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Team Haarlem wins two more games in second round

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After winning the first two games on Day 1 of the World Championship Promo Tour on November 30, Team Haarlem also won both of its games today in the second round. With this, Team Haarlem remains the lone unbeaten squad in the 6-team tournament. The event, which will be held in the months of November, December, January and February, is set up to promote both the Netherlands Softball Team, as well as the World Championship, which will be held August 15-24 this 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 third round will be played on Saturday, January 25. Initially, it was scheduled to take place in the northern city of Veendam. Unfortunately, the indoor facility is not available on that date. It has been decided that Round 3 will be played again in Sports Hall T-Kwadraat in Tilburg, which also was the site for Round 1 of the event. The final round will be played in February in Amsterdam.

In today's games, there were several more highlights, including a triple play, a pitching duel, nice defensive plays and much more.

Today's games were played in the Diekman Hal in Enschede. It marked the first time that players from Netherlands National Teams played in this hall since December 13, 2009. On that day, three split-squad Junior Teams played a series of three games.

Where is the team today?
A settlement around the Old Marketplace in what in now Enschede existed in early medieval times. The name is mentioned as Anescede or Enscede, which means 'near the border'.

Enschede was granted city rights around 1300, which were confirmed in 1325 by Bishop Jan III van Diest. To protect itself, Enschede had a system of ditches, palisades and hedges, which is still reflected in current street-names. As the medieval city was largely built of wood houses, it was struck by a series of fires in 1517, 1750 and 1862.

In the 1800s, the city started to grow into a large production center of textiles, which also led to an increase of population. The textile production came to a halt in the 1970s, but the city survived and became an Euroregional Centre. The world famous Grolsch beer is brewed in Enschede.

The city also one of three technical universities in the Netherlands, Universiteit Twente, which is the only large campus university in the country.

Clinic & Beeball-Tournament
In today's clinic and beeball-tournament, young students from five local schools participated, as well as players of Tex Town Tigers (Enschede) and Giants (Almelo).

Today's activities were done in the Diekman Hal in Enschede. In front of this large hall is a statue of a boxer with an inscript that reads
''To honor the perseverant brothers Bennie, Rudie, Willie, Henk and frits Quentemeijer. They have a enormous meaning for the boxing sport.''

Who were these brothers?
Bennie was the eldest and learned his brothers boxing at home. They founded a boxing club in 1935 in an era when the sport wasn't popular. The name was DBO ('Door Broeders Opgericht' Founded By Brothers) and the five became pioneers in boxing.

Willie won the Dutch title in middle weight in 1940. Heavyweight Henk (Hennie) was a 5-time Dutch champion and won the European title in 1947. In 1948, he participated in the Olympic Games in London. That team was led back then by Dr. Wout Posthuma, who later became the President of then Royal Dutch Baseball Association.

In World War II, the five Quentemeijer brothers were all active in the resistance. They all remained active in boxing afterwards as instructors.

Today's location is the DiekmanHal in Enschede

The statue to honor the Quentemeijer brothers

Jan van der Molen of the club Tex Town Tigers welcomes the participants of the clinic
and Beeball Tournament and introduces the Netherlands National Team

Dinet Oosting explains the activities

Ready to play ball

Waiting for things to come

Yonina Sint Jago explains a drill

Karin Tuk looks on during a hitting drill

Eva Voortman shows how to throw a ball

Marisèla de Wind and Dagmar Bloeming at their station

Lindsey Meadows (background), Areke Spel and Ginger de Weert
go over things with their players

In the meantime, Anne Blaauwgeers collect a signature from Karin Tuk
on a special National Team-shirt

Jessie van Aalst listens to questions

The entrance of the sports facility

An overview of the hall

Players of the Dutch Junior Team assists in the Orange Shop
Background: Shaneequa Kock, Annemiek Jansen, Amy Udink, Lisa Hop
and Renske Jansen; Front: Isa Los and Laura Wissink

Anne Blaauwgeers and Saskia Kosterink oversee the Orange Shop

Isa Los is ready for today's activities

Virginie Anneveld answers questions

Virginie Anneveld poses for a photographer with players of Tex Town Tigers

Dagmar Bloeming gives advice

Dagmar Bloeming and Marisèla de Wind pose
with players of Giants for a team-photo

Dinet Oosting assigns duties for the Beeball Tournament

The clinic-session and tournament ends with applause for the Dutch Team-players

The Tournament
For the World Championship Promo Tour 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 third round will be held January 25 in Tilburg and the fourth (final) round in Amsterdam in February.

