Day 8: Dutch Team swept by Philadelphia Force|
ALLENTOWN (Pennsylvania, USA) - On Day 8 of the American trip, the Dutch National Softball Team suffered two more losses, resulting in a 4-game sweep by Philadelphia Force, who therefore lead the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) with a 4-0 record, their best season-start in history.
The day started with the playing of the remainder of the third game, which was suspended by rain the night before. The Dutch got runners on base in both the sixth and seventh inning, but were unable to score, then Trena Peel hit a walk-off homerun to give Philadelphia a 5-4 win.
In the regularly scheduled game, Philadelphia took an early 5-0 lead, but the Dutch recovered and came back again strongly. But in the end, Philadelphia won 5-3 and the Dutch were empty-handed for the fourth time.
The team now will conduct almost daily practices the coming days, before leaving for Chicago early next week. A day-off is scheduled for next Tuesday.
Box Score Game 3 vs. Philadelphia Force
Exactly 18 hours after the game was stopped by the umpire-crew on Saturday-evening, the same crew resumed it on Sunday-afternoon, with Kim Kluijskens leading off in the sixth inning.
After Kim flied out, next batter Kristi de Vries was hit by a pitch and advanced on a sac-bunt by Petra van Heijst, but stranded on second base.
Philadelphia also left a runner at second base in its sixth at bat in which Kristi de Vries had come back as a pitcher, after being relieved in the fifth the night before.
In the seventh, Chantal Versluis led off with a bunt-single, but then was caught stealing after oversliding second base on a successful stolen base-attempt.
With two outs, Debby Connor walked and stole second base, but also stranded there.
In the home of the seventh, with a 2-0 count, Trena Peel hit a walk-off homerun to give Philadelphia a 5-4 win.
Kristi de Vries completed the suspended game
Philadelphia celebrates after Trena Peel's walk-off homerun
Saskia Kosterink and Jolanda Kroesen in the dug-out before Game Four
The Umpire-Crew for Game Four:
Hector Martinez (3B), Larry Stanchino (HP) and Tom Myers (1B)
The Dutch National Team during the playing of the national anthem
Box Score Game 4 vs. Philadelphia Force
In the fourth and last game between the Dutch and Philadelphia, the decision fell early in a dramatic first inning.
In the first Philadelphia at bat, it went wrong defensively for the Dutch, as three errors were committed, resulting in four runs with two of them being earned.
Hereafter, the Dutch team recovered, made no more errors and gave up only one more additional run, but the damage had been done.
In the second inning, Marloes Fellinger (infield-hit) and Sandra Gouverneur both singled with one out, but then Force-pitcher Amy Harre ended the inning with a strikeout and flyout.
In the home of the second, the Force had runners on second and third base with one out when Sharonda McDonald singled.
Lead runner Tory Yamaguchi then scored to increase the lead to 5-0, but next runner Michelle Tatlock, who also tried to score was tagged out before the plate by catcher Nina van Huissteden after a nice throw from centerfielder Chantal Versluis.
The Dutch got another scoring opportunity in the third inning, but this time Chantal Versluis got caught in a rundown between home and third and two runners were left behind.
In the next at bat, Lynn Geertman was hit by a pitch with one out and Dana Horeman then singled, but this time a force out and a strikeout ended the at bat, leaving two more runners.
Sandra Gouverneur makes contact in the second inning
Dutch catcher Nina van Huissteden has just tagged out Michelle Tatlock
at home after a throw from centerfielder Chantal Versluis in the 2nd inning
Dana Horeman singles in the fourth inning
Another Dutch runner was left in scoring position in the fifth inning.
But in this at bat, the defense saved Philadelphia.
Britt Vonk led off with a grounder and was safe on an error, then Kim Kluijskens lined the ball up to the middle for an almost sure basehit, but 2B Emily Friedman (who today turned 24) made a great diving play, stopped the ball and forced out Britt at second base.
After an error put runners on first and second base, a double play made an end to this Dutch at bat.
The Dutch Team then rallied for three runs in the sixth inning.
Marloes Fellinger, who was 3-for-4, led off with a single, then Lynn Geertman again was hit by a pitch from Amy Harre.
When next batter Dana Horeman walked, Lynn was replaced at second base by pinch-runner Ellen Venker.
The first Dutch run was then scored when Sandra Gouverneur also walked.
Force Head Coach Jennifer Teague then came out to talk to her starting pitcher, but left her in the game.
Next batter Chantal Versluis then grounded towards third base, which would have resulted in a force play at home, but after an errant throw, both Ellen and Dana were able to score and narrow the deficit to 5-3.
With runners now on second and third base and still no outs, no more runs were added unfortunately, as a strikeout and two grounders followed to end the inning.
Dutch starter Judith van Kampen delivers a pitch
Marloes Fellinger was 3-for-4 tonight
In the home of the sixth, with one out, Emily Friedman was walked by Anouk Mels, who had taken over the inning before for starter Judith van Kampen, but after a pop-fly, Friedman was picked off first base by catcher Nina van Huissteden.
In the seventh inning, Marloes Fellinger got her third basehit of the evening, but was left at first base.
The Dutch team left eleven baserunners, including six in scoring position.
While all four games were lost, it could have been the other way around, as the Dutch team gave up too much runs in the beginning of three games.
The team recovered in all of these games, but ended up empty-handed every time, because of the early deficits. In the other game, the Dutch held a 4-1 lead, but lost 5-4.
After the game, it was time again to head to the picknick-area in leftfield with the players of Philadelphia to meet the fans during an autograph session.
Meet & Greet with the Dutch National Team after the game
Lynn Geertman, Chantal Versluis and Rebecca Soumeru
Sandra Gouverneur and Marloes Fellinger
Kim Kluijskens, Kristi de Vries and Jolanda Kroesen
Anouk Mels, Dagmar Bloeming and Judith van Kampen
Britt Vonk, Dana Horeman and Nina van Huissteden
Saskia Kosterink and Debby Connor
Petra van Heijst, Philadelphia Force-mascot Belle and Marjan Smit
Nathalie Timmermans, Ellen Venker and Noémi Boekel
Jolanda Kroesen with a young softball-fan
Philadelphia's birthday-girls: Emily Friedman (left), who turned 24 today, and
Jenna Hall, who turned 24 yesterday
Sandra Gouverneur with Philadelphia-pitcher Amy Harre
The two were teammates in 2006 while playing for Nuoro in Italy
Former teammates Nina van Huissteden, Judith van Kampen, Amy Sadowl and Dana Horeman
Amy played in the Netherlands in 2006 for Onze Gezellen and participated in the same year
with the other three with Terrasvogels in the European Cup-tournament in Italy
She came to the Netherlands after having pitched for the University of Maryland Baltimore County (UMBC)
where she was second all-time in history in wins (43), innings pitched (489) and fifth in strikeouts (212)
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