Day 7: Rain-delay, to be continued|
ALLENTOWN (Pennsylvania, USA) - On the seventh day of this trip, the Dutch National Team had a short walk, watched video of the previous game and then prepared for the third confrontation with the Philadelphia Force.
After the player-introduction and the first pitch ceremony, the Dutch team opened strongly and took a 3-0 lead in the first at bat.
The Force got one run back in its first, but the Dutch team then made it 4-1 in the fourth.
Unfortunately, Philadelphia was able to come back and tied the score in the bottom of the fifth, just before the game was halted because of rain.
Thunderclouds had already started building up behind leftfield in the third inning and a drizzle began to fall in the fifth.
Moments after the the umpire-crew decided to halt the game, it started to rain heavily, accompanied by a lot of thunder and lightning.
22 minutes later, it was decided to suspend the game with the remainder to be played before Game Four on Sunday-afternoon.
For the record:
When tonight's game started, it was 73 degrees Fahrenheit (23 Celsius).
Tonight's game was televised live by local TV-station Sec-TV with four camera's.
On this date, May 31, Cal Ripken, Jr. of the Baltimore Orioles started his record streak of 2632 consecutive games played by starting at third base against the Toronto Blue Jays.
Pre-game activities before the third game vs. Philadelphia Force
Assistant Coach Rob Walgien before the game
A Force-fan with a Dutch shirt, which he bought during the World Baseball Classic in 2006
On his back is number 35, which was then worn by Randall Simon
The Umpire-Crew for tonight's ball game:
Mike Seacrest (3B), Tom Myers (HP) and Hector Martinez (1B)
Dagmar Bloeming, Jolanda Kroesen, Debby Connor and Saskia Kosterink
have a relaxing moment before the game, while Assistant Coach Mary-Ann Hatt is doing the paperwork
Coach Linda Wells gives instructions before the game
Assistant Coach Mary-Ann Hatt keeps an eye on the field before the game
Physical Therapist Rob Oskam is ready for the game
With a bright sun still shining, the Dutch team turns to the flag for the national anthem
The ceremonial first pitch is thrown
The Dutch team looks on during the first pitch ceremony
Box Score vs. Philadelphia Force
In the first inning, Britt Vonk, who was tonight's Designated Player, was hit hard on her back by a pitch from Force-starter Stacy Birk, but was able to continue.
The rookie then raced to third on a single through the middle by Debby Connor, who herself advanced to second base on the throw to third base from the outfield.
Next, Nathalie Timmermans, who played at third base, singled to bring in Britt for the first run.
With Debby at third base, Nathalie advanced on a passed ball, then next batter Jolanda Kroesen delivered an RBI-single to make it 2-0.
Nathalie scored the third run in the at bat on a force play-grounder by Kim Kluijskens.
In the first Philadelphia at bat, Chelsea Spencer and Sharonda McDonald led off with singles, but then Trena Peel grounded to 1B Debby Connor, who turned a reversed double play, first retiring Peel at first base, then throwing out Spencer at third base.
Jenna Hall, who celebrated her 24th birthday today, followed with a double, which scored McDonald, but then a pop-fly ended the at bat.
Force Head Coach Jennifer Teague had to talk early to starting pitcher Stacy Birk in the 1st inning
An overview shot of ECTB Stadium at Bicentennial Park
Game Three was the best visited game so far
After a strong first inning, the Dutch team leads 3-1
The Dutch team added a run in the fourth inning.
With one out, Kristi de Vries doubled down the third base-line, advanced on a grounder by Petra van Heijst, then scored on an infield-hit by Ellen Venker.
This resulted in a pitching change with the Force.
Margo Pruis, who closed Game One and went the distance in Game Two, was brought in to relief starter Stacy Birk and faced Chantal Versluis, who hit the ball into foul territory leftfield, where leftfielder Meghan Wolfer made a nice diving catch to end the inning.
The Dutch team had a great defensive play of its own in the home of the fourth.
With two runners on base and two outs, 2B Marjan Smit, who barely missed catching two earlier hits, this time made a great diving stop of a line drive by Meghan Wolfer and got the ball in time to 1B Debby Connor to end the at bat and the Force's scoring opportunity.
However, Philadelphia came back to tie the score with two outs in the fifth inning.
Trena Peel then tripled into leftfield and scored when Jenna Hall followed with a single.
The latter was replaced by pinch-runner Rocky Spencer, who then scored when powerhitter Kellie Wilkerson hit a 2-run homerun into rightfield.
Dutch starter Kristi de Vries was hereafter relieved by Rebecca Soumeru, who gave up a single, but the at bat then ended with a groundout.
Just as Kim Kluijskens, who tonight played in leftfield, was about to enter the batter's box to lead off the sixth inning, the umpire crew decided to halt the game, because its started to rain harder.
Moments later, it rained and lighted heavily, resulting in the game being suspended and to be completed before Game Four.
To be continued.
Head Coach Liz Kelly talks with runner Kristi de Vries (left)
and batter Ellen Venker, while Philadelphia changes pitchers
Dutch starter Kristi de Vries during her delivery
Tonight's game was televised live by local station Sec-TV
Thunderclouds are building in the background
After five complete innings, it started to rain hard, resulting in the game being suspended
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