Players can be added for game days, but in general the six teams play with the same roster throughout the tournament. The players of the Netherlands National Team have been divided over the six teams. However, due to circumstances (such as injuries), it is possible for players to also play for another team, filling in as a guest-player.

Back: Chris Stuart (coach), Maxime Scheffer, Patricia Hesterman,
Jessica Waasdorp, Denice van Dijk and Rick Hetem (coach)
Front: Jessie van Aalst, Areke Spel, Anna-Be Bartels, Rhowan Stuart and Shannon Hetem

Back: Judith Buschman, Kim Buizer, Desiree Adriaansz, Kendra van Vliet, Marco Molleman (coach),
Stephanie Ruiter, Lorraine Kieft and Sandra Gouverneur (coach)
Front: Gabi Obia, Eva Voortman, Saskia Kosterink, Yonina Sint Jago, Maranca Ham and Brenda Beers

Back: Edwin Pieneman (coach), Cintia de Groodt, Franka van Dijk,
Laura Arp, Marleen van Gastel and Richard Foppen (coach)
Front: Lindsey Meadows, Virginie Anneveld, Denice de Kruik, Kelsy Pieneman and Anne Blaauwgeers

Back: Stanley Kock (coach), Dagmar Bloeming, Nadine Marinus, Virginie Anneveld,
Mieke Smit-van der Zwaan, Karin Tuk, Amber Krijgsman and Rob Hassink (coach)
Front: Aafje van Baal, Shaneequa Kock, Annemiek Jansen, Elise ten Thij and Maaike Ogink

Back: Johan Korpel (coach), Vera Roozenburg, Eva Voortman,
Onaisha Franka, Kim van der Valk and André Prins (coach)
Front: Dayenna Sluijter, Kelsey Huijzers, Anne Blaauwgeers, Irene Korpel and Sanne Korpel

Back: Rieke Dirks (coach), Kiki Draaijer, Sophie Mollee, Ginger de Weert,
Eva van Knegsel, Marisèla de Wind and Jeroen den Duijn (coach)
Front: Cindy van der Zanden, Wies Ligtvoet, Marjolein Merkx and Gini Ketelaars

Game 7 - Team South vs. Team Amsterdam
The first game of the day also had the highlight of the day when, at 11:34 AM, the defense of Team South turned a triple play! The game also was the first in the tournament that ended in a tie, as both teams were held scoreless in this pitching duel between Anna-Be Bartels (Amsterdam) and Ginger de Weert. Both righthanders struckout eleven batters to set a tournament-record with 22 combined.

Amsterdam initially appeared to open the score in the top of the first inning. Jessie van Aalst led off with a single, stole second base and moved to third base on an one-out grounder by Anna-Be Bartels, but then stranded. Pitcher Ginger de Weert ended the inning by fielding a comeback-grounder, then struckout the side in the second inning.

In the top of the third inning, Maxime Scheffer (who made her tournament-debut) and Patricia Hesterman both walked. Next, Jessie van Aalst lined the ball to short stop Wies Ligtvoet and that started the triple play. As the runners left their bases when the ball was hit, the ball was nicely caught by the short stop, who then threw the ball to 2B Kiki Draaijer for the second out. The latter then had enough time to throw the ball to 1B Gini Ketelaars to complete the rare defensive highlight. This was the first game, Wies Ligtvoet played for Team South, as she was a fill-in player for Team East in the first round.

