Dutch Team shut out by Australia in second exhibition game
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (USA) -
On Wednesday, June 27, the Dutch National Softball Team met Australia in the second and final exhibition game between the two teams before the start of the World Cup of Softball.
The Orange suffered a big 9-0 loss, as Australia had four productive at bats, scoring nine runs, including three on a homerun.
In the last three innings, the Aussies were held scoreless and added only two more basehits off Rebecca Soumeru, who pitched in relief of Lindsey Meadows and Femke van Dusschoten.
The Dutch Team registered only three basehits.
On Thursday, the Orange squad opens the World Cup of Softball against Canada with the game starting at 11:30 AM local time (6:30 PM Dutch time).
Other participants in the seventh edition of the event are Australia, Brazil, Puerto Rico and the USA.
In the morning, the team conducted a practice session under hot weather conditions, but luckily there was some wind which made it more comfortable to be on the field.
After having lunch, the team returned the the ASA Hall of Fame Complex to meet Australia in its second exhibition game.
And unfortunately, the game didn't went the Dutch way, as Australia struck early, then rallied for six runs in the fourth inning.
Dutch starter Lindsey Meadows walked a batter in the first at bat with one out, but retired six of the first seven batters she faced.
In the third inning, Australia opened the score.
With one out, the Aussies singled twice, then a flyout followed.
But then Brenda De Blaes drove a delivery of Lindsey over the leftfield-fence for a 3-run homerun and an early lead.
In the fourth inning, Femke van Dusschoten took over the pitching.
But the righthander gave up five basehits, walked a batter, saw two errors being made and was credited with six runs that increased the Australian lead to 9-0.
Femke gave up a lead-off single, then walked the next batter.
After a groundout, an error followed, but also accounted for a run.
A single by Leigh Godfrey then added a run.
Next, a flyout followed which would have been the third out when the error wasn't made, but now the inning continued.
Two singles added two runs, then Chelsea Forkin followed with a 2-run double that made it 9-0 and put the game almost surely out of reach for the Orange.
Rebecca Soumeru took over hereafter.
The veteran righthander gave up a single in the fifth and sixth inning, but retired nine of the eleven batters she faced, including the last six in a row.
Australian starter Justine Smethurst retired the first nine batters she faced, including four strikeouts.
She then walked Nathalie Gosewehr to start the fourth inning, but then Meike Witteveen grounded into a double play.
Hereafter, Britt Vonk followed with the first Dutch basehit, but stranded at first base.
In the fifth inning, Areke Spel singled with one out, then was safe at second base when an error was made on a force play-grounder by pinch-hitter Merel Oosterveld, but they also were left behind.
In the sixth, Nathalie Gosewehr again led off with a walk.
After moving to second base, she then tried to score on a single by Britt Vonk, but was thrown out at the plate.
In the seventh inning, Areke Spel was hit by a pitch and Karin Tuk walked with one out, but this time a strikeout and flyout ended the inning and the game.
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Head Coach Craig Montvidas talks with the team before the practice session
Physical Therapist Ingrid Holstege loosens up the knee of Coach Berend Mannessen
The team held a practice session in the morning
Meike Witteveen turns to make contact off Justine Smethurst
Anne Blaauwgeers did the catching today
Starting pitcher Lindsey Meadows...
...delivers a pitch
Virginie Anneveld hits a foul ball
And so does Areke Spel
A close-up of Lindsey Meadows
A concentrated 3B Virginie Anneveld
Short stop Chantal Versluis is also ready for action
Just like 2B Meike Witteveen
Brenda De Blaes puts Australia ahead with a 3-run homerun in the 3rd inning
Head Coach Craig Montvidas and Pitching Coach Karen Marr with Lindsey Meadows
Karin Tuk hitting for the Dutch squad
Dutch umpire Bob Gieskens is testing the new umpiring equipment
Or is it just a photo-camera?
Femke van Dusschoten took over the pitching in the 4th inning
Femke had a rough fourth inning
Catcher Anne Blaauwgeers checks the signs
Rightfielder Areke Spel gets into action
Rebecca Soumeru was the third Dutch pitcher todat
Nathalie Gosewehr walked twice today
Rebecca Soumeru delivers with SS Chantal Versluis in the back
Areke Spel running on first base in the 5th inning after hitting a single
Merel Oosterveld hitting with Areke at first base
Anne Blaauwgeers lets a ball go by
An overview of the field
Rebecca Soumeru gave up only two hits in the final three innings
Saskia Kosterink played the last innings at first base
In the meantime, another game is played in the main stadium
Petra van Heijst hitting in the 6th inning
Another view of Saskia
End of the game
The players shake hands