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Dutch Team shows power in second double-header

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SEATTLE, Washington (USA) - 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 that can be (and probably will be) used for sightseeing and shopping. 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.

As the Training Camp in Seattle ended, the players and staff of the Dutch National Softball Team would like to thank Steve and Joanne Allen, who were our hosts here during our stay. Steve and Joanne, thank you very much for all you this for us to make our stay here a very pleasant one.

Our opponent today
Like the opponent on Friday, the Washington LadyHawks are a organization which enabled local softball players to improve their skills. The team is also compiled of High School-players, who are looking forward to continue their softball career at the college-level in the near future. Today's team was coached by Wayne Miller, while their is also another team on the Gold-level. Besides these two teams, the LadyHawks also have a 14-and-under team and a 16-and-under team.

The Washington LadyHawks are ranked 13th nationally in the 2012 Triple Crown USA Softball poll.

Game 1
In today's opener, which was won 10-2, the Dutch Team got on base five times in the first two innings, but was unable to score. In the first inning, with two outs, Britt Vonk walked, but stranded on third base. In the second at bat, Nathalie Timmermans led off with a single, then moved when Petra van Heijst walked with one out. An error then followed on a force play-grounder by Merel Oosterveld to load the bases. But then, Nathalie was forced out at home and a following flyout ended the at bat, leaving the bases loaded.

The Orange then opened the score in the third inning. With one out, Alleyah Armendariz, the starting pitcher for the LadyHawks, gave up singles to Britt Vonk and Areke Spel. A flyout followed, but then the two runners scored when Lindsey Meadows also singled. Petra van Heijst followed with a bunt-single, but then two runners were left behind.

Three runs were then added in the fourth at bat. With one out, Nathalie Gosewehr hit the ball over the fence for a homerun to make it 3-0. With two outs, Britt Vonk walked and Areke Spel singled, then Nathalie Timmermans followed with a 2-run double to lift the lead to 5-0.

In the meantime, Dutch starter Dagmar Bloeming held the LadyHawks scoreless in the four innings she pitched. Dagmar struckout two batters and retired seven in a row after giving up a lead-off single to Megan Cooley in the first inning. In the fourth, the righthander gave up a lead-off single to Parker Pocklington, but then started a double play on a comeback-grounder from next batter Laurie Pogue.

In the fifth inning, Femke van Dusschoten took over the pitching. She hit lead-off hitter Lana Van Dyken (her family must be of Dutch origin), who went on to score the first Washington-run on a pinch-hit grounder by Marissa Reynolds.

The Dutch Team got the run (and more) back in the sixth inning off new pitcher Maryssa Becker. Britt Vonk led off with a single and stole second base, then Areke Spel walked. The two then advanced on a grounder by Nathalie Timmermans. Next, a single by Lindsey Meadows enabled Britt to score. A perfect squeeze-bunt by Petra van Heijst then led to the next run, while she also could reach first base herself. Lindsey and Petra then executed a double-steal and both scored on a 2-out double by Chantal Versluis to make it a 9-1 score.

In the seventh inning, Areke Spel hit a towering homerun over the leftfield-fence to account for the tenth Dutch run. The LadyHawks were able to add one more run in its seventh at bat. With one out, Shelby Johnston then walked, stole second and advanced on a single by Paige Bouska. In this 'one-three' situation, the latter broke for second base, was caught stealing, but in the meantime, Johnston was able to score.

The Dutch Team collected 13 basehits in this game with seven of the nine players hitting at least one. Areke Spel went 3-for-4 and scored four runs. Like Areke, Britt Vonk reached base four times and scored three runs, while Lindsey Meadows had three RBI's.

Box Score Game 1 vs. Washington LadyHawks Gold
Complete Schedule Trainingcamp in Seattle

Petra van Heijst and Britt Vonk put on their sun make-up

The umpiring crew for today's and yesterday's double-header

Anne Blaauwgeers puts down a bunt in the 1st inning, but is thrown out

LadyHawks-starter Alleyah Armendariz delivers in the 1st inning with Britt Vonk running on 3rd base

2B Chantal Versluis sees Megan Cooley steal second base in the 1st inning

With Nathalie Timmermans running at 1st base in the 2nd inning, Petra van Heijst is hitting

Dutch starter Dagmar Bloeming delivers a pitch

Coach Tracy Bunge hides a ball

Nathalie Gosewehr homers in the 4th inning...

