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The Road to Haarlem 2014

World Championship Promo Tour

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Team Haarlem leads after first round - Saturday, November 30, 2013 - Tilburg
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Haarlem squad opens with two victories

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Team Haarlem won both of its games in the first round of the World Championship Promo Tour, which opened on Saturday, November 30 in Tilburg. Team Haarlem is one of six teams participating in this winter's event to promote both the Netherlands Softball Team, as well as the World Championship, which will be held in August of next year in Haarlem (Netherlands).

The six teams all represent a different part of the country, namely East, South, Central, Amsterdam, Haarlem and Rotterdam. The players of the Netherlands National Teams have been divided over the six squads. The second round will be played on Saturday, December 21 in Enschede.

In the first four games of the tournament, the pitchers dominated. Eleven pitchers combined on 68 strikeouts, led by Ginger de Weert (Team South) and Dagmar Bloeming (Team East), who respectively struckout 12 and 10 batters in their game.

In the first three games of the day, 10 runs were scored and 15 basehits were registered. In the last three games, the teams scored 21 runs and collected 20 basehits.

Where is the team today?
Today, the team was in the city of Tilburg in the southern province of Noord-Brabant.

Prehistoric foundings of habitation trace back to 9000 BC. The name of Tilburg was first mentioned in 1191.

In the 15th century, Jan van Haestrecht ordered the building of a castle, which was replaced by a factory in 1858. The castle is still visible in the coat of arms of the city.

Around 1600, Tilburg had grown into the most important city for wool in Noord-Brabant. It was given city rights in 1809 by Lodewijk Napoleon Bonaparte, who then ruled the Kingdom of Holland.

Towards the end of the 19th century, Tilburg had become big via the textile industry and was nicknamed Wool City.



Clinic
The day began early just after 9 AM with a clinic for players, who came from clubs in the south of the country. The players of the Netherlands National Team organized several stations and gave advice on hitting, throwing, catching, running and much more.

Afterwards, there was time to ask the National Team-players for an autograph or pose with them for a photo.

A beeball-tournament also was scheduled, but that was cancelled.


For everyone involved, it was an early day to be in Tilburg on time
While the moon was visible, everyone went en route, as the clinic started at 9 AM


The first day of the Promo Tour took place in Sports Hall T-Kwadraat in Tilburg


The entrance


The sponsor


The National Team shop


Coach Berend Mannessen discusses the clinic with the players


The participating players in the clinic are welcomed


Time to warm up


Dinet Oosting, Chantal Versluis, Jessie van Aalst
' and Nikki Harte handled the fielding station


Dagmar Bloeming shows how to throw a ball properly


Eye for details
Rebecca Soumeru (back) and Lindsey Meadows are giving advice


Here, Dagmar Bloeming does the same


Nathalie Gosewehr gives instructions at the hitting station


And here, Saskia Kosterink shows the proper way to hold a bat


Marisèla de Wind oversees a hitting/fielding drill


Femke van Dusschoten throwing with a young participant


Two hands!


Manoa Weijgertse and Wies Ligtvoet of the Junior Red Team assisted today


An overview of the clinic


Talking with the participating players


Time to wrap up the clinic


Ginger de Weert hands out signatures


As do Nikki Harte, Yonina Sint Jago and Dagmar Bloeming...


...and Marisèla de Wind and Karin Tuk...


...and Areke Spel...


...and Ginger de Weert


Two participating players in the clinic on the photo with Dagmar Bloeming



The Tournament
For the tournament, six teams are compiled representing six areas of the country, East, Central, South, Amsterdam, Haarlem and Rotterdam. The teams all meet each other during the tournament, which has monthly game days. The second round will be held in December in Enschede, followed by the third round in January in Veendam en the fourth (final) round) in Amsterdam in February.

While players might be added for game days, the teams will in general play with the same roster throughout the tournament. The players of the Netherlands National Team have been divided over the six teams.


