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Orange hits 4 homeruns, including a grand slam

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After having the day off on Thursday, the Netherlands National Softball Team returned to the field today (Friday, March 7) to play a double-header against the team of Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. On a cold day, the Orange squad won the opener 10-1 in five innings, then recorded a huge 19-2 victory in Game 2.

The Dutch Team collected 27 basehits, including four homeruns. Britt Vonk, who joined the team in the morning, homered twice, including a grand slam. Areke Spel and Merel Oosterveld accounted for the other two homeruns.

The Dutch Team will play its next two games on Sunday. The squad then meets Cleveland State University, starting at 11:15 AM local time (5:15 PM Dutch time). Hereafter, the Orange plays against Providence College with a scheduled starting time of 1:30 PM (7:30 PM Dutch time).

Early in the morning, Britt Vonk arrived in Clearwater after a red-eye flight from San Francisco. Britt is playing for the Golden Bears, the team of the University of California at Berkeley. Shortly after joining her Dutch teammates, Britt was in the starting line-up of the first game today as short stop and went 3-for-3 with a homerun, scored twice and had three runs batted in. Britt then played at short and at first base in Game 2 and this time batted 3-for-4, including a grand slam homerun, scored four runs and had six RBI's.

Today's opponent had played 28 games before facing the Dutch squad. Sixteen of these games were won. After a rainout, the Hawks opened its season on February 1 winning two of three games played at the JUCO Kick Off Tournament. Hereafter, the team split a double-header vs. Lake Sumter State College, winning 7-6, then losing 2-1 in 8 innings. In the following weekend, the Hawks saw their games rainout on the first day of the Triple Crown Tournament, then won two of three games played the next day.

Hillsborough then lost two double-headers in a row vs. Indian River State College and the College of Central Florida respectively. These games ended in big scores of 8-2, 9-2, 12-1 and 8-0. The team then lost its fifth game in a row, an 11-5 loss vs. Lake Sumter State College, but recovered and won Game 2 of the double-header with an 11-3 score.

In the weekend of February 21-23, the Hawks played six games, winning three of them. This was followed by a double-header victory on February 25 vs. the College of Central Florida and another double win followed two days later against Santa Fe State College. Last Saturday, the Hawks split vs. Palm Beach State College, winning 7-2 in 11 innings, then losing 15-9. On Tuesday, a double win was recorded against Pasco Hernando State College. On Thursday, the Hawks had a double-header scheduled against Seminole State College, but that rained out.

Game One vs. Hillsborough Community College

In the opener, the Dutch Team won 10-1 in 5 innings. The Dutch Team registered 11 basehits, including three by Britt Vonk and Dinet Oosting. Britt also was credited with 3 runs batted in, as was Areke Spel. Britt and Areke both homered. Except for lead-off hitter Chantal Versluis, all Dutch players scored at least once.

Pitchers Femke van Dusschoten (4 innings) and Eva Voortman (1 inning) combined on a 2-hitter.

The Dutch Team opened the score with two runs in the first inning off of starter Cierra Carreno. With one out, Merel Oosterveld singled, then scored when an error was made on a sacrifice bunt by Britt Vonk. The bases were loaded when Saskia Kosterink and Virginie Anneveld both walked. Britt then scored the second run on a grounder by Areke Spel.

After a scoreless second inning, a 7-run rally followed in the third at bat, which were scored by the first seven batters in the inning. Britt Vonk led off with a homerun, then Saskia Kosterink reached on an error and advanced on a double by Virginie Anneveld. An error on a grounder by Areke Spel led to the next run, then the bases were loaded when Karin Tuk was hit by a pitch. RBI-singles by Nathalie Timmermans and Dinet Oosting then enlarged the lead to 5-0, followed by a runscoring outfield-error. With one out, the bases were loaded again when Merel Oosterveld walked. In her second at bat in the inning, Britt Vonk delivered a 2-run single to make it 9-0.

In the fourth inning, the Dutch added its tenth run when Areke Spel led off with a homerun.

Dutch starter Femke van Dusschoten allowed only one batter to reach base in the first three innings. After retiring the first five batters in a row, she walked Aliceson Holliday, then retired the the four batters again. In the fourth inning, she gave up a lead-off homerun to Madeline Turner, which accounted for the Hawks' lone run. Eva Voortman then pitched the fifth inning. She gave up a lead-off single to Kaitlyn Ficarrotta, but the Dutch defense then turned a double play and Eva ended the game with a strikeout.

Box Score Hillsborough Community College vs. Netherlands (Game One)

Rebecca Soumeru and Ginger de Weert during pre-game preparations

Head Coaches Ray Seymour and Craig Montvidas meet with the umpires

Rebecca and Ginger are in charge of the pitching charts, the scorecard and the Orange Shop

Britt Vonk running at 3rd base and Saskia Kosterink at 2nd base
in the 1st inning with Craig Montvidas coaching

Karin Tuk makes contact, but flies out

Dinet Oosting singles in the 2nd inning

Starting pitcher Femke van Dusschoten

An overview of the field

Femke delivers another pitch

Britt Vonk leads off the 3rd inning with a homerun...

...and is greeted by her teammates

Moments later, Virginie Anneveld doubles

Britt Vonk was 3-for-3 in this game

Coach Berend Mannessen and Physical Therapist Lisette Hagen do some exercises

Areke Spel leads off the 4th inning with a homerun...

...and completes her round across the bases

Merel Oosterveld flies out in the 4th inning

Madeline Turner homers in the 4th inning to score the lone Hillsborough-run

Britt Vonk singles...

