Dutch Team closes trip with shutout
CLEARWATER, Florida (USA) -
The Dutch Softball Team played its 21st and last game of the American Tour on Sunday vs. the University of Maryland and closed the trip with a 6-0 win.
With this, the squad finished the American Tour with a 17-4 record, which is the best ever of all Tours a National Team made since 1967.
In today's game, the Dutch Team opened the score on a 2-run homerun by Areke Spel, then the team added two more runs in both the sixth and seventh at bat.
Rebecca Soumeru started the game, then re-entered and completed it.
In her six innings, she struckout 10 batters.
After completion of the game, the team went to the nearby house of Peter and Joanne Schuler, where the players could shower and change cloths.
From there, it was on Island Way Grill, the restaurant where the team had dinner.
Afterwards, the team went back to the hotel to conclude the day (and the trip) around a campfire.
The team thanks Peter and Joanne Schuler for their hospitality, but also (again) for their assistance during this trip, as they did last year.
Peter did all logistics in Florida, from making arrangements with restaurants to having the contacts with the opponents, fields, travel, and much more.
Peter and Joanne, thank you very much!
You again did an outstanding job!
Another thank you has to go to Mr. and Mrs. Bunge, the parents of Coach Tracy Bunge for their support of our program and for being with the team in Florida.
The team will fly back to the Netherlands on Monday-afternoon to arrive in Amsterdam on Tuesday-afternoon.
The team will be back on the field on Wednesday, March 28 for another game of its indoor-season in Amsterdam.
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Game vs. University of Maryland
The Dutch Team set the tone for this game in the first inning by taking a 2-0 lead.
With one out, Petra van Heijst walked.
Then, with two outs, Areke Spel hit her fourth homerun of the trip and her 2-run shot gave the Dutch an early lead.
In the second at bat, the Team got the bases loaded, but was unable to add more runs.
Karin Tuk and Dinet Oosting led off with singles, then Merel Oosterveld walked to load the bases.
But hereafter, all three runners stranded, as a strikeout and two pop-outs followed.
In the fifth inning, the Dutch Team got another runner in scoring position.
Anne Blaauwgeers led off with a walk, stole both second and third base, but was left on third base.
Dutch starter Rebecca Soumeru had another impressive outing.
The veteran righthander retired the first seven batters she faced, including three with a strikeout, before giving up an one-out single in the third inning.
She then followed with another strikeout and a flyout ended the at bat.
In the fourth, Rebecca gave up a lead-off single, but then struckout the next two batters and a flyuout ended this Maryland at bat.
In the fifth inning, Dagmar Bloeming initially was scheduled to take over, but while warming up in the bullpen, she was bothered with a sore shoulder.
So out of precaution, Dagmar wasn't used and Lindsey Meadows (who was the Designated Player) took over instead.
Lindsey walked a batter with two outs in the fifth and then a grounder ended this inning.
Things then changed again in the sixth Dutch at bat.
Areke Spel led off with an infield-hit, but then Lindsey Meadows was hit by a pitch.
Lindsey was replaced by pinch-runner Fabienne van Uden.
After the two runners advanced on a flyout by Karin Tuk, Areke beat the throw to home on a grounder by Dinet Oosting to score the third Dutch run.
Fabienne advanced to third base on this play, and with two outs, she scored on squeeze-like bunt-single by Anne Blaauwgeers to make it 4-0.
Dinet and Anne then conducted a double-steal (Anne stole three bases this game), but a flyout then ended the inning.
In the seventh inning, the Dutch Team increased its lead to 6-0 by scoring two more runs.
Petra van Heijst led off with a single, but was then forced out on a grounder by Saskia Kosterink.
After the latter advanced on a passed ball, she scored on a 2-out double by Fabienne van Uden, who had taken over as DP.
Next, Fabienne stole third base and scored on a single by Karin Tuk to make it 6-0.
Because of the hit by pitch, Lindsey didn't return as pitcher in the sixth inning out of precaution and as Dagmar also wasn't available, Rebecca returned to the circle and completed the game by throwing the last two innings.
In these two innings, Rebecca added four more strikeouts to raise her total to ten.
In the sixth, the saw the first two batters reach base on an error and infield-hit, which led to runners on first and third.