TEAM AMSTERDAM
Back: Stefan Vessies (coach), Jessie van Aalst, Areke Spel, Anna-Be Bartels,
Patricia Heisterman, Milot van Doesburg, Denice van Dijk and Rick Hetem (coach)
Front: Rebecca Soumeru, Michelle van Waveren, Nikki Harte,
Lizzie Clarijs, Shannon Hetem and Rhowan Stuart


TEAM HAARLEM
Back: Gabi Obia, Eva Voortman, Saskia Kosterink,
Kendra van Vliet, Kim Scholtes and Werner Angermann (coach)
Front: Stephanie Ruiter, Yonina Sint Jago, Judith Buschman,
Maranca Ham, Madelon Paauwe and Marco Molleman (coach)


TEAM MIDDEN-NEDERLAND (CENTRAL)
Back: Edwin Pieneman (coach), Lindsey Meadows, Marleen van Gastel, Franka van Dijk,
Laura Arp, Wishe van Heijningen and Richard Foppen (coach)
Front: Anne Blaauwgeers, Virginie Anneveld, Denice de Kruik, Kelsy Pieneman and Melissa Burger


TEAM OOST-NEDERLAND (EAST)
Back: Stanley Kock (coach), Dagmar Bloeming, Maaike Ogink, Rachel van Veen and Karin Tuk
Front: Aafje van Baal, Shaneequa Kock, Amber Krijgsman,
Wies Ligtvoet, Merel Oosterveld and Nadine Marinus


TEAM ROTTERDAM
Back: Berend Mannessen (fill-in coach), Merel Cramer, Shomayra Franka, Sanne Korpel and Femke van Dusschoten
Front: Wendy van der Hoeven, Eliza van 't Zelfde, Kimberly Matulessy, Nathalie Gosewehr and Chantal Versluis


TEAM ZUID-NEDERLAND (SOUTH)
Back: Daisy de Peinder (coach), Ginger de Weert, Noor Godefroy, Gini Ketelaars,
Damishah Charles, Britt Remmers and Jeroen van de Wiel (coach)
Front: Marisèla de Wind, Dinet Oosting, Marjolein Merkx,
Dominique Harteveld, Cindy van der Zanden and Eva van Knegsel



Game 1 - Team Rotterdam vs. Team Central
In the opening game, Team Central shutout Team Rotterdam 5-0. Lindsey Meadows struckout nine batters and threw a No-Hitter in the 4-inning game. After retiring the first nine batters in a row, her Perfect Game ended in the bottom of the fourth inning when lead-off hitter Merel Cramer reached on a throwing error after a bunt. Later in the at bat, Rotterdam loaded the bases with two outs, but a line drive by Nathalie Gosewehr was then nicely caught by rightfielder Melissa Burger to end the inning and the game.

Shomayra Franka started for Rotterdam and gave up a run in the first inning. With one out, Anne Blaauwgeers singled, moved on a passed ball and a grounder, then scored on an error.

Team Central added four runs (three unearned) off of Femke van Dusschoten in the third and fourth inning. In the third, Virginie Anneveld and Anne Blaauwgeers led off with singles, then the first scored with two outs when Denice de Kruik reached on an error.

In the fourth, three runs were scored with two outs. Melissa Burger then walked, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on the third basehit by Virginie Anneveld. Anne Blaauwgeers then walked and Lindsey Meadows' force play-grounder ended in an error to load the bases. A walk for Franka van Dijk and a wild pitch then lifted the lead to 5-0.

Team Central collected five hits, which were hit by Dutch Team-players Virginie Anneveld (3) and Anne Blaauwgeers (2), who also scored four of the five runs.

