Dutch outscored by Canada
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (USA) - On Sunday, the last day of the single round robin of the World Cup of Softball, the Dutch National Softball Team didn't got into the game against Canada and was outscored 9-2 in what was to be the least attractive game played by the Dutch Team.
A win would have moved the Dutch squad into the game for third and fourth place, but because of the loss the Dutch now will face Italy again tomorrow in the 5th-6th place game to close the tournament.
Canada needed one inning to decide the game and that happened to be the first at bat in which the North Americans rallied for six runs.
Initially, the Dutch opened the score in the first inning with two outs.
Britt Vonk then singled, stole second, advanced on a passed ball and scored on a wild pitch, which also was the third strike on Nathalie Timmermans, who therefore reached first base.
Canadian starter Jenna Caira struckout seven batters in the three innings she pitched, but also gave up two more basehits in the third inning.
After retiring the side in the second inning, Caira gave up a lead-off infield-hit to Anne Blaauwgeers in the third inning.
Anne advanced to third base on grounders by Meike Witteveen and Petra van Heijst and then scored on another infield-hit, this time by Britt Vonk, making it a 6-2 score.
In the fourth inning, Leah MacIntosh took over the pitching for Canada and gave up an infield-hit to Solange Starrenburg in the fourth, but that was to be all for the Dutch this evening.
Trailing 1-0, Canada decided the game with a 6-run first inning off starter Femke van Dusschoten, who gave up five hits and walked three batters.
But in the first inning, Femke also was supported with a double play and another one in the second inning when 1B Nadine Marinus caught a line drive by Sheena Lawrich and completed an unassisted double play to end the inning.
Canada added two more runs in the third inning.
In the fourth inning, Femke was relieved by Kirsten Scheele, who gave up Canada's ninth run in the fifth inning, which also ended the game because of the 7-run difference.
Earlier in the day, the team was off and was able to do some last shopping, look around or just relax in the hotel.
Dutch Umpire Rob Veldkamp was unable to officiate today due to his ankle injury he sustained the day before.
other scores on Sunday
USA vs. Australia, 8-0 (5 inn.)
Japan vs. Canada, 5-4
Italy vs. Australia, 0-8
Box Score Game Netherlands vs. Canada
Schedule World Cup of Softball
The Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB) contributed in the funding of the
Hall of Fame Stadium with a donation in buying one of the seats
The World Cup of Softball Umpire crew poses in front of the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
Left to right: Kevin Broomhall (Australia), Andrea Marlone (Italy), John Orlowski (USA),
Motoichi Ueda (Japan), Kevin Ryan (ASA Umpire-in-Chief), Bonnie Gostola (Canada),
Katrina Kershaw (USA), Hiroyuki Tsuchie (Japan) and Rob Veldkamp (Netherlands)
And in front of the huge scoreboard
Left to right: Andrea Marlone, Kevin Broomhall, Motoichi Ueda, Rob Veldkamp,
Bonnie Gostola, John Orlowski, Hiroyuki Tsuchie and Katrina Kershaw
Virginie Anneveld and Chantal Versluis hand out autographs
The Umpire crew for the Netherlands vs. Canada game
2B Motoichi Ueda (Japan), 1B Kevin Broomhall (Australia),
HP Hiroyuki Tsuchie (Japan) and 3B Katrina Kershaw (USA)
The coaches meet with the umpires before the start of the game
Dutch pitchers Femke van Dusschoten and Kirsten Scheele
Canadian hurlers Jenna Caira and Leah MacIntosh
During Nathalie Timmermans's at bat in the first inning,
Britt Vonk scored the first run on a wild pitch
Nadine Marinus, who made an unassisted double play, playing at first base
Catcher Anne Blaauwgeers checks the signs from the dug-out
Chantal Versluis and Dagmar Bloeming look on from the dug-out
Solange Starrenburg reached on an infield-hit in the fourth inning
In today's game, Meike Witteveen played in leftfield
Virginie Anneveld was back at third base
Coach Nancy Evans has a talk with the battery and the infield
End of the game, Canada wins, 9-2
Chantal Versluis and Britt Vonk sign autographs
...and so are Rebecca Soumeru, Dagmar Bloeming and Nathalie Timmermans...
...and Meike Witteveen
Physical Therapist Anouk Fermont brings the medical equipment to the bus
More signatures, here Solange Starrenburg signs shirts