Dutch Team nipped by USA
OKLAHOMA CITY, Oklahoma (USA) -
Team USA nipped the Dutch Softball Team only 2-1 on Saturday, June 30 on the third day of playing at the World Cup of Softball.
And so, the Dutch squad again left a great impression on the field in Oklahoma City.
The team made the USA work hard and even took an 1-0 lead in the fifth inning when Nathalie Timmermans homered.
The Americans came alongside moments later, then took a 2-1 lead on a homerun in the sixth at bat.
For the Dutch Team, this was its first loss, while the Americans registered their third win.
The Orange close the preliminary round on Sunday against Australia, which starts at 2:30 PM local (9:30 PM Dutch time).
Both teams today played in pink outfits, as were the umpires, as it was the Pink Out Game of the tournament, or Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
Dutch starting pitcher Dagmar Bloeming had a great outing today in the circle.
The righthander struckout five batters and gave up only four basehits in the first five innings she pitched.
In the first four at bats, only four American batters were able to reach base off Dagmar with only two of them getting into scoring position (which by the way was the same player).
And so, we had a real pitching duel going on between Dagmar and American starter Jackie Traina.
In the first inning, Britt Vonk singled for the Dutch squad with two outs, but was left at first base.
In the home of the first, Dagmar Bloeming walked lead-off hitter Michelle Mountrie, who then advanced to second base on an one-out single by Stacy May-Johnson.
But then, Dagmar struckout Team USA-veteran Kaitlin Cochran, while powerhitter Valerie Arioto followed with a grounder to end the inning.
In the second inning, both teams were retired in order, then both teams got two runners on base in the third at bat.
For the Orange, Nathalie Gosewehr singled with two outs, then Meike Witteveen doubled to bring two runners into scoring position.
But then, Britt Vonk was struckout by American pitcher Jackie Traina.
Two weeks ago, Jackie Traina won the national championship when she was the winning pitcher for Alabama Crimson Tide that won 5-4 against Oklahoma in the final of the College World Series, which was held at the same site in Oklahoma City.
After completion of the event, she was named the Most Outstanding Player of the tournament, as she won two games and struckout 20 batters.
In the bottom of the third, Michelle Moultrie reached base again for Team USA, this time on an error with one out.
Lauren Gibson followed with a single, but then a flyout followed and Dagmar ended by striking out Kaitlin Cochran again.
In the fourth, Saskia Kosterink walked, but was caught stealing, then Samantha Fischer singled with one out for the USA in the bottom of the fourth.
But she stranded at first base as a pop-fly and another strikeout followed.
In the fifth inning, both teams scored.
With one out, the Dutch took an 1-0 lead when Nathalie Timmermans belted a pitch of Jackie Traina into centerfield, where centerfielder Michelle Moultrie misjudged the ball, which then hit the top of the fence to end up behind it for a homerun.
Two flyouts ended the at bat, but the Orange were ahead.
In the home of the fifth, lead-off hitter Jessica Schults reached on an error and was replaced by speedy pinch-runner Rhea Taylor, who stole second base.
A single by Michelle Moultrie moved Taylor to third base and she then scored the tying run on an one-out grounder by Stacy May-Johnson.
In the sixth inning, Chelsea Thomas took over the pitching for Jackie Traina and gave up an one-out single to Britt Vonk, who then moved to third base on two wild pitches.
But unfortunately, Britt stranded at third, as a strikeout and groundout followed.
In the bottom of the sixth, Team USA took a 2-1 lead, as Valerie Arioto led off with a homerun.
This past college-season, Valerie Arioto was a teammate of Britt Vonk, as both played for the Golden Bears, the team of the University of California at Berkeley.
And with the Golden Bears, the two participated in the College World Series here in Oklahoma City reaching the semi-final.
After Arioto's homerun, Samantha Fischer singled and then Rebecca Soumeru took over the pitching for Dagmar.
,,She was tough today'', Team USA Head Coach Ken Eriksen stated later in the day regarding the pitching of Dagmar.
Fischer advanced on a sac-bunt by Jenae Leles and moved on a 2-out single by Rhea Taylor, but was left at third base.
In the seventh inning, the Dutch was retired in order and so, the game ended in a 2-1 loss, meaning Team USA avoided a major upset.
Later in the day, Team USA won big vs. Canada and registered a 9-0 shutout.
