Orange plays first outdoor-game
The Netherlands National Softball Team opened its series of 25 games in 20 days in Florida (USA) on Tuesday, March 4 with a scoreless tie.
For the Dutch Team, this was its first outdoor-game of the year.
At Eddie C. Moore Sports Complex in Clearwater, the first opponent were the Lions, the team of Loyola Marymount University from Los Angeles.
The game remained scoreless and as it was decided not to play a tie-break, the game ended with a 0-0 score.
The Orange squad will play two games on Wednesday.
The team then meets Saint John's University at 5 PM local time (11 PM Dutch time), followed by a match-up against University of Toledo, starting at 7 PM (1 AM Dutch time).
The first opponent was the team of Loyola Marymount University from Los Angeles, California.
Did the Orange squad play its first outdoor-game of the year, the Lions already had played 16 games before today, winning eight of them.
The LMU Lions opened their season on February 7, when it participated in the Cal State Fullerton Easton I Invitational at Fullerton, California.
The Lions lost their first fives games, but then won the first two games of the Amy Harrison Classic in Riverside, California.
There, the Lions nipped Seattle University 1-0 and won 12-4 in nine innings vs. CSU Bakersfield.
A 10-1 loss in five innings then followed against Seattle, but the Lions recovered and won its next two games vs. UC Riverside (5-3) and CSU Bakersfield (1-0).
Hereafter, the Lions traveled to Florida for participation in the USF Under Armour Invitational in Clearwater.
Last Friday, the team opened with an 1-0 win in eight innings vs. Kennesaw State, then was shutout 5-0 by Florida Atlantic later in the day.
On Saturday, the Lions also split their double-header, winning 2-1 vs. Temple and then losing 10-0 to the University of South Florida, which will be the opponent of the Dutch squad on March 15.
Next, the Lions won 5-1 vs. Central Arkansas and added a 7-1 victory on Monday against Maine, which will play against the Dutch Team on March 12.
Both teams got several runners in scoring position today, but were unable to move a runner across home plate.
And as a result, no runs were scored.
Both teams left four runners in scoring position.
Both teams came close to a run early in the game.
In the first at bat, Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a single, moved on a grounder by Chantal Versluis, then reached third base on a sacrifice bunt by Jessie van Aalst.
She then stranded when next batter Saskia Kosterink flied out.
Loyola Marymount was retired in order in its first inning by Ginger de Weert, but then reached third base in the next inning.
With one out, Nicole Kaiser walked, but was forced out by 2B Nikki Harte on a grounder by Stephanie Maciel.
The latter then advanced to third base on a single by Anne Monroe, but hereafter, Ginger struckout next batter Courtney Moore to end the inning.
In the third inning, with two outs, Nathalie Gosewehr registered her second base, but then was forced out.
The Lions got a runner on base with one out in its third at bat, but then the Dutch defense turned a double play.
In the fourth inning, it was Saskia Kosterink who got into scoring position off of new pitcher Sydney Gouveia.
With one out, she single and moved on a grounder by Virginie Anneveld, but then was left behind.
For the Lions, Alex Finie led off the fourth inning with a single, but her pinch-runner Breeanna Sandoval then was left on first base.
A strikeout and flyout followed, then Femke van Dusschoten took over the pitching and ended the at bat with a grounder.
In the fifth at bat, the Dutch got another runner in scoring position.
With two outs, Nikki Harte singled and stole second base, but was also left behind.
The same happened to the Lions in its fifth inning.
With two outs, Kelly Jacobs walked, moved on an infield-hit by Breeanna Sandoval, but then stranded.
The teams were very equal to each other, as they left a runner at first base in the sixth inning, then got into scoring position again in the seventh.
For the Dutch, Areke Spel led off with a single, moved on a sac-bunt by Dinet Oosting, but then stranded.
For the Lions, Sterling Shuster led off with a walk, moved on a bunt by Courtney Moore and also was left behind.
Unfortunately, there was no time to play an additional tie-break inning, as the Lions had to travel from Clearwater to Orlando to catch their plane for the flight back to Los Angeles.
Later in the day, the team had dinner in Palm Pavillion in Clearwater Beach.
The Dutch met Loyola Marymount for the first time almost exactly three years ago.
On March 3, 2011, the Orange lost 3-0.
None of the players who faced the Dutch today played for the Lions in 2011.
For the Dutch Team, five players who were in the game today also played against the Lions three years ago.
Back then, Ginger de Weert also was the starting pitcher.
In both games, the Orange outhit the Lions.
In 2011, the Dutch outhit them 7-5, today, it was 6-3.
Box Score Loyola Marymount University Lions vs. Netherlands
Head Coach Craig Montvidas meets with the players before the game
Left to right Areke Spel, Karin Tuk, Nathalie Gosewehr, Nathalie Timmermans,
Merel Oosterveld and Coach Berend Mannessen
Preparing for the game at Field #4 of Eddie C. Moore Sports Complex in Clearwater
Nathalie Gosewehr leads off the game with a single
Nathalie moves to 3rd base on a sac-bunt by Jessie van Aalst...
...but then strands, as the inning ends with a flyout on a hit by Saskia Kosterink
Ginger de Weert starts for the Orange squad, pitching on Nathalie Timmermans
Breeanna Sandoval is the lead-off hitter for the Lions
An overview of the field
Areke Spel singles with one out in the 2nd inning
Ginger de Weert makes another pitch
At 1B is Jessie van Aalst, at 3B is Virginie Anneveld
Nicole Kaiser is forced out on 2nd base in the 2nd inning on a throw by
2B Nikki Harte to short stop Chantal Versluis
Ginger de Weert throws 3 2/3 innings
Nikki Harte makes contact
Sitting behind the back-stop are pitchers Dagmar Bloeming and Rebecca Soumeru
Elmy van Tok is taping the game for video analysis
Nikki Harte singles in the fifth inning...
...then steals 2nd base moments later
Femke van Dusschoten throws the final 3 1/3 innings for the Dutch
Standing in the background is Shareday Christina
Shareday Christina plays at 2nd base in the final two innings
Jessie van Aalst is playing at 1st base in this game
Shareday Christina hitting in the 7th inning
Returning back to the city after the game
Team Manager Paul Boonstra and Coach Berend Mannessen
take a break at the beach after the game
Video Analyst Elmy van Tok, Head Coach Craig Montvidas and Pitching Coach Karen Marr
...and the players enjoy dinner at Palm Pavillion