Dutch Team opens Florida Series with two wins
CLEARWATER, Florida (USA) -
The Dutch National Softball Team got back into action again on Tuesday, March 6, played two games and won twice.
The Orange defeated two strong opponents, winning 9-2 vs. Miami University of Ohio, then followed with an 11-10 win vs. Central Michigan University.
In the opener, the Dutch Team trailed 2-1 after three innings, but then had two 3-run innings to turn the game around.
In the last four innings, Rebecca Soumeru gave up only one basehit to the RedHawks.
In the evening, the Dutch trailed 4-2 after three innings and then staged a 6-run rally in the fourth.
In the home of the 7th inning, the Dutch Team led 11-10 with the Chippewas having runners on second and third base, but then Lindsey Meadows struckout her eighth batter to end the game.
The Dutch Team returns to the field on Wednesday for another double-header, meeting the teams of Virginia Tech University and Western Michigan University.
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Game vs. Miami University of Ohio
In the opener, the Dutch Team trailed 2-1 after three innings, but then scored three runs in the fourth and fifth inning to turn the game in its favor and went on to win 9-2.
Before facing the Dutch Team, opponent Miami University of Ohio had won 10 of its 14 games played so far.
The RedHawks opened their season with a 3-1 record at the Kennesaw State Classic in Woodstock (Georgia), then were 4-1 a week later at the Blues City Classic in Memphis (Tennessee), before coming to Florida.
At Clearwater, the team won three of its five games played, including the last three in extra innings.
In its last game, Miami upset the University of South Florida with a 2-1 win in eight innings.
The RedHawks are coached for the sixth season by Kelly Kovach Schoenly, who turned the team into a Midwest Region-contender with three consecutive seasons of 30 or more victories.
The weather conditions during this game were fine, partly cloudy, sunny and an average temperature of 77 degrees Fahrenheit (25 Celsius).
The Dutch Team opened the score in the first inning.
Fabienne van Uden led off the at bat with a single, stole second base and advanced on a wild pitch, then scored on a fielder's choice grounder by next batter Merel Oosterveld with Fabienne beating the throw to home.
Merel later stranded on third base, as three flyouts followed.
Miami got two runners on base in its first at bat when Dutch starter Ginger de Weert gave up two singles with one out, but then a force play-grounder and comeback-grounder ended the at bat.
In the third inning, Miami took a 2-1 lead.
With one out, Kristy Arbour reached on an error, then next batter Bree Lipscomb homered.
Two singles followed, but that was all for the RedHawks, as two flyouts ended this at bat.
In the remainder of the game, Miami would get only one more additional baserunner.
Trailing 2-1, the Dutch offense struck with three runs in the fourth inning.
Saskia Kosterink led off with a single, advanced on a grounder by Dinet Oosting and then scored the tying run on a single by Petra van Heijst.
Next, the bases got loaded when Lindsey Meadows and Yonina Sint Jago also singled.
Anne Blaauwgeers then accounted for the fourth consecutive basehit and hers produced two runs and gave the Dutch a 4-2 lead.
Three more runs were added in the fifth inning.
Fabienne van Uden led off with her third single in the game, then Britt Vonk walked with one out and the bases got loaded when everyone was safe on a force play-grounder by Saskia Kosterink.
Another force play-grounder followed, hit by Dinet Oosting, and this time the Miami-defense was able to force out Fabienne at home.
But then Petra van Heijst cleared the bases with a 3-run double and lifted the lead to 7-2.
The final two runs were scored in the sixth at bat.
Lindsey Meadows led off with a single, then her pinch-runner Marisèla de Wind advanced on a grounder by Yonina Sint Jago, who also was safe herself.
After the two runners advanced on a passed ball, Marisèla scored on a grounder by Anne Blaauwgeers, then Yonina later scored on a fielder's choice-grounder by Fabienne van Uden.
Rebecca Soumeru took over the pitching with a 4-2 lead in the fourth inning.
She retired the first seven batters she faced, then gave up an one-out single in the sixth, but then retired the next five batters again to close the game.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Miami University of Ohio RedHawks
Saskia Kosterink at first base in the fourth inning with 1B Allie Larrabee
Dinet Oosting also reached first base...
...and moves to second base
And here, Lindsey Meadows is the runner on first base, while Katie Osburn pitches
Head Coach Craig Montvidas with Petra van Heijst running at 3rd base in the 4th inning
Anne Blaauwgeers looks at a pitch, before hitting a 2-run single that gave the Dutch the lead
Shanyn McIntyre is the catcher
Petra van Heijst scores the go-ahead run on Anne's single
Running at second base is Lindsey Meadows, who would also score
Rebecca Soumeru took over the pitching in the 4th inning and gave up only one basehit
Playing at first base is Saskia Kosterink
Anne Blaauwgeers was the catcher in this game; Brandi Hernandez is the batter
Dinet Oosting played at third base
Petra van Heijst at 2B and Lindsey Meadows in rightfield with palmtrees in the background
Fabienne van Uden looks at a pitch in the fifth inning
Britt Vonk fouls off a pitch in the fifth
Fabienne van Uden had three basehits and reached base four times
Britt Vonk running at 3rd base in the 5th, moments before the 3-run double by Petra van Heijst
Peter Schuler coordinated all logistics for the Dutch Team in Florida and made appointments with restaurants
Here, he does the scoring for the team; Standing in the back is his wife and former Dutch big league-player Joanne
Looking on from the dug-out
Game vs. Central Michigan University
In the evening-game, the Dutch Team again turned the game around in its favor with a fourth inning rally.
