and went on to score on a following double by Virginie Anneveld.
A sac-fly by Yonina Sint Jago and sac-bunt by Lindsey Meadows then led to the next two runs to make it 6-1.
The Breeze got one run back in the home of the fifth when Corrie Wilson reached on a pinch-hit infield-hit and went on to score on a pinch-hit single by Sara Anderson.
The Orange then staged another 4-run rally in the sixth at bat.
Merel Oosterveld led off with a double and later scored on a passed ball.
Anne Blaauwgeers reached on her third infield-hit and later scored on a 2-out double by Karin Tuk.
Hereafter, Virginie Anneveld followed with a 2-run homerun to increase the lead to 10-2.
Merel Oosterveld added a 2-out double in the seventh inning, but was left behind.
Femke van Dusschoten struckout five batters in five innings and gave up four basehits.
Just as in the first game, Rebecca Soumeru took over the pitching and threw the final two innings.
After walking the lead-off batter in the sixth, Rebecca ended the at bat with a double play, then struckout the side in the seventh inning.
Box Score Game 2 vs. Washington Lake Breeze Gold
Complete Schedule Trainingcamp in Seattle
The two teams pose together
The Dutch National Team poses for another photo
Femke van Dusschoten threw five innings and struckout 5 batters
Short stop Britt Vonk tagged out Shawna Hochstetler during a steal attempt in the 1st inning
Petra van Heijst steals second base in the second inning
Petra van Heijst running at second base
Karin Tuk did the catching in Game 2
Merel Oosterveld, here running at 3rd base, was 3-for-4
2B Petra van Heijst fields the ball
Lindsey Meadows and Virginie Anneveld both homered in Game 2
Dutch pitchers Dagmar Bloeming, Femke van Dusschoten, Lindsey Meadows and Rebecca Soumeru
with Lake Breeze-pitchers Alyssa Reuble (left) and Veronica 'Ronnie' Ladines (right)