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Dutch Team overpowers Cleveland State - Clearwater - Sunday, March 9, 2014
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Dutch offense adds four homeruns

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The Netherlands National Softball Team on Sunday, March 9 won with a big 16-8 score against the team of Cleveland State University. It was another productive game for the Orange squad offensively, as it collected 13 basehits, including homeruns by Merel Oosterveld, Saskia Kosterink (grand slam), Karin Tuk and Nathalie Timmermans, who was 4-for-4, scored three runs and had three RBI's.

The second game scheduled for today was to be played against Province College, but was cancelled at their request. As one of Providence's pitchers was injured, the team had not enough pitching for today's game, as the team also is in the middle of a tourmament in Florida. Six years ago, the Dutch Team played its first game against Providence during the first USA Tour of 2008. The Orange squad then participated in the Davis Invitational Tournament of the University of California at Davis. The Dutch Team opened the event with a 6-1 victory vs. Providence. The next day, the Dutch and Providence met again, but that game was halted due to rain in the fourth inning with Providence leading 3-1.

The team returns to the field on Monday. The Dutch then will meet the team of the Florida Institute of Technology (or Florida Tech) in a double-header in Melbourne, which is located on the east-coast of Florida. The first game starts at 1 PM local time (7 PM Dutch time).



Game vs. Cleveland State University

Before today's game, Cleveland State University had played 18 games, winning ten of them. The team started the season well, winning three of four games played at the CSU Dome Tournament, beating Bucknell (1-0), Bowling Green (5-3) and Canisius (9-0). Next, the Panthers played four games at Charlotte, North Carolina, but this time won only once, which was a 5-1 victory vs. St. Bonaventure. A week later, a series of five games followed in Rock Hill, South Carolina. There, three games were won, beating Wagner (6-4), Gardner-Webb (12-2) and Robert Morris (2-1). The team then traveled to Clearwater in Florida, where it played its first games last Friday, beating Villanova 1-0 and Quinnipiac 9-0. Yesterday, it won 5-3 vs. Boston University, which then answered with a 13-0 win in the next game. Today, the Panthers started the day with a 4-3 loss vs. St. John's, which was the opponent of the Dutch Team a few days ago.

Today's starting pitcher for Cleveland was Sara Shields, who last Friday threw a No-Hitter vs. Quinnipiac. It was the 12th No-Hitter in school-history and the first since April 6, 2010.

The game against the Panthers saw a lot of runs and basehits. But it the end, it were the four homeruns that overpowered Cleveland State University, which is based in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.

The game was tied at 2-2 after the first at bat, but the the Dutch rallied for five runs, highlighted by the grand slam homerun by Saskia Kosterink. The Panthers answered with two runs, the Dutch added one in the third, but saw CSU narrow the deficit to 8-7 in the bottom of the third inning. In the next two innings, the Orange scored eight more runs to win comfortably in the end with a 16-8 score in a 5-inning game.

Grand Slams
DatePlayerOpponentSiteEvent
Jun. 14, 2007Saskia KosterinkGreeceStaranzano (Italy)Olymp.Qual.
Feb. 16, 2008Petra van HeijstSt. Mary's Coll.Moraga, Cal. (USA)USA Tour
Mar. 5, 2008Jolanda KroesenPoint LomaKaneohe, Hawaii (USA)USA Tour
Jul. 15, 2012Nathalie TimmermansCzech Rep.Whitehorse (Can.)World Champ.
Mar. 7, 2014Britt VonkHillsborough CCTampa, Flo. (USA)USA Tour
Mar. 9, 2014Saskia KosterinkCleveland StateClearwater, Flo. (USA)USA Tour
Saskia Kosterink's grand slam was the second of this trip. On Friday, Britt Vonk hit the first one. It is the first time that a Dutch Team hits two grand slam homeruns in one year since 2008. On March 5 of that year, Petra van Heijst and Jolanda Kroesen both hit a grand slam during the first USA Tour of that year. Saskia's grand slam was the second in her National Team-career. She hit her first grand slam on June 14, 2007 against Greece during the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Italy. Besides this years grand slams, the ones hit in 2008 and Saskia's first in 2007, one more grand slam was hit. That came off the bat of Nathalie Timmermans during the World Championship in Canada.

In the opening at bat of today's game, the Orange scored twice quickly. Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a walk, then Merel Oosterveld followed with her second homerun of the this trip. With two outs, Virginie Anneveld added a double, but she stranded.

The Panthers answered with two runs in its first at bat off of starter Eva Voortman. with one out, a walk and single led to two runners, then a single by Erica McNew and a double by Alyson Broschk tied the score. But with runners on second and third base, Eva followed with a strikeout and a grounder ended the at bat.

The Dutch Team then got back on top thanks to a 5-run rally in the second inning, which gave the team the lead to keep. Karin Tuk led off with a walk and Nathalie Timmermans singled. The go-ahead run was then scored when a throwing error was made on a sacrifice bunt by Shareday Christina, which led to runners on second and third base. After a flyout, the bases got loaded when Merel Oosterveld walked. Cleveland-starter Sara Shields then followed with a strikeout for the second out. That brought Saskia Kosterink in the batter's box and the team-captain then belted a grand slam homerun to give the Dutch a 7-2 lead.

In the home of the second inning, the Panthers again scored twice on singles by Susan Knight and Cynthia Woodard. Hereafter, they got the bases loaded, but stranded three runners.

