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World Championship - Day 12 - Friday, July 20, 2012

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Dutch Team beats Taipei to write history!

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WHITEHORSE, Yukon (Canada) - The Dutch National Softball Team opened the Play-Offs of the World Championship in Whitehorse on Friday, July 20 with a 4-3 victory vs. Chinese Taipei in a game with a suspenseful ending. With the win, the Dutch Team wrote history as it became only the second time that a Dutch Softball Team advanced to the next round in the Play-Offs.

With this, the squad will not finish lower than sixth place, which is the best result ever in Dutch softball-history. On Saturday, the Orange now will meet Canada, which lost 4-2 against the USA. This game starts at 12:00 PM local (9 PM Dutch time).

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 Team got on base in both the first and second inning, but opened the score in the third at bat. Nathalie Timmermans then led of with a double and advanced when an error was made on a sac-bunt by Anne Blaauwgeers. The bases were then loaded when Nathalie Gosewehr walked. Hereafter, two sacrifice flies followed, hit by Chantal Versluis and Britt Vonk to put the Dutch ahead, 2-0.

In the fourth inning two runners stranded at second and third base, but in the fifth the lead was doubled. Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a walk and, with one out, the bases got loaded when Britt Vonk singled and Saskia Kosterink walked. After a pitching change, a run was scored when Virginie Anneveld singled, which was followed by a sac-fly by Merel Oosterveld that made it 4-0.

Dutch starter Lindsey Meadows retired the first 10 batters in a row, then gave up her first basehit in the fourth inning, but two outs followed. In the fifth inning, Taipei stranded a runner at third base.

And then the suspense started. With an appararent comfortable 4-0 lead, the bottom of the sixth inning began. A lead-off double was followed by a passed ball and an error that led to the first run for Taipei. Another double followed and hereafter, Rebecca Soumeru took over the pitching. An error led to a runner at first base and a wild pitch made it a 4-2 score. With one out, a single narrowed the lead to only 4-3. Another single followed, but the second out was registered with a flyout to rightfield. With runners on first and second base, Rebecca closed the nerve-wrecking inning herself with a strikeout.

In the seventh inning, Rebecca retired the side and thus the Dutch won 4-3 to advance to the next game.

Box Score Chinese Taipei vs. Netherlands
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Coach Berend Mannessen is ready to do the scorekeeping again this game

Karin Tuk is introduced before the game

The teams line up

The Dutch players are ready to start the Play-Offs

Britt Vonk places a sacrifice bunt in the 1st inning
Catcher Szu-Shih Li goes after the ball, while HP Umpire Bobby Shelton keeps his eyes on the action

With Chantal Versluis on 2nd base, Saskia Kosterink ends the 1st inning with a grounder

Meng-Ting Lai leads off the Taipei-first with a flyout off starter Lindsey Meadows

Virginie Anneveld leads off the 2nd Dutch at bat with a single...

...but is caught stealing moments later, being tagged out by short stop Feng-Chen Lin

Lindsey Meadows retires the first 10 batters she faces
Standing in the back is 2B Umpire Joyce Bellini

Nathalie Timmermans leads off the 3rd inning with a double

Moments later, with the bases loaded, Chantal Versluis hits a sacrifice fly...

...that scores Nathalie, while Anne Blaauwgeers advances to 3rd base in the back

Next, Britt Vonk also hits a sac-fly off starter Ying-Hsin Lin

On Britt's fly, Anne Blaauwgeers scores to give the Dutch a 2-0 lead
In the back, 3B Pei-Chun Lin sees Nathalie Gosewehr slides in safely

The team meets between innings

In the 4th inning, 1B Hui-Chuan Chiang sees Merel Oosterveld arrive with a single

Karin Tuk follows with another single

Hereafter, Nathalie Timmermans flies out

Head Coach Craig Montvidas and Coach Tracy Bunge discuss details

Fred Versluis discusses details with a colleague photographer

Feng-Chen Lin steals 2nd base in the 4th inning, as seen by short stop Britt Vonk

