Day 6: Dutch outhit Force, but are empty-handed|
ALLENTOWN (Pennsylvania, USA) - On Friday-evening, the Dutch National Softball Team outhit the Philadelphia Force 8-6, but nevertheless ended up empty-handed.
Due to three errors in the opening at bat, the Force took a 2-0 lead and went on to win 5-2. Anouk Mels went the distance for the Dutch Team, while Margo Pruis, who completed yesterday's game, threw all seven innings for the Philadelphia-squad.
Before the game, all players and coaches were introduced again, the national anthems of the Netherlands and the USA were being played or performed and Allentown Mayor Ed Pawlowski threw out the ceremonial first pitch. For your information, Mr. Pawlowski is a Democrat and is the Mayor of Allentown since January 2006.
Trivia: Today, May 30, legendary Babe Ruth made his last Major League-appearance in 1935. He played one inning for the Boston Braves against the Philadelphia Phillies. Jim Bivin retired Babe Ruth on an infield grounder in his final Major League at bat.
For the record: In the morning, just like they did yesterday, the players of the Dutch Team had a conditioning practice in a nearby park where Physical Therapist Rob Oskam conducted several drills.
Dutch Head Coach Liz Kelly follows the action during pre-game activities
Dagmar Bloeming (left) and Rebecca Soumeru, the Dutch pitchers of Game One
Coach Mary-Ann Hatt hits grounders to the infielders
Debby Connor is doing the catching
Coach Rob Walgien fungoes a ball to an outfielder
The Dutch players high-five each other after completing pre-game
The Umpire-crew: Diane Carden (HP), Andy Bern (1B) and Hector Martinez (3B)
Head Coaches Jennifer Teague (left) and Liz Kelly exchange line-ups and meet the umps
Ed Pawlowski, the Mayor of Allentown, throws out the ceremonial first pitch
Box Score Game Two vs. Philadelphia Force
In the first inning, the first two Dutch batters flied out to leftfield, then Sandra Gouverneur singled, but stranded on first base.
In the first Philadelphia-at bat, things went wrong in the Dutch defense during the first three Force-batters, resulting in three errors.
Lead-off batter Chelsea Spencer reached on an error, then was able to reach to two more bases (third and home) on two more errors.
With Spencer on first, a bunt-single by next batter Sharonda McDonald was followed by a throwing error, then another throwing error followed with the third batter in the batter's box, enabling Spencer to score.
After Trena Peel flied out, McDonald scored when Jenna Hall put down a squeeze-bunt to make it 2-0.
The Dutch team narrowed the Force-lead to 2-1 in the second inning when Nathalie Timmermans doubled with one out, then scored when Jolanda Kroesen singled.
After next batter Noémi Boekel's force play-grounder was misplayed a pop-fly behind third base off the bat of Marjan Smit was nicely caught by short stop Chelsea Spencer. Another pop-fly then ended the at bat.
The Force added a run in its second inning when Clare Burnum hit the ball info deep centerfield.
There, centerfielder Saskia Kosterink attempted to catch the ball and ran into the centerfield-fence.
As ECTB Stadium is a baseball-stadium-turned-softball-stadium, a portable fence is set-up to create the softball-outfield but they fall easy when ran into it.
The ball caroomed back off the fence, but as Saskia ran into the fence, it fell and so did the Dutch centerfielder, who was able to retrieve the ball and throw it back to the infield, but in the meantime, Burnum was running the bases and ended up with an inside-the-park-homerun.
However, the collission with the fence resulted in a minor injury for Saskia, who fortunately was able to continue, but left the game out of precaution in fourth inning.
Dutch pitcher Anouk Mels delivers a pitch
Nathalie Timmermans had two of the eight Dutch hits
In the fourth inning, the Dutch got another runner to reach third base.
Nathalie Timmermans led off with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Dana Horeman, who advanced on a sac-bunt by Jolanda Kroesen and a grounder by Noémi Boekel, but was left behind on third base.
After giving up the homerun in the second inning, Dutch pitcher Anouk Mels retired eight batters in a row, before giving up a lead-off single in the fifth inning to Clare Burnum.
With one out, Chelsea Spencer also singled, then both runners advanced on a grounder. A wild pitch then not only enabled Burnum to score, but Spencer also raced home from second base to make it 5-1.
In the home of the sixth inning, the Force got the bases loaded with two outs, but all three runners were left behind after a flyout.
The Dutch team then scored its second run in the seventh at bat.
With one out, pinch-hitter Britt Vonk hit her first National Team-basehit, then scored her first run when Kim Kluijskens doubled into rightfield.
But the inning and the game then ended when a groundout followed.
On Saturday, both teams will meet each other in Game Three. This game will be televised live by a local TV-station.
For the record: When today's game started, it was three degrees warmer than yesterday, 25 degrees Celsius or 76 Fahrenheit. When Game One started, it was 22 degrees Celsius (or 72 Fahrenheit).
After the game, players of both teams went out again to the picknick-area in leftfield to hand out signatures to spectators.
Force-player Jenna Hall joins Petra van Heijst and Anouk Mels for the post-game autograph session
Media Officer, Statistician and Webmaster Marco Stoovelaar is hugged by the Force Mascot 'Belle'
Judith van Kampen, Ellen Venker and Nina van Huissteden hand out signatures
Saskia Kosterink sets her autograph
Force-infielder Amy Hudson and Dutch catcher Ellen Venker were teammates
earlier this season at Central Michigan University
Dutch Coach Rob Walgien meets Erik Brussel, who was his assistant coach with DSC '74 in 2002
Erik is working in the USA for six months and was able to watch the first two games of the Dutch team
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