Day 26: Dutch experience come-from-behind loss|
AKRON (Ohio, USA) - How things suddenly can change was being showed in Thursday-evening's game between the Dutch National Softball Team and the Akron Racers in Game Two of the 4-game series between the two teams.
Let's first state that the Dutch Team played another great game. It showed power, it showed some good defensive plays and it all went the way of the Dutch, who dominated for 4 1/2 inning. Akron then showed that its batting again, collecting nine basehits in its last two at bats and went on to win.
Earlier in the day, the players were taken on a walk by Physical Therapist Rob Oskam.
Dutch Starting pitcher Kristi de Vries held Akron scoreless for five innings and was supported with seven hits (including three homeruns) and six runs, as the Dutch took a 6-0 lead in the fifth.
But the Dutch team failed to hold onto the lead, as the game suddenly turned around in the fifth when Akron rallied for five runs of three homeruns, then added five more runs in the next at bat to eventually win 10-6.
On Friday-evening, Game Three is scheduled between the two teams.
Tonight was the 10th game against a team from the National Pro Fastpitch
Tonight's umpire crew:
Kevin Lehman (1B), Doug Ruhe (HP) and George Gulas (3B)
The Dutch players wait in the dug-out for the introduction
Noémi Boekel assists Marloes Fellinger with stretching
Pitchers Rebecca Soumeru and Judith van Kampen
Debby Connor (left) and Marloes Fellinger are introduced
Both later homered in the game
Tonight's starting battery returns from the bullpen to the dug-out before the game
Pitcher Kristi de Vries and catcher Nathalie Timmermans
The Dutch team lines up for the national anthems
Sarah Rucker sings 'The Star Spangled Banner', the American national anthem
Box Score Game 2 vs. Akron Racers
In the first two innings, the Dutch team reached base two times, but both runners stranded.
With one out in the first, Saskia Kosterink beat a throw to first base on a bunt, which was ruled a throwing error.
In the second, Jolanda Kroesen led off with a walk.
Akron got four runners in its first two at bats.
With two outs in the first, Dutch starter Kristi de Vries gave up an infield-hit, but then struckout the next batter to end the inning.
In the second, Dutch leftfielder Marloes Fellinger made a great catch on a line drive by Kristen Butler, catching the ball while facing a bright sun, which sometimes made it difficult for both the outfielders as well as the infielders for both teams to pick up the batted ball in the early innings.
Hereafter, Kristi gave up a single with one out, then walked the next batter, but this time, the inning ended with a force play-grounder and another strikeout.
Magician Richard W. McClendon entertains the fans during the game
Kim Kluijskens batting for the Dutch team
Rona Dorsey, in whose barn Dutch pitcher Kristi de Vries works out, attended
Magician Ritchie performs a trick for the parents of Kristi de Vries
The scoring started in the third at bat.
With one out, Debby Connor drove the ball into deep leftfield where leftfielder Kellie Middleton caught the ball just before the fence, then tumbling over it, but hold onto the ball.
Saskia Kosterink then singled and Marloes Fellinger followed with a 2-run homerun into deep leftfield to make it 2-0.
Akron threatened to score moments later in its third at bat.
A lead-off walk, one-out hit by pitch and 2-out error loaded the bases, but then a comeback-grounder to Kristi de Vries made an end to the at bat, leaving the bases loaded.
In the fourth, Kim Kluijskens and Noémi Boekel both singled with one out, but two flyouts ended this scoring opportunity.
In the Akron-fourth, the side was retired in order, including two strikeouts.
A big 4-run rally followed in the fifth inning off new pitcher Angel Shamblin, who came on in relief for starter Jamee Juarez.
In the fifth, Debby Connor led off with a big homerun, then Saskia Kosterink reached on a nice bunt-single.
With one out, a grounder by Nathalie Timmermans was misplayed, resulting in two runners.
Next, Jolanda Kroesen drilled the ball off the leftfield foul-pole for a 3-run homerun, lifting the Dutch lead to 6-0, before two grounders ended the at bat.
In the home of the fifth, the sudded turnaround started.
With one out, two batters reached base on an infield-hit and an error, then Kate Robinson homered to narrow the deficit to 6-3.
After a groundout, Kristi de Vries also gave up a homerun to Susan Ogden and was relieved by Judith van Kampen, who was greeted with a homerun by Jessica Toocheck, which made it 6-5.
Marloes Fellinger is greeted after her homerun in the third inning
Dutch starter Kristi de Vries in full motion
Jolanda Kroesen (17) welcomes Debby Connor after her homerun in the 5th
Moments later, Jolanda Kroesen herself hits a 3-run homerun
After the Dutch team got two runners on base with two outs after a walk, Akron replaced Angel Shamblin with Angela Tincher, the starter and winner of Game One, who ended the at bat with a pop-fly.
In the home sixth, Akron decided the game with another 5-run rally.
After two lead-off singles, Anouk Mels was brought in as new pitcher, who the loaded the bases with a walk.
Singles by Kellie Middleton and Kate Robinson (2-run) then first tied the score and then gave Akron a 8-6 lead.
A squeeze by Kristen Butler and a single by Jessica Toocheck enabled Akron to add two more runs and give the team a 10-6 lead.
In the seventh inning, Angela Tincher ended the game by striking out the side and become the winning pitcher again.
But again it has to be said that the Dutch team played another good game and kept on playing fine, even when the score turned around.
A Dutch victory is in sight.
Noémi Boekel at bat
A good crowd attended tonight's ballgame
After the game, Kristi de Vries poses with some of her pitching-students
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