Italian Umpire Gianluca Magnani, who officiated at 1st base in this game

Nathalie Gosewehr arrives at 2nd base in the 5th inning on a single by Britt Vonk
2B Wan-Ting Shih awaits the ball, while 2B Umpire Joyce Bellini looks into the action

After a pitching change, and with the bases loaded, Virginie Anneveld hits an RBI-single

Merel Oosterveld follows with a sacrifice fly that makes it 4-0 in Dutch favor

Britt Vonk crosses home plate in the 5th on Merel's sac-fly

Rebecca Soumeru takes over the pitching in the 6th inning

Hui-Chuan Chiang at 1st base after her single narrowed the Dutch lead to 4-3

But the Dutch Team gets out of the jam in the 6th and an one-two-three 7th follows
With the win, the Orange advance to the next round in the Play-Offs

Time to celebrate

Head Coach Craig Montvidas talks with the team after the game

The scoreboard tells the final score: Netherlands 4, Chinese Taipei 3

Virginie Anneveld is interviewed for Sportscanada.tv

Head Coach Craig Montvidas also answers questions from the media

A newspaper article about the Netherlands vs. USA game

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

Nathalie Gosewehr, Virginie Anneveld and Rebecca Soumeru

Dagmar Bloeming, Areke Spel and Britt Vonk

Petra van Heijst, Yonina Sint Jago and Femke van Dusschoten

Merel Oosterveld, Meike Witteveen and Anne Blaauwgeers

Lindsey Meadows, Karin Tuk and Physical Therapists Ingrid Holstege and Kathleen McGarvey

Today's umpires: Joyce Bellini (2B, Canada), Gianluca Magnani (1B, Italy),
Bobby Shelton (HP, USA) and Noreen Atkinson (3B, Canada)

The teams line up...

...and exchange gifts

Chantal Versluis singles and advances to 2nd base in the 1st inning

Saskia Kosterink hits a grounder in the first at bat

Outfielders Nathalie Gosewehr, Saskia Kosterink and Merel Oosterveld...

...and the infielders and battery are ready for the first inning

Lindsey Meadows strikes out five batters today

Virginie Anneveld leads off the 2nd inning with a single

Later in the at bat, Karin Tuk strikes out and Virginie is caught stealing in a double play

Lindsey Meadows delivers to Szu-Shih Li in the 2nd inning

An overview

Another talk between innings

Nathalie Timmermans leads off the 3rd inning with a double

Later, Nathalie scores when Chantal Versluis hits a sacrifice fly

Britt Vonk also hits a sac-fly, then Saskia Kosterink flies out

Leftfielder Nathalie Gosewehr makes the first out in the 3rd inning

In the 4th inning, Merel Oosterveld reaches on a single

Karin Tuk follows with another single off Ying-Hsin Lin

Feng-Chen Lin steals 2nd base in the bottom of the 4th inning

A Lockheed Electra L-188A air tanker of Air Spray Aviation Services flies over the field
Air Spray is specialized in controling wild fires

Left: Virginie Anneveld singles in a run in the 5th inning
Right: Merel Oosterveld follows with a sacrifice fly

Britt Vonk (18) is greeted after scoring on Merel's sac-fly

Leftfielder Nathalie Gosewehr goes after a foul ball

Lindsey Meadows closes the 5th inning with a strikeout

Head Coach Craig Montvidas has a talk after Taipei comes back to 4-3 in the 6th inning

Merel Oosterveld makes a catch in the 6th inning for the second out

The Dutch Team is leading 4-3 when the seventh inning starts

Rightfielder Merel Oosterveld makes the final out of the game

The Dutch fans applaud the win

Happy faces after a suspenseful ending

The team advances to the next round of the Play-Offs

Time to celebrate

The players of both teams give each other high-fives

The Dutch players thank the spectators

Left: Head Coach Craig Montvidas talks to the team afterwards
Right: Virginie Anneveld gives an interview

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