The line out marked the first of 10 retired batters in a row by Ginger de Weert, who then gave up a lead-off single to Shannon Hetem in the top of the seventh inning. But she was then caught stealing. With two outs, Areke Spel hit the third Amsterdam-basehit in the game, but she stranded, as a strikeout ended the at bat.

Anna-Be Bartels retired the first six batters she faced, including five with a strikeout. In the bottom of the third inning, Sophie Mollee (who also played in her first tournament-game) led off with a single in her first at bat. She stole second base and advanced on a grounder, but stranded on third base.

In the fourth inning, Eva van Knegsel singled with one out and stole second base for Team South, but then two strikeouts followed. In the fifth, lead-off hitter Kiki Draaijer reached on an error and advanced on a grounder, but Anna Be Bartels again finished with two strikeouts.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, Dinet Oosting led off with a single and stole second base. An indoor-rule ceiling-out (a batter is out when her batted ball hits the ceiling in fair territory for the second time) followed. Kiki Draaijer then was the hitter when the 50-minute tournament-rule game-time was reached. She flied out to end the game. And so, the game ended with a runner in scoring position for Team South, which today was coached by Rieke Dirks and Jeroen den Duijn.

In only 51 minutes, almost an entire 7-inning game was played, as the game ended with two outs in the bottom of the 7th inning. The game was led by veteran umpires Carolien Stadhouders and Bert Loggen, who needed no speed-up rules in this attractive match-up.

Besides Maxime Scheffer and Sophie Mollee, Jessica Waasdorp (Amsterdam) and Kiki Draaijer (South) also made their tournament-debut.

Box Score Game 7 Team South vs. Team Amsterdam

Umpires Carolien Stadhouders and Bert Loggen

Coach Rieke Dirks announces the starting line-up of Team South

Ready to play ball!

Jessie van Aalst leads off the game for Team Amsterdam
Ginger de Weert is the pitcher, Dinet Oosting the catcher and Carolien Stadhouders the umpire

Ginger de Weert and Anna-Be Bartels went the distance for their team

Denice van Dijk leads off the 2nd inning for Amsterdam

Looking on from the dug-out are Amsterdam-players Patricia Hesterman, Maxime Scheffer,
Denice van Dijk, Areke Spel, Anna-Be Bartels and Shannon Hetem

Jessica Waasdorp hitting for Team Amsterdam

Jessie van Aalst lines into the triple play in the 3rd inning

Marjolein Merkx turns for a bunt in the 3rd inning with Sophie Mollee on 3rd base
Rhowan Stuart is the catcher, Denice van Dijk is at 3B

Marisèla de Wind connects well in the 3rd inning,
but her batted ball ends up against the ceiling

Coach Rieke Dirks cheers in the dug-out of Team South
Behind her are team-scorer Hannie Mulders and coach Jeroen den Duijn

Cindy van der Zanden hitting for Team South

Shannon Hetem is caught stealing in the top of the 7th inning
She is tagged by SS Wies Ligtvoet; Standing in the back if CF Marisèla de Wind

Looking on from the dug-out of Team South in bottom 7th are Marjolein Merkx, Marisèla de Wind,
Ginger de Weert, Sophie Mollee, Gini Ketelaars, Eva van Knegsel, Wies Ligtvoet
and team-scorer Hannie Mulders; Running at 1B is Dinet Oosting

Anna-Be Bartels is ready to pitch with Dinet Oosting at 2nd base in bottom 7th

Game 8 - Team East vs. Team Rotterdam
The second game today also had several highlights, including some great defensive plays. Team Rotterdam, which was coached today veteran coach André Prins, set a new tournament-record by collecting seven basehits. Rotterdam outhit Team East 7-2, but nevertheless ended up empty-handed, losing 5-1. The defense committed three errors, while two pitchers walked seven batters. Three of those walks were issued to Maaike Ogink, who set a record with this.

Despite the three errors, three of the five runs given up were earned, as stolen bases and wild pitches also contributed to the runs. Team East set a tournament-record with eight stolen bases and scored all of its runs in the first two at bats.

