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Day 19: Rain, Thunderstorms, Tornado Warning and a Game|
SOUTH BELOIT / ROSCOE (Illinois, USA) - Thursday was a clouded and rainy day, but nevertheless, the first game between the Netherlands and Rockford Thunder was played, but barely became an official game, as it was called in the bottom of the fifth inning, due to lightning and rain. On the field, the Dutch team lost 4-1 to Rockford Thunder. This was the first game for the Dutch team in eleven days.
As was forecasted, it was a clouded day and also severe thunderstorms were predicted for the area. The day before, a tornado had struck in the state of Iowa.
However, it remained dry and Physical Therapist Rob Oskam took the team for a short walk.
Later, when the team was in a restaurant for lunch, it started to rain heavily, but it also cleared soon after again.
Because of the rain, it became unclear whether today's first game against Rockford Thunder was to be played or not.
This became more unclear when, in the afternoon, TV-programs suddenly were interrupted for a Tornado Warning for several areas, including Dane County and the cities Dane and Madison. Both are located in the state of Wisconsin and are about an hour drive from South Beloit, where the team stays in a hotel.
Moments later, a heavy thunderstorm passed by, but also cleared again.
The team had to stay in the hotel waiting for word on the status of the game and finally left an hour later than scheduled for the field.
At the moment the team went en route, it starting raining again, but it was dry when we arrived on the field in Roscoe.
However, dark clouds were visible (and approaching) in the distance.
During the game, TV-crews of three local Rockford-stations (WIFR, WTBO and WREX) were on hand, making reports for the sports-section of the evening news.
Television programs are interrupted by a Tornado Warning
Thunderclouds are building around our hotel in South Beloit
Minutes later, it rained heavily
Shortly before game time, it got darker and darker
The Umpire-Crew for today's game:
Ed Vodvarka (1B), Doug Almon (HP) and Arthur Hill (3B)
Dutch Head Coach Liz Kelly meets with Thunder Head Coach Jav Vela and the umpires
The Dutch players are introduced before the game
The Dutch team faces the flag during the playing of the national anthem
Box Score Game 1 vs. Rockford Thunder
After the Dutch team was retired in order in the first at bat, Rockford took a 3-0 lead in its first inning.
Dutch starter Judith van Kampen issued two walks and hit a batter to load the bases.
After an infield-fly accounted for the second putout, a basesloaded walk followed to give Rockford an 1-0 lead.
A single by Lindsey Gardner then gave Rockford two more runs and lifted the lead to 3-0.
Judith van relieved by Anouk Mels, who then ended the inning with a groundout.
In the second inning, Jolanda Kroesen singled with one out, but stranded at second base.
In the second Rockford-at bat, a runner reached third base, but also was left behind.
A rainy evening on Players Park in Roscoe
It rained for the most part of the game
Dutch players look on from the (open air) dug-out
TV-crews of three local news-stations were on hand for the game
During a 3-minute rain-delay in the third inning, players took shelter
Before the start of the third inning, the game was delayed, as it started to rain heavily, but resumed after three minutes.
However, from this point on, the remainder was mostly played in the rain.
Rockford added a run in the third at bat when Shanna Diller walked and scored on a 2-out double by Lindsey Gardner, just out of reach for Dutch centerfielder Chantal Versluis, who made a good attempt to catch the ball.
The Dutch squad came back with a run in the fourth inning, as Saskia Kosterink hit a homerun with one out.
In the next inning, Sandra Gouverneur also went deep, but her fly was caught just before the rightfield fence.
In the bottom of the fifth, Anouk Mels struckout lead-off batter Tonya Callahan, but then the game was halted immediately as heavy lightning became visible.
The game was initially delayed for 30 minutes, but after 35 minutes, the umpire crew decided to call the game, as a suspension of it would last too long, because of the lightning in the area.
As the game was called with one out in the home of the fifth inning, it became valid as the home team was leading after 4 1/2 inning. Would it have been called in the top of the fifth, the game would not have been official.
After the game was officially called by the umpires, the team left the field and returned safely to its hotel in South Beloit.
Saskia Kosterink is welcomed after her homerun
In the 5th inning, the game is halted because of lightning and is called 35 minutes later
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