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Dutch Team adds two more victories

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CLEARWATER, Florida (USA) - The Dutch National Softball Team added two more victories on Sunday to raise its total to 10 in the 13 games played so far during this years American Tour and has eight more games on the schedule. Last year, the squad won seven of the 14 games played during the first trip to Florida and Tennessee.

This morning, catcher Nathalie Timmermans arrived from Oklahoma City (Oklahoma), where she studies and plays for Oklahoma City University. She joined her teammates after being picked up at Tampa International Airport and played first game later today.

In today's opener, the Dutch Team won 7-0 in five innings vs. the Blue Devils, the team of Central Connecticut State University. Pitchers Ginger de Weert, Mariëlle Vleugels and Dagmar Bloeming gave up only three hits. Saskia Kosterink, Dinet Oosting and Fabienne van Uden contributed with RBI-doubles.

In the second game, the Orange trailed 2-1 after four innings, but then came from behind to win 3-2 vs. the Terriers, the team of Boston University. The Dutch Team scored twice in the sixth inning on a single by Anne Blaauwgeers and a grounder by Fabienne van Uden. Winning pitcher Rebecca Soumeru again retired all nine batters she faced.

This weekend, telephone and satellite communications were sometimes disrupted in the east of the USA due to recent solar flares. There were eruptions on the sun on Thursday and some more on Saturday. Because of this, a coronal mass ejection (CME) reached the Earth's magnetosphere, the protective magnetic field around the planet on Saturday and today. This solar-storm can disrupt electronical devices, but also satellites.

On Monday, the Team is off and then will visit the game of the Dutch Baseball Team, which will then meet the Pittsburgh Pirates in St. Petersburg. The squad returns to the field on Tuesday to play another double-header. The Dutch then meet the teams of Syracuse University and Fordham University. The first game starts at 4 PM local time (9 PM Dutch time).

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Game vs. Central Connecticut State University

As the previous game took longer than expected, the game of the Dutch squad vs. CCSU started 20 minutes later than scheduled. In the game, the Orange were leading already 5-0 after two innings, then added two more runs in the fourth inning to take a 7-run, mercy-rule lead. Initially, the mercy-rule was not in effect during the USF Under Armour Showcase Tournament, but to gain some extra time, it was decided to end this game after five innings, as agreed by both Head Coaches.

Last year, the Dutch Team also shutout the Blue Devils and then won 5-0. Before today's game, CCSU played eleven games, winning six of them. The team opened the season by losing four games at Tempe (Arizona) on February 24-26. Next, the team won a double-header vs. Hartford University on March 4. On March 9 and 10, CCSU won three of their four games during the USF Under Armour Showcase Tournament in Clearwater. Earlier today, the Blue Devils won 11-6 vs. Bradley University. The team from New Britain (Connecticut) is led for the third season by Jeff Franquet, who guided the Blue Devils to a record 29 wins in his second year.

The Dutch Team opened the score with three runs in the first at bat. With one out, Yonina Sint Jago reached on an error, then Fabienne van Uden followed with an infield-hit. The first run was then scored when Saskia Kosterink doubled. With runners on second and third base, the bases were loaded when Virginie Anneveld walked. Next, Fabienne was forced out at home on a grounder by Lindsey Meadows, but then two runs were added when Dinet Oosting also doubled.

The lead was increased to 5-0 when two runs were scored in the second inning when Merel Oosterveld singled and Petra van Heijst walked. The two advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Yonina Sint Jago, then both scored when Fabienne van Uden followed with a double.

In the fourth inning, the Dutch Team scored two more runs. Merel Oosterveld again singled, then stole second base and scored on a single by Petra van Heijst. After Petra also stole second base, she moved on a single by Fabienne van Uden (her third basehit in the game). The latter then moved into scoring position on a grounder by Saskia Kosterink, while Petra was unable to advance and remained at third base. Moments later, Petra did score on an error to make it 7-0.

Ginger de Weert started for the Dutch Team and gave up two hits in the three innings she pitched. Mariëlle Vleugels then pitched the fourth inning and gave up the third CCSU-basehit. Dagmar Bloeming closed the game and struckout two batters in the fifth at bat.

Today's games were attended by Jessie van Aalst, Marjolein Merkx and Cindy van der Zanden, who all study and play at Florida State College at Jacksonville. All played for the Dutch Junior Team last year. This year, pitchers Jessie and Marjolein are not eligible for the Junior-squad due to their age, but infielder/outfielder Cindy is currently on the roster for the National Junior Team, which this year will participate in the European Junior Championship.

