Weather conditions spoil games and homerun
After a delay and a change in schedule due to weather conditions, the Netherlands National Softball Team initially started its first game on Monday, March 17 against Marist College.
After this game, the Orange squad was to meet the University of Central Florida in the evening.
Before the Dutch game, UCF shutout Marist, 11-0.
The Dutch also were off to a good start against Marist, taking an early 4-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by a 3-run homerun by Lindsey Meadows.
However, after two complete innings, it started to rain again and the weather predictions were unfavorable for the remainder of the day.
And so, the game was stopped definitively, while the second game was cancelled.
The Dutch Team will play its next game on Tuesday and then meets Rutgers University, starting at 6 PM local time (11 PM Dutch time).
Today (which was St. Patrick's Day), the Dutch Team traveled to Orlando, despite rainy weather conditions.
After arriving at the University of Central Florida, the weather was not favorable, as severe rain and thunderstorms were active north of Orlando, where it also rained at the moment of arrival.
For the area norht of Orlando, a tornado was issued 75 minutes before game time.
While waiting indoors at the facilities of the University of South Florida, it was decided to change the game schedule.
Initially, the Orange were to play vs. Marist College, which then would meet UCF.
The day would be concluded with the match-up between the Dutch and UCF.
Instead, due to the threat of inclement weather, the UCF vs. Marist game was moved up, as this game counts for the ranking in the Michele Smith Spring Break Tournament.
After completion of that game, the Orange squad was to play its double-header.
UCF went on to win 11-0 vs. Marist in a game which was played in a light drizzle.
In the bottom of the 5th inning, the game was delayed by rain for 20 minutes.
In nearby Kissimmee, the MLB Spring Training-game between the Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves was halted after five innings due to rain, while two other games in the Clearwater-area were cancelled.
UCF ended the game against Marist with a walk-off grand slam homerun in the fifth inning by pinch-hitter Kaitlyn Steckel.
Before facing the Dutch Team today, Marist had played 14 games and won five of them.
The team started with a 2-3 record at the Mercer Bear Classic in Macon (Georgia), winning twice vs. North Carolina Central (3-1, 6-1).
Next, one of four games was won at the Winthrop/Adidas Invitational at Rock Hill (South Carolina), where Norfolk State was beaten, 10-2.
The Red Foxes then played two games in Daytona Beach (Florida), splitting a double-header with Bethune Cookman on Saturday.
On Sunday, a 4-3 win was registered vs. Florida A&M, followed by an 8-0 loss vs. the University of South Florida at Tampa (Florida).
And today, Marist suffered the 11-0 loss vs. the University of Central Florida.
Marist College, which is from Poughkeepsie (near New York City), is led by Head Coach Joe Ausanio, who pitched 41 games in the Major League as a reliever for the New York Yankees.
The righthander was 4-1 and struckout 51 batters in 53 1/3 innings.
In total, Ausanio played professionally for ten seasons in the organisations of the Pittsburgh Pirates, Montreal Expos, New York Yankees, Colorado Rockies and New York Mets.
In 1994 and 1995, while playing for the Columbus Clippers, the Triple-A team of the Yankees, Ausanio was a teammate of Dutch infielder Robert Eenhoorn, who later went on to become the Manager of the Netherlands Baseball Team and currently is the Technical Director for Baseball of the Dutch Association (KNBSB).
Also playing for that team in those years was Derek Jeter.
In 1994, both Ausanio and Eenhoorn made their debut in the Major League.
Eenhoorn on April 27, Ausanio on July 14.
The Championship Team of Marist College in 2013
(Copyright Photo © Marist College)
Ausanio's Assistant Coach also has a story.
Melissa Giordano played for the Marist Red Foxes from 2005 through 2009 and was a solid hitter.
In 2009, she batted .429 with 66 basehits, including eight homeruns and was named the MAAC Player of the Year.
Her link with Europe came in 2010 when she played for Fiorini Forlė in the Italian Softball League.
There, she was a teammate of wellknown players like Eva Trevisan, Sara Avanzi and Leslie Malerich.
But also playing for Forlė that year was Katrina Stockford, who in 2008 played for Tex Town Tigers, which then won the Dutch championship-title.
And playing for TTT that season were current Dutch National Team-players Virginie Anneveld, Lindsey Meadows, Merel Oosterveld, Areke Spel, Karin Tuk and Britt Vonk.
Last season, Marist College won the championship in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (NCAA Division I).
Game vs. Marist
In the game against Marist, the Orange (which was the home team) struck with four runs in the first inning.
Nathalie Gosewehr led off with bunt-single and moved on a sacrifice bunt by Chantal Versluis.
She then scored when Jessie van Aalst followed with a double.
The latter then advanced to third base when Saskia Kosterink flied out.
Next, Karin Tuk walked and Lindsey Meadows highlighted the at bat with a 3-run homerun to make it 4-0.
Dutch starter Ginger de Weert saw Marist load the bases in the first inning with one out, but ended strongly by throwing two strikeouts.
In the second inning, Ginger ended the at bat with another strikeout with a runner in scoring position.
After two complete innings, the rain became too heavy and the game was interrupted.
Moments later, it was decided to stop the game definitively and cancel the following game against UCF.
After the game was stopped, the players stayed for a while at UCF to have some additional batting practice in the batting cages before returning to the hotel in Clearwater.
Coach Berend Mannessen waits for the things that come
The team is ready to take the field
Nathalie Gosewehr scores the first run in the 1st inning
The catcher is Rebecca Freeman
Saskia Kosterink lets a ball go by in the first at bat
The umpire is Bob Kleeba, the catcher is Rebecca Freeman
Jessie van Aalst (who hit an RBI-double) at 3rd base in the 1st inning
Jayne Oberdorf is the pitcher
Lindsey Meadows connects well and hits a 3-run homerun
Lindsey is greeted at home plate
Despite the rain and the cold, Head Coach Craig Montvidas is in short sleeves
What is Physical Therapist Lisette Hagen doing here?
An overview of the field
The players of UCF are ready to put on the tarp on the field
Dutch Head Coach Craig Montvidas discuss the weather conditions with
his UCF-colleague Renee Luers-Gillispie
The field is covered with the tarp
The Dutch players look on and wait in the dug-out
The field is covered and the stadium almost empty during the rain-delay
Merel Oosterveld hands out small orange wooden shoes
Femke van Dusschoten with Marist leftfielder Taylor Kuzma
This is how it looked from the other side
(photo made by Saskia Kosterink)
The two teams pose together
The Dutch players have some additional batting practice
Rain on the way back to the hotel in Clearwater