In the third, the eighth Orange-run was scored when Karin Tuk walked with one out and her pinch-runner Anne Blaauwgeers stole second base, moved on a single by Nathalie Timmermans and scored on a squeeze-sac-bunt by Shareday Christina.

And that happened to be an insurance run, as the Panthers scored three runs in its third at bat off of new pitcher Femke van Dusschoten to narrow the deficit to 8-7. A double, single and error accounted for the runs, but Femke ended the threat with a strikeout to secure the lead.

Another 5-run rally followed in the fourth inning. All five runs were scored with two outs when six consecutive batters reached base, five of them with a basehit. Areke Spel led off with a ingled, stole second base and advanced on a single by Anne Blaauwgeers. They both scored when Nathalie Timmermans followed with a double. Next, Shareday Christina singled and stole second, then Nathalie Gosewehr added a 2-run single. After Merel Oosterveld received her third walk in the game, Britt Vonk singled in the fifth run in the at bat to lift the lead to 13-7.

The Panthers managed to add one run in the home of the fourth inning, but the Dutch reacted with three more runs in the fifth. Virginie Anneveld led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Nikki Harte. Then, with one out, Karin Tuk and Nathalie Timmermans belted back-to-back homeruns to make it a 16-8 score.

Ginger de Weert and Dagmar Bloeming pitched the fifth inning for the Dutch.

Nathalie Timmermans batted 4-for-4 and only missed the triple to hit-for-the-cycle.

The last time the Dutch Team hit four homeruns in one game was on July 7, 2012 against the Washington LadyHawks Gold during an exhibition game in Seattle, preparing for the World Championship in Canada. During the USA Tour earlier in the year, the Orange had two consecutive games in which four homeruns were hit. It marked the sixth time since 2008 that the Dutch Team had a 4-homerun game.

Saskia Kosterink, Karin Tuk and Nathalie Timmermans, who hit three of today's four homeruns, now have hit 39 homeruns combined since 2007. Saskia has 14, Nathalie has 15 and Karin has hit 10.

Box Score Cleveland State University vs. Netherlands

4 Home Run Games
DatePlayersOpponentSiteEventHR-hitters
Feb. 16, 2008Nina van Huissteden
Jolanda Kroesen
Marloes Fellinger
Petra van Heijst
St. Mary's Coll.Moraga, Cal. (USA)USA Tour
Jul. 20, 2009Nathalie Gosewehr
Virginie Anneveld
Chantal Versluis
Saskia Kosterink
ItalyOklahoma City, Okl. (USA)World Cup
of
Softball
Mar. 2, 2012Petra van Heijst (2)
Merel Oosterveld
Saskia Kosterink
Murray StateKnoxville, Tenn. (USA)USA Tour
Mar. 3, 2012Nathalie Gosewehr
Lindsey Meadows
Karin Tuk
Areke Spel
Middle TennesseeKnoxville, Tenn. (USA)USA Tour
Jul. 7, 2012Chantal Versluis (2)
Saskia Kosterink
Karin Tuk
Wash. LadyHawksSeattle, Wash. (USA)Exhibition
Mar. 8, 2014Merel Oosterveld
Saskia Kosterink
Karin Tuk
Nathalie Timmermans
Cleveland SUClearwater, Flo. (USA)USA Tour


The Dutch Team poses with the flag of main sponsor Sandd


Merel Oosterveld homers in the first inning...


...and gets a high-five from Head Coach Craig Montvidas


Britt Vonk hitting in the first at bat


Head Coach Craig Montvidas


Virginie Anneveld doubles in the first inning


Eva Voortman starts for the Dutch squad


Eva makes another delivery


An overview of the field with Karin Tuk hitting


A look in the Dutch dug-out


Shareday Christina puts down sacrifice bunt in the 2nd inning


Saskia Kosterink hits her second career grand slam...


...and is greeted by her teammates


Leftfielder Nathalie Gosewehr throws the ball back to the infield


Short stop Britt Vonk


Another overvieuw of the field on Eddie C. Moore Sports Complex


Nena Doran is eliminated in a rundown in the 2nd inning
3B Virginie Anneveld (background) has thrown the ball to 2B Shareday Christina,
who then throws it to short stop Britt Vonk, who will make the tag


Areke Spel hitting in the 3rd inning


Anne Blaauwgeers steals 2nd base in the 3rd inning


The players of J.W. Mitchell High School, who participated in the clinic on Saturday,
today attended the game of the Dutch Team


Femke van Dusschoten takes over the pitching in the 3rd inning


Erica McNew hitting for Cleveland State in the 3rd inning


Head Coach Craig Montvidas talks with the team between innings


Anne Blaauwgeers steals another base in the 4th inning


Nathalie Timmermans hits a 2-run double in the 4th inning
Areke Spel scores in the background


Saskia Kosterink hitting in the fourth at bat


Lindsey Meadows is pinch-hitter in the 5th inning


Karin Tuk hits 2-run homerun in the 5th inning


Karin is greeted after her 10th career homerun in the Dutch team


Rebecca Soumeru keeps track of the pitching chart and Peter Schuler handles the scorecard


Nathalie Timmermans hits the 4th Dutch homerun today


Ginger de Weert takes over the pitching in 5th inning
Shareday Christina moves from 2B to 3B, Britt Vonk is at short,
Nikki Harte takes over at 2B and Jessie van Aalst comes in to play at 1B


Head Coach Craig Montvidas with Dinet Oosting


Dagmar Bloeming pitches one batter in the 5th inning


End of the game


The two teams pose together


Coaches Karen Marr and Berend Mannessen


The players sign the shirts of the clinic-players

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