Three pitchers hurl No-Hitter in final game
The Netherlands National Softball Team played its final two games of this years Florida-trip today (Sunday, March 23).
The Orange squad opened the double-header with an 8-0 shutout-victory, then added a 6-0 win in Game 2.
The opponent was Team FLA Softball, which is a team that plays in the Travel Ball League.
Three Dutch pitchers threw a combined No-Hitter in the second game.
The day was closed with a dinner at the Island Way Grill in Clearwater.
The Dutch Team starts the journey home on Monday and is expected to arrive back home Tuesday-afternoon.
The team will leave Clearwater around 4 PM local time on Monday for the journey to Tampa International Airport.
From there, the team flies to British capital London and from there, the short flight to Amsterdam Schiphol International Airport follows.
Today's double-header was played at the Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg.
This is a college preparatory school with Naval training, which was founded in 1933 in Pine Beach (New Jersey).
It is named after Admiral David Glasgow Farragut, the senior officer of the US Navy during the American Civil War.
In 1945, a second campus was purchased in St. Petersburg, which is now the only campus.
Amongst the graduates of the Academy are former astronauts Alan Shepard (the first American in space) and Charles Duke, who both walked on the Moon.
Actor Casper Van Dien also graduated from the Academy.
Today's opponent was Team FLA Softball with FLA being the abbreviation of Florida.
To be exact, Team FLA 18U Gold was the name of the squad that faced the Orange.
In 2003 Dave Hazzard, Kevin and Sherrie Allbritten and Joe DiSalvatore wanted to develop a new softball organization in the Tampa Bay area that would not only play in the most competitive tournaments, but would be a very competitive organization.
In the following years, Team FLA became one of the top nationally ranked teams in the USA.
The organization also conducts clinics.
It travelled to Ecuader in the past and met other international teams in recent years.
Game One vs. Team Florida
The Dutch Team won the opener 8-0, but scored seven of the runs in the fifth and sixth inning.
Team Florida recorded only one basehit off of pitchers Dagmar Bloeming and Lindsey Meadows.
The Orange opened the score in the second inning.
Saskia Kosterink led off with a double, then scored when Virginie Anneveld followed with a single.
In the fourth inning, Merel Oosterveld led off with a single, but was forced out.
Later in the at bat, Virginie Anneveld doubled, bringing Saskia Kosterink (who had reached on a fielder's choice) to third base, but both stranded.
The Dutch then rallied for five runs in the fifth inning.
Dinet Oosting led off with a walk, then scored on a following triple by Nathalie Timmermans.
With one out, Chantal Versluis walked, then Merel Oosterveld brought in both runners when she also hit a triple.
A squeeze then failed and ended up in pop-fly, but then Saskia Kosterink hit a 2-run homerun to make it 5-0.
In the sixth at bat, Areke Spel led off with a homerun.
Pinch-hitter Eva Voortman then reached on a bunt-single and scored on a double by next hitter Nathalie Timmermans.
Dagmar Bloeming started for the Dutch.
The first batter she faced reached on an error, but was caught stealing.
Dagmar then retired the next ten batters in a row, including seven with a strikeout.
Lindsey Meadows then pitched the final two innings in this 6-inning game.
She walked the first batter she faced, then retired the next five batters.
With two outs in the sixth inning, Paige Cimino reached on a bunt-single, which would be the lone hit for Team FLA today.
Next hitter Annie Tarte then reached on an error, but Lindsey ended the game with a strikeout.
Box Score Team FLA 18U Gold vs. Netherlands (Game One)
Game Two vs. Team Florida
Between the two games, the parents of the Team FLA-players had prepared a meal for both teams, which was much appreciated by the Dutch squad.
In the second game, the Dutch Team was held scoreless in the first three innings, as Team FLA-pitcher Corynn Miner retired the first nine batters in order.
The Orange squad then opened the score in the fourth inning.
Chantal Versluis led off with a bunt-single and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Marisèla de Wind and a grounder by Dinet Oosting.
She then scored when Saskia Kosterink hit her second homerun of the day.
For Saskia, this was her sixth homerun of the trip and her fifth in the last eight games.
The six homeruns are a record for an American Tour or event.
Three runs were added in the fifth inning.
With one out, Nikki Harte singled, but was forced out on a grounder by Lindsey Meadows.
Nathalie Gosewehr then singled and Chantal Versluis followed with a 3-run homerun to make it 6-0.
Chantal's homerun was the 27th for the Dutch Team during this trip, which also is a record for a Tour or tournament.
The record total for an entire year is 35, which was set in 2012.
The final Dutch run was scored in the sixth inning.
With one out, Saskia Kosterink walked, moved on a single by Virginie Anneveld and scored on a single by Karin Tuk.
Dutch starter Ginger de Weert retired all six batters she faced, including four strikeouts.
She struckout the side in the second inning.
Eva Voortman took over the third inning.
She struckout the first two batters she faced, followed with a walk, but ended with another strikeout.
In the fourth inning, Team FLA got the bases loaded on three walks with two outs, but Eva then closed with another strikeout.
Femke van Dusschoten pitched the final two innings.
She struckout three more batters to complete the No-Hitter.
Box Score Team FLA 18U Gold vs. Netherlands (Game Two)