Homerun-total raised to 22
Today (Wednesday, March 19), the Netherlands National Softball Team split its double-header, which was played at the site of Saint Leo University in Saint Leo.
There, the Orange didn't face Saint Leo in two games, but opened the double-header against Purdue University, then met Saint Leo in Game 2.
Purdue had requested to play against the Dutch and so, the schedule was adjusted in a 3-way series with Purdue, Saint Leo and the Dutch all meeting each other today.
Today's games weren't the best defensively, as a total of 14 errors were made.
Four of them by the Dutch defense.
In the opener, the Dutch Team initially led twice, then trailed and tied a 6-5 deficit, but ended up with an 8-6 loss, which was only the second during the Florida-trip.
In the next game, the Orange was more productive, took charge of the game early and went on to win 6-3 vs. Saint Leo.
The Dutch Team added two more homeruns today, which were hit by Nathalie Timmermans (Game 1) and Karin Tuk (Game 2).
On Thursday, the team has no games scheduled.
However, a practice session is scheduled between 8 and 10 AM.
The remainder of the day will be a resting day and no other activities are planned.
The team returns to the field on Friday.
The Orange squad then meets Polk State College in a double-header at Winter Haven.
The first game starts at 5:00 PM local time (10:00 PM Dutch time).
Hereafter, the Orange squad has one double-header left on its schedule, which will be played next Sunday.
Then, the team meets the Team Florida (travel ball) in St. Petersburg.
Before meeting the Dutch Team in the morning, Purdue University had played 30 games.
Thirteen of those were won, while one ended in a tie.
The Boilermakers opened their season on February 8 and 9 with one win out of four games during the Louisiana Classic at Lafayette (Louisiana).
There, Purdue won 5-4 vs. Texas.
Next, Purdue played five games at the Kickin' Chicken Classic on February 14-16 at Conway (South Carolina) and won twice.
This was followed by the Wilson/DeMarini Classic in Auburn (Alabama) on February 22-23, where Purdue registered a 12-0 win vs. Mississippi Valley State, but also lost three games.
The team then participated in the Easton Crimson Classic (February 28-March 2) in Tuscaloosa (Alabama), lost four games in a row, but ended with a 5-2 win vs. Houston.
From Alabama, it was off to Georgia, where five games were played in Athens during the Georgia Softball Classic (March 7-9).
There, Purdue beat Tennessee Tech twice (4-2 and 1-0).
Next on the schedule was the USF Invitational (March 14-16) at Clearwater (Florida).
Purdue played six games and won four of them.
Yesterday, Purdue won 2-1 vs. the University of Central Florida and then faced the Dutch squad today.
The game against the Orange closed Purdue's stay in Florida.
The team now travels to University Park in Pennsylvania, where it will play three games vs. Penn State.
These games mark the opening of the Big Ten Conference season (Division I).
Hereafter, Purdue will return home to West Lafayette (Indiana) and will play its first home game of the season next Wednesday.
Saint Leo University
Like Purdue, the team of Saint Leo also had played a lot of games before facing the Dutch.
Saint Leo had played 32 since February 1 and won 20 of them.
The Lions began with a series of four games on February 1-2 at the PBC/SSC Challenge in Columbus (Georgia), where one game was won, 4-1 vs. Lander.
Next, the team participated in the Eckerd College Triton Spring Invitational (February 7-9) in Florida and won three of the five games played.
On February 15 and 16, two double-headers were played at Savannah (Georgia) and two wins were registered.
Hereafter, Saint Leo played four games at the Sailfish Showdown (February 21-22) in West Palm Beach (Florida) and won all four games, including a huge 23-1 victory vs. Goldey-Beacom.
Saint Leo then faced Tampa in three Conference-games (February 28-March 1) and lost all three.
The Lions then hosted the Saint Leo Invitational at home (March 7 and 9) and played four games, three of which were won.
On March and 11 and 12, Saint Leo played two double-headers against Mercy and Adelphi respectively and won all four games played.
It then faced Nova Southern (March 14-15) in three Conference-games, winning twice.
Saint Leo plays in the Sunshine State Conference, which is Division II.
Yesterday, Saint Leo shutout West Chester 7-0, before facing the Dutch today.
Game vs. Purdue
The first game today was characterized by defensive errors.
The Dutch Team committed three, Purdue made five.
But Purdue also outhit the Dutch, 11-6.
Nevertheless, the Orange led twice, was able to erase a deficit in the sixth inning, but ended up empty-handed, losing 8-6.
The loss was only the second during this trip in 15 games played.
The Dutch Team opened the score with two runs in the first inning.
Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a single, stole second base, moved on an error and scored on a passed ball.
Jessie van Aalst, who had reached on the error with one out, also stole second base and advanced on the passed ball, scored the second run when Saskia Kosterink's grounder aldo was misplayed.
Purdue, which used 20 players in this game, tied the score in its first at bat off of starter Dagmar Bloeming, who gave up two basehits, including an RBI-single by Tori Chiodo.
The Orange got back on top immediately, scoring twice in the next at bat.
Areke Spel led off with a single, then scored when Nathalie Timmermans homered with one out.
This was Nathalie's fifth homerun during this trip.
Purdue got one run back in its second inning on an one-out double by Mary Gooding, but the Dutch added a run in the fourth at bat to make it a 5-3 lead.
Lindsey Meadows then reached on an error with two outs and went on to score when a drive by Nathalie Timmermans was missed in the outfield.
