Dutch Team beats Puerto Rico; finish third in pool
WHITEHORSE, Yukon (Canada) -
The Dutch National Softbal Team on Thursday, July 19, trailed 1-0 after the first inning, but turned the game around and won comfortably with a 7-1 score against Puerto Rico to claim third place in their pool.
Virginie Anneveld hit a 3-run homerun, scored twice and had four RBI's, while starting pitcher Dagmar Bloeming gave up only three hits in five innings, before being relieved by Rebecca Soumeru, who gave up only more basehit.
With the win, the Orange will start the Play-Offs on Friday against the number four placed team from Pool B, which is Chinese Taipei, whom the Dutch beat in an exhibition game before the event.
The game starts at 12:00 PM local time (9 PM Dutch time).
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On another sunny day, the Dutch squad was facing an 1-0 deficit after the first inning, but came on top in the third at bat.
Dutch starter Dagmar Bloeming gave up a bunt-single to lead-off batter Aisha Figueroa, who then stole second base and moved on a sac-bunt to get to third base quickly.
After being kept at third base on a following grounder, Figueroa scored when Aleimalee Lopez followed with a single.
The next batter reached on an error, but then a flyout ended the at bat.
In the second inning, Dagmar gave up a 2-out bunt-single and made a throwing error, enabling the runner to advance to second base.
But she stranded there, as a flyout followed.
In the third, Dagmar retired the side.
The Dutch Team also got on base in the first two innings, but then was unable to score.
In the first, Britt Vonk singled with two outs, but stranded.
In the second, three runners were left behind.
With one out, Merel Oosterveld and Karin Tuk singled, then the bases got loaded when Nathalie Timmermans walked.
But unfortunately, a strikeout and force out followed.
But then the Orange struck in the third inning.
Meike Witteveen led off with a single.
Next, a 10-minute discussion followed after Britt Vonk flied out to centerfield.
The Puerto Rican coaches stated that Meike had missed tagging second base on her way back to first base after the flyout.
The umpiring crew came together and decided that Meike didn't do anything wrong.
During the discussion, the Puerto Rican Head Coach was ejected.
With one out, Saskia Kosterink was hit by a pitch.
Next, Virginie Anneveld drilled the ball into the rightfield-corner for a 3-run inside-the-park-homerun to make it 3-1.
This was Virginie's second homerun in the tournament.
After a groundout, Karin Tuk was hit by a pitch, but was left at first base.
Dagmar Bloeming then retired the side again in the bottom of the fourth inning, including two strikeouts.
The Orange then added another run in the fifth inning and again Virginie Anneveld was involved.
With two outs, Virginie singled, then scored when an error was made by the centerfielder on a fly by Merel Oosterveld.
Next, Karin Tuk was walked intentionally, but a strikeout ended the at bat.
A 3-run rally then followed in the sixth inning.
Anne Blaauwgeers led off with a walk and moved to third base on a sac-bunt by Nathalie Gosewehr.
Anne then scored on a throwing error to home by the short stop on a grounder by Meike Witteveen.
After a pitching change, Britt Vonk walked.
Next, Meike was forced out on a grounder by Saskia Kosterink.
A throwing error then enabled Britt to score and Virginie Anneveld followed with an RBI-single to bring in Saskia and lift the score to a commanding 7-1 lead.
Virginie went 3-for-4, scored twice and had four RBI's.
In the top of the seventh inning, Anne Blaauwgeers was on first base with two outs when Nathalie Gosewehr drove the ball into deep rightfield, but there Jessica Melendez caught the ball just in front of the fence.
After giving up the run in the first inning, the Dutch Team didn't ran into problems again in the remainder of the game.
Dagmar Bloeming added another one-two-three inning in the fifth, meaning she had retired he last 10 batters she faced and 13 of the last 14.
In the sixth inning, Rebecca Soumeru took over and began with a strikeout.
With two outs and a runner on first base, batter Nicole Osterman hit a foul-homerun into leftfield, but then struckout to end the at bat.
In the seventh, Rebecca added two more strikeouts after giving up a lead-off single.
When an error led to a second runner, a flyout ended the game.
After the game, the players and staff enjoyed a barbecue with the parents on th campground where the Oosterveld, Versluis and Bloeming-families stay and the Blaauwgeers-family has a cabin.
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The coaches shake hands after handing in their line-up sheets to Spanish Home Plate Umpire Juan Maestre
The players are ready for the introductions
Rightfielder Merel Oosterveld is introduced
The teams line-up...
...and exchange gifts
With 2 outs in the 1st inning, Britt Vonk singles
Juan Maestre is the HP Umpire, Aleimalee Lopez is the catcher
While Lissette Garay delivers, Britt Vonk takes off from 1st base
1B is Charlise Castro, 3B is Karla Claudio
In the bottom of the 1st, with a runner on 1st base, Shirley Daniels places a sacrifice bunt off Dagmar Bloeming
Next, Dagmar pitches to Karla Claudio, who grounds out
1B Coach Tracy Bunge, batter Anne Blaauwgeers, runner at 1B Nathalie Timmermans (26), runner at 3B Merel Oosterveld
and runner at 2B Karin Tuk (6) listen to Head Coach Craig Montvidas in the top of the 2nd inning
Nathalie Gosewehr ends the 2nd inning with a force play-grounder
Jessica Melendez flies out in the bottom of the 2nd inning
Nathalie Timmermans is the catcher, Juan Maestre the Home Plate Umpire
Meike Witteveen leads off the 3rd inning with a single, as seen by 1B Charlise Castro and pitcher Lissette Garay
Standing in the back are Head Coach Craig Montvidas and 3B Umpire Haruchi Goto
Moments later, the entire Puerto Rican staff goes into discussion with HP Umpire Juan Maestre and
3B Umpire Haruchi Goto, stating that Meike has failed to touch 2nd base on her way back to 1st base after a flyout
The Puerto Rican Head Coach goes too far and is ejected by Home Plate Umpire Juan Maestre
When the game resumes, Saskia Kosterink is hit by a pitch, which moves Meike to 2nd base
Next, Meike Witteveen rounds 3rd base en route to home plate to score...