Team Rotterdam played with an entire new squad today. Except for Sanne Korpel, none of the players who participated in the first round of the event, including three National Team-players, were available today. And so, six players made their tournament-debut, while the team borrowed National Team-players Eva Voortman and Anne Blaauwgeers from respectively Team Haarlem and Team Central. The first led off the game with a single, but then was caught stealing. The second then also singled, but stranded on first base.

Team East had added three new players for today's games, while National Team-infielder Virginie Anneveld (Team Central) filled in. Playing at short, Virginie accounted for two great defensive plays in respectively the third and fourth at bat. Team East 1B Nadine Marinus made a nice play at first base to end the third inning.

In the bottom of the first inning, Team East struck with three runs. Annemiek Jansen led off with a single in her first tournament-at bat and then stole second base. Maaike Ogink then walked and an error on a grounder by Nadine Marinus then led to the first run. While the latter stole second base, the second run was then scored on a throwing error. Next, Virginie Anneveld singled and Karin Tuk added an RBI-grounder to make it 3-0.

In the second at bat, two runs were scored with two outs. Amber Krijgsman led off with a walk and moved on a sac-bunt by Shaneequa Kock. With two outs, Krijgsman moved to third base on a wild pitch and Maaike Ogink walked. A double steal then led to the next run. Moments later, Maaike Ogink scored the fifth run on two wild pitches by starting pitcher Kelsey Huijzers. Two more walks followed, but these runners were left behind.

In the fourth inning, Kim van der Valk took over the pitching for Team Rotterdam. She began with a strikeout, also walked two batters, but gave up no additional runs.

Amber Krijgsman went the distance for Team East. She gave up the lone Rotterdam-run in the fifth inning. Sanne Korpel led off with her second single in the game, then moved on a single by Onaisha Franka. After the two advanced on a wild pitch, Irene Korpel singled with one out to bring in her sister. The second runner also tried to score, but she was tagged out on the plate by catcher Maaike Ogink on a nice throw by leftfielder Dagmar Bloeming. A single by Eva Voortman followed, but then a groundout ended the at bat and the game.

Box Score Game 8 Team East vs. Team Rotterdam

Umpires Arie Nokkert and Mariana Prins-Atanasova

Starting pitchers Kelsey Huijzers (Rotterdam) and Amber Krijgsman (East)

Anne Blaauwgeers hitting for Team Rotterdam off of Amber Krijgsman
Maaike Ogink is the catcher, Mariana Prins-Atanasova the umpire

Annemiek Jansen scores the first East-run in the 1st inning
Virginie Anneveld tells her what to do

Moments later, Virginie Anneveld hits a single

Mieke Smit-van der Zwaan hitting in the first inning for Team East

Kelsey Huijzers delivers another pitch

Amber Krijgsman scores a run in the 2nd inning
At left is next batter is Nadine Marinus

Kim van der Valk takes over the pitching for Rotterdam in the 4th inning
Standing in the back is short stop Onaisha Franka

The view from the dug-out of Team East; Left to right Nadine Marinus, Annemiek Jansen,
Aafje van Baal, Amber Krijgsman and Dagmar Bloeming
Karin Tuk is the hitter, Vera Roozenburg the catcher

Irene Korpel hitting for Team Rotterdam in top 5th with Sanne Korpel running at 3rd base

Game 9 - Team Haarlem vs. Team Central
In the third game today, four players made their tournament-debut. One of them was National Team-captain Saskia Kosterink, who played in centerfield for Team Haarlem. She also was with the team in the first round, but then was unable to play due to a minor injury.

Between the previous game and this one, three players changed uniforms quickly to play with their regular squad. Eva Voortman, who played for Team Rotterdam, donned the red shirt of Team Haarlem, while Anne Blaauwgeers and Virginie Anneveld returned to Team Central after having filled in respectively in Team Rotterdam and Team East in the previous game.

Team Haarlem collected only one basehit and was outhit 6-1, but won the game 2-0 to remain unbeaten.

