Orange squad plays strong game
After having lost the first two games, the Netherlands National Softball Team won comfortable this afternoon (Sunday, August 17) against Italy.
On Day 3 of the World Championship in Haarlem (Netherlands), the Orange squad won 8-1 to not only register its first victory, but also to celebrate Nathalie Gosewehr's 100th international game in the national team.
Britt Vonk accounted for four of the eight Dutch runs, scoring twice and batting in two.
Lindsey Meadows threw a 2-hitter, the second hit being a homerun that accounted for the lone Italian run.
The Dutch Team meets Australia in its next game, which is scheduled for Monday-evening, August 18, starting at 8 PM.
The Dutch Team set the tone right away in the first inning.
Chantal Versluis led off with a single, stole second base and advanced on a throwing error.
She then scored when Britt Vonk drilled a triple into left-centerfield.
Moments later, Britt scored the next run on a single by Saskia Kosterink.
Four runs were added in the second inning.
Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a walk and Nathalie Timmermans followed with a single, which led to a pitching change.
Both then scored when a throwing error followed on a grounder by Anne Blaauwgeers, who was able to reach third base on the error.
After Chantal Versluis lined out, Merel Oosterveld singled to bring in a run.
The latter then stole second base and advanced on an error, then score on a sacrifice fly by Britt Vonk.
The seventh run followed in the third inning.
Nathalie Gosewehr again led off with a walk and went on to score on a grounder by Anne Blaauwgeers.
In the fourth, off of the third Italian pitcher, the Orange scored its eighth run.
With one out, Britt Vonk was hit by a pitch.
She then stole second base and moved on two consecutive wild pitches to make it 8-0.
With two runners on base, the game was interrupted by rain, but resumed after a 13-minute delay.
Italy scored its lone run moments later.
In the first at bat, Dutch pitcher Lindsey Meadows gave up a 2-out single to veteran Eva Trevisan, but she was forced out.
In the second inning, the Dutch defense turned a double play and the Italian side was retired in order in the third and fourth at bat.
In the fifth, with two outs, Ilaria Pino entered the game as pinch-hitter and homered to account for the Italian run.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Italy
(above photos made by Fred Versluis and Marco Stoovelaar)