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USA Tour Tennessee/Florida - Day 4 - Saturday, March 3, 2012

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Dutch Team wins highscoring game

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KNOXVILLE, Tennessee (USA) - The Dutch National Softball Team on Saturday won a highscoring game against the squad of Middle Tennesse State University, 15-7, to register its second win of the Tennessee Classic. The game featured 10 homeruns, including four again by the Dutch Team, hit by Lindsey Meadows, Nathalie Gosewehr, Karin Tuk and Areke Spel.

Saturday's game started later than scheduled. Because of the rain and tornado-warnings on Friday, the game between the University of Tennessee and the University of Memphis was cancelled in the evening and the schedule for Saturday and Sunday was adjusted (again). The Dutch Team now started today's game at 3:00 PM (9:00 PM Dutch time) instead of 12:30 PM (6:30 Dutch).

In the new schedule, the organization hopes to put in at least three games for all participating teams in the Tennessee Classic. The lone excemption if the Dutch Team, which will play at least four. Because of the schedule-change, the Dutch Team probably will have the day off on Sunday, as its game against the University of Louisville was dropped. But the Team still might get into action, as the squad may fill in for Boston University, which has two games scheduled on Sunday. This team returns back to Boston later in the day and when it gets into time-problems, the Dutch might fill in if necessary for the afternoon-game.

The Dutch Team flies to Florida on Monday for the remainder of its American Tour.

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Game vs. Middle Tennessee State University
After several days of rain, triggered by severe thunderstorms and tornados in the area, the weather was acceptable today. In the morning, it was partly cloudy with some sun, but cool with a 48 degrees Fahrenheit (9 Celsius).

When the game started, the sky even was clear with a bright sun and the temperatures rose to 54 degrees (12 Celsius).

Today's starting line-up is as follows:
P-Lindsey Meadows, C-Karin Tuk, 1B-Anne Blaauwgeers, 2B-Meike Witteveen, 3B-Virginie Anneveld, SS-Petra van Heijst, LF-Nathalie Gosewehr, CF-Merel Oosterveld, RF-Areke Spel. Head Coach Craig Montvidas had no Designated Player penciled in for today's game.

In a high-scoring, 10-homerun, almost 3 hour contest, the first inning didn't belong to the Dutch team. Offensively, the team started with a strikeout and ended with a caught stealing, then faced an early 1-0 deficit when starting pitcher Lindsey Meadows gave up a lead-off homerun to Kayla Toney. Next, MTSU got two runners in scoring position, but then a bunt-attempt was caught by Lindsey, who then ended the at bat by striking out the next two batters. With this, the tone was set and things turned the Dutch way.

MTSU's lead was shortlived, as the Dutch Team rallied for seven runs in the top of the third inning to take a commanding 7-1 lead. The rally came after scoreless second inning, the lone at bat of the game in which neither of the teams scored (the Dutch stranded runners on second and third in the second inning). In the at bat, 12 batters stepped up to the plate, collecting eight hits. It all started when Anne Blaauwgeers, who played at first base today, led off with a double. Merel Oosterveld singled and stole second base, then Anne scored the tying run on a grounder by Meike Witteveen, who by the way was the lone player in the Dutch starting line-up without a basehit and run scored. But she accounted for the RBI that put the Dutch alongside MTSU and so started the rally. Next, with Merel on third base, Nathalie Gosewehr homered to give the Dutch a 3-1 lead. Areke Spel's drive into leftfield was then nicely caught by leftfielder Nina Dever for the second out, but then Virginie Anneveld and Karin Tuk followed with singles. Lindsey Meadows then drove the ball off the scoreboard in left-centerfield for a 3-run homerun, her first homerun in an orange-uniform, that lifted the score to 6-1. Hereafter, Petra van Heijst reached on a throwing error and moved to third base on the second double in this inning by Anne Blaauwgeers. Petra then scored the seventh run on the second single in this at bat by Merel Oosterveld, before the inning ended with a flyout. The seven runs in this inning were the most by the Dutch Team since it scored 12 in the third inning vs. Denmark on August 2 last year during the European Championship in Italy. In the opener of that event, on July 31, the Dutch scored 15 runs in the first inning vs. Ukraine.

The Blue Raiders got one run back in the fourth inning when Chelsea Good led off with a homerun off MariŽlle Vleugels, who had taken over the pitching the inning before. In the top of the fifth inning, the Dutch squad grabbed the run back immediately when Karin Tuk led off with a homerun to make it 8-2.

