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USA Tour - Day 4 - Thursday, March 3, 2011

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CLEARWATER, Florida (USA) - On Thursday-evening, March 3, the Dutch National Softball Team met the Lions, the softball-team of Loyola Marymount University in its second game of the USA Tour. After a strong start the day before, the Dutch squad tonight was shutout 3-0, despite outhitting their opponent 7-5. Ginger de Weert (4 innings), Eva Voortman (2) and Laura Treurniet (1) pitched for the Dutch squad. The Lions scored twice early in the game, then added another run towards the end. The Dutch got a scoring opportunity halfway, but then had an unfortunate break as a runner passed a preceeding runner and was called out.

Today again started with an 8 o'clock wake-up call, followed by breakfast in the hotel, but it was another nice and sunny day to be out on the field with a clear sky. Around 10, the team left for the Eddie C. Moore Softball Complex, where a more than 2 hour practice session was held. The practice was visited by Kevin Dunbar, who is in charge of Parcs and Recreations in Clearwater and organized the games for the Dutch Team in Florida. During the preparations for the trip, he frequently spoke with Peter Schulder, who was the contact for the Dutch Team in Florida and supports the team these two weeks. Hereafter, the team returned to the hotel, then lunch was eaten at Hooters. Back at the hotel, the team started packing already some of the their things to prepare for the flight tomorrow-morning to Knoxville.

At 4 PM, it was back to the field to prepare for tonight's game vs. Loyola Marymount University. Since playing its first game of the season on February 12, Loyola was 6-8 before tonight's game. In the Long Beach State University Round Robin in Long Beach (California) on February 12-13, Loyola won one of its four games played, then went 4-1 a week later during the aTen Construction Tournament in Riverside (California). Before coming to Florida, Loyola played five games at the Cathedral City Classic in California, losing its first four games, but then finished last Sunday with a 9-4 win vs. the University of California, Santa Barbara. On Friday, Loyola plays its first game of the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, Florida. The team of Loyola Marymount is lead by Head Coach Gary Ferrin, who is in 17th season with the Lions. In 2003, 2005 and 2007, Coach Ferrin led the Lions (Division I) to the title in the Pacific Coast Softball Conference Coastal Division. Loyola Marymount University was founded in 1911 (so it celebrates its 100th anniversary this year) and has an enrollment of 8300 students.

Rookies Noëmie Brandjes, Dinet Oosting
and Marisèla de Wind
Head Coach Craig Montvidas today fielded a complete different line-up, including several youngsters, opposed to the first game against the University of Michigan. 2B and lead-off hitter Meike Witteveen was the lone player to return to the same position as the day before. Just like on Wednesday, Merel Oosterveld and Saskia Kosterink followed Meike in the batting order, but played in another position today. Merel was the centerfielder and Saskia played as first base, while they were the designated player and centerfielder respectively vs. Michigan. Noëmie Brandjes made her debut in the national team, playing at short stop, while Dinet Oosting played at third base in her first game as a national team-member after she had made her debut on June 10, 2009. On that date, Dinet, while playing for the National Junior Team, was added to the team as a fill-in player in a game against the Foreign All Star Team in Nieuwegein (Netherlands).

Today's game initially was scheduled to be played on Field 8, but during the preparations a waterhose malfunctioned, setting the field under water. The game was therefore moved to Field 9 and was visited by more spectators than yesterday, probably because of the good result vs. Michigan.

Meike Witteveen, who again had two basehits today, led off the game with a single in the first inning, but was forced out moments later on a grounder by Merel Oosterveld. The latter then stole second base, but was called out after leaving her base too early after a flyout by next hitter Saskia Kosterink. After being retired in order in the second inning, Dinet Oosting led off the third inning with a basehit and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Marisèla de Wind, who played in rightfield after made her debut the night before as pinch-runner. But Dinet stranded at second base, as two outs followed.

