Dutch Team wins two more games
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (USA) -
On the second day of playing at the World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma City, the Dutch National Softball Team won its next two games on Friday, June 29 to remain unbeaten after three games.
In the morning, the team came from behind to register its second victory, beating Brazil 4-3.
Trailing 2-0 after five innings, the Dutch Team rallied for four runs in the sixth inning, hightlighted by a 2-run double by Nathalie Timmermans to take a 4-2 lead.
Brazil scored one more run in the home of the sixth inning.
Later in the day, the Dutch Team took charge of the game against Puerto Rico right away in the first at bat and went on to win 7-2, highlighted by a 2-run homerun by Karin Tuk, who had five RBI's.
Today was another extremely hot day in Oklahoma City with temperatures in the upper 90s.
Between the two Dutch games, Australia handed Canada another tough loss, winning 7-6.
Australia took an 1-0 lead in the first inning, but then trailed 5-1 in the sixth inning.
Australia then rallied for five runs to take a 6-5 lead.
Canada then came alongside in the seventh inning, but in the home half, Brenda De Blaes singled in the winning run for Australia, meaning Canada suffered another come-from-behind one-run loss, just like the day before against the Netherlands.
In the evening, Australia closed the second day of the tournament against Team USA, which won 3-1 to register its second win, while the Aussies suffered their first loss after having won its first two games.
After completion of today's games, the Dutch squad leads the event with a 3-0 record, meaning the team will at least play in the bronze medal game on Monday.
On Saturday, the Dutch Team meets the USA in a game that starts at 11 AM (6 PM Dutch time).
This is the so-called 'Pink Out Game'.
All players of both teams, as well as the umpires and the volunteers around the stadium will be dressed in pink shirts to support the development of treatments of cancer.
The game be followed again via a live stream and play-by-play through the website of USA Softball.
While the game isn't listed to be broadcast live on ESPN America, the channel might change its schedule, but it probably will be broadcast tape-delayed on Sunday-morning at 6 AM Dutch time.
On Saturday-evening, ESPN America will broadcast the game of USA vs. Canada live at 1 AM Dutch time.
Game vs. Brazil
In the first ever game of the Dutch National Softball Team against Brazil, both squads were held scoreless in the first three at bats.
Both got a scoring opportunity in the third inning with the Dutch leaving two runners in scoring position.
In the first inning, Britt Vonk singled for the Orange with two outs and stole second base, but was left behind.
After an one-two-three second inning, Nathalie Timmermans led off the third inning with a double, then moved to third base on an one-out single by Nathalie Gosewehr, who played in the 75th international game of her national team career.
Nathalie stole second base, but then two outs followed.
Dutch starter Lindsey Meadows retired the first six batters she faced, including four with a strikeout, then gave up a lead-off single to Simone Miyahira in the third inning.
With one out, Regina Someya also singled for Brazil, but the team also left its two runners.
In the fourth, Saskia Kosterink led off with a single, but also stranded.
Brazil then struck in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Brazil, which traditionally (like its national baseball team) has a lot of players with Japanese backgrounds, saw its lead-off hitter Simone Suetsugu reach on a single.
Hereafter, Vivian Morimoto hit a 2-run homerun that gave the Latin-American squad a 2-0 lead.
The Dutch Team then came close to a run in the fifth inning.
With two outs, Nathalie Gosewehr was hit by a pitch, stole second base and advanced on an error, but a strikeout ended the at bat.
The Orange then again had a strong finish to turn the game around in its favor.
In the sixth inning, Britt Vonk (3-for-4) led off with a single and moved when Saskia Kosterink also singled.
The latter was then forced out on a grounder by Virginie Anneveld, but Areke Spel followed with another single that enabled Britt to score and brought Virginie to third base.
After a strikeout, Nathalie Timmermans belted a double, which accounted for two runs and gave the Dutch a 3-2 lead.
Her pinch-runner Yonina Sint Jago then scored the fourth run on a single by Chantal Versluis.
The single by Chantal that produced the insurance run proved to be important moments later, as Brazil got one run back in the home of the sixth off of new pitcher Rebecca Soumeru, who had just taken over the pitching.
A single, walk and single led to the run, but then a strikeout and double play ended the at bat.
In the seventh inning, Rebecca retired the side to earn a save.
Brazil had started the event yesterday with a 2-1 win in eight innings vs. Puerto Rico, then lost 11-1 to Australia in its next game.
Box Score Game vs. Brazil
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The umpiring crew: Peter Kluszczynski (Canada, 2B), Ron Houison (Australia, HP),
Diane Carden (USA, 3B) and Bob Gieskens (Netherlands, 1B)
Coach Karen Marr goes through the details before the game
Meike Witteveen hitting
Britt Vonk steals 2nd base in the 1st inning; Short stop Simone Suetsugu has no play
Saskia Kosterink flies out in the first inning
Coaches Tracy Bunge, Karen Marr and Craig Montvidas follow the action
Nathalie Timmermans did the catching against Brazil; Samira Tanaka is the batter
Dutch starter Lindsey Meadows
A look at the infield
Nathalie Gosewehr goes after a pitch and singles in the 3rd inning...