Box Score Game 1 Team Rotterdam vs. Team Central


The umpires of the first game Patrick Reus and Jac van Riel


With the 'stadium' in the background, National Team-players Virginie Anneveld and Anne Blaauwgeers
are ready for the opening game of the Promo Tour


Shomayra Franka is the starting pitcher for Team Rotterdam
Standing in the back is short stop Chantal Versluis


Virginie Anneveld leads off the game for Team Central and hits the first basehit of the Tour
Nathalie Gosewehr is the catcher, Patrick Reus the umpire


Lindsey Meadows throws a No-Hitter for Team Central
Standing in the back is short stop Virginie Anneveld


Sanne Korpel hitting for Team Rotterdam with Anne Blaauwgeers doing the catching


Femke van Dusschoten throws the finals 2 innings for Team Rotterdam
Standing in the back are leftfielder Eliza van 't Zelfde and short stop Chantal Versluis


Virginie Anneveld went 3-for-3, scored twice and had one RBI
Standing in the back is rightfielder Wendy van der Hoeven



Game 2 - Team Haarlem vs. Team South
In the second game of the day, Team Haarlem won 3-1 vs. Team South. Ginger de Weert struckout 12 batters (to set a tournament-record), but ended up as the losing pitcher, giving up two unearned runs in the second inning. Eva Voortman went the distance for Haarlem and struckout nine batters.

Team Haarlem opened the score in the second at bat. With one out, Kim Scholtes and Maranca Ham both singled. The first run was then scored when next batter Madelon Paauwe reached on a throwing error. The second run was scored with two outs on a passed ball.

Team South got one run back in the top of the fourth inning. Eva van Knegsel then singled with one out, stole second base and moved to third base on a wild pitch. With two outs, Cindy van der Zanden walked and when she stole second base, a run could be scored on the throw to second base.

Team Haarlem made it a 2-run difference again in the bottom of the fourth inning. Lead-off hitter Yonina Sint Jago was then hit by a pitch, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a following single by Kim Scholtes.

Team South got two runners in scoring position in the top of the sixth inning when Damishah Charles walked and Eva van Knegsel singled, but they stranded, as the tournament-rule 50-minute playing time was reached, ending the game.

Box Score Game 2 Team Haarlem vs. Team South


The umpires for Game 2: Patrick Reus and Martin Lemstra


Eva Voortman goes the distance for Team Haarlem
Standing in the back is short stop Stephanie Ruiter


Eva van Knegsel hitting for Team South
Gabi Obia is the catcher, Martin Lemstra the umpire


National Team-outfielder Marisèla de Wind played at 3rd base for Team South


Team South-pitcher Ginger de Weert set a tournament-record with 12 strikeouts
Standing in the back is short stop Cindy van der Zanden


Eva Voortman hitting for Team Haarlem; Dinet Oosting is the catcher


Gini Ketelaars running at 3rd base for Team South in the 5th inning
Playing at 3rd base for Team Haarlem is Madelon Paauwe



Game 3 - Team Amsterdam vs. Team East
In the third game of the day, Team East scored only one run, but that was enough to shutout Team Amsterdam.

The lone run was scored in the third inning. Merel Oosterveld then led off with a walk and stole second base. She then scored when next hitter Maaike Ogink reached on a throwing error.

Amsterdam-starter Jessie van Aalst struckout nine batters, gave up only two hits in four innings and was supported with a double play. Team East left four runners behind in scoring position.

Dagmar Bloeming went the distance for East and struckout ten batters. She gave up only one basehit, which was a bunt-single by Areke Spel in the fourth inning. She also was the lone Amsterdam-player to reach third base. In the second inning, she led off with a walk, stole second base with one out and moved to third on a passed ball with two outs, but then was left behind.

Box Score Game 3 Team Amsterdam vs. Team East


The umpires for Game 3: Martin Lemstra and Jac van Riel


Jessie van Aalst is the starting pitcher for Team Amsterdam


Karin Tuk hitting for Team East; Rhowan Stuart is the catcher
The home plate umpire is Jac van Riel


Winning pitcher Dagmar Bloeming struckout 10 batters and threw an one-hitter


A look at the dug-out of Team Amsterdam


Amsterdam-coach Rick Hetem looks on with Shaneequa Kock in the batter's box for Team East


Nikki Harte hitting for Team Amsterdam with Karin Tuk behind the plate


At look at the dug-out of Team East with from left to right:
Wies Ligtvoet, Aafje van Baal, Dagmar Bloeming and team-scorer Maaike Tuk


Anna-Be Bartels took over the pitching for Team Amsterdam in the 5th inning



Interval Act
After the first three games, the tournament was halted briefly for an interval act, which was a dance act by a local dance-group.

