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USA Tour Tennessee/Florida - Day 11 - Saturday, March 10, 2012

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Dutch Team gets back into action with two victories

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CLEARWATER, Florida (USA) - After having the day off on Friday, the Dutch National Softball Team returned to the playing field on Saturday to play two more games of its American Tour. The Team had a productive day, with strong pitching, timely hitting and solid defense. The Orange opened with a 7-1 victory vs. the Braves, the team of Bradley University. In the evening, the Dutch Team met the University of South Florida and stunned the nr. 25 ranked team in the country with a big 8-1 victory. Both games are part of the USF Under Armour Showcase Tournament, which started on Friday.

The Dutch Team now has won eight of the eleven games played and has ten more scheduled. Last year, the squad won seven of the 14 games played during its American Tour.

In the opener, the Dutch Team beat Bradley 7-1 on a combined 7-hitter by Lindsey Meadows, Ginger de Weert and MariŽlle Vleugels. The Dutch Team collected 11 basehits, including three by Yonina Sint Jago and a solo-homerun by Areke Spel.

In the second game, the Dutch Team collected 13 basehits, including three by Virginie Anneveld, but also was assisted by three defensive Bulls-errors. USF hit two basehits in the first inning, but that was all pitchers Dagmar Bloeming and Rebecca Soumeru would allow in this game in which the Dutch squad dominated.

In the meantime, Britt Vonk has left the team again on Friday-morning, returning to the Golden Bears, the team of the University of California at Berkeley. Her team participates in the Bayer CropScience Classic at Fresno (California) this weekend. The Golden Bears then wil travel to Honolulu (Hawaii) for the Hawaii Spring Fling on March 14-17, before playing a home game on March 20.

Tomorrow-morning, the Dutch Team will be joined by catcher Nathalie Timmermans, who will then fly in from Oklahoma City (Oklahoma).

On Sunday-afternoon, the Dutch Team will play another double-header. First, the Orange is playing against Central Connecticut State University. This game starts at 1:30 PM local (6:30 PM Dutch time). Thereafter, the Dutch Team meets Boston University and that game will begin at 3:30 PM local (8:30 PM Dutch time). On Saturday-night, the clock moved an hour ahead in Florida, meaning the time-difference is now five hours.

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Game vs. Bradley University

In the opening game, the Dutch Team met the Braves, the team of Bradley University, which earlier in the day won 6-4 vs. Long Island University. But in the next game, the Dutch Team beat Bradley 7-1 on a combined 6-hitter by Lindsey Meadows, Ginger de Weert and MariŽlle Vleugels. The Dutch Team collected 11 basehits, including three by Yonina Sint Jago and a solo-homerun by Areke Spel.

The Dutch Team opened the score in the first at bat when Merel Oosterveld reached on an error, moved on a passed ball and a stolen base, then scored on a 2-out single by Areke Spel.

The lead was doubled in the second inning. First, Karin Tuk led off with a single, but was then forced out on a grounder by Dinet Oosting, who then advanced when MarisŤla de Wind flied out. Moments later, Dinet scored when Yonina Sint Jago singled.

Two more runs were added in the third inning. Meike Witteveen led off with an infield-hit and moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Fabienne van Uden. Hereafter, Areke Spel walked. Next, Meike and Areke both were able to advance when Karin Tuk flied out and then both scored when an error was made on a grounder by Dinet Oosting.

In the fourth inning, the Dutch defense gave up the lone run to the Bradley Braves, but then answered with three more runs of their own in the fifth at bat. With one out, Areke Spel hit a towering homerun (her third of the Tour) to make it 5-1. Karin Tuk then walked and Dinet Oosting singled. After a flyout, the bases got loaded when Yonina Sint Jago also singled. Karin and Dinet then lifted the score to 7-1 by scoring on a double off the bat of Anne Blaauwgeers.

Lindsey Meadows (3 innings), Ginger de Weert (2 innings) and MariŽlle Vleugels (2 innings) threw a combined 7-hitter.