However, in the bottom of the 5th inning, Purdue scored three runs to take a 6-5 lead.
The first five batters all reached base (resulting in two runs and a tied score) and that led to a pitching change.
Ginger de Weert took over for Dagmar Bloeming.
She struckout the next batter, then a failed pick-off led to the sixth Purdue-run, before a flyout and grounder ended the inning.
In the top of the 6th inning, the Dutch Team came alongside.
With two outs, Areke Spel walked and moved to third base on a single by Lindsey Meadows.
Moments later, she scored the tying run on a single by Nathalie Timmermans, but then two runners stranded.
In the home of the 6th, Purdue struck with two runs, when the Dutch defense committed two errors.
But this time, the Orange squad was unable to erase the deficit and suffered its second loss of the trip.
Box Score Purdue University vs. Netherlands
The nice University Stadium in Saint Leo
The Dutch players have fun during pre-game preparations
Coach Berend Mannessen overlooks the field
Time to take the field
Nathalie Gosewehr leads off the game with a single
Jessie van Aalst lets a ball go by in the 1st inning
Moments later, Nathalie scores on a passed ball
Pitcher Lexy Moore waits for the ball, while Saskia Kosterink gives advice
Saskia Kosterink is caught stealing in the 1st inning and tagged by short stop Maia Monchek
Dagmar Bloeming is the starting pitcher in this game
Playing at 1st base is Saskia Kosterink
Logistics Manager and Team Scorer Peter Schuler and Physical Therapist Lisette Hagen
Areke Spel leads off the 2nd inning with a single
Later in the at bat, Nathalie Timmermans hits a 2-run homerun
Nathalie Gosewehr is caught stealing in the 2nd inning
Short stop Maia Monchek received the ball in time; 2B Mary Gooding covers
Lauren Grant delivers a pitch for Purdue; at 1B is Michelle Poe
Lexi Valone is forced out by short stop Chantal Versluis in the 4th inning
2B Merel Oosterveld covers the situation
Ginger de Weert takes over the pitching in the 5th inning
Kristen Hoppman moves to 3rd base after a flyout in the 5th inning
3B Virginie Anneveld awaits the ball
Chantal Versluis tags out Sydney Pencek in the 6th inning
Game vs. Saint Leo
In the second game today, the Dutch Team took charge of the fame quickly, scoring six runs in the first four innings.
And that was enough for the Orange, which won 6-3 to register its 13th win of the Florida-trip.
The Dutch got on the board quickly, as Karin Tuk led off the game with a homerun, which was the 22nd for the team this trip.
It was the first time that Head Coach Craig Montvidas had penciled in Karin as his lead-off hitter.
Later in the inning, Dinet Oosting walked and Saskia Kosterink singled, but both were left behind.
In the second inning, the Dutch added two runs.
With one out, Merel Oosterveld singled.
She then stole second base and advanced on a throwing error.
Nathalie Gosewehr then walked, but was forced out on a grounder by Karin Tuk, while Merel scored.
Karin then advanced on a single by Dinet Oosting and scored when an error was made on a grounder by Jessie van Aalst.
Like in the first game, several errors were made in this one, as Saint Leo committed five.
The Dutch defense made one.
Another run was scored in the third inning.
With two outs, Nikki Harte and Merel Oosterveld hit back-to-back doubles to change place and make it a 4-0 score.
Saint Leo then scored its first run in the home of the third off of starter Femke van Dusschoten.
Cassie Boggs then singled with one out and Tiffany Thompson singled with two outs.
A double steal then led to the run.
The Dutch Team enlarged its lead to 6-1 by scoring twice in the fourth inning when three errors were made.
Dinet Oosting (who was 3-for-4) led off with a single and later scored on a wild pitch.
Jessie van Aalst reached on an error and went on to score on a single by Areke Spel.
Nikki Harte and Chantal Versluis also reached on an error, but then the bases were left behind loaded.
The Dutch Team also stranded three runners in the fifth inning.
Saint Leo narrowed its deficit to 6-3 by scoring two runs in the sixth inning off of reliever Eva Voortman.
In the inning, the Lions had two basehits, reached base on two walks and an error and also executed a successful double steal which led to a run.
However, when the Lions tried to do the same moments later, the Dutch defense eliminated the runner that tried to score.
In the seventh inning, Eva Voortman retired the side to end the game.
Box Score Saint Leo University vs. Netherlands
The Dutch Team lines up for the National Anthem
Karin Tuk leads off the game with a homerun...
...and is greeted by her teammates
Karin's homerun is the 22nd this trip for the Orange squad
Dinet Oosting reaches 3rd base on a bunt-single by Saskia Kosterink in the 1st inning
Areke Spel looks at a pitch in the 1st inning
Marisèla de Wind makes contact, but flied out in the 1st inning
Christina Lodato is the catcher
Femke van Dusschoten starts this game; at 1B is Jessie van Aalst
Dinet Oosting (who was 3-for-4) at 3rd base in the 2nd inning
3B is Torrie Weindorf, the pitcher is Jaclyn Amato
Nikki Harte doubles and scores in the 3rd inning
Areke Spel avoids touching the ball when an error is made in the 4th inning
At left is short stop Rachael Heath, at right is 3B Torrie Weindorf
Saskia Kosterink and Physical Therapist Lisette Hagen have fun
Eva Voortman takes over the pitching in the fifth inning
End of the game, the Orange squad wins 6-3
(today's photos were made by Joanne Schuler)