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USA Tour - Day 14 - Sunday, March 13, 2011

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Dutch Team closes USA Tour with double-header split

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CLEARWATER, Florida (USA) - The Dutch National Team on Sunday, March 13, played it's last games of this years USA Tour and split a double-header to finish the trip with a 7-7 record. The Dutch Team won the first game vs. the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay convincingly with an 11-0 shutout on 15 basehits. Rebecca Soumeru and Ginger de Weert each threw three innings in the 6-inning game. In the second game, the Dutch took a 4-0 lead, but then trailed 5-4 in the second inning after Quinnipiac scored five unearned runs. After the Orange came back to tie the score at 5-5, the game went into extra innings. The game, which lasted more than three hours, was finally decided in the tenth inning with Quinnipiac winning 7-6. Femke van Dusschoten threw strong in relief of Laura Treurniet, who had taken over the pitching from starter Eva Voortman. On Monday-evening, the team starts the journey back home.

The team ended the last final day in Florida with a great dinner at Island Way Grill, one of the best (seafood) restaurants in the Clearwater-area. Then, it was back to the hotel to pack the final things for the flight back home. On Monday-morning, the team has no special things scheduled, meaning that everyone will either take some extra hours of sleep after breakfast, do some additional shopping or simply rest near the pool of the hotel. After lunch, it will be time to check out of the hotel and go to the airport of Tampa for the first flight to Memphis (Tennessee) to be followed by the flight to Amsterdam. But that, of course, is tomorrow's story.

game vs. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
Initially, this game was scheduled for last Friday, but it was postponed to today. The opponent arrived later in Florida than scheduled on Thursday-evening, due to travel delays by snow. The next day, the team had two games scheduled, who were part of the Under Armour Showcase. Therefore, to focus entirely of these two games, the match-up vs. the Dutch, which would have been the third game for Wisconsin of Friday, was moved to today.

Before facing the Dutch today, Wisconsin met the team from the University of Toledo. The Phoenix, as is the nickname of Wisconsin, opened their season on February 12-13 at the UNI Dome Tournament at Cedar Falls (Iowa), losing three games. Next, a non-tournament game was won vs. South Dakota on February 13. Hereafter, the Under Armour Showcase followed. On Friday, Wisconsin won 5-2 vs. Central Connecticut and 7-2 vs. Quinnipiac. The next day, the team lost twice, as it was defeated by South Florida (5-0) and the University of Massachusetts (7-0), before defeating Toledo this morning.

Chantal Versluis, Marisèla de Wind
three basehits
Jean Rivett is in her sixth season as the Head Coach of Wisconsin, after alredy having led the squad in 1994-1996. Last season was the team's best in three years in the Horizon League, as it finished with a 27-20 record.

This game lasted six innings, as the Dutch Team reached a 7-run mercy rule difference (and more) by scoring five runs in the sixth at bat. The Dutch Team collected 15 basehits, including three by Chantal Versluis and rookie Marisèla de Wind and two each by Nathalie Gosewehr (who scored three runs), Solange Starrenburg and Karin Tuk. Included in the 15 hits were five extra-basehits (three doubles, two triples).

The Dutch scored twice in the first inning after Nathalie Gosewehr had led off with a double. After an error and a grounder, singles by Karin Tuk and Solange Starrenburg gave the Dutch a 2-0 lead. Another a run was added in the second at bat when Nathalie scored on a single by Saskia Kosterink.

Solange Starrenburg, Marisèla de Wind
and Meike Witteveen: two runs batted in
In the third inning, three runs followed. Karin Tuk led off with a single, then her pinch-runner Anne Blaauwgeers scored when Solange Starrenburg followed with a triple. Fabienne van Uden, who ran for Solange, then scored on an one-out single by Marisèla de Wind, who then stole second and in her turn scored on a 2-out double by Chantal Versluis.

The Dutch went scoreless in the fourth and fifth inning. This last at bat was highlighted by a triple off the bat of Marisèla de Wind, but she was eliminated at third moments later when next hitter Merel Oosterveld lined out.

Leading 6-0, the Dutch Team rallied for five runs on five hits in the sixth inning to make it 11-0. Chantal Versluis led off with a single, then Nathalie Gosewehr also singled. The two advanced on a passed ball and scored on a single by Meike Witteveen. Next, Saskia Kosterink reached on an error and Anne Blaauwgeers walked to load the bases. A grounder by Fabienne van Uden then led to a run, as did a double by Dinet Oosting, but that also led to an out, as Anne was thrown out at the plate when she also tried to score. A single by Marisèla de Wind then enabled Dinet to score the eleventh Dutch run, before the inning ended.

