Dutch empty-handed vs. Taipei!
CARACAS (Venezuela) - The Dutch National Softball Team led 2-1 briefly on Monday vs. Chinese Taipei, but in the end was left empty-handed, as the Asian squad turned the game around and won 6-3.
With this result, and the Cuban win vs. Argentina, the final ranking for the play-offs will be determined on Tuesday, the final day of the preliminary round.
Preceeding the Dutch vs. Taipei game today was the match-up between Cuba and Argentina.
A Cuban loss would have meant that the Dutch would have qualified for the final-8.
But Cuba shutout Argentina 5-0 to remain in the race for the next round.
On Tuesday, the game between Cuba and Chinese Taipei therefore will be decisive for the final ranking and the final two spots in the play-offs.
A victory by Taipei means that the Asians and the Dutch will go to the next round.
A Cuban win means that Taipei, Cuba and the Netherlands will end in a 3-way tie.
In this scenario, the games played between these three teams will end in another tie.
The next tie-breaker then will be the runs given up in the games played between the three teams concerned.
After completion of the Cuba vs. Taipei game, the Dutch will complete its preliminary round vs. Canada.
Except for the brief lead, the Dutch Team faced a solid team from Taipei, which outhit the orange, 14-3.
After completion of the fifth inning, the Dutch Team had not hit a basehit yet!
The positive thing from this game is that the Dutch scored three runs with their six hits (including the first two without any hit!), while the Asians scored only six with their 14 hits.
The Dutch defense played almost errorless and made some fine plays, but could not prevent the Taipei-team from scoring their six runs.
Taipei scored its first run in the second inning on a grounder, but then the Dutch boldly took the lead in the fourth at bat.
After the first nine batters had been retired in order, the Dutch scored twice in the fourth.
Lead-off hitter Nathalie Gosewehr was hit by a pitch, then was able to advance to third base on a sacrifice bunt by Meike Witteveen.
Next, Britt Vonk hit a grounder on which Nathalie left for home.
The Taipei-defense opted to throw to home, but Nathalie beat the throw and scored the tying run.
Britt then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Saskia Kosterink and a wild pitch and scored the go-ahead run when a pop-fly hit by Lindsey Meadows was misplayed by the second base-player.
So, the Dutch were leading 2-1 without hitting basehit!
However, the lead was briefly, as Taipei reacted with three runs in the bottom of the fourth.
Pitcher Lindsey Meadows gave up three basehits with one out, then another one with two outs that gave the Asians a 4-2 lead.
In the fifth inning, Dagmar Bloeming took over, but gave up two more runs, as Taipei added three more basehits.
A nice play by 2B Meike Witteveen accounted for the second out, then a strikeout ended the at bat.
Trailing 6-2, the Dutch got one run back in the sixth inning.
Nathalie Gosewehr broke the No-Hitter and reached on a single, then advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Meike Witteveen and went on to score on a single by Saskia Kosterink.
In the home of the sixth, Taipei appeared to add another run off Rebecca Soumeru.
Two singles were followed by a double, but the lead runner was eliminated at the plate and in the end two runners stranded.
Areke Spel registered the third Dutch basehit in the seventh by reaching on an infield-hit, but that was to be all.
Despite the loss, there was someone who could celebrate something, as Team Manager Paul Boonstra reached a personal milestone.
Today's game was his 100th international game as Team Manager of the national squad.
Just before the start of the World Championship, Head Coach Craig Montvidas coached in his 100th game for the Dutch team.
