WHITEHORSE, Yukon (Canada) -
The Dutch National Softball Team on Tuesday, July 17, registered a big 13-0 shutout-victory against South Africa to win its fourth game in a row.
The Orange collected 10 basehits, including the third homerun of the event by Nathalie Timmermans and the first by Virginie Anneveld.
Pitcher Femke van Dusschoten threw a 4-inning No-Hitter in this game which started three hours later due to rain.
On Wednesday, the Dutch Team faces Team USA.
While the team now has four victories, a spot in the Play-Offs is not sealed yet, as Puerto Rico won 9-6 vs. Venezuela.
The latter was leading 6-0 in the third inning when the game was delayed by rain.
When the game resumed, Puerto Rico rallied and won 9-6.
The Dutch Team faces Puerto Rico in its last game of the preliminary round on Thursday.
On Wednesday, the Dutch Team can clinch the Play-Offs when Puerto Rico wins against South Africa.
The following games on the schedule for Wednesday and Thursday then will determine in which spot the Dutch will finish in the ranking, which will set up the games in the Play-Offs.
After today's game, the Dutch Team was invited for a barbecue in a hangar of Air North at the airport.
There, the team was able to explore the Boeing-737 which will be used next Monday for the flight that will bring the squad from Whitehorse to Vancouver.
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The Dutch Team reached base right away in the first at bat when lead-off hitter Nathalie Gosewehr was hit by a pitch.
But after advancing on a sac-bunt by Anne Blaauwgeers (who did the catching today), Nathalie stranded at second base.
The Orange then opened the score in the second inning thanks to another long ball.
Virginie Anneveld led off and drove the ball into centerfield for a homerun to put the Dutch ahead.
Next, Merel Oosterveld (who played in rightfield today) was hit by a pitch and Petra van Heijst (who played at second base in this game) walked.
After a flyout, Chantal Versluis doubled to bring in Merel and make it a 2-0 score.
In the fourth inning, leading 5-0, the Orange took a commanding lead, scoring eight runs.
The runs were piled up quicker than your webmaster could type, but in the end, the Dutch were leading 13-0.
It all began with a walk for Chantal Versluis and a following single by Nathalie Gosewehr.
Next, Anne Blaauwgeers hit a 2-run double, stole second base and scored on a single by Yonina Sint Jago (who had just entered the game defensively in the outfield).
Yonina also stole second base and then Saskia Kosterink walked, which led to a pitching change.
saskia was then forced out on a grounder by Virginie Anneveld, but the bases were then loaded when Merel Oosterveld walked.
Petra van Heijst then lined the ball down the leftfield-line for a 2-run single and Nathalie Timmermans followed with a 3-run homerun (her third of the event) that lifted the lead to 13-0.
With two outs, Nathalie Gosewehr hit her second single in the inning, but this time was left behind.
In today's game, all 10 players who came into action for the Dutch squad offensively scored at least once.
Nine of these players also hit at least one basehit, except for Merel Oosterveld, who was hitless, but she reached base three times and scored three runs.
Eight players had at least one run batted in.
Due to rain, today's game was postponed for three hours
In the meantime, Britt Vonk, Physical Therapist Ingrid Holstege, Meike Witteveen,
Petra van Heijst and Merel Oosterveld play some games
But then it's game time and so Head Coach Craig Montvidas meets his South African colleague and umpires Yu-Sung Lin (HP, Chinese Taipei),
José Chaparro (1B, Puerto Rico), Noreen Atkinson (2B, Canada) and Haruchi Goto (3B, Japan)
Time for the introductions, here 3B Virginie Anneveld enters the field
The teams line up for the National Anthems
Coaches Berend Mannessen and Craig Montvidas
Candice Stephens leads off for South Africa and strikes out in the 1st inning off Femke van Dusschoten
Matilda Mel follows in the batter's box and grounds out
In the 2nd inning, Virginie Anneveld leads off with a homerun
Matilda Mel is the catcher; Yu-Sung Lin is the Home Plate Umpire
Virginie Anneveld runs by 3B Shannon Daubermann to complete her HR-round...
...and is greeted by Head Coach Craig Montvidas...