Box Score Netherlands vs. Central Connecticut State University Blue Devils


Ready for another game


Head Coach Craig Montvidas meet his CCSTU-colleague Jeff Franquet and the umpires


Saskia Kosterink doubles in the first run in the 1st inning


Lindsey Meadows hits a force play-grounder in the 1st inning


Dinet Oosting follows with a 2-run double in the first inning


Throwing balls between innings with palm trees in the background


The first out is recorded in the 1st inning, as 1B Saskia Kosterink makes the putout


Marisèla de Wind played in rightfield this game


Ginger de Weert started for the Dutch Team
Here, she pitches to Rebecca Mussatti and catcher Dinet Oosting


Merel Oosterveld leads off the 2nd inning with a single
In the back, Yonina Sint Jago moves to the on-deck circle


Yonina Sint Jago puts down a sacrifice bunt in the 2nd inning


Next, Fabienne van Uden doubles in two runs in the second inning


Saskia Kosterink flies out in the second at bat


Ginger de Weert threw three innings


It was cloudy today, but while some rain was predicted, it stayed dry


Petra van Heijst singles in a run in the fourth inning


Virginie Anneveld's grounder is then misplayed, but leads to a run in the 4th at bat


Mariëlle Vleugels pitched the fourth inning for the Orange


Mariëlle struckout one and gave up one hit


Dinet Oosting grounds out in the fifth inning


Marisèla de Wind singles in the 5th inning


Moments later, Marisèla is doubled up after Merel Oosterveld lines out


Dagmar Bloeming took over in the fifth inning


Dagmar struckout two batters to close the game


Dutch Junior-players Jessie van Aalst, Marjolein Merkx and Cindy van der Zanden,
who all study and play in Jacksonville (Florida), visited today's games of the Dutch Team



Game vs. Boston University

In the second game, the Orange trailed 2-1 after four innings, but then came from behind to win 3-2 vs. the Terriers, the team of Boston University.

The Dutch Team scored its lone run in the first four innings in the third inning. Meike Witteveen then doubled, advanced on a double by Areke Spel and scored on a passed ball.

The Dutch did reach base frequently in the first four at bats, but stranded six runners, including five in scoring position. In the second inning, the Dutch got the bases loaded when Nathalie Timmermans singled in her first at bat of the trip, then Karin Tuk was hit by a pitch and Petra van Heijst walked. But two flyouts ended the early scoring opportunty. In the third, Areke Spel stranded after hitting her double and in the fourth, Petra van Heijst doubled with one out, but also was left behind.

After Saskia Kosterink was left on second base in the fifth inning, the Orange turned the game around in the sixth inning. In this at bat, Nathalie Timmermans singled, then moved to third base when an error was made on a bunt by Karin Tuk. Marisèla de Wind then came in as pinch-runner for Karin and stole second base. Next, Nathalie scored the tying run on a single by Anne Blaauwgeers and Marisèla scored the go-ahead run on a grounder by Fabienne van Uden. For Nathalie, this was her first game of the trip and she went 2-for-4.

Dutch starter Lindsey Meadows struckout five and gave up four hits in the four innings she pitched. Lindsey gave up an one-out single in the first, but then turned a double play herself and retired the next six batters in a row, the first five with a strikeout! In the fourth, trailing 1-0, Boston scored twice to take a 2-1 lead on three basehits. Rebecca Soumeru then took over in the fifth inning, retired all nine batters she faced and earned the win. It was the third consecutive relief-appearance by Rebecca in which she retired nine batters in a row, meaning she now has retired the last 27 batters she faced!

Boston University was 9-5 before today's game against the Dutch. The Terriers started the season with a 3-2 record at the NFCA Leadoff Classic on February 24-26 in Clearwater. Next, at Knoxville (Tennessee), Boston was 2-2 at the University of Tennessee Tournament, but there, the squad didn't meet the Dutch Team. Back in Florida, Boston opened the USF Under Armour Showcase with a loss, but then won four game in a row, including a 2-1 win vs. Miami University of Ohio earlier on the day, before meeting the Dutch. The Terriers have won eight America East Championship-titles (the last in 2010) and appeared in five NCAA Tournaments. Shawn Rychcik is the team's Head Coach for the eighth season, who transformed the team into an America East Conference powerhouse. Rychcik won the most games ever by a coach in their program (230), being named America East Coach of the Year three times and guided the Terriers tot back-to-back titles in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, Rychcik was named as one of 14 coaches who form the National Team Coaching Pool in 2009-2012 who are responsible for the training and preparation for Team USA's program.

Box Score Netherlands vs. Boston University Terriers


Maaike Zijlstra started the game as 3B Coach; Standing at right is 3B Megan Volpano


Saskia Kosterink hitting in the first inning


Lindsey Meadows started for the Dutch
Standing in the back are LF Fabienne van Uden and SS Petra van Heijst


Lindsey struckout five batters in four innings


Nathalie Timmermans, who played in her first game of the trip, singles in her first at bat


Lindsey Meadows concentrates for her next delivery


Nathalie Timmermans, who arrived from Oklahoma in the morning, was behind the plate


Meike Witteveen reaches 3rd base in the 3rd inning with Craig Montvidas coaching at 3B again


The Dutch Team poses with Ernie and Barbara Smith, the parents of former Team USA-pitcher Michelle Smith
Mr. and Mrs. Smith visited several games of the Dutch Team in Florida and enjoy watching the team play
Michelle is an announcer for ESPN Sports, so we will meet her in Oklahoma City for the World Cup of Softball

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