The line-up vs. Chinese Taipei was as follows:
Pitcher-Lindsey Meadows, Dagmar Bloeming, Rebecca Soumeru;
1st Base-Britt Vonk;
2nd Base-Meike Witteveen;
3nd Base-Virginie Anneveld;
Short Stop-Chantal Versluis;
Left Field-Nathalie Gosewehr;
Center Field-Saskia Kosterink;
Right Field-Areke Spel;
Designated Player-Lindsey Meadows.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Chinese Taipei
The team arrives at the stadium
Meike Witteveen is ready to make contact
...and so is Britt Vonk
Head Coach Craig Montvidas returns to the dug-out after an at bat
Centerfielder Saskia Kosterink returns the ball during in-between innings warm-up
Pitcher Lindsey Meadows prepares for her next inning
At left is 3B Virginie Anneveld
Outfielders Nathalie Gosewehr, Saskia Kosterink and Areke Spel
2B Meike Witteveen
Short stop Chantal Versluis
1B Britt Vonk
3B Virginie Anneveld fields the ball for an out
...and 2B Meike Witteveen catches a ball for an out
3B Virginie Anneveld takes her position
Team Manager Paul Boonstra, who celebrated his 100th international game with the team
Saskia Kosterink connects
Virginie Anneveld is about to meet the ball
The starting line-up
A view in the dug-out
Pedro, the Dutch Head of Security, and Francesca, the Dutch Liaison Officer
Pitcher Dagmar Bloeming
Concentration; checking the signs
A runner from Taipei is about to score
Catcher Anne Blaauwgeers and 1B Nadine Marinus return in the dug-out
End of the game
The players shake hands
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Also on Monday:
Cuba vs. Argentina, 5-0
Cuba shutout Argentina 5-0 to remain in the race for a play-off spot.
With an 1-0 lead, Cuba decided the game in the second at bat by scoring four runs.
Cuba produced ten basehits, including three by Yanitza Aviles Freitas, who doubled and tripled.
Argentina registered four basehits off Marlen Bubaire Benitez, including three by Agustina Godoy.
New Zealand vs. Australia, 0-10
In this match-up between the two representatives from Oceania, Australia scored a run in six of the seven innings played, including three in the second and the seventh at bat.
New Zealand-pitcher Megan Farrell gave up 16 basehits.
Tracey Moseley went 5-for-5.
Stacey Porter scored four runs and had three RBI's, as she doubled and homered.
Jodie Bowering also homered for the Aussies, as did Belgian-born Brenda De Blaes, who in 2003 and 2004 played in the Dutch big league for Twins.
Justine Smethurst and Aimee Murch pitched for Australia and threw a combined 3-hitter.
Dominican Republic vs. USA, 1-10
Team USA decided the game early by scoring four runs in both the first and second inning.
The Dominicans scored their lone run in the fourth at bat, when it trailed 10-1.
Winning pitcher Jennie Finch struckout seven and gave up only one basehit, as single by Josefina Mercedes, who also scored the lone run for the Dominican squad.
The Americans collected eight basehits, including a double and triple by Alissa Haber, who currently is the leading hitter in the event.
With her hits, she got three RBI's.
Jessica Mendoza and Kaitlin Cochran also tripled.
Canada vs. South Africa, 12-0
Canada reached the next round by winning big vs. South Africa.
The Canadians scored eight runs in the first at bat, then added four in the next.
Canada collected 12 basehits, including homeruns by Melanie Matthews and Jennifer Yee.
South Africa registered only one basehit off Tina Andreana, hit by Bianca Novelei.
China vs. Czech Republic, 8-1
With a 2-0 lead, China scored three more runs in the fourth inning to take a more comfortable lead vs. the Czech Republic, which scored its lone run in the fifth at bat.
China got 11 basehits, including three by short stop Chunxia Li and homeruns by Wang Yuan and Miao Lin.
The Czechs had seven hits with Eva Rendlová and Tereza Jakesová hitting two of them.
Japan vs. Great Britain, 7-0
Japan remained unbeaten by handing Great Britain a 7-0 shutout, scoring four runs in the first at bat and adding three in the sixth.
Japan hit eight basehits off Stacie Townsend and Naomi Jones.
The British squad hit only one basehit off Sayuri Yamane, a single by Natalie Leyland.
Botswana vs. Venezuela, 0-10
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