...and Saskia Kosterink follows Meike in crossing home plate...
...as Virginie Anneveld hits an inside-the-park-3-run-homerun to give the Dutch a 3-1 lead
Here, Virginie slides into home plate, as catcher Aleimalee Lopez gets the ball too late
Nathalie Timmermans ends the 3rd at bat with a groundout
With a 3-1 lead, Dagmar Bloeming retires the side in the home of the 3rd
1B Anne Blaauwgeers and 3B Virginie Anneveld combine of two outs
Meike Witteveen grounds out off Lissette Garay in the 4th inning
Nicole Springer flies out to end the 5th Puerto Rican at bat
Short stop Britt Vonk catches the pop-up by Nicole Springer
Fred Versluis takes one of his many photos that are published on this site
Saskia Kosterink grounds out in the 5th inning, as 1B Charlise Castro gets the ball in time
Merel Oosterveld running at 2nd base in the 5th inning after her fly ball was missed
in centerfield, leading to a run; Standing in the back is short stop Kiara Nazario
Pitching Coach Karen Marr has a meeting with pitcher Dagmar Bloeming and catcher Nathalie Timmermans
Meike Witteveen moves to 2nd base after a throwing error in the 6th inning
2B Samantha Erosa signals not to throw the ball
Virginie Anneveld welcomes Britt Vonk after she scores in the 6th inning
Virginie follows with a single, enabling Saskia Kosterink to score the 7th Dutch run
Yonina Sint Jago leads off the 7th inning as pinch-hitter, but fouls out
Nicole Osterman is the new catcher
Anne Blaauwgeers reaches 1st base on a fielder's choice in the 7th inning
Rebecca Soumeru pitches the 6th and 7th inning for the Dutch squad
In the bottom of the 7th, Charlise Castro leads off with a single
1B Anne Blaauwgeers takes her position, as do 2B Meike Witteveen and 2B Umpire Yu-Sung Lin
Centerfielder Saskia Kosterink makes the final out of the game
The players celebrate their fifth win with high-fives
Below is the photo coverage of Fred Versluis of today's activities
Coach Berend Mannessen and Meike Witteveen enjoy the sun before the game
Physical Therapist Ingrid Holsteg loosens up 3B Virginie Anneveld
Time to play ball
Hey, we're ready!
Physical Therapist Ingrid Holstege, Head Coach Craig Montvidas and 1B Coach Tracy Bunge before the game
It was a hot day today, as Karin Versluis shows
The coaches meet with each other and the umpires
The orange wooden shoes are about to change hands
The teams line up
Today's umpires: Yu-Sung Lin (2B, Chinese Taipei), Noreen Atkinson (1B, Canada),
Juan Maestre (Spain, HP) and Haruchi Goto (3B, Japan)
The players exchange gifts
The Dutch Team starts the game with its yell
2B Aisha Figueroa is ready for the game and so is the Dutch bat-girl
Britt Vonk singles with 2 outs in the 1st inning
Saskia Kosterink follows with a groundout to 1st base
Aisha Figueroa leads off the 1st inning for Puerto Rico with a bunt-single, then steals 2nd base,
as seen by LF Nathalie Gosewehr, 2B Meike Witteveen and 1B Umpire Noreen Atkinson
In the 2nd inning, Merel Oosterveld singles and is greeted by Coach Tracy Bunge
Left: Karin Tuk follows with a single
Right: With the bases loaded, Head Coach Craig Montvidas gives instructions
In the meantime, the Puerto Rican Head Coach talks with his infielders
3B Virginie Anneveld goes after a foul ball in the 2nd inning
Meike Witteveen begins the 3rd inning with a single...
...Britt Vonk then flies out...
...but then Saskia Kosterink is hit by a pitch and Virginie Anneveld follows with a 3-run homerun
Left: Meike Witteveen is running towards home to score on Virginie's homerun
Right: Virginie Anneveld is greeted after her inside-the-park-homerun
Later in the at bat, Merel Oosterveld (left) and Nathalie Timmermans both groundout
Anne Blaauwgeers flies out and Meike Witteveen grounds out in the 4th inning
Left: Merel Oosterveld on her way to 2nd base in the 5th inning after an error
Right: Virginie Anneveld scores on a Merel's hit
Left: Pitcher Dagmar Bloeming has a talk with Pitching Coach Karen Marr and Head Coach Craig Montvidas
Right: In the meantime, besides leftfield, Canada poses for a team-photo
Rebecca Soumeru takes over the pitching in the sixth inning
Petra van Heijst, Rebecca Soumeru and Lindsey Meadows
End of the game
Happy Dutch fans
After the game, the players and staff enjoy a barbecue at the campground where the parents stay