...then welcomed at home by her teammates
After Virginie's homerun, Merel Oosterveld is at 1st base after being hit by a pitch
Next, Petra van Heijst walks and here advances to 2nd base after a flyout
Short stop Melina Wilkinson awaits the ball to come in from rightfield
In the 3rd inning, Petra van Heijst flies out
Femke van Dusschoten delivers in the bottom of the 3rd inning
Playing at the corners are 3B Virginie Anneveld and 1B Saskia Kosterink
Candice Stephens strikes out to finish the 3rd inning; Anne Blaauwgeers is the catcher
Jackie Van Wyk takes over the pitching for South Africa in the 4th inning
Running at 2nd base is Yonina Sint Jago; at left is 2B Umpire Noreen Atkinson
Moments later, Yonina is at 3rd base
At left is 3B Umpire Haruchi Goto, at right is 3B Shannon Daubermann
Petra van Heijst moments before hitting an RBI-single that scored Yonina
With two runners on base, Nathalie Timmermans hits a 3-run homerun
For Nathalie, this was her third homerun in three days
Nathalie is greeted at home
Later in the at bat, Chantal Versluis flies out
South African 1B Candice Stephens is ready for action
Femke van Dusschoten strikes out the side in the 4th inning and the last 5 batters she faced
Femke van Dusschoten throws a 4-inning No-Hitter
End of the game
The Dutch Team wins today, 13-0
After the game, the team has a barbecue in the Air North hangar at the airport
Coach Tracy Bunge, Petra van Heijst and Physical Therapist Ingrid Holstege
enjoy their dinner
Virginie Anneveld and Britt Vonk pose before an Air North Boeing-737
Dagmar Bloeming, Britt Vonk, Anne Blaauwgeers, Virginie Anneveld,
Lindsey Meadows and Nathalie Timmermans (front) explore one of the engines
And is Fred Versluis, Chantal's father
Dagmar Bloeming, Femke van Dusschoten and Meike Witteveen
check the inside of the plane
The players pose with 'their' plane that will bring the team from Whitehorse to Vancouver next Monday
Six staffmembers do the same...
...and so are the parents, who were also invited for the barbecue
No, luckily Team Manager Paul Boonstra will not fly the plane on Monday
Below is the photo coverage of Fred Versluis of today's activities
The groundscrew works hard to make the field playable after the rain
After a 3-hour delay, the team starts preparing for the game
Britt Vonk checks if the Dutch Flag is in the right place
This sign is clear
Head Coach Craig Montvidas is ready for the game
And so are the orange wooden shoes in the hands of Chantal Versluis (left)
At right, Nathalie Gosewehr waits for the introductions
Head Coach Craig Montvidas goes over the final details with the team
Left: Chantal Versluis is introduced
Right: The teams line up
In the 1st inning, lead-off hitter Nathalie Gosewehr is hit by a pitch and later moves to 3rd base
Saskia Kosterink flies out in the first inning
2B Petra van Heijst makes two putouts at 1st base in the 1st inning
At left, Matilda Mel ends up short
In the 2nd inning, Virginie Anneveld leads off with a homerun...
...and accounts for the first Dutch run in this game
Is this and UFO?
No, it's the ball hit by Nathalie Timmermans, who flies out in the 2nd inning
Left: Petra van Heijst moves to 2nd base on Nathalie's flyout
Center/Right:"Chantal Versluis follows with an RBI-double that makes it 2-0
Time to make some noise, but Anne Blaauwgeers flies out in the 2nd inning
Britt Vonk leads off the 3rd inning with a bunt-single
Saskia Kosterink follows with a double, that enables Britt to score
Left: Chantal Versluis follows the action
Right: Virginie Anneveld grounds out in the 3rd inning
Left/Center: On a fielder's choice grounder by Merel Oosterveld, Saskia Kosterink avoids the tag
by catcher Matilda Mel, as observed by Home Plate Umpire Yu-Sung Lin
Right: Moments later, Merel scores herself on a throwing error
Left: Petra van Heijst flies out in the 3rd inning
Right: Chantal Versluis leads off the 4th inning with a walk
Nathalie Gosewehr follows with a single that brings Chantal to 3rd base
Chantal and Nathalie then both score on a single by Anne Blaauwgeers
Yonina Sint Jago follows with an RBI-single and steals 2nd base
Hereafer, Virginie Anneveld reaches on a fielder's choice (left),
then scores (right) on a single by Petra van Heijst (center)
And then Nathalie Timmermans follows with a 3-run homerun
Left: Chantal Versluis then flies out in her second at bat in the 4th inning
Center: Nathalie Gosewehr then hits her second single in the at bat
Right: Marcial Sint Jago, Yonina's father, shows the orange colors while taking photos
End of the game
Head Coach Craig Montvidas shakes hands with 1B Umpire José Chaparro
The fourth consecutive win is in the books
The Dutch fans applaus the team
The players and staff enjoy the barbecue in the Air North hangar at the airport
Physical Therapist Kathleen McGarvey in the Boeing-engine
Jacqueline, the mother of Dagmar Bloeming and Lenie, the mother of Yonina Sint Jago also pose in the engine
The parents on the staircase to the plane
Left: Where is Petra van Heijst thinking off?
Right: Dagmar Bloeming with her parents Ronald and Jacqueline
Outside, low-hanging clouds cover the mountains
Time to take a second course
Petra van Heijst and Physical Therapist Ingrid Holsteg check the wings
Eh, what is Team Manager Paul Boonstra checking?
And here we have Paul again
Chantal Versluis with her parents Karin and Fred
Yonina Sint Jago checks the width of the engine
Nathalie Gosewehr also enters the engine...
...as does Femke van Dusschoten
Virginie Anneveld embraces the engine
Saskia Kosterink, Chantal Versluis and Rebecca Soumeru also pose inside the engine of the Boeing-737
Merel Oosterveld and Petra van Heijst check out the cockpit
The Air North Boeing-737 that will bring the team to Vancouver next Monday
The clouds are thickening outside