Dutch Team wins big vs. Temple University
CLEARWATER, Florida (USA) -
The Dutch National Softball Team on Thursday won big vs. the Owls, the team of Temple University.
After breaking a 2-2 tie in the third inning, the squad rallied for seven runs in the fifth at bat en route to a 10-2 victory.
The Orange collected 13 basehits, including three more by Britt Vonk, who has hit 12 in her last 14 at bats since joining the team last Monday.
The Dutch Team has now won six of the nine games played in this years American Tour.
Last year, the squad won seven of the 14 games played.
In the upcoming days, the team has 12 more games scheduled.
On Friday, no games are scheduled, but the team returns to the field on Saturday for another double-header.
The Orange squad then meets the teams of Bradley University and the Universty of South Florida.
Before leaving the hotel for lunch, the team had the morning off again, so players could spent these hours walking around, shopping or just relaxing.
After having lunch at Hooters, the team went to the field for the evening game against Temple University, which was today's lone game on the schedule.
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The Dutch Team reached base twice in the first inning, but was unable to score.
Areke Spel started with a single, then Britt Vonk singled with one out, but the two were left behind.
Areke was today's lead-off hitter and it was only the second time that Head Coach Craig Montvidas penciled her name in the lead-off spot.
The only other time was on June 26 last year in the opening game of a double-header againt the Netherlands Men Softball Team during the Holland Tour.
Since Montvidas returned as Head Coach in November 2008, today's game was the 126th played since May 3, 2009 by the National Team, which has been together since then with almost the same players.
Since then, Montvidas used nine different lead-off hitters.
Nathalie Gosewehr was the lead-off hitter in 43 of these games.
Currently, Nathalie, who was the lead-off in two of the games played in this years USA Tour, is sidelined with a sore knee.
After the Dutch didn't score in their first at bat, the Owls did moments later off starter Ginger de Weert.
Ali Robinson led off with a walk and advanced on a sacrifice bunt.
With two outs, she scored on a double by Stephanie Pasquale, who then scored also herself when Sarah Prezioso followed with a single.
But that was it for the Owls, who added only one more basehit (and runner) in the remainder of the game.
The Dutch Team then came alongside in the second inning.
Lindsey Meadows was hit by a pitch, but was forced out on a grounder by Karin Tuk.
Next, Yonina Sint Jago singled and Petra van Heijst walked to load the bases.
With two outs, Meike Witteveen singled to bring in Karin and Yonina and tie the score.
Next, Britt Vonk also singled, but then Petra was thrown out at the plate trying to score.
In the third at bat, the Dutch Team took the lead and also took control of the game.
Saskia Kosterink led off with a double, Lindsey Meadows walked with one out and Karin Tuk singled to load the bases.
A groundout by Yonina Sint Jago then accounted for the go-ahead run, but the other two runners were left behind.
The fourth inning remained scoreless, but in it Britt Vonk registered her third basehit of the game.
Since joining the team on Monday, Britt played in five games, went hitless in her first, but that went 12-for-14 in the next four.
The Dutch Team then struck with seven runs on five hits in the fifth inning to take a 10-2 commanding lead, as eleven batters stepped up to the plate.
The rally started with a triple by Virginie Anneveld.
After next batter Lindsey Meadows was hit by a pitch (again), Karin Tuk singled to bring in Virginie.
Pinch-runners Marisèla de Wind (for Lindsey) and Merel Oosterveld (for Karin) then advanced on a wild pitch and both scored when Yonina Sint Jago singled.
After a pitching change, Petra van Heijst walked, but was forced out on a grounder by Areke Spel.
Next, Meike Witteveen doubled to bring in Yonina and Areke.
Meike then advanced on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice fly by Britt Vonk.
But with the bases now empty, the scoring didn't stop.
Saskia Kosterink and Virginie Anneveld walked to become the new baserunners.
Marisèla de Wind, who had entered the game earlier in this at bat as pinch-runner now became a pinch-hitter, as the team batted around.
Marisèla drove the ball into centerfield for a double, so Saskia scored, but Virginie was thrown out at the plate when she also tried to score from first base.
A remarkable fact happened in this at bat, as 10 of the 11 batters reached base safely!
In the sixth and seventh inning, the Dutch Team was retired in order, which was another remarkable fact after the five previous productive innings.
In the second Temple-at bat, Ginger de Weert gave up a lead-off double to Alex Stermel, who would be the last runner for the team from Philadelphia (Pennsylvania), as the next 18 batters were retired in order.
After giving up the double, Ginger retired the next three batters.
In the third inning, with the Dutch Team now leading 3-2, Mariëlle Vleugels took over and retired all six batters she faced.
Rebecca Soumeru became the third Dutch hurler in the fifth inning.
The experienced pitcher retired nine batters in a row, including five with a strikeout.
Rebecca ended the game in style, as she struckout the side in the seventh inning!
Before today's game, Temple was 2-3 at the Chanticleer Challenge in Conway (South Carolina) on February 24-26.
On March 2-4, the Owls were also 2-3 at the Citrus Classic in Kissimmee (Florida).
The team is led for the third year by Joe DiPietro, who also is the Assistant Coach of the Philadelphia Force of the National Pro Fastpitch.
In 2008, the Dutch Team played four games against the Force during its NPF Tour, which was the team's second American Tour that year.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Temple University Owls
The team had lunch at Hooters, which is famous for its attractive....food
Another day, another game
Head Coach Craig Montvidas has just met the umpires
Areke Spel leads off with a single in the first inning
Temple-starter Jessica Mahoney delivers with Areke Spel at first base
With one out, Britt Vonk hits the first of her three singles
On Britt's hit, Areke reaches second base and she then checks the action at third base
Ginger de Weert threw the first two innings for the Orange squad
Karin Tuk did the catching; Ali Robinson is the lead-off hitter for Temple
A view of the Dutch dug-out
Centerfielder Areke Spel can't prevent an RBI-double by Stephanie Pasquale in the 1st inning
Moments later, Sarah Prezioso is caught stealing and tagged out by Petra van Heijst
Lindsey Meadows is hit by a pitch to lead off the second inning; Stephanie Pasquale is the catcher
Karin Tuk on base after a force play-grounder in the 2nd inning
Yonina Sint Jago followed with a single...
...that brought Karin to second base with the Dutch Team trailing 2-0
The sun starts to set in Clearwater
Pitching Coach Karen Marr talks with pitcher Ginger de Weert and catcher Karin Tuk in the 2nd inning
Saskia Kosterink running at 2nd base in the 3rd inning before scoring the go-ahead run