For Team Central, Franka van Dijk walked with one out, but stranded in the top of the first inning. In the bottom half, Eva Voortman reached on an error and Yonina Sint Jago walked, but they were left at 3rd and 2nd base respectively, as Team Central-starter Cintia de Groodt (who made her debut) struckout the next two batters.

In the top of the second inning, Team Haarlem turned a double play to support pitcher Eva Voortman, then gave her a 2-0 lead moments later. In the bottom of the second, Lorraine Kieft (who also made her debut) led off with a walk, then moved on a grounder by Judith Buschman and scored when Kendra van Vliet reached on an error. The latter was able to reach third base on the error, then scored with two outs on a single by Eva Voortman.

Team Haarlem was held off base in the third and fourth inning by reliever Lindsey Meadows, who retired all six batters she faced, including four strikeouts.

For Team Central, Cintia de Groodt and Anne Blaauwgeers singled with one out in the third inning. But then a strikeout followed and the inning ended with a nice play by short stop Yonina Sint Jago.

In the fourth inning, Team Central appeared to do something back, as Virginie Anneveld and Laura Arp led off with singles. However, the two stranded, as Eva Voortman struckout the next three batters to end the inning.

In the fifth, Cintia de Groodt led off with her second basehit in the game, but again three outs followed, including two strikeouts.

Box Score Game 9 Team Haarlem vs. Team Central

Umpires Carolien Stadhouders and Bert Loggen

Cintia de Groodt started for Team Central; standing in the back is short stop Virginie Anneveld

Saskia Kosterink hitting for Team Haarlem in the first inning
with Eva Voortman running at third base

Haarlem-coaches Sandra Gouverneur and Marco Molleman wait for a decision,
while umpires Bert Loggen and Carolien Stadhouders have a discussion

Denice de Kruik is caught stealing in the 2nd inning and is tagged by short stop Yonina Sint Jago

Players of Haarlem follow the action

Lorraine Kieft scores the first Haarlem-run in the 2nd inning
Standing at left is Desiree Adriaansz, at right is catcher Kelsy Pieneman

Kendra van Vliet at 3rd base in the 2nd inning after a throwing error, which led to the first run

Haarlem Coach Sandra Gouverneur and National Team Pitching Coach Karen Marr
look on, whole Desiree Adriaansz is in the batter's box

Eva Voortman moments for hitting an RBI-single in the 2nd inning
Kenda van Vliet scored on Eva's basehit

3B Lorraine Kieft, LF Desiree Adriaansz and SS Yonina Sint Jago takes their position

Lindsey Meadows delivers to Saskia Kosterink in the 3rd inning
Anne Blaauwgeers took over the catching

Laura Arp hitting for Team Central in the 4th inning, moments before delivering a single

A concentrated Lorraine Kieft at third base

Veteran umpire Bert Loggen is behind the plate in this game; Gabi Obia is the catcher

Team Haarlem is ready for another at bat

Lindsey Meadows threw the final two innings for Team Central

Team Haarlem's Head Coach Marco Molleman looks on
Two weeks ago, Molleman was named Softball Coach of the Year for 2013 for leading the team of
Hotel Ambassador Haarlem Terrasvogels to the Dutch championship and winning the European Cup Winners Cup

Eva Voortman went the distance for Haarlem and struckout eight batters

End of the game; Team Haarlem registers its third victory of the event

Coach Marco Molleman meets with the players after the game

After the first three games, a brief interval followed to introduce the players and coaches of the Netherlands National Softball Team to the audience.

During the introductions, it was added that several of the current National Team-players had played in the east of the country in the past for Tex Town Tigers, namely Virginie Anneveld, Saskia Kosterink, Lindsey Meadows, Dinet Oosting, Areke Spel, Karin Tuk and Ginger de Weert. An eighth player, Merel Oosterveld was not able to be with the team today. All are now playing in the western part of the country.

Also during the break, Marlies Struyvé, member of the board of the Royal Dutch Baseball and Softball Assocation (KNBSB) handed out the Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy to Dinet Oosting. The award is handed out annually to the Best National Team Player Under 23. The Trophy was one of several awards handed out on December 7 to the best players of the season, but Dinet was unavailable to attend.