In the home of the fifth inning, MTSU narrowed to deficit to 8-5 when Natalie Ysais, Kelsey Woodruff and Chelsea Good (her second) hit back-to-back-to-back homeruns with two outs off Dagmar Bloeming. She became the third Dutch pitcher and Head Coach Craig Montvidas made a double-switch, as Dagmar (who never hits) had to be put in the batting order, since no designated player was used. Meike Witteveen was the last out in the fifth, so Dagmar took her spot in the batting order, meaning she would be the ninth batter up in the next two innings. The pitcher's spot in the order was taken by Saskia Kosterink, who now would be fifth batter up when the Dutch were hitting again. Saskia moved to centerfield, while centerfielder Merel Oosterveld took over at second base for Meike. OK, back to the inning. After giving up the three homeruns (which is very rare), the next batter walked, but Dagmar then ended the at bat with a strikeout.

The three consecutive homeruns didn't impress the Dutch squad, as it staged another rally in the top of the sixth inning, scoring four runs and thus raising the lead to 12-5. Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a double, which led to a pitching change. New pitcher Kailey McDougald started with a strikeout, but then gave up singles to Virginie Anneveld and Karin Tuk. Two errors on a grounder by Saskia Kosterink then led to two runs. Moments later, Saskia stole second, advanced on a single by Petra van Heijst and scored on a sacrifice fly by Anne Blaauwgeers. The inning then ended when Petra was caught stealing, but it also meant that Dagmar Bloeming now would be the second hitter in the next inning. Or was Head Coach Craig Montvidas thinking of a pinch-hitter?

In the bottom of the sixth, the Blue Raiders added another 2-run homerun. First, Nina Davenport led off with a single, then two outs followed, but then Kaycee Popham homered to make it 12-7. The inning then ended with a great catch by 3B Virginie Anneveld on a hit by Natalie Ysais.

And so, we entered the seventh inning. The Dutch Team also kept on scoring in this high-scoring game, adding three more runs in the top of the seventh inning, increasing the lead to 15-7. With one out, no pinch-hitter was announced and so Dagmar Bloeming stepped up to the plate for her-ever first plate appearance. And she walked! Hereafter, MarisŤla de Wind also walked. Caitlin McClure was then brought in as the fourth MTSU-pitcher and she was greeted with a 3-run homerun by Areke Spel, meaning Dagmar even scored a run today! Virginie Anneveld then walked and Karin Tuk hit her third single (she was 4-for-4), but then two outs followed. And as the Blue Raiders didn't score anymore in their half of the seventh at bat, this also was the final score.

As mentioned, eight of the Dutch starting players scored at least once and had at least one basehit. The same happened on the side of MTSU, with leftfielder Nina Dever being the lone player without a run and basehit. By the way, MTSU scored all of its runs today on homeruns!

Records are meant to be broken and so, a day after the Dutch Team equaled a team-record by hitting four homeruns in the game vs. Murray State University, this feat was repeated today! As mentioned in yesterday's recap, the first time the Dutch Team hit four homeruns in one game occured in 2008 during the first American Tour of that year and that was repeated in 2009 during the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City. And so, with today's four homeruns, it was the first time in history that eight homeruns were hit in two days or two consecutive games.

With the homerun of Areke Spel on Thursday, the Dutch Team has now hit nine homeruns in three days and in three consecutive games. And so, the Dutch Team is busy re-writing the recordbook. The previous high total of homeruns over a period of three days was six, which was set during the American Tour from February 29-March 2 in 2008 and was accomplished by Debby Connor, Marloes Fellinger (2), Sandra Gouverneur and Saskia Kosterink (2). These homeruns were also hit in three consecutive games, which were all played on Hawaii.

Saskia's 10 orange homeruns
1June 1, 2007RussiaAmsterdam (Neth.)EC
2June 14, 2007GreeceStaranzano (Ita.)OQT
3March 2, 2008Chaminade Univ.Waipahu (Hawaii)USA Tour
4March 2, 2008Chaminade Univ.Waipahu (Hawaii)USA Tour
5May 29, 2008Philadephia ForceAllentown (USA)USA Tour
6June 12, 2008Rockford ThunderRoscoe (USA)USA Tour
7July 20, 2009ItalyOklahoma City (USA)WCS
8March 5, 2011Univ. LouisianaKnoxville (USA)USA Tour
9Aug. 6, 2011ItalyRonchi (Ita.)EC
10March 2, 2012Murray StateKnoxville (USA)USA Tour
More facts of today's game:
- First, a fact of yesterday's game, as the homerun Saskia Kosterink hit was her tenth as a player in the Dutch National Team, since hitting her first one in 2007.