Students from SylCdance Studio, which is located in Tilburg, performed several dances.

The players and coaches of the Netherlands Softball Team were then introduced to the audience and of course, they had to participate in the dance act.


Students of SylCdance Studio perform several dances during the break


Players and coaches look on


The players of the Netherlands National Team are introduced...


...and participate in the dance act of the students of SylCdance Studio



Game 4 - Team Rotterdam vs. Team Haarlem
In the fourth game of the day, Team Haarlem broke a 2-2 tie in the third inning, then rallied for four runs in the fourth at bat. The game ended with a 7-2 lead for Team Haarlem, but the official score became 3-2, as the last four runs were scored in an incomplete inning. As the 50 minutes mark was reached, the game ended with two outs in the top of the fourth inning.

Haarlem opened the score in the first inning off of starter Merel Cramer. With one out, Gabi Obia walked and the bases got loaded when Eva Voortman and Yonina Sint Jago both singled. An error on a grounder by Kim Scholtes then led to the first run, but Haarlem also stranded three runners.

A second run was added in the second inning. Lead-off hitter Judith Buschman reached third base on a throwing error, then scored on a sacrifice fly by next batter Kendra van Vliet.

Rotterdam came alongside in the second inning off of Eva Voortman, who won her second game of the day. Femke van Dusschoten led off with a walk, then her pinch-runner Sanne Korpel advanced on a sac-bunt by Chantal Versluis. Nathalie Gosewehr followed with an runscoring double and later scored herself on two passed balls to tie the score.

Haarlem regained the lead in the third inning when Eva Voortman led off with a single and later scored on a wild pitch.

In the fourth inning, Haarlem got the bases loaded when new pitcher Wendy van der Hoeven walked Judith Buschman, Kendra van Vliet and Stephanie Ruiter. A force out at home followed on a grounder by Gabi Obia. But with two outs, a walk for Yonina Sint Jago led to a run, followed by a 2-run single by Kim Scholtes and an RBI-double by Maranca Ham to make it 7-2.

Box Score Game 4 Team Rotterdam vs. Team Haarlem


The umpires for Game 4: Albert Tolen and Gerrit-Jan van der Hoeven


Team Haarlem's Head Coach Marco Molleman talks with his players before the game


Merel Cramer is the starting pitcher for Team Rotterdam; standing in the back is 2B Sanne Korpel


Eva Voortman hitting for Team Haarlem
Nathalie Gosewehr does the catching, Gerrit-Jan van der Hoeven is the umpire


National Team-coach Berend Mannessen filled in today as coach for Team Rotterdam


Kim Scholtes hitting for Team Haarlem with Nathalie Gosewehr behind the plate


Eva Voortman struckout 8 batters, gave up only one hit and won her 2nd game
Standing in the back is short stop Stephanie Ruiter


Werner Angermann coaching at 3rd base for Team Haarlem with Judith Buschman being the runner


Wendy van der Hoeven hitting for Team Rotterdam with Madelon Paauwe doing the catching
Gerrit-Jan van der Hoeven is the umpire


Wendy van der Hoeven takes over the pitching for Team Rotterdam in the 3rd inning
Standing in the back are RF Chantal Versluis and 2B Sanne Korpel


Judith Buschman is forced out at home by Nathalie Gosewehr in the 4th inning


Yonina Sint Jago reaches 3rd base in the 4th on a double by Maranca Ham



Game 5 - Team Central vs. Team Amsterdam
In the fifth game of the day, Team Amsterdam won its first game, beating Team Central 5-2. Pitchers Anne-Be Bartels (2 innings) and Shannon Hetem (2 2/3 innings) combined on a 3-hitter.