...and is greeted by her teammates

Areke Spel steals 2nd base in the 4th inning with SS Taurie Pogue besides her

Petra van Heijst waits for a pitch with Merel Oosterveld on deck

LadyHawks 1B Parker Pocklington

Femke van Dusschoten took over the pitching in the fifth inning
Standing in the back is 3B Petra van Heijst

Areke Spel played in rightfield

Britt Vonk steals 2nd base in the 6th inning...

...and looks at the next pitch

Maryssa Becker pitched in relief for the LadyHawks

Anne Blaauwgeers played at first base in this game
Parker Pocklington is the runner and Danny Greenberg the Coach

Head Coach Craig Montvidas awaits Areke Spel after her towering homerun in the 7th inning

And here, Areke is welcomed by her teammates

Game One is in the books

Game 2
The Dutch Team won Game 2 9-2, but briefly trailed 2-1 after three innings.

In the first at bat, Chantal Versluis, who was the lead-off hitter for the Dutch in this game (and played at second base), opened the game in the first inning with a homerun to put the Orange ahead quickly. In the second inning, Karin Tuk doubled, but stranded at third base. Hereafter, LadyHawks-starter Alleyah Armendariz retired five batters in a row and then got some offensive support. Dutch starter Rebecca Soumeru gave up a single in the first inning, but encountered no problems. In the second at bat, Alleyah Armendariz and Taurie Pogue started the inning with singles, but then Rebecca struckout the next three batters. But in the third, the LadyHawks got on the board. Megan Cooley led off with a single, which was followed by another strikeout, but then Gina Bond homered to give the LadyHawks a 2-1 lead. But that was to be all the Dutch Team would allow.

In the fourth inning, the Orange came alongside when Britt Vonk led off with a single, stole second base and scored on the second double by Karin Tuk.

The Dutch then re-took the lead in the fifth at bat. First, Petra van Heijst began with walk. Herafter, Maryssa Becker took over the pitching and saw Petra advance on a passed ball. Then, with one out, Chantal Versluis hit her second homerun in the game and made it a 4-2 score.

The Dutch then added an insurance run in the sixth inning. Saskia Kosterink led off with a double, then Nathalie Timmermans walked. A single by Karin Tuk then brought in Saskia. Next, Nathalie and Karin advanced on a sac-bunt by Yonina Sint Jago and the bases got loaded when Petra van Heijst walked. But, a flyout and strikeout ended the at bat, leaving the bases loaded.

The Dutch took more distance via a 4-run 'long-ball' rally in the seventh inning. With one out, Britt Vonk singled, then Saskia Kosterink homered. Nathalie Timmermans then walked and this time Karin Tuk folllowed with a 2-run homerun to make it 9-2. Karin was 4-for-4 and only missed the triple to hit for-the-cycle.

In the last four at bats of the LadyHawks only two players were able to reach base. In the fourth, Taurie Pogue led off with a walk, but then a double play followed. In the fifth, Megan Cooley hit an one-out triple, but was left behind. Hereafter, the last eight batters were retired in order by Rebecca Soumeru and Lindsey Meadows, who threw threw last two innings and retired all six batters she faced. Rebecca and Lindsey combined on eleven strikeouts, seven of which were registered by the starter.

Box Score Game 2 vs. Washington LadyHawks Gold
Complete Schedule Trainingcamp in Seattle

The two teams pose together for a photo

And here, the Dutch Team poses with the three umpires

Between the games, the players had something to eat in the dressing room

Chantal Versluis leads off Game 2 with a homerun

And of course, Chantal is also greeted by her teammates

My name is Bond, Gina Bond
In the 3rd inning, Gina Bond hits a 2-run homerun to put the LadyHawks ahead, 2-1

Rebecca Soumeru struckout seven in 5 innings in Game 2

Alleyah Armendariz delivers to Merel Oosterveld in the 3rd inning

Britt Vonk steals 2nd base in the 4th inning; SS Taurie Pogue gets the ball too late

Moments later, Karin Tuk slides into 2nd base with an RBI-double

2B Chantal Versluis completes a double play in the fourth inning
Batter Amee Aarhus (9) lines out to 3B Petra van Heijst, who then throws out
runner Taurie Pogue at 1st base, who dives back to the base just too late

Chantal Versluis is greeted after hitting her second homerun in the game in the 5th inning

Anne Blaauwgeers steals 2nd base in the 5th inning, sliding past 2B Amee Aarhus

Anne Blaauwgeers, Femke van Dusschoten and Dagmar Bloeming
celebrate the double victory

And so do Chantal Versluis and Meike Witteveen

Nathalie Gosewehr, Chantal Versluis, Saskia Kosterink,
Karin Tuk and Areke Spel show their homerun-muscles

Our hosts Steve and Joanne Allen are thanked for their hospitality during our stay in Seattle

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