- Lindsey Meadows hit her first homerun, since she joined the Dutch National Team in 2010.
- Nathalie Gosewehr hit her last homerun in March 2011, when she hit two in Florida during last year's American Tour, the first on March 8 vs. St. John's University, the second two days later on March 10 vs. Central Connecticut State University. Nathalie also was a member of the quartet that homered vs. Italy on July 20, 2009 during the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma).
- Karin Tuk last year also hit two homeruns during the American Tour, but she hit her last one on August 2, 2011 against Denmark during the European Championship in Italy.
- The fourth homerun today was hit by Areke Spel, who also homered two days ago vs. the University of Tennessee.
- The nine homeruns hit so far in the four games played, already tops the total of the entire USA Tour of last year, when seven were hit.
- Karin Tuk was the first player with four hits in one game, since Solange Starrenburg (3 triples, 1 homerun) and Virginie Anneveld (1 triple, 3 singles) hit four basehits vs. Ukraine on July 31 last year during the European Championship in Italy.
- For Dagmar Bloeming, this was her first official plate appearance in six years playing for the Dutch National Team since making her debut in 2007. Dagmar did bat indoors. In January 2010, the Dutch National Team participated in the International Indoor Cup in Schiedam (Netherlands), but was divided in three different squads. During that event, on January 16, Dagmar had three plate appearances (going 0-for-2 with a walk). In Marco's photo at right, Dagmar is hitting in her first at bat during the tournament in 2010. On February 16, 2008, Dagmar entered the batting order in the opening game of the USA Tour vs. St. Mary's College, but then was pinch-hit for.
- The 15 runs scored today were the most since the Dutch Team scored 19 vs. Denmark on August 2 last year during the European Championship in Italy.
- The 17 basehits in today's game are the most since the Dutch Team hit 17 vs. Denmark in the above mentioned game.

Before today's game, the Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders, were beaten big 10-0 by the University of Louisville on Friday in its first game of the Tennessee Classic. The Blue Raiders opened their season with four losses on February 17-18 at the Charlotte Classic in Charlotte (North Carolina). From there, the team traveled to Charleston (South Carolina) and went 3-1 in the Cougar Classic on February 25-26, before coming to Knoxville.

The team is led by Sue Nevar, who is in her fifth season as Head Coach of the Blue Raiders. From 1986-1996, she was a successful Head Coach of Kent State University, leading the team to the College World Series in 1990.

Middle Tennessee State University is located in the city of Murfreesboro in Tennessee and has a Dutch alumni in Tjerk Smeets, the former catcher of Amsterdam Pirates, Kinheim, the Dutch National Team and current Bullpen Coach of the national baseball-squad, as well as marketing manager of the Dutch Federation. Tjerk played for the baseball-team of MTSU from 1999-2001.

Box Score Netherlands vs. Middle Tennessee State University Blue Raiders

The beautiful Sherri Parker Lee Softball Stadium

And another stadium-shot

Finally! They got him! Team Manager Paul Boonstra with the local sheriff

The team starts preparations on a neighboring soccer field

Ready to warm up

Starting pitcher Lindsey Meadows warms up in the bullpen

Coach Maaike Zijlstra hits grounders with Yonina Sint Jago besides her

Meike Witteveen grounds out in the first inning; Kaycee Popham is the 1B

An overview of the stadium

And the view from the third base-side

Areke Spel running on first base in the second inning

Moments later, Areke has reached third base standing besides 3B Kristi Marquez

Petra van Heijst connects in the 2nd inning, but flies out

Starting pitcher Lindsey Meadows

Lindsey Meadows delivers another pitch
1B is Anne Blaauwgeers, 3B is Virginie Anneveld

Anne Blaauwgeers hits two doubles in the third inning

Nathalie Gosewehr connects in the third inning...

...for a 2-run homerun, the first Dutch homerun this afternoon

Nathalie welcomed at the plate

Hereafter, Virginie Anneveld follows with a single...

...and takes off from first base

In the 7-run third inning, Lindsey Meadows in welcomed after her 3-run homerun

Petra van Heijst slides into third base head-first in the 3rd inning

Nathalie Gosewehr running at first base in the fourth inning

Anne Blaauwgeers played at first base today

MariŽlle Vleugels took over the pitching in the third inning

Karin Tuk is greeted after her 5th inning lead-off homerun

MariŽlle Vleugels hitting in the sixth inning

Dagmar Bloeming took over in the fifth inning

In the seventh inning, Dagmar Bloeming got her first official at bat and walked

As Dagmar advanced to second base, it's time for the MTSU-defense to discuss the situation

Moments later, Dagmar scored her first run when Areke Spel homered

Areke is greeted after hitting her second homerun in three days

The Dutch Team leads comfortably 15-7 in the seventh inning

Meike Witteveen and Saskia Kosterink celebrate the win

The Team poses with young softball-fans

The homerun-trio of yesterday's game: Merel Oosterveld, Saskia Kosterink and Petra van Heijst
Petra homered twice, Saskia hit her tenth orange homerun

Today's homerun-quartet: Areke Spel, Lindsey Meadows, Nathalie Gosewehr and Karin Tuk

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