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Dutch win big against Czechs

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WHITEHORSE, Yukon (Canada) - On Sunday, the Dutch National Softball Team won big against the Czech Republic. After two scoreless innings, the Dutch opened the score, then took a 5-0 lead when Nathalie Timmermans hit a grand slam homerun in the fourth inning. The Czechs then scored twice, but the Dutch answered with four runs to win 9-2 in six innings.

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In the first three at bats, the Czech Team got on base more than the Dutch, who didn't reached base until the bottom of the third inning. Dutch starter Rebecca Soumeru gave up a lead-off single in the first inning, then another one with one out, but followed with two strikeouts. In the third, the Czechs, who are led by Dutch coach André Prins, added another basehit. Last year, Prins was the Head Coach of France during the European Championship in Italy.

In the home of the third inning, the Dutch Team opened the score. Karin Tuk led off with a single, the her pinch-runner Anne Blaauwgeers stole second and advanced on a sac-bunt by Nathalie Timmermans, then was eliminated in a rundown trying to score on a squeeze by Chantal Versluis. The latter moved to third on a wild pitch, then scored the first Dutch run on a single by Nathalie Gosewehr.

In the fourth, the Dutch broke open the game with two outs. Virginie Anneveld then singled and Areke Spel doubled. Next, Karin Tuk was given an intentional walk to load the bases and create a force play. But then, Nathalie Timmermans connected well, drove the ball into deep centerfield and hit a grand slam homerun to make it 5-0.

In the fifth inning, the Czechs scored twice off Rebecca Soumeru. The first three batters all singled, then a 3-2-3 double play followed, but a double accounted for two runs and made it a 5-2 score.

In the sixth inning, Lindsey Meadows took over the pitching and retired the side, including two strikeouts. In the first five innings, Rebecca had struck out six batters.

The Dutch Team then reached the 7-run difference in the home of the sixth. Saskia Kosterink led off with a single and Virginie Anneveld walked. Areke Spel then followed with an RBI-single and Karin Tuk added a 2-run double, but then was eliminated after overrunning the base. After a pitching change, Nathalie Timmermans and Chantal Versluis singled. After the two advanced on a grounder by Nathalie Gosewehr, a single by Meike Witteveen led to the final run, as the Dutch had taken a 9-2 lead to end the game.

The Dutch Team collected 12 basehits and all nine starters hit at least one.

As the game was played in the morning, the team was off in the afternoon and had the opportunity to do some sightseeing. Some of the players made a boatride on the Yukon River near Miles Canyon.

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Pitchers Femke van Dusschoten and Rebecca Soumeru warm up before the game

Game Time
The players are introduced, here 2B Meike Witteveen

The teams line up before the game

Pitcher Dagmar Bloeming looks on from the dug-out in the 1st inning
Dina Pfeiferová is hitting for the Czechs with a runner on first base

Dutch starter Rebecca Soumeru delivers a pitch
1B is Britt Vonk and 3B is Virginie Anneveld

Pitcher Rebecca Soumeru has a talk with catcher Nathalie Timmermans

With runners on 2nd and 3rd base, Rebecca Soumeru finishes the 1st inning with two strikeouts

Nathalie Gosewehr leads off for the Orange in the 1st inning with a grounder
Sabina Borecká is the catcher; Joyce Bellini (Canada) is the Home Plate Umpire

Meike Witteveen follows with another grounder

Virginie Anneveld grounds out in the 2nd inning

Hereafter, Areke Spel lines out, ending the 2nd inning

With pinch-runner Anne Blaauwgeers at 3rd base in the 3rd inning,
Chantal Versluis fouls off a pitch

Later in the 3rd at bat, Chantal Versluis scores the first Dutch run

Dutchman André Prins is the Head Coach of the Czech squad this year

Britt Vonk leads off the 4th inning with a single

With two outs in the 4th inning, 3B Anna Lemberková sees how Virginie Anneveld reaches 3rd base...

...on a double by Areke Spel, as watched by 2B Eliška Pojerová

After Karin Tuk is walked intentionally to load the bases in the 4th,
Nathalie Timmermans connects for a grand slam homerun

Nathalie rounds second base...

...and is greeted at home by her teammates

Adéla Weissová leads off the 5th inning for the Czechs with a single off Rebecca Soumeru

Short stop Chantal Versluis and rightfielder Areke Spel are ready for action
in the 5th inning with Dina Pfeiferová on 2nd base, who just hit a 2-run double

Pitcher Rebecca Soumeru and Physical Therapist Kathleen McGarvey share a laugh

In the sixth inning, Lindsey Meadows takes over the pitching

Lindsey Meadows strikes out two in the 6th at bat

Head Coach Craig Montvidas looks on from the dug-out

Saskia Kosterink leads off the bottom of the 6th with a single...

...and later scores the sixth Dutch run on a single by Areke Spel

Moments later, with runners on 1st and 2nd base, Karin Tuk hits a 2-run double

Virginie Anneveld and Areke Spel score on Karin's double

Nathalie Timmermans tells Areke Spel to slide, resulting in the 8th Dutch run

Later in the at bat, Nathalie Timmermans is running on 2nd base

Meike Witteveen fouls off a pitch, before hitting a walk-off single that makes it 9-2

Czech Head Coach André Prins (left) and his assistant look on...

...and see Nathalie Timmermans score the ninth and final Dutch run

End of the game

The team returns to the dug-out after their second win of the event

Head Coach Craig Montvidas has his closing remarks after the game

M&M - Montvidas & Mannessen - Gardening & Laundry Services

Later on the day, Japan meets reigning World champion USA

Pitching star Yukiko Ueno threw for the Japanese squad

The Flags of the Netherlands and Canada fly side by side

The game between Japan and USA was well visited...

...under a nice blue sky

In the afternoon, some players made a boatride on the Yukon River near Miles Canyon

Here they are

Team Manager Paul Boonstra was more interested in this plane

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

The team is ready to take the field

Rebecca Soumeru struckout six in five innings

2B Meike Witteveen catches a foul ball to end the 3rd inning

Left: Areke Spel lines out in the 2nd inning
Right: Karin Tuk hits a lead-off single in the 3rd inning

Anne Blaauwgeers, pinch-runner for Karin, steals 2nd base, sliding passed Tereza Pochobradská

Later, Anne is eliminated in a rundown between 3rd base and home plate
3B Anna Lemberková (left) throws the ball to catcher Sabina Borecká, who tags Anne (right)

Chantal Versluis moves to 3rd base in the 3rd after a wild pitch...

...and later scored the first Dutch run

Meike Witteveen turns for a bunt, but later flies out

Left: In the 4th inning, Coach Tracy Bunge greets Virginie Anneveld at 1st base after a 2-out single
Right: Later, Karin Tuk scores when Nathalie Timmermans (background) homers

Nathalie Timmermans hits a grand slam homerun, much to the delight of Head Coach Craig Montvidas

Yonina Sint Jago, Dagmar Bloeming and Physical Therapist Kathleen McGarvey

Petra van Heijst, Britt Vonk and Coach Berend Mannessen

One of the camera's that was used for the live webstream-coverage

Merel Oosterveld and Physical Therapist Ingrid Holstege

Pitchers Rebecca Soumeru and Lindsey Meadows

Left: In the 6th inning, Areke Spel scores
Right: And Chantal Versluis hits a single

End of the game

Final Score: Netherlands 9, Czechs 2

Physical Therapist Ingrid Holstege enjoys 'treating' Yonina Sint Jago

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