Before this game, the Braves were 9-9. They opened their season with a 2-3 record at the Kajikawa Classic in Tempe (Arizona) on February 10-12. The Braves were then also 2-3 at the Stanford Invitational on February 17-19 at Palo Alto (California). Next, it was off to Woodstock (Georgia) for the Phyllis Rafter Memorial on February 24-26 and there, the Braves went 3-2. From Georgia, Bradley traveled to Florida, where it split a double-header on March 9 at Clearwater on Day 1 of the USF Under Armour Showcase Tournament. Bradley lost to Boston University (the opponent of the Dutch on Sunday), then won vs. Wagner College. Next, as mentioned, the Braves started today with a win vs. Long Island.

The team is led by Head Coach Amy Hayes since the summer of 2008. In her first season (2009), she led the Braves to its first ever NCAA Tournament appearance, winning the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, leading to the coaching staff being named Coaching Staff of the Year.

Box Score Netherlands vs. Bradley University Braves

Fabienne van Uden hitting in the first inning

Bradley-starter Lindsay Hufeld with in the back 1B Alyson Clemente

Merel Oosterveld scores the first Dutch run in the first inning

Areke Spel is caught stealing in the 1st and tagged out by short stop Alex Chandler

An overview of Field 9 of the Eddie C. Moore Sports Complex in Clearwater

Lindsey Meadows started for the Dutch and struckout four in 3 innings
In the back is 1B Anne Blaauwgeers

Dinet Oosting is looking at a pitch in the 2nd inning

Moments later, Dinet advances to second base on a flyout

Short stop Yonina Sint Jago makes a nice catch to end the 2nd inning
(photo by Henk Seppen)

Head Coach Craig Montvidas talks with Merel Oosterveld,
Anne Blaauwgeers, Meike Witteveen and Fabienne van Uden
(photo by Henk Seppen)

Karin Tuk was the catcher vs. Bradley
(photo by Henk Seppen)

Lindsey Meadows is ready for another pitch
(photo by Henk Seppen)

Meike Witteveen takes off on a sac-bunt by Fabienne van Uden in the 3rd inning
(photo by Henk Seppen)

Karin Tuk follows with a flyout...
(photo by Henk Seppen)

...but Meike moves to 3rd base on the flyout
(photo by Henk Seppen)

MarisŤla de Wind connects in the third at bat
(photo by Henk Seppen)

Lindsey Meadows uncorks another pitch in the third inning

Yonina Sint Jago singles in the 4th inning,
but is then called out for leaving the base too early

Ginger de Weert takes over the pitching in the fourth inning

Ginger pitches the fourth and fifth inning

Short stop Yonina Sint Jago cannot prevent Alyson Clemente from advancing to 3rd base in the 4th inning

Ginger de Weert delivers another strike to a Bradley-batter
(photo by Henk Seppen)

Areke Spel makes good contact in the fifth inning

This one is gone! Leftfielder Mariah Cole can only look where the ball went

Areke Spel rounds the bases after hitting her 3rd homerun of the trip...

...and then is greeted by her teammates

Later in the 5th inning, Anne Blaauwgeers hit a 2-run double

And here, Anne is back at first base

MariŽlle Vleugels pitched the final two innings

MariŽlle gave up two basehits

Yonina Sint Jago hitting in the seventh inning

The two teams joins for a teamphoto

After the game, the team took time to eat something in the dug-out

(thanks to Henk Seppen for submitting several photos of this game)

Game vs. University of South Florida

In the evening, the Dutch Team stunned with a big 8-1 victory against nr. 25 ranked University of South Florida, which has one of the best teams in the country and is led by veteran coach Ken Eriksen, who since last year also is the Head Coach of Team USA. During last years American Tour, the Dutch Team lost 2-1 to the USF Bulls.

But today, the Dutch offense showed its intentions right away in the first at bat. Petra van Heijst led off with a double, moved to third on a 2-out single by Areke Spel, then scored when Virginie Anneveld also singled. Areke moved to third on the hit by Virginie, who then stole second base, but the two were left in scoring position when a groundout followed.

