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Dutch Team defeats Chinese Taipei in exhibition game

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WHITEHORSE, Yukon (Canada) - The Dutch National Softball Team on Thursday won 7-1 vs. Chinese Taipei in an exhibition game, which was the final preparation for the upcoming World Championship. The Orange outhit the Asian squad, 10-3 and rallied for four runs in the fourth inning. Britt Vonk got four runs batted in.

Also on Thursday, Kathleen McGarvey arrived in Whitehorse to be with the team again as one of the Physical Therapists.

And in the meantime, the parents of Dagmar Bloeming, Chantal Versluis and Anne Blaauwgeers have also arrived.

The Dutch Team opens the World Championship on Friday-evening vs. China.

All 66 games from the ISF XIII Women’s World Championship will be webstreamed live. Games will be recorded and archived for on-demand viewing as well. The games can be viewed on www.sportscanada.tv.



The Dutch and Taipeh-squad both scored in the first inning. The Orange opened the score when Britt Vonk singled with two outs, stole second base and scored on a single by Saskia Kosterink. Dutch starter Femke van Dusschoten then gave up the tying run in the second half of the at bat when the Dutch defense committed an error.

In the second inning, Nathalie Timmermans tripled with two outs, but stranded. After another scoreless third at bat, the Orange rallied for four runs in the fourth inning to take a 5-1 lead. Areke Spel led off with a walk, then everyone was safe on a grounder by Anne Blaauwgeers. Two flyouts followed, then the bases got loaded when Nathalie Gosewehr walked. A basehit by Meike Witteveen then cleared the bases and gave the Dutch a 4-1 lead. Moments later, Meike stole third base and scored on a following throwing error to make it 5-1.

The Dutch Team added two runs in the sixth inning. Chantal Versluis led off with a bunt-single and stole second base, then advanced on a single by Merel Oosterveld. After Merel stole second base to get into scoring position, Chantal scored on a sac-fly by Petra van Heijst. With two outs, Merel accounted for the seventh run when Saskia Kosterink tripled. Taipei got a scoring opportunity when it got the bases loaded in the fourth inning after the first three batters reached base. But then, an infield-fly followed and Femke followed with two strikeouts to end the inning.

In the fifth, Lindsey Meadows took over the pitching for the Dutch squad and struckout five seven batters she faced.

Box Score Chinese Taipei vs. Netherlands
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Coach Berend Mannessen, 'Bear', with a bear


The radar steamship S.S. Klondike in Whitehorse


And another photo of the S.S. Klondike with Team Manager Paul Boonstra posing for it


An article in a local newspaper


An another newspaper article


The Dutch Team in the Championship-magazine


The team had dinner in 'The Deck'


Yonina Sint Jago: thumbs up


The team warms up for the game against Taipei


Nathalie Gosewehr leads off for the Dutch squad
Szu-Shih Li is the catcher, Yu-Sung Lin is the Home Plate Umpire


With Nathalie at 1st base (walk), Meike Witteveen follows with a grounder


Meike running at 1st base with 1B Hui-Chuan Chiang in front of her and umpire Rob Veldkamp behind her


Saskia Kosterink jumps away from a pitch in the 1st inning


Below is the photo coverage of Fred Versluis of today's game


The Dutch Team warms up in rightfield


And in leftfield, the Taipei-squad prepapes for the game


Britt Vonk bunts for a single in the 1st inning, then steals 2nd base


Virginie Anneveld hitting in the first inning


Time for a talk


Coaches Craig Montvidas and Tracy Bunge go over the details


Karin Tuk (left) and Chantal Versluis (right) hitting in the 2nd inning


The coaches make the necessary notes


Oh, oh, did someone sent some special scouts...?


The noise-makers make their debut


Areke Spel (left) and Nathalie Goswehr both swing at a pitch
in the top of the 4th inning, but both reaches on a walk


Left: Virginie Anneveld waits for a pitch
Right: Areke Spel running at 3rd base in the 4th inning


Meike Witteveen hits her baseclearing single in the 4th inning


In the 4th inning, Anne Blaauwgeers, Nathalie Gosewehr and Meike Witteveen all score
The Dutch team rallies for four runs in this at bat to take a 5-1 lead


Nathalie Gosewehr comes in to score in the 4th inning


Meike Witteveen is welcomed after scoring herself in the 4th inning


Left: Yonina Sint Jago is tagged out by 3B Yu-Chi Kao in the 5th inning
trying to advance from first to third base on a single by Karin Tuk
Right: Chantal Versluis leads off the 6th inning with a bunt-single


Moments later, Chantal steals 2nd base and then advances to 3rd base on a single by Merel Oosterveld


Left: Chantal Versluis scores in the 6th on a sac-fly by Petra van Heijst
Center: Kathleen McGarvey is back with the team as Physical Therapist
Right: Saskia Kosterink hits an RBI-triple in the 6th inning


While the clouds cover the sky, Merel Oosterveld is at 1st base in the 6th inning


Saskia Kosterink looks for a pitch, then follows with her triple that scores Merel


Left: Femke van Dusschoten pitched the first four innings
Center/Right: Chantal Versluis and Saskia Kosterink follow the action


And time for another talk


The parents of Anne Blaauwgeers and Chantal Versluis have also arrived in Whitehorse...


...and so have the parents of Dagmar Bloeming


The team-bus for the Dutch squad


End of the game


The Head Coaches thank each other for the game

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