Orange wins vs. Dominican Republic & Great Britain
The Netherlands Softball Team registered two importantant victories on the sixth day of the ISF Women's World Championship.
Today (Wednesday, August 20), the team opened with a big 14-1 victory against the Dominican Republic.
The Orange squad pounded eight basehits, including three by Chantal Versluis and reached base eight times on free passes (walks, hit batter).
The basis for the win was created in the first inning when two runs were scored on singles by Jessie van Aalst and Virginie Anneveld.
An 8-run rally in the seventh inning completed the victory.
Starter Dagmar Bloeming gave up only three hits in six innings, then Lindsey Meadows completed the game.
In the evening, the Dutch won 9-3 vs. Great Britain in a long game, which ended after midnight.
In tonight's game, 13 hits were registered, including three by Saskia Kosterink.
It took awhile for the Dutch to set things in motion, but from the fourth inning on, more distance was taken.
Femke van Dusschoten had a strong outing in relief and was the winning pitcher.
The Dutch Team is now 3-3 with one game left in the preliminary round.
That will be played on Thursday-evening vs. Botswana, starting at 8 PM.
Netherlands vs. Dominican Republic
In the first game, the Dutch Team set the tone in the first inning when Britt Vonk led off with a walk, advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Chantal Versluis, then scored on a single by Jessie van Aalst.
The latter then stole second base and scored on a 2-out single by Virginie Anneveld.
Dutch starter Dagmar Bloeming gave up a 2-run homerun to Rosaury Perez in the bottom of the first inning, but from then on dominated.
She retired 11 of the next 13 batters, including the first seven in a row, amongst them four consecutive strikeouts.
Dagmar gave up only three hits in six innings, then Lindsey Meadows threw the seventh inning.
The Dutch added two runs in the second inning.
Nathalie Gosewehr (walk) and Nathalie Timmermans (error) then both scored on a 2-out double by Chantal Versluis.
After being retired in order in the third, fourth and fifth at bat, the Orange scored two more runs in the sixth.
Saskia Kosterink (walk) and Virginie Anneveld (single) then respectively scored on a fielder's choice-grounder by Nathalie Gosewehr and a sacrifice fly by Nathalie Timmermans.
An 8-run rally then followed in the seventh inning to increase the lead to 14-1.
In the at bat, 13 batters stepped up to the plate.
Chantal Versluis tripled in a run and then singled in two runs in her second at bat in the inning and also scored a run herself.
She had five runs batted in in this game and only missed the homerun to hit for-the-cycle.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Dominican Republic
(above photos made by Fred Versluis)
Netherlands vs. Great Britain
In the evening, it took awhile for the Dutch to shake off the British squad, but took more distance from the fourth inning on.
The Dutch again scored twice in the first inning.
Chantal Versluis (walk) and Jessie van Aalst (double) then scored on a single by Saskia Kosterink and a sac-fly by Areke Spel.
However, in the bottom of the first inning, Great Britain came alongside when two runners scored on a 2-out error.
The Orange re-took the lead in the third inning.
Jessie van Aalst then led off with her second double in the game and scored on a single by Eva Voortman to make it 3-2.
Two runs were added in the fourth inning.
Britt Vonk led off with a single and scored on a double by Saskia Kosterink, who herself later scored on an illegal pitch.
A 3-run rally followed in the fifth.
Britt Vonk (single) scored on a basesloaded walk for Saskia Kosterink, then Virginie Anneveld followed with a 2-run single to make it 8-3.
The rally came after the British had added a run in the bottom of the fourth on a double by Amy Moore.
The final Dutch run was scored in the sixth on a force play-grounder by Jessie van Aalst.
Femke van Dusschoten took over the Dutch pitching in the third inning and had a great outing.
She struckout eight batters and gave up only two hits in the remainder of the game.
This game was the 150th international game for Paul Boonstra as Team Manager of the Dutch squad.
Box Score Netherlands vs. Great Britain
(above photos made by Fred Versluis)