...and steals 2nd base in the 5th inning

Karin Tuk makes contact in the 5th at bat

Eva Voortman throws the 5th inning for the Dutch

Femke van Dusschoten shows tangerines, which were handed to the Orange squad
between the games by the team of Hillsborough Community College

After the game, Femke runs with Physical Therapist Lisette Hagen

Game Two vs. Hillsborough Community College

In Game 2, the Dutch Team won 19-2. Leading 7-0, the Orange staged a 12-run rally in the sixth inning en route to the huge victory.

Most Runs Scored, Game, since 2008
26March 2, 2008Chaminade Univ.Waipahu, Hawaii (USA)USA Tour
24July 31, 2011UkraineStaranzano (Italy)Eur.Champ.
19Aug. 2, 2011DenmarkStaranzano (Italy)Eur.Champ.
19July 19, 2013SwedenPrague (Czech Rep.)Eur.Champ.
19March 7, 2014Hillsborough CCTampa, Florida (USA)USA Tour
17Feb. 16, 2008St. Mary's CollegeMoraga, Calif. (USA)USA Tour
17July 9, 2013SlovakiaPrague (Czech Rep.)Eur.Champ.
The 19 runs scored in this game are the most since the Dutch scored 19 against Sweden during last years European Championship in Prague (Czech Republic).

The runs are the most scored in a game during an American Tour since March 2, 2008 when the Dutch Team scored 26 runs in a 5-inning game against Chaminade University Honolulu Silverswords, played in Waipahu (Hawaii) during the first American Tour of that year, preparing for the Olympic Games later in the year in Beijing (China).

This time, the Dutch Team scored four runs in the opening at bat. With one out, Eva Voortman singled, then Merel Oosterveld followed with a 2-run homerun. Next, Britt Vonk singled and Jessie van Aalst walked. Singles by Dinet Oosting and Shareday Christina then made it 4-0.

Hillsborough got two runs back in the second inning off of starter Lindsey Meadows. With one out, Ashley Weisman singled, which was followed by a 2-run homerun by Taylor Maris. And that of course, is a great name for someone hitting a homerun. From 1960-1966, Roger Maris was a powerhitting outfielder for the New York Yankees. Maris, who also played for the Cleveland Indians (1957-1958), Kansas City Athletics (1958-1959) and St. Louis Cardinals (1967-1968) hit 275 homeruns in his career, but will also be known for hitting 61 in 1961 to break the all-time single-season record set by legendary Babe Ruth in 1927 and was thought to be unbreakable.

The Dutch added a run in the third on a single by Nikki Harte, then scored two more in the fourth inning on a single by Merel Oosterveld and a force play-grounder by Britt Vonk.

A 12-run rally then followed in the sixth inning, bringing 15 players to the plate. All nine players scored in this at bat with Anne Blaauwgeers, Merel Oosterveld and Britt Vonk scoring twice. In the inning, lead-off hitter Nathalie Gosewehr was hit by a pitch and Anne Blaauwgeers walked. Singles by Merel Oosterveld and Britt Vonk then started the rally. After a walk for Jessie van Aalst, Dinet Oosting delivered a 2-run double. Later in the at bat, a single by Shareday Christina, sacrifice fly by Nathalie Gosewehr and single by Anne Blaauwgeers increased the lead to 15-2. Next, Eva Voortman singled and Merel Oosterveld walked to set the stage for Britt Vonk. With the bases loaded, Britt connected well and hit a grand slam homerun to make it a 19-2 score. It was Britt's sixth basehit of the day and she finished with nine RBI's.

Eight of the nine Dutch players hit at least one basehit, including three by Eva Voortman, Merel Oosterveld and Britt Vonk. All players scored at least once, led by Britt, who scored four runs.

Dagmar Bloeming pitched the last three innings for the Dutch, struckout four and gave up only one more basehit. Despite taking over with a 7-2 score and the large final score, Dagmar was credited with a save. Lindsey was credited with the win, as she was assigned to pitch the first three innings. And as Dagmar threw three innings, she met the conditions to earn a save.

Box Score Hillsborough Community College vs. Netherlands (Game Two)

Eva Voortman reaches on an infield-hit in the first inning
Playing at 1B is Cierra Carreno

Moments later, Merel Oosterveld hits a 2-run homerun

Nikki Harte hitting in the first inning

Lindsey Meadows throws the first three innings

Merel Oosterveld is caught stealing in the 2nd inning; She is tagged by SS Destiny Kelley

Physical Therapist Lisette Hagen is enjoying herself

Coach Berend Mannessen looks on from the dug-out

Shareday Christina began the game at 3rd base

Nikki Harte started at 2nd base

Merel Oosterveld was 3-for-3 and reached base 5 times

Here, Jessie van Aalst grounds out, but she also walks twice

Dagmar Bloeming threw the final three innings

Dinet Oosting after hitting a 2-run double in the 6th inning

Moments later, Dinet scores another Dutch run

Anne Blaauwgeers hits an RBI-single in the 6th inning

With the bases loaded, Britt Vonk connects well...

...and hits a grand slam homerun

The Dutch players hand the team-brochure to the Hillsborough-players

The two teams together on the photo

Of course, the umpires also join the players

After the game, it was time for dinner

Today, it was Britt Vonk's 'birthday'

Coach Berend Mannessen in front of Cristino's Restaurant

Back at the hotel, these cakes were a present from the Marriott Residence Inn
for the Dutch Team

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