After a stolen base and now with runners on second and third base, Rebecca underscored her current form by striking out the next three batters to end this scoring opportunity of Maryland and secure the shutout.
In the seventh, Rebecca gave up an one-out pinch-hit single, but then a strikeout and groundout ended the game.
What the injuries of the Dutch players are concerned, which were mentioned in the last few days, all injuries were minor and the players just didn't play out of precaution.
The Terraspins were 18-8 before they faced the Dutch Team today.
The team opened their season with a 4-1 record at the FAU Kick-Off Classic in Boca Raton (Florida) on February 17-19.
Hereafter, Maryland won a double-header on February 22 and went 4-1 at the ESPN Citrus Classic in Kissimmee (Florida) on February 24-26.
Next, the team had a lesser performance at the Alabama Invite on March 2-4, as it went 1-4.
At home at College Park (Maryland), the Terrapins were unbeaten (5-0) at the Maryland Round Robin/Wound Warrior Weekend on March 9-11.
On March 16 and 17, the team was 2-2 at the USF Invitational in Clearwater, before it faced the Dutch.
Later today, the Terrapins lost 9-0 to Florida A&M.
Laura Watten is in her seventh year as Head Coach of Maryland where she led the team to back-to-back NCAA Regional appearances for the first time in school history in 2010-2011.
One of her Assistant Coaches is Kelly Kretschman, who plays professionally for USSSA Pride in the National Pro Fastpitch.
Kretschman, who plays professionally for seven seasons now, played for Team USA when it won the Olympic Gold Medal in 2004 and the Silver Medal in 2008.
Box Score Netherlands vs. University of Maryland Terrapins
Ready for the 21st and final game of the trip!
Nathalie Gosewehr leads off the game with a flyout
Maryland-starter Kaitlyn Schmeiser
Petra van Heijst is the first runner after walking in the 1st inning
Next, Saskia Kosterink flies out
But then Areke Spel follows with a 2-run homerun
Here, she is high-fived by Coach Tracy Bunge
The Dutch Team takes a 2-0 lead on Areke's homerun
Lindsey Meadows is the final batter in the first at bat
Dutch starter Rebecca Soumeru had another strong outing
Rebecca Soumeru struckout 10 batters today
Dinet Oosting singled in the second inning; Kelly Trimble is the 1B
Merel Oosterveld walks in the 2nd inning to load the bases
Saskia Kosterink grounds out on a close play in the 3rd inning
Anne Blaauwgeers steals 2nd base in the 5th inning; Anne had 3 stolen bases; SS Nikki Maier has no play
Petra van Heijst turns for a bunt in the 5th inning; Sloane Van Meter is the catcher
Lindsey Meadows pitched the 5th inning
And another delivery by Lindsey
Areke Spel leads off the 6th inning with an infield-hit
Later in the at bat, Areke moves to third base...
...and beats the throw to home to score the third Dutch run
Anne Blaauwgeers puts down a bunt-single that scored Fabienne van Uden
Dinet Oosting steals 3rd base in the 6th inning; 3B Bridget Hawvermale has no play
With Dinet at third base, Nathalie Gosewehr flies out
Kelly Trimble appears to successfully puts down a bunt in the 6th, but she would strikeout
Karin Tuk did the catching
Saskia Kosterink scores the 5th Dutch run in the 7th inning
Fabienne van Uden at 3rd base after a double and stole base, before scoring in the 7th
The fathers of Coach Tracy Bunge and former Team USA-pitcher Michelle Smith have a chat
Coach Maaike Zijlstra addresses the team after the final out
The team thanks the parents of Tracy Bunge for their support
Coaches Maaike Zijlstra, Karen Marr and Tracy Bunge
After the game it's off to the home of the Schulers
The players have a moment to relax and shower at the home of Peter and Joanne Schuler
The team then has dinner at Island Way Grill
The final dinner of the this years American Tour
The team 'celebrates' the 'birthday' of Coach Tracy Bunge
After dinner, the team relaxes at the hotel; marshmallows are made above a campfire
Team-captains Rebecca Soumeru and Saskia Kosterink thank
Joanne and Peter Schuler for their enormous support and hospitality during the trip