Dutch starter Rebecca Soumeru gave up three hits in the three innings she pitched, but they had no effect. The first she gave up with two outs in the first inning. In the second, Rebecca gave up a lead-off single and then another one with two outs, but a pop-fly then ended the at bat. Ginger de Weert took over in the fourth inning and threw three solid innings, giving up only one basehit. Ginger retired all other batters she faced, including three with a strikeout.

Box Score game Netherlands vs. University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

Lindsey Meadows and Saskia Kosterink enjoy lunch before the game

But then it's game time, as Coach Nathalie Franssen, Physical Therapist Sanne Oude Egberink
and Pitcher Ginger de Weert show

game vs. Quinnipiac University
Quinnipiac was 8-10 before facing the Dutch Team. On February 19-20, the Bobcats were 1-3 at the Lancer Lead-Off Classic in Farmwille (Virginia). Next, the team was 3-1 at the Longwood Classic in the same city. From March 4-6, Quinnipiac was 3-2 at the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater and the team remained here for the Under Armour Showcase, which started on Friday. On that day, Quinnipiac lost twice, as it fell to Wisconsin (7-2) and St. John's (4-3). Yesterday, another loss followed as Quinnipac was beaten by St. Joseph's (8-5), but later in the day, the Bobcats shutout Ball State 4-0. Today, Quinnipiac won 4-1 in eight innings vs. the University of Maryland.

The team is lead by Germaine Fairchild, who is in her eleventh season with the Bobcats, who were 28-24 last year. At Quinnipiac, Coach Fairchild built one of the best softball programs in the Northeast Conference and reached the championship finals in 2003 and 2004. Germaine Fairchild is a former player of Georgia Pride, which played in the Women's Professional Softball League and also played for the Virginia Roadsters, which was one of the teams in the Women's Professional Fastpitch League. She also has played for the wellknown Connecticut Brakettes in the National Pro Fastpitch. In that same league, she was a member of the championshipteam of the NY/NJ Juggernaut that won the NPF-title in 2004, then won another NPF-championship in 2007 with the Washington Glory. During the 2008 season, she was the Head Coach of the New England Riptide and led the team to the Play-Offs in the National Pro Fastpitch.

Nadine Marinus, Karin Tuk
two runs batted in
When the top half of the first inning was finished, it appeared that the Dutch Team was off to another big score, as it was leading 'comfortably' with a 4-0 score. However, some 25 minutes later, the Dutch Team suddenly trailed 5-4. The squad recovered and came alongside in the slow-paced game, which was eventually decided in the tenth inning after more than three hours, but really was decided back in the first inning.

In the opening at bat, Meike Witteveen walked with one out, then advanced on a single by Fabienne van Uden. Both scored when Karin Tuk followed with a double. Next, the bases got loaded when Merel Oosterveld and Dinet Oosting both walked. A single by Nadine Marinus then led to two more runs and a 4-0 lead.

Eva Voortman started for the Dutch squad and ran into problems on the first three hitters, but could have finished the at bat giving up only one run. Unfortunately, two errors proofed costly, as they accounted for four unearned runs. After walking lead-off hitter Jacqueline Ristow, two wild pitches followed and she then scored on a following single by Lauren Salgado. A walk, a grounder and another walk followed, loading the bases, but then a throwing error on a force play-grounder led to two runs. As an out followed, then inning could have been over, but then another throwing error gave Quinnipiac two more runs and a 5-4 lead.

In the second inning, Meike Witteveen singled and stole second and third base, but stranded there. The Dutch then came alongside in the third at bat when Merel Oosterveld walked and went on to score on a basesloaded grounder by Noëmie Brandjes, but then Anne Blaauwgeers lined into an inning-ending double play.

After the Dutch were retired in order in the fourth and fifth inning, two runners were left behind in the sixth and another one in the seventh inning. The Quinnipiac-offense was silenced by the Dutch pitching after its productive first at bat. Eva Voortman saw two batters reach base in the second inning, but gave up no more runs. In the third inning, Laura Treurniet took over and threw two good innings. After retiring the side in the third, including two strikeouts, Laura issued a walk and gave up a single in the fourth, but that didn't harm the team. Next, Femke van Dusschoten became the third Dutch pitcher when she entered the game in the fifth inning. And Femke pitched great, retiring twelve batters in a row, including five strikeouts!