Starting pitcher Ginger de Weert gave up two unearned runs in the second inning. After a lead-off walk to Kelly Sarginson, a throwing error followed on a bunt by next hitter Olivia Alvarez. Next, a single by Priscilla Satete gave Loyola an 1-0 lead. After Meike Witteveen turned a double play, another single by Skylar Segura made it 2-0. The second inning was the lone in which Ginger ran into problems, as she retired the side in the third and fourth inning, highlighted by a nice play by short stop Noëmie Brandjes and catch by centerfielder Merel Oosterveld, both in the fourth inning.

Pitchers Ginger de Weert, Eva Voortman
and Laura Treurniet
Trailing 2-0, the Dutch got on base again in the top of the fourth inning. Merel Oosterveld led off with a single, then next hitter Saskia Kosterink drove the ball into the outfield for a double, but as there was a chance of the ball being caught, Saskia passed Merel and was called out. Merel later advanced on a passed ball and moved to third base on a deep flyout by Nathalie Timmermans, but stranded there.

In the fifth inning, Dinet Oosting doubled with one out, but also was left behind. In the sixth, Meike Witteveen led off with her second basehit, but was left at second base and in the seventh Fabienne van Uden singled with one out, but also was left behind.

Eva Voortman took over the pitching in the fifth, threw strongly and retired the side, then Laura Treurniet pitched the sixth inning. With this, both made their national team-debut. In the sixth inning, Loyola scored another run with two outs when Sam Fischer doubled and Kelly Sarginson singled to make it 3-0.

The Dutch Team had another good outing defensively and outhit Loyola 7-5, but the hits didn't come at the right moment and there were some unlucky baserunning moments.

After the game, the team had a snack in the hotel. The players then went straight to bed around nine, as they had a short night ahead of them. However, Business Manager Rich Hooff wasn't off duty yet, as he washed all game and practice uniforms, then had a meeting with Head Coach Craig Montvidas to go over the schedule for Knoxville and therefore went to bed half an hour after midnight. Poor Rich! At 4:30 AM on Friday-morning, they will get a wake-up call, as the team leaves a 6 AM to travel by bus for the 2-hour ride to Orlando Airport. From there, the squad will have an 1 1/2 hour flight to Knoxville in Tennessee, where it will play four games in the weekend at the site of the University of Tennessee. However, from Friday on, rain is expected for the southeast of the USA, including part of Tennessee, but the east of the state, where Knoxville is located, might stay dry.

Box Score game Netherlands vs. Loyola Marymount University

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Head Coach Craig Montvidas addresses the players during the practice session

Ready to hit during a hitting drill

3B Virginie Anneveld and SS Chantal Versluis during a fielding drill

And another meeting

Coach Karen Marr works with pitcher Lindsey Meadows

Lindsey Meadows and Karin Tuk hitting in the batting cage

Nathalie Gosewehr, Saskia Kosterink and Areke Spel in the batting cage

Meike Witteveen takes over as Physical Therapist; Nadine Marinus is the victim
(photos taken by 'former' (?) Physical Therapist Sanne Oude Egberink)

Game Time
Head Coach Craig Montvidas hits a grounder with Solange Starrenburg doing the catching

The umpires check the bats
Standing in the back is Business Manager Rich Hooff

Nathalie Franssen coaching at first base

Starting pitcher Ginger de Weert during her wind-up

Olivia Alvarez and Priscilla Satete reach base for LMU in the second inning

Head Coach Craig Montvidas has a meeting with the battery and the infielders

Left: Physical Therapist Sanne Oude Egberink at work
Right: Coach Karen Marr concentrates on the action

Dinet Oosting running at first base after a lead-off single in the third inning

Playing at short tonight was Noëmie Brandjes, who made her National Team-debut
Dinet Oosting played her first game at third base

Pitcher Eva Voortman also made her National Team-debut
At right, Fabienne van Uden turns for a bunt

Marisèla de Wind tonight played her first game defensively for the Dutch squad, being the rightfielder

End of the game

Left: Head Coach Craig Montvidas with Kevin Dunbar, the head of Parcs & Recreations of Clearwater
Right: Tara Toscano, a softball-player who came by to watch the Dutch Team play

(thanks to Joanne Schuler for making today's photos)

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