Amsterdam opened the score with two runs in the first inning off of Melissa Burger. Nikki Harte (lead-off) and Michelle van Waveren (with one out) then walked and both scored when Areke Spel followed with a double.

Team Central came alongside in the home of the first inning. Virginie Anneveld then led off with a walk and Anne Blaauwgeers singled. Both scored on the same passed ball with one out to tie the score.

Amsterdam then rallied for three runs in the second inning. Anne-Be Bartels led off with a single and stole second base. With one out, Nikki Harte walked and Shannon Hetem followed with a runscoring single to make it 3-2. An error a grounder by Michelle van Waveren then accounted for the next run and a stolen base-situation enabled Shannon to score the fifth Amsterdam-run.

In the remainder of the game, Amsterdam left four more runners in scoring position. Anne Blaauwgers hit all three Central-basehits.

Box Score Game 5 Team Central vs. Team Amsterdam


The umpires for Game 5: Gerrit-Jan van der Hoeven and Albert Tolen


Melissa Burger goes the distance for Team Central


Areke Spel hitting for Team Amsterdam
Wishe van Heijningen is the catcher, Albert Tolen the umpire


Anne Blaauwgeers is on deck, while Virginie Anneveld is hitting for Team Central


Anne Blaauwgeers scores from 2nd base on a passed ball in the first inning after
Virginie Anneveld (2nd left) scored before her; looking on are Melissa Burger (8) and Femke van Dusschoten (6)
Defensively, we see catcher Michelle van Waveren, pitcher Anna-Be Bartels and short stop Patricia Heisterman


Anna-Be Bartels scores the go-ahead run for Team Amsterdam in the 2nd inning


Virginie Anneveld hitting for Team Central with Patricia Heisterman being the catcher


Shannon Hetem took over the pitching for Team Amsterdam in the 3rd inning and earned a save



Game 6 - Team South vs. Team East
The sixth and final game of the first day of the Promo Tour ended in a 4-1 victory for Team South, which registered its first win.

Team South scored twice in the second inning off of Amber Krijgsman. Cindy van der Zanden led off with a single, then the bases were loaded when Noor Godefroy and Gini Ketelaars both reached on a fielder's choice-grounder. A passed ball and wild pitch then made it 2-0.

Team East got one run back in the third inning off of starting pitcher Marjolein Merkx. With one out, Amber Krijgsman walked, stole second base and scored with two outs when Maaike Ogink reached on an error.

Team South added two runs in the fifth inning. Dominique Harteveld led off with a walk and advanced on an one-out grounder by Marisèla de Wind. Next, Damishah Charles reached on an error and two runs were then scored when Eva van Knegsel followed with her third double in the game.

Ginger de Weert pitched the sixth inning for South to earn a save.

Box Score Game 6 Team South vs. Team East


The umpires for Game 6: Gerrit-Jan van der Hoeven and Albert Tolen


Marjolein Merkx is the winning and starting pitcher for Team South


Team South is ready to hit


Amber Krijgsman pitched for Team East


Marisèla de Wind connects for Team South
Maaike Ogink is the catcher, Gerrit-Jan van der Hoeven the umpire


Wies Ligtvoet on 1st base after a bunt-single in the 2nd inning
Standing around her are 1B Gini Ketelaars, CF Eva van Knegsel, 2B Dominique Harteveld and umpire Albert Tolen


Dagmar Bloeming played in rightfield for Team East


The view from the dug-out of Team South with Dominique Harteveld hitting


Eva van Knegsel (left) hit three doubles in this game
Also looking on are Damishah Charles, Marjolein Merkx, Dinet Oosting and Ginger de Weert


Team South 3B Cindy van der Hoeven retires a batter in the 6th inning


Ginger de Weert pitched the final inning for Team South and earned a save
Standing at left is 3B Cindy van der Zanden


End of the game; Day One is in the books

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