Orange keeps winning streak intact with small win
After two days of non-playing, the Netherlands National Softball Team returned to the playing field early Friday-morning (March 14).
The Orange squad nipped the team of the University of Pennsylvania with a 3-2 score to keep the winning streak intact and extend it to nine games.
The difference in the game was a sacrifice fly by Lindsey Meadows when the Dutch broke a 2-2 tie in the sixth inning to win the game.
The team will play its next game on Saturday in the late afternoon against the University of South Florida.
The squad has now played 10 games and has 12 remaining on their schedule.
Before today's game, The Pennsylvania Quakers had played eleven games and won four of them.
After the first two games of the season rained out on March 4, the team participated in the UCF Spring Fling at Orlando (Florida) (March 7-9).
There, Pennsylvania lost its first four games, but then won 11-1 vs. Colgate last Sunday.
Next, Pennsylvania participated in the USF Under Armour Showcase at Clearwater (Florida), playing its first games last Tuesday.
This time, the Quakers won the first three games, beating Seton Hall (6-0), Quinnipiac (10-1) and Providence (8-7).
But then, they lost the remaining three games, including a double loss on Thursday.
The game against the Dutch Team concluded the trip to Florida of Pennsylvania, which returned home to Philadelphia later in the day.
Game vs. Pennsylvania
It was an early rise and shine today for the Orange squad, as breakfast was scheduled for 7:30 AM.
The team left the hotel around 8:30 for the 15 minute ride to the Eddie C. Moore Complex, where the game started on time at 10 AM.
The Dutch Team was the most productive of the two as it reached base frequently.
However, 10 runners were left behind, including the bases loaded twice.
But in the end, the Orange showed its strenghth, broke a 2-2 tie and went on to win 3-2.
The Dutch Team reached base 14 times, including six by a basehit.
Pennsylvania reached base only five times, including only two basehits, but managed to tie the score in the third inning.
In the first at bat, the Dutch had the bases loaded with two outs, thanks to walks for Merel Oosterveld and Saskia Kosterink and a single by Areke Spel, but all three stranded.
The Dutch then opened the score in the second inning with two runs.
Nikki Harte, who today started at 3rd base, led off with a single, stole second base and advanced on a passed ball.
With two outs, Chantal Versluis also walked and stole second base.
Next, Merel Oosterveld singled to centerfield to bring in the two runners and advanced herself to second base on an outfield-error.
Dutch starter Femke van Dusschoten retired six of the first seven batters she faced, including two with a strikeout.
But in the third inning, the first three batters of the Quakers reached base.
Sydney Kranzmann led off with a single and Vera Barnwell walked.
An error on a grounder by Sydney Turchin then led to the first Pennsylvania-run and a grounder with one out tied the score.
Femke also struckout two batters in this inning.
Eva Voortman then pitched the fourth and fifth inning for the Orange and retired all six batters she faced, the first two of them with a strikeout.
The Dutch Team left a runner at first base in the fourth inning, then got the bases loaded with no outs in the fifth, but was unable to score.
Merel Oosterveld led off with an infield-hit and stole second base, pinch-hitter Lindsey Meadows followed with a walk and the bases got loaded when Saskia Kosterink also reached on an infield-hit.
Unfortunately, a strikeout then followed.
Next, Merel was forced out at home on a grounder by Marisèla de Wind and the inning ended when pinch-hitter Dinet Oosting flied out.
But in the sixth inning, the Dutch Team regained the lead.
Nathalie Timmermans led off with a single and Nathalie Gosewehr walked.
The two advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Chantal Versluis.
The Dutch then got the bases loaded for the third time in this game when Merel Oosterveld walked.
Hereafter, Lindsey Meadows drove the ball into leftfield where it was caught by Sydney Turchin.
But Nathalie Timmermans was able to score and so, Lindsey was credited with a sacrifice fly.
Saskia Kosterink then also flied out to end the inning, but the Dutch had taken a 3-2 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth inning, leading 3-2, Dagmar Bloeming became the third Dutch pitcher.
After retiring the side in the sixth, Dagmar gave up a lead-off single in the seventh, but then retired the next three batters, ending with a strikeout, to earn a save.
After completion of the game, there was a meet-&-greet with students from the nearby Eisenhower Elementary School, which was attended by a lot of children.
And then, it was off to a restaurant for lunch and back to the hotel.
Day 14 was in the books.
Box Score University of Pennsylvania vs. Netherlands
The Dutch players prepare in one of the batting cages
Eva Voortman is ready for the game
Femke van Dusschoten is the starting pitcher for the Dutch
Here, she is pitching to Pennsylvania-rightfielder Leah Allen
Nikki Harte is on 2nd base in the 2nd inning, while Courtney Cuzick pitches
Chantal Versluis scores the second Dutch run in the 2nd inning
Standing at right is Nikki Harte, who just scored the first run
A lot of students from the nearby Eisenhower Elementary School attended the game
Virginie Anneveld hands out signatures
And here, Lindsey Meadows, Anne Blaauwgeers and Karin Tuk do the same
Everyone wants Lindsey's signature
Anne Blaauwgeers puts her name on an arm
Eva Voortman takes over the pitching in the 4th inning
Nathalie Timmermans did the catching today
Merel Oosterveld leads off the 5th inning with an infield-hit...
...and steals 2nd base moments later
Lindsey Meadows then enters the game as pinch-hitter and walks
Saskia Kosterink singles to load the bases
Marisèla de Wind follows with a grounder, but Merel is forced out at home
Eva Voortman pitching in the 5th inning; Saskia Kosterink is at 1st base,
Dinet Oosting had taken over at 3rd base
Lindsey Meadows takes over in rightfield with the score tied at 2-2
Chantal Versluis turns for a sacrifice bunt in the 6th inning
Running at 1st base is Nathalie Gosewehr
Lindsey Meadows drills the ball into leftfield for a sac-fly...
...and Nathalie Timmermans beats the throw to score the go-ahead run
Dagmar Bloeming en route to her second save of the trip
Standing in the back is short stop Chantal Versluis
Marisèla de Wind hitting in the 7th inning
Coach Berend Mannessen looks on from the dug-out
Dagmar Bloeming ends the game with a strikeout...
...and gets a high-five from Pitching Coach Karen Marr
The team poses with the students of the Eisenhower Elementary School