In the home of the first inning, the Bulls came alongside off starter Dagmar Bloeming, who gave up a lead-off single to Courtney Goff, who went on to score on an one-out single by Kourtney Salvarola. But that was to be it for USF, which was not only held scoreless in the remainder of the game, but also was held hitless hereafter! And while the Bulls were able to come alongside, the Dutch Team had set the tone and would do so in the upcoming innings.

After leaving two runners in the second inning, the Orange got back on top in the third at bat by scoring twice. Saskia Kosterink led off with a single, Areke Spel followed with her second single, as did Virginie Anneveld, who therefore batted in her second run and gave the Dutch a renewed lead. Areke moved to third on the single, then scored when Lindsey Meadows grounded out.

In the fifth inning, three runs were added. Saskia Kosterink and Areke Spel both reached on an error and then Virginie Anneveld followed with her third RBI-single of the evening. Lindsey Meadows then grounded out, but that brought in Areke. Next, Karin Tuk reached on an error, which led to the third run and made it 6-1. Hereafter, Karin was forced out at second base on a hit to centerfield by MarisŤla de Wind. Anne Blaauwgeers added a bunt-single, but then two flyouts ended the at bat.

In the seventh, the Dutch increased its lead to 8-1 by scoring two more runs. This time, Lindsey Meadows singled and Karin Tuk doubled to put runners on second and third. MarisŤla de Wind then singled in Lindsey. And after Anne Blaauwgeers walked, Karin scored the eighth Dutch run on a sac-fly by Petra van Heijst.

In the second USF-inning, Dagmar Bloeming walked two batters, but they would be the last runners for the Bulls, as the last 16 batters were retired in order! With runners on first and second and two outs, Dagmar ended the second inning with a comeback-grounder after having struckout two batters earlier in the at bat. She then retired the side in the third and fourth, adding two more strikeouts.

Rebecca Soumeru took over the pitching in the fifth inning and retired all nine batters she faced, including six with a strikeout. Of the first seven batters she faced, Rebecca struckout six, including four in a row.

Before meeting the Dutch Team, USF won big 10-0 in six innings vs. Central Connecticut State University, which meets the Orange on Sunday. For the Bulls, that was its fifth win in a row and 18th since opening the season on February 10. USF had lost four games, meaning the loss vs. the Orange was only its fifth in 23 games! Since opening its season, USF hasn't left the state of Florida yet. The team opened with a 3-1 record on February 10-12 at the USF Tournament at home in Tampa. Hereafter, the Bulls were 3-0 on February 18-19 at home during the USF Invitational. The team was then 3-1 (losing only to Boston University) at the NFCA Tournament in Clearwater on February 24-25. Next, two more games followed in the USF Tournament on February 26 and 29, which were both won. USF was then 2-2 on March 3-4 at the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater, which ended with a surprising 2-1 loss in 8 innings vs. Miami University of Ohio. After winning a double-header on March 7 vs. Central Michigan University, the Bulls opened the USF Under Armour Showcase Tournament with two victories on Friday, before winning today vs. Central Connecticut.

Ken Eriksen is Head Coach of the team since 1997, but this is his 27th overall season at USF. In his previous fifteen seasons as Head Coach, Eriksen led the team to 644 victories, while losing 354. In eight of these seasons, the Bulls made an NCAA Tournament appearance. In January 2011, Eriksen was named Head Coach of Team USA for 2011 and 2012. That means that the Dutch Team will meet Eriksen again later this year during the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City (Oklahoma) and the World Championship in Whitehorse (Yukon) in Canada.

Box Score Netherlands vs. University of South Florida Bulls

Time to stretch for the second game

The players are introduced

Saskia Kosterink hitting in the first inning

Areke Spel puts down a bunt-single in the first inning

Petra van Heijst, who led off the 1st with a double, standing at 3rd base
At left is Head Coach Craig Montvidas; 3B is Jessica Mouse

After the game, the parents of Lindsey Meadows cooked for the team

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