The Orange went on to get an 11-7 lead, before heading into what would be a suspenseful seventh at bat.
In the end, the Dutch left the field with an 11-10 victory.
A year ago, on March 8, in the first contest between these two squads, the Dutch Team trailed 4-1, but then came alongside in the fifth inning.
When the score was tied after seven innings, an extra inning was played with the Dutch taking a 6-4 lead.
Michigan then answered with three runs of its own to win 7-6.
But today, the Chippewas were left empty-handed and it was the Dutch Team that won the game.
In the first inning, it appeared that Central Michigan was taking control of the game early.
With two outs and the bases loaded (a single, two walks), an outfield-error led to three runs and thus an early deficit for the Dutch squad.
But the Dutch reacted with two runs of its own in the second inning off Kara Dornbos, who last year was the closer in the first contest.
Virginie Anneveld led off with a walk, then the bases got loaded when Karin Tuk and Marisèla de Wind singled.
After an infield-fly, Virginie was force out at home on a grounder by Anne Blaauwgeers, but then Nathalie Gosewehr doubled to bring in Karin and Marisèla and narrow the deficit to 3-2.
The Chippewas added a run in the third inning, but from the fourth inning on, the game turned into Dutch favor.
In the top of fourth inning, the Dutch offense staged a 6-run rally off Morgan Yuncker, who last year was the starting pitcher.
Back then, she gave up six hits in four innings, but tonight, she gave up five hits in one at bat!
The first eight Dutch batters in this at bat all reached base safely!
First, Virginie Anneveld walked, then Karin Tuk singled again.
Virginie was then forced out on a grounder by Marisèla de Wind, but then the scoring began.
Petra van Heijst followed with a single that scored Yonina Sint Jago, who ran for Karin.
The bases got loaded when Anne Blaauwgeers walked.
Nathalie Gosewehr then followed with a 2-run single that gave the Dutch the lead, Meike Witteveen added an RBI-single and Britt Vonk connected for a 2-run double that made it an 8-4 lead for the Dutch.
A pitching change and two outs followed, but the Dutch had taken charge of the game.
Central Michigan got three runs back in the home of the fourth.
With two outs, an infield-hit and a hit batter followed, then a single by Summer Knoop and a 2-run double by Molly Coldren accounted for the runs.
Hereafter, a groundout ended the inning, meaning the Dutch Team now had an one-run lead.
By the way, these three runs were three of the five earned runs scored by the Chippewas, as the other five were unearned.
After a scoreless fifth inning, the Dutch Team scored three runs in the sixth inning to make it an 11-7 lead.
First, Anne Blaauwgeers reached on an error, then the bases got loaded when Nathalie Gosewehr walked and Britt Vonk singled with one out.
This led to a new pitching change.
New pitcher Kristen Kuhlman started by walking Areke Spel to bring in a run, then gave up a 2-run single to Virginie Anneveld, before two outs followed.
Lindsey Meadows took over the pitching for the Dutch in the fifth inning and struckout three batters in her first frame.
In the next at bat, she walked the lead-off batter, gave up an one-out single, but then was supported by a double play that started at 3B Virginie Anneveld.
Then tension built in the home of the seventh inning, when the Chippewas got within one run.
Lindsey struckout the first two batters she faced, but then walked Ashley Gilson and gave up a 2-run homerun to Chelsea DeLamielleure, that made it an 11-9 score.
The next batter then struckout, but reached on a passed ball and an error and infield-hit then loaded the bases.
Next, a passed ball gave the Chippewas another run and made it 11-10.
The tying run was now on third base and the winning run was on second base.
But Lindsey Meadows and the Dutch defense kept their heads cool and Lindsey ended the game with a strikeout, her eighth in the three innings she pitched to pick up the save for winning pitcher Dagmar Bloeming.
The Chippewas didn't start their season well, as they lost all five games played at Tempe on February 17-19.
Hereafter, the team was 3-2 in Clearwater, before facing the Dutch squad.
Central Michigan University is led by veteran coach Margo Jonker, who is in her 33rd season as Head Coach of the team.
In that span, the wellknown coach, who is elected into four Halls of Fame, won 1037 games, which is the eleventh highest total in NCAA Division I history.
In 2005, Margo Jonker was the so-called Liaison Coach in the USA for the Dutch National Team, a contact between the USA and the Dutch coachingstaff, which was then led by Liz Kelly, then acted as Pitching Coach during the World Championship in Beijing (China) in 2006.
In 2008, former Dutch National Team-catcher Ellen Venker played one season for the Chippewas.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Central Michigan University Chippewas
Before the game, Physical Therapist Ingrid Holstege takes care of Lindsey Meadows,
who was standing in relief, while Yonina Sint Jago looks on