As the score was tied at 5-5 after seven innings, the game went into extra innings. In the eighth inning, tie-break runner Dinet Oosting moved to third base on a sac-bunt by Nadine Marinus, but then was eliminated at the plate on a fielder's choice grounder by pinch-hitter Chantal Versluis. In the home of the eighth, Quinnipiac stranded a runner on third base.

In the ninth inning, both teams scored once. For the Dutch, tie-break runner Anne Blaauwgeers stole third base and scored when an error was made on a grounder by Saskia Kosterink. But later in the at bat, Saskia also was thrown out at the plate trying to score on a grounder. Quinnipiac, which was a tough and competitive opponent, came alongside in its eighth when tie-break runner Julia Sini advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a single by Katie Alfiere, who had taken over the pitching in the seventh inning.

Eva Voortman, Laura Treurniet
& Femke van Dusschoten: strong Dutch pitching
In the tenth inning, a similar situation as in the eighth and ninth inning occured for the Dutch. Tie-break runner Merel Oosterveld moved on a sac-bunt by Dinet Oosting, then also was thrown out at the plate on a grounder. In the home of the tenth inning, Femke van Dusschoten struckout the first batter she faced with tie-break runner Jacqueline Ristow on second base. But then, Alex Alba followed with a game-winning, walk-off single to give Quinnipiac a 7-6 lead. By the way, Alex Alba is Quinnipiac's leading hitter this season with a .344 batting average.

And so the game ended after three hours and 12 minutes, making it the longest game for the Dutch this trip and probably the longest in history.

Because of the length of the game (other fields already were emptied as games played there were completed), the evening schedule had to be adjusted several times. But in the end, the team went in uniform to the restaurant and enjoyed a great dinner before heading back to the hotel.

The last game on the schedule of the USA Tour was a 3 hour-plus marathon and it was only fitting to end the trip this way. In it's fourteenth game in 12 days, the Dutch Team showed the same character as in its opening game on March 2. It fought until the last out and never relinquished in what was another good game during this trip. OK, there were some mishaps, but that's where this trip was for. To play games under good conditions and face strong opponents to see how far the team is at the moment after starting the indoor practice sessions in January. And what's need to be improved in the upcoming weeks/months en route to the European Championship in August in Italy. On Monday-evening, the team will fly back home, but next Friday, everyone will be back on the field for the next intersquad indoor game at Sporthallen Zuid in Amsterdam.

Box Score game Netherlands vs. Quinnipiac University

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Fabienne van Uden singled and scored in the first inning

Dutch starter Eva Voortman

Catcher Anne Blaauwgeers is ready for another pitch with colleague Jessica Amenda hitting

2B Meike Witteveen is unable to catch a errant throw at first base in the first inning
The throwing error leads to two runs

Short stop Noëmie Brandjes tags runner Lauren Salgado in the 2nd inning, but she is called safe

Moments later, Lauren Salgado is caught stealing at third base, where Dinet Oosting puts on the tag

Laura Treurniet took over the pitching in the 3rd inning

Dinet Oosting is thrown out at the plate trying to score in the 8th inning

In the 10th inning, Dinet Oosting puts down a sac-bunt that moved Merel Oosterveld to third base...

...but moments later, Merel is eliminated at the plate by catcher Jessica Amenda trying to score on a grounder

The Dutch National Softball Team finished the USA Tour 2011 with a 7-7 record

Final Stats USA Tour 2011
Batting AverageBasehits
.423Solange Starrenburg13Fabienne van Uden
.394Fabienne van Uden Chantal Versluis
.382Chantal Versluis11Solange Starrenburg
Meike Witteveen
Runs ScoredRuns Batted In
9Nathalie Gosewehr7Merel Oosterveld
8Merel Oosterveld Chantal Versluis
6Meike Witteveen6Nathalie Gosewehr
Nadine Marinus
Karin Tuk
WalksStolen Bases
7Saskia Kosterink9Solange Starrenburg
Dinet Oosting7Fabienne van Uden
5Anne Blaauwgeers6Meike Witteveen
Innings PitchedStrikeOuts (pitching)
23.1Lindsey Meadows34Lindsey Meadows
21.1Femke van Dusschoten25Femke van Dusschoten
Rebecca Soumeru23Rebecca Soumeru

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