Orange still in race for Play-Offs
The Netherlands National Softball Team was shutout 4-0 by Australia tonight on a rainy Monday, August 18.
With the win, the Aussies remained unbeaten after four games, while the Orange squad is now 1-3, but is still in contention for a spot in the Play-Offs.
The Dutch Team collected only three basehits, two by Saskia Kosterink, one by Virginie Anneveld.
Due to the rain and the field maintenance, tonight's game started almost two hours later than scheduled.
Today's rain led to several delays, postponements and in the end three cancelled games.
The Dutch Team meets the Dominican Republic on Tuesday-evening, starting at 8 PM.
One hour and 47 minutes after its initial starting time, the game between the Dutch and Australia went underway.
It was a good game, but unfortunately, the Dutch offense was unable to score and registered only three basehits.
In the second inning, Saskia Kosterink led off with a double, but then got into a rundown on a grounder by next batter Virginie Anneveld.
The latter moved to second base the play and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Areke Spel to become the lone Dutch runner to reach third base in this game.
But Virginie then stranded.
In the fourth inning, Saskia Kosterink singled with two outs, but then a line drive off the bat of Virginie Anneveld ended in the glove of 2B Stacey McManus.
In the fifth inning, Kaia Parnaby took over the Australian pitching for starter Vanessa Stokes and retired the first eight batters she saw.
She then gave up a 2-out single in the top of the seventh inning to Virginie Anneveld, but she stranded again, as a grounder followed to end the game eleven minutes before midnight.
Dutch starter Femke van Dusschoten threw three good innings and was supported with some nice plays, including a great fielding play by 3B Virginie Anneveld in the second inning on a hard grounder by Chelsea Forkin.
Femke struckout three batters, but hit lead-off hitter Jodie Bowering in the fourth inning.
She advanced on a sac-bunt and then Chelsea Forkin also singled.
The two runners then scored closely running behind each other on a double by Rachel Lack that gave the Aussies a 2-0 lead.
It appeared that there might be an action at the plate resulting in an out, but unfortunately both runners scored.
Hereafter, Dagmar Bloeming took over and saw the third run in the inning being scored on an error.
Australia scored its fourth run in the sixth inning.
Jade Wall then led off with a single and scored on a 2-out single by Leigh Godfrey, who last season played in the Dutch big league for Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem.
After completion of the season, Godfrey was named Most Valuable Player and also was the Batting Champion.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Australia
(above photos made by Fred Versluis)