Dutch Team raises win-total to 14
CLEARWATER / TAMPA, Florida (USA) -
The Dutch National Softball Team raised its total victories on this years American Tour to fourteen on Wednesday by adding to small wins.
Both games were played at the softball stadium of the University of South Florida in Tampa.
In the opener today, the Dutch Team won 3-1 vs. Rutgers University on a 2-run homerun by Saskia Kosterink in a game that was tied at 1-1 in the fourth inning.
In the second game against Canisius College, an 1-1 tie was broken in the sixth inning when Nathalie Timmermans homered, leading to a 2-1 victory for the Orange.
Nathalie also homered in the first game of today's double-header.
With the two victories, the team's winning streak was extended to 10 games, while the squad had won 14 of the 17 games played and 12 of the 13 played in Florida.
Four more games are left on the schedule in the upcoming days.
On Thursday-afternoon, the Dutch Team plays a single game and then meets Northern Colorado, starting at 5 PM local time (10 PM Dutch time).
The day will start early when the team participates in the iQ Physical Test in Clearwater.
On Friday, the team also conduct a clinic in the morning.
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Game vs. Rutgers University
In the opening game, the Dutch Team won 3-1, but the decision fell in the sixth inning when the score was tied at 1-1.
In the first inning, the Orange were close to its first run when Saskia Kosterink singled with two outs, stole second base and moved to third on a wild pitch, but then a flyout followed.
The Scarlet Knights of Rutgers University then scored the first run in its first at bat off starter Femke van Dusschoten.
For Femke, this was her first appearance of the Tour after being sidelined with an injury the last few weeks.
With one out, she walked a batter and then gave up a single that put runners at the corners.
A throwing error in a double-steal situation then led to the run.
Catcher Nathalie Timmermans, who made the throwing error, immediately made up for it, as she hammered an one-out homerun in the second inning to tie the score.
In the next three innings, both teams were unable to score.
The Dutch Team got two runners in this span when Saskia Kosterink reached on an infield-hit with two outs in the third inning and when Petra van Heijst also hit an infield-hit in the fifth at bat.
Femke, who threw only the opening-inning, was relieved by Lindsey Meadows in the second inning.
The righthander retired the first six batters she faced, then two batters reached in the fourth inning, one on an error, the other on a hit by pitch, but both stranded.
In the fifth inning, MariŽlle Vleugels became the third Dutch pitcher.
Rutgers threatened to re-take the lead in this at bat, when it got its first two batters on base and had the bases loaded with two outs.
The first batter walked, then an error was made on a force play-grounder.
By the way, this was the fourth Dutch error in this game, which was the highest total during this Tour.
But the Dutch defense immediately recovered.
A groundout and strikeout followed.
After a walk loaded the bases, a flyout ended the at bat, stranding three Scarlet Knights.
The Dutch Team then struck in the sixth inning.
Meike Witteveen led off with a single and stole second base, then Saskia Kosterink followed with a 2-run homerun to make it 3-1.
From here, the Dutch did what it does best these days, close the game with good pitching and solid defense.
In the sixth, MariŽlle retired the side, including a strikeout.
She started the seventh with another strikeout, but then gave up two singles.
A flyout then accounted for the second out and MariŽlle secured the win herself by throwing her fourth strikeout in three innings.
The Scarlet Knights, the team of Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey, as the school is officially named, opened its season on February 11-12 with a 2-2 record at Lafayette (Louisiana).
Next, the team was 2-1 on February 18-19 at San Marcos (Texas).
Rutgers then lost five games on March 2-3 in Athens (Georgia), before coming to Florida.
At Clearwater, during the USF Under Armour Showcase, Rutgers was 2-3.
Rutgers then won a single game on Tuesday, before facing the Dutch today with a 7-11 record.
Rutgers, which is made up of three campuses in New Jersey, is led for the sixth year by Head Coach Jay Nelson, who guided the team to back-to-back Big East Tournaments in 2010 and 2011.
Before coming to Rutgers, Nelson was as Assistant Coach for 10 seasons at Seton Hall University and before that, he led the team of Mountain Lakes High School for 12 seasons, winning three championships there.
The opponent in this game has a Dutch background.
Rutgers is the largest institution for higher education in New Jersey and was originally chartered as Queen's College in 1766.
It is the eighth-oldest college in the United States and one of the nine Colonial colleges founded before the American Revolution.
Rutgers was originally a private university affiliated with the Dutch Reformed Church.
Rutgers is one of only two colonial colleges that later became public universities, the other being The College of William and Mary in Williamsburg (Virginia).
Two decades after the College of New Jersey (which is now Princeton University) was established in 1746, ministers of the Dutch Reformed Church, seeking autonomy in ecclesiastical affairs in the American colonies, sought to establish a college to train those who wanted to become ministers within the church.
Through several years of effort by Reverend Theodorus Jacobus Frelinghuysen (1691Ė1747) and Reverend Jacob Rutsen Hardenbergh (1736Ė1790), later the college's first president, Queen's College was chartered on 10 November 1766.
After several years of closure resulting from an economic depression after the War of 1812, Queen's College reopened in 1825 and was renamed Rutgers College in honor of American Revolutionary War hero Colonel Henry Rutgers (1745Ė1830).
