Dutch Team empty-handed vs. Cuba
PUERTO ORDAZ (Venezuela) - After shutting out Venezuela 2-0 in the opener on Tuesday, the Dutch National Softball Team today was left empty-handed vs. Cuba, losing 1-0 in the eighth inning.
On Thursday, the Dutch will play a double-header, facing both Venezuela and Cuba, which today underscored that it is no team to underestimate.
The Dutch Team will meet Cuba two more times during the Triangular de Softbol Feminino, then also meets the team during the World Championship.
In the morning, the Dutch Team paid a visit to the nearby Llovizna Falls.
The team is well being taken care off, as it was escorted to the falls by their own police escort.
Everyone enjoyed one of their brief touristic moments during this trip, as the team will play at least 15 games in their three weeks in Venezuela.
And it was a beautiful sunny morning, so a nice moment to visit the Falls.
Visit to Llovizna Falls
The team's police escort halted traffic when the bus traveled to Llovizna Falls
The escorts halts the traffic, so that some photos of the river can be taken
(photo taken by Solange Starrenburg)
While the players looked around, the security guards also had a moment to relax awhile
Time to make some photos in front of Llovizna Falls
And here, Lindsey Meadows and Business Manager Rich Hooff
Head Coach Craig Montvidas with Coach Tracy Bunge
Team Manager Paul Boonstra and Business Manager Rich Hooff
Virginie Anneveld, Solange Starrenburg and Merel Oosterveld
Nathalie Timmermans, Saskia Kosterink, Physical Therapist Sanne Oude Egberink and Rebecca Soumeru
Chantal Versluis, Head Coach Craig Montvidas, Rebecca Soumeru and Coach Tracy Bunge
Virginie Anneveld and Nathalie Gosewehr
Virginie Anneveld, Lindsey Meadows, Britt Vonk,
Meike Witteveen and Rebecca Soumeru
Britt Vonk and Meike Witteveen
Dagmar Bloeming and Areke Spel
Back to the bus
Game vs. Cuba
The Dutch Team managed to hit only two basehits tonight off Yusmeli Pacheco, who struckout three batters.
The first Dutch basehit was hit by Nathalie Timmermans, who led off the second inning with a double, but then was unable to advance on a bunt by Virginie Anneveld, as the Cuban third baseman fielded the ball and held Nathalie on second base.
She stranded there, as two outs followed to end the inning.
In the third inning, the Dutch got two runners in scoring position with no outs.
Lead-off hitter Merel Oosterveld reached on an error, then advanced to third base when a throwing error was made on a grounder by Fabienne van Uden, who then stole second base.
But then, Merel was thrown out at the plate on a grounder and two flyouts ended the at bat.
In the fifth at bat, Fabienne van Uden accounted for the second Dutch hit, as she singled with two outs, but was left behind.
Cuba registered six basehits off pitchers Rebecca Soumeru and Dagmar Bloeming.
Rebecca, who played in her 70th international game, gave up four in four innings, Dagmar (who appeared in her 25th game) allowed two more in the remainder of the game, but struckout five batters.
Cuba's basehits were spread over the game, but the most important one was hit in the home of the eighth when tie-break runner Joselin Acosta was able to score when Maylin Sánchez, the first batter to step up to the plate, singled down the third base line, just out of reach for 3B Virginie Anneveld (who yesterday played in her 25th game), to win the game.
In it's own tie-break, the Dutch Team left a runner on third base.
Solange Starrenburg was the tie-break runner.
Next, Merel Oosterveld struckout, as her bunt on the third strike went foul.
Solange then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Fabienne van Uden, but stranded when next batter Meike Witteveen (who also played in her 25th game today) grounded out.
Despite the loss, there was something to celebrate after all today.
Did Virginie Anneveld (yesterday), Meike Witteveen and Dagmar Bloeming all reach a milestone with their 25th international game, Nathalie Gosewehr today played in her 50th international game for the Dutch squad.
It was a brief appearance for Nathalie, who entered the game in the fifth inning as a pinch-runner for Nahalie Timmermans (after she had walked), but then was forced out on second base in a double play.
Today's line-up was as follows:
Pitcher-Rebecca Soumeru (4 innings), Dagmar Bloeming (3 innings + tie-break);
Catcher-Nathalie Timmermans, Nathalie Gosewehr (pinch-runner);
1st Base-Nadine Marinus;
2nd Base-Britt Vonk;
3rd Base-Virginie Anneveld;
Short Stop-Chantal Versluis;
Left Field-Fabienne van Uden;
Center Field-Merel Oosterveld;
Right Field-Solange Starrenburg;
Designated Player-Meike Witteveen.
Later in the evening, Venezuela won 4-3 vs. Cuba in a game which had a spectacular ending.
Venezuela scored twice in the first at bat, but Cuba reacted with a run in its first.
In the third inning, the Cubans scored twice to take a 3-2 lead, but then Venezuela came back to score twice in the top of the seventh to re-take the lead, 4-3.
In the home of the seventh, Cuba got the bases loaded with two outs, but was unable to score.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Cuba
During the Venezuela International Series (or Triangular de Softbol Femenino), there is a lot of attention from local and national media, including coverage of the games played by the Dutch Team.
The Dutch Softball Team in the Venezuelan Media
What is Team Manager Paul Boonstra trying to arrange here?
In the meantime, the team prepares for the game on an adjacent field
Coach Nancy Evans has a special assistant
In the stadium, the preparation continues
It started to darken up before the game, but eventually that was of no influence
Music in the stands...
...And of course, security guards...
Time for the national anthem of the Netherlands...
Britt Vonk putting down a bunt
Starting pitcher Rebecca Soumeru; behind her short stop Chantal Versluis
Nathalie Timmermans has a talk with Coach Nancy Evans
A meeting in the circle
Meike Witteveen at bat
Nathalie Gosewehr as pinch-runner at first base in her 50th international game