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Double-header rains out

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Today, rain disrupted the series of games of the Netherlands National Softball Team, as its scheduled double-header was cancelled.

The Orange squad was to have met the University of Maine, starting at 5:00 PM local (10 PM Dutch time) in the first match-up. This was to be followed by the game against Bryant University, starting at 7:15 PM local time (00:15 AM Dutch time).

However, the day started with rain in the morning, resulting in the cancellation. Local TV-station WTSP reported that there were thunderstorms in the area. At noon, the rain had mostly stopped and the temperature was around 20 degrees Celsius (68 Fahrenheit), but it was then made final that both games were scrubbed.

The two games were to played at the Eddie C. Moore Sports Complex in Clearwater, which is also the site of numerous other games being played these days by college-teams. In these weeks, several tournaments are also hosted at the complex, which are part of the annual USF Series, organized by the University of South Florida. From February 28 through March 2, the USF Under Armour Invitational was played here and on March 1 and 2, the Florida Elite 12U Invitational.

Last Friday, the USF Under Armour Showcase started and was concluded on Sunday. Within this event, the games of Dutch Team last Sunday vs. Cleveland State University and Providence College were included in the schedule.

Coming Friday (March 14), the USF Michele Smith Spring Break Tournament opens on the Eddie C. Moore Complex. Within this event, the Dutch Team has four games scheduled. The Orange opens Friday-morning against Pennsylvania, then meets the University of South Florida the next day. On Sunday, the event is concluded with games against Baylor and Central Connecticut. On March 14 and 15, several fields are also used for the Lady Canes Spring Tournament.

There are nine field on the complex, located at three locations. The Dutch Team plays most of its games on Field #8.

Due to the weather conditions, the tournament organization cancelled today's games at the complex.

The Orange squad has no games scheduled for Thursday, then returns to the field on Friday-morning for a single game. The team then meets the University of Pennsylvania, starting at 10 AM local time (3 PM Dutch time).

As the team now had some additional free time, the afternoon was spent in a nearby outlet-store.

Dinner was done in Applebee's in nearby Bradenton. To get there the team traveled with their mini-vans south of Clearwater adn took the impressive Bob Graham Sunshine Skyway Bridge, which spans Tampa Bay. It has a total length of 21,877 feet (or 6,67 km) and connects St. Petersburg in Pinellas County with Terra Ceia in Manatee County, passing through Hillsborough County waters.

The construction of the bridge began in 1982 and the completed bridge was dedicated on February 7, 1987. It cost 244 million dollar to build the bridge and was opened for traffic April 1987. In 2005, the bridge was named after Bob Graham, who was the 38th Governor of Florida (1979-1987) and then-US Senator (1987-2005), who presided over its design and most of its construction. Bob Graham is currently concentrating his efforts on the newly established Bob Graham Center for Public Service. In 2011, he published his first book, the thriller 'The Keys to the Kingdom'.

The players leave Applebee's in Bradenton after dinner

From there, it was on to the Sunshine Skyway Bridge to return to Clearwater

The sun sets in Florida

Back to the hotel

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