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The team arrives at the stadium
Merel Oosterveld and Yonina Sint Jago show the shirts
that were donated to the Dutch Team by Gant
And here, we have a teamphoto of the Dutch squad wearing the Gant-shirts
And a photo of the team in the pink shirts for today's Breast Cancer Awareness Game
The umpiring crew for the Netherlands vs. USA game: Mike LaTona (USA, 1B),
Diance Carden (USA, HP), Reynaldo Mora (Puerto Rico, 2B) and Bob Gieskens (Netherlands, 3B)
Head Coaches Craig Montvidas and Ken Eriksen shake hands and meet the umpires
The team is ready for the player introductions
Coaches Tracy Bunge and Craig Montvidas go over the line-up sheets
The teams line up for the pre-game activities
The players are introduced, here Petra van Heijst is announced
The players applaud the fans
Line-up for the playing of the national anthems
Ready to take the field, as captured by an ESPN-camera
Meike Witteveen takes some extra liquid...
...and shows her Ringor sun-protection
Waiting for the signal by ESPN to start the game after a commercial break
Nathalie Gosewehr leads off for the Dutch squad in the first inning
Jessica Schults is the catcher, Diane Carden the umpire
Britt Vonk connects for the first Dutch basehit in the first at bat
With two outs, Britt at first base, but she would be left there...
...as Saskia Kosterink unfortunately struckout
The first American at bat
The socks of pitcher Dagmar Bloeming
Nathalie Timmermans is behind the plate and Lauren Gibson is hitting for Team USA
Michelle Moultrie advances to 2nd base in the 1st inning; 2B Meike Witteveen trails her
Dagmar Bloeming delivers another pitch
Dagmar had a fine outing today in the circle
Dagmar gave up only four hits in the first five innings
3B Virginie Anneveld with Dutch umpire Bob Gieskens behind her
And another shot of Dagmar
2B Meike Witteveen in action
High fives for Dagmar after ending the first at bat successfully
With the Dutch bat-girl and Coach Berend Mannessen in the background,
Virginie Anneveld prepares to go at bat in the 2nd inning
Virginie in her first at bat, but she strikes out
Next, Areke Spel grounds out
...and so does Karin Tuk
Coach Berend Mannessen looks on from the dug-out
Britt Vonk playing at first base
And Chantal Versluis playing at short
Chantal and 2B Meike Witteveen shake hands
Jenae Leles hitting for the USA in the 2nd inning moments before striking out
The centerfield-camera of ESPN
And an on-field camera captures the activities in and around the dug-out
Nathalie Timmermans lets a ball go by in the 3rd inning
Chantal Versluis hitting in the 3rd inning...
...but Chantal would become the fourth strikeout-victim of USA-starter Jackie Traina
Hereafter, Nathalie Gosewehr reaches on a single
Team USA returns to the dug-out after the Dutch stranded runners at 2nd and 3rd base in the 3rd
An overview of the field
Dagmar Bloeming delivers to Lauren Gibson in the 3rd inning
In the fifth inning, Nathalie Timmermans connects well...
...and puts the Orange ahead with a homerun
Nathalie gets a high-five from Head Coach Craig Montvidas...
...and is welcomed by her teammates at the plate
It's on the scoreboard, the Dutch Team leads 1-0 in the fifth inning
Dagmar is ready for her fifth inning in the circle
Checking the ball
Pinch-runner Rhea Taylor steals 2nd base in the fifth inning...
...then moves to 3rd base and moments later scores the tying run
Dagmar gets a high-five from Pitching Coach Karen Marr
Saskia Kosterink lets a ball go by
A look into the Dutch dug-out
Meike Witteveen looks at the batter with umpire Reynaldo Mora in the back
Valerie Arioto is greeted after hitting a homerun that puts the USA ahead 2-1
Time for a talk with all players
Rebecca Soumeru takes over the pitching...
...and delivers a pitch
And this is how Rebecca looks from the other side
Team USA is leading 2-1 after six innings
End of the game
Craig Montvidas has a talk afterwards
The team gets instructions for the post-game activities
A joint teamphoto of Team USA with the Orange
Britt Vonk with Team USA-player Kaitlin Cochran (Arizona State University)
Dagmar Bloeming hands out a signature
And Lindsey Meadows poses with a young Orange fan
Areke Spel signs a bat
Femke van Dusschoten with signature seekers
Saskia Kosterink will put her name on a ball
The young Orange fan gets the signature of Nathalie Gosewehr
Areke gives another signature
Fans line up for the autograph-session
Anne Blaauwgeers, Merel Oosterveld, Yonina Sint Jago
and Britt Vonk sign photos and talk with fans
A fan gets the autograph of Rebecca Soumeru
Coach Berend Mannessen puts his signature on a bat
More fans are waiting
Physical Therapists Kathleen McGarvey and Ingrid Holstege look on
The Dutch players patientlty sign their names
This fan gets an autograph from Areke Spel