...to bring Nathalie Timmermans to third base
Britt Vonk hitting in the third inning
Dutch umpire Bob Gieskens officiated at first base
Virginie Anneveld concentrates at third base
Hey, there is Virginie again, this time on the scoreboard
Vivian Morimoto is greeted after her 2-run homerun in the 4th inning
A painful moment for catcher Nathalie Timmermans
Physical Therapists Ingrid Holstege and Kathleen McGarvey have a check
Nathalie Gosewehr steals second base in the 5th inning
Nathalie can advance to third base as short stop Simone Suetsugo misses the ball
Areke Spel singles in a run in the sixth inning
Shortly thereafter, Nathalie Timmermans doubles...
...to bring in Areke Spel and Virginie Anneveld and put the Dutch ahead 3-2
A happy Head Coach Craig Montvidas
Yonina Sint Jago takes over as pinch-runner at 2nd base for Nathalie Timmermans
Moments later, Yonina scores the fourth Dutch run on a single by Chantal Versluis
Rebecca Soumeru took over the pitching in the sixth inning
High fives for 3B Virginie Anneveld after ending the 6th inning with a double play
Brazilian pitcher Nilze Higa
Britt Vonk was 3-for-4 in this game
Bottom of the seventh inning, the Dutch are leading 4-3
Mayra Akamine is the final out of the game, as seen by Rebecca Soumeru
End of the game
Final Score: Netherlands 4, Brazil 3
After the game, the stadium ground crew gives the field a necessary 'cooling down'
Game vs. Puerto Rico
In the second game today, the Dutch Team scored early and held the lead since the first at bat en route to a 7-2 victory.
In the first inning, the team scored twice with two outs.
With one out, Anne Blaauwgeers singled, but was caught stealing.
But then Britt Vonk walked and the bases got loaded when Virginie Anneveld and Areke Spel followed with singles.
Next, Karin Tuk also singled to bring in Britt and Virginie and make it 2-0.
The Dutch Team was then retired in order in the second and third inning, but scored again in the fourth and again, Karin Tuk accounted for the runs.
Areke Spel led off with a single and the Karin followed with a homerun to double the lead, 4-0.
Dutch starter Femke van Dusschoten retired the first seven batters in a row, then walked a batter and gave up her first basehit.
After the two runners advanced on a sac-bunt, a flyout ended the Puerto Rican at bat.
But the team then scored twice in the fourth inning.
With one out, Femke hit Nicole Springer with a pitch, then gave up a 2-run homerun to Nicole Osterman, that narrowed the deficit to 4-2.
But hereafter, Femke struckout the next two batters to end the inning.
In the fifth inning, the Dutch Team rallied for three runs to take a commanding 7-2 lead.
Facing a new pitcher, Merel Oosterveld led off with a walk and stole second base, then advanced on a single by Anne Blaauwgeers.
After the latter was ruled out for leaving first base too early, Britt Vonk also walked.
Merel then scored when Virginie Anneveld singled and Britt was able to score when an error was made on a grounder by Areke Spel.
Hereafter, Karin Tuk again came through with a clutch-hit, as her single enabled Virginie to score and increased the lead to 7-2, while Karin was credited with her fifth RBI of the game.
The bases got loaded when Lindsey Meadows walked and Yonina Sint Jago singled, but then Petra van Heijst hit a hard line drive towards short and instead of going through for a single, the short stop caught the ball to end the inning.
Femke van Dusschoten went the distance for the Dutch, saw Puerto Rico reach base again in the sixth and seventh inning, but finished with a 2-hitter.
For Puerto Rico, this was its third concesutive loss, after having lost 2-1 to Brazil in the opening game yesterday, followed by an 8-0 shutout-loss vs. the USA in the evening.
Box Score Game vs. Puerto Rico
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A look into the Dutch dug-out
The umpires for the game against Puerto Rico: Ron Houison (Australia, 3B),
Diane Carden (USA, 2B), Bob Gieskens (Netherlands, HP) and Peter Kluszczynski (Canada, 1B)
Merel Oosterveld leads off for the Dutch squad in the 1st inning
Anne Blaauwgeers is caught stealing in the 1st at bat and tagged out by SS Kiara Nazario
Britt Vonk moments before scoring the first run in the first inning
Puerto Rico has just given up two runs
Femke van Dusschoten pitched for the Dutch and Britt Vonk played at short
Anne Blaauwgeers, wearing a protectice cap, played at first base
Karin Tuk did the catching
Petra van Heijst played at 2nd base against Puerto Rico
Areke Spel walks towards the plate to score and is followed...
...by Karin Tuk, who hit a 2-run homerun in the fourth inning
Karin is greeted, the Dutch Team leads 4-0
It was another hot day in Oklahoma City, as Yonina Sint Jago shows
Areke Spel reaches in the 5th inning to bring in a run
Karin Tuk was 3-for-4 today, including a homerun, scored once and had 5 RBI's
Petra van Heijst connects, but flies out
Femke van Dusschoten threw a 2-hitter
Head Coach Craig Montvidas gives an interview after the game