At the campus in New Brunswick, there is a statue of William the Silent, which is the nickname of William of Orange, the founding father of the Dutch Royal Family.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Rutgers University Scarlet Knights
Head Coach Craig Montvidas meets with Rutgers Head Coach Jay Nelson and the umpires
The Dutch players are introduced
Saskia Kosterink steals second base in the 1st inning; 2B Sarah Harabedian can't prevent that
Femke van Dusschoten made her first appearance of the Tour today
Femke faced four batters in the lone inning she pitched
Nathalie Timmermans connects in the second inning...
...and is greeted after her score-tying homerun
Next, Yonina Sint Jago reached on an error; Kylee Bishop is the catcher
Lindsey Meadows took over in the 2nd inning; Here she faces Alexis Durando
In the third inning, Saskia Kosterink reaches on an infield-hit
Lindsey Meadows retired the first six batters she faced
Virginie Anneveld flies out in the fourth inning
An overview of the USF Softball Stadium in Tampa
Petra van Heijst is caught stealing in the 5th inning and is tagged by 3B Brittney Lindley
Coaches Craig Montvidas and Jay Nelson observe the situation
Moments later, Nathalie Gosewehr grounds out
MariŽlle Vleugels threw the last three innings and struckout four
Alexis Durando reaches 2nd base in the 5th inning, as Petra van Heijst has no play
Meike Witteveen steals second base in the sixth inning...
...then Saskia Kosterink follows with a 2-run homerun to make it 3-1
Here, Saskia is welcomed by her teammates
Merel Oosterveld was a pinch-runner in the sixth inning
MariŽlle Vleugels is about to strike out Brittney Lindley in the 6th inning
In the 7th, Petra van Heijst singles and reaches third base
End of the game, MariŽlle closes with a strikeout to secure the 3-1 victory
Saskia Kosterink and Nathalie Timmermans homered in this game
Game vs. Canisius College
The second game today also was decided by a homerun and again the big blow came in the sixth inning to break an 1-1 tie en route to a 2-1 victory.
This time, it was the Dutch Team that opened the score in the first inning.
Petra van Heijst led off with a single, stole second and later scored on a sacrifice fly by Nathalie Timmermans.
By the way, Petra played at third base in this game, which was a first of this Tour.
Also, MariŽlle Vleugels played at first base.
Pitcher Rebecca Soumeru, who had a series of impressive performances the last days, had the day off today.
Dutch starter Dagmar Bloeming retired the side in the first at bat, but then gave up the tying run in the second inning.
After starting the inning with her second strikeout, she gave up two singles, then a stolen bases-situation tied the score.
But that was all, as a flyout and another strikeout followed.
In the third, Dagmar added two more strikeouts.
In the fourth, with runners on first and second base (walk and hit batter), Dagmar struckout her sixth batter, then a groundout ended the at bat.
The Dutch Team was close to re-taking the lead in the second inning.
With two outs, MarisŤla de Wind doubled, then advanced when an error was made on a grounder by Merel Oosterveld, but she was left at third base.
In the fifth inning, there was another scoring possibility.
MarisŤla de Wind led off with a single, then moved on a grounder and a single by Petra van Heijst.
After the latter had stolen second base (Petra stole three bases this game), MarisŤla was eliminated at the plate trying to score on a grounder by Yonina Sint Jago.
A grounder followed, leaving two runners behind.
But the Dutch Team got on top again in the sixth inning when Nathalie Timmermans led off with a homerun, her second of the day.
The Dutch had taken the lead and the defense then again did the rest.
Ginger de Weert took over the pitching in the fifth inning and threw three fine innings.
In the fifth, she gave up a 2-out single, but that runner was caught stealing.
Ginger then retired the side in the sixth and seventh inning and ended the game with a strikeout.
The Golden Griffins, the team of Canisius College (by the way, there is a school with the same name in the Dutch city of Nijmegen), opened its season with one win in four games on February 10-11 at the ECU Pirates Classic in Greenville (South Carolina).
The team then was 1-3 also at the UMBC Retrieve Classic on March 2-4 in Baltimore (Maryland).
Next, Canisius participated in the USF Under Armour Showcase in Florida on March 9-11 and was 2-3.
After losing two games on Tuesday, the team met the Dutch Team today.
After completion of this game, Canisius lost only 1-0 to the University of South Florida in an evening-game.
Canisius is coached by Mike Rappl, who is in his 33rd season as Head Coach of the team, winning 771 games in that span.
Rappl, who was named MAAC Coach of the Year seven times, led the Golden Griffins to 13 MAAC regular season titles.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Canisius College Golden Griffins
Tracy Bunge coached at third base for the Dutch Team in this game
Petra van Heijst led off with a single in the 1st inning
Here, Petra steals her first of three bases in this game
Moments later, Petra scores the first Dutch run
MariŽlle Vleugels, the winning pitcher in the opener, played at 1B in this game
MarisŤla de Wind let a ball go by in the 2nd inning before hitting a double
Starter Dagmar Bloeming struckout six batters in four innings
Maaike Zijlstra coached at first base again
Dagmar Bloeming delivers another pitch with two first-timers at the corners:
Petra van Heijst at 3B and MariŽlle Vleugels at 1B
Nathalie Timmermans singles in the third inning
MarisŤla de Wind running at 3rd base in the 5th after having hit a lead-off single
Robin Kennery is the 3B
Winning pitcher Ginger de Weert threw the last three innings
A smiling Nathalie Timmermans scores after hitting her homerun in the 6th inning
Nathalie greeted at home plate
Petra van Heijst hitting in the seventh inning
The Dutch won both games today in Tampa