The players of the Netherlands Softball Team are introduced

TV Oost covered today's activities

Marlies Struyvé, Board Member for Softball Affairs of the KNBSB, takes the microphone...

...and hands out the Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy to Dinet Oosting

Game 10 - Team South vs. Team Rotterdam
When the tournament resumed with the fourth game, Eva Voortman and Anne Blaauwgeers were fill-in players again for Team Rotterdam and both played in their third consecutive game of the day. Team Rotterdam also borrowed pitcher Maxime Scheffer from Team Amsterdam for this game.

Team South record eight basehits to set a new record and break the record that Team Rotterdam set earlier today. Team South won 5-0, meaning Team Rotterdam is still winless after four games.

Team Rotterdam got two runners on base in its first at bat. Eva Voortman led off with a single and moved on a grounder. Vera Roozenburg then walked, but Team South-pitcher Marjolein Merkx then struckout the next two batters to end the early threat.

Team South then opened the score with two runs in its first at bat. Marisèla de Wind led off with a line drive double down the leftfield-line, then stole third base. She then scored when Wies Ligtvoet followed with a single. She then stole both second and third base (to tie a tournament-record) and scored when a throwing error followed.

Marjolein Merkx struckout three batters in the second inning, then gave up two singles in the third. Eva Voortman led off with a single, but then was eliminated trying to reach third base on a following single by Anne Blaauwgeers. The latter moved to third base on a sac-bunt by Vera Roozenburg, but stranded there. After this at bat, Eva left the game to start preparations for the next one, as she was to be the starting pitcher for Team Haarlem, her regular team.

Team South added two runs in the fourth inning. With one out, Cindy van der Zanden singled and stole second base, then the bases got loaded when Kiki Draaijer walked and Sophie Mollee singled. A double down the rightfield-line by Gini Ketelaars then brought in two runs. With her two RBI's, Gini tied a tournament-record. With runners on second and third base and two outs, the inning ended when Marisèla de Wind's line drive was caught by 3B Kim van der Valk.

The fifth run was scored in the fifth at bat. With two outs, Dinet Oosting walked and Cindy van der Zanden singled. A single by Kiki Draaijer then brought in the run, but after Sophie Mollee walked, Team South left the bases loaded.

Box Score Game 10 Team South vs. Team Rotterdam

Umpires Mariana Prins-Atanasova and Arie Nokkert

Team Rotterdam is ready for its next game

In the meantime, Virginie Anneveld and Saskia Kosterink are interviewed by TV Oost

André Prins is today's coach of Team Rotterdam; his daughter learns the tricks of keeping score

Marjolein Merkx (South) and guest-pitcher Maxime Scheffer (Rotterdam) both went the distance

Kim van der Valk hitting for Team Rotterdam in the 1st inning with guest-player Eva Voortman
running at 3rd base and Vera Roozenburg at 2nd base;
Dinet Oosting is the catcher, Arie Nokkert the umpire and Marjolein Merkx the pitcher

Marisèla de Wind leads of the 1st inning for Team South with a double and steals 3rd base
Next hitter Wies Ligtvoet (6) looks on

Moments later, Marisèla de Wind scores on a single by Wies Ligtvoet

Shortly thereafter, Wies steals 2nd and 3rd base, then scores on a throwing error

Dayenne Sluijter hitting for Team Rotterdam in the 2nd inning

Eva Voortman hits 2-for-2 for Team Rotterdam;
Dinet Oosting is the catcher; Sophie Mollee plays at 3rd base

Ginger de Weert leads off the 2rd inning for South with a single
Anne Blaauwgeers is the (guest)catcher

Ginger is greeted by Coach Jeroen den Duijn at first base

Marisèla de Wind is the next batter, but lines out to centerfield
Standing in the back is Coach Rieke Dirks

With Ginger de Weert now running at 3rd base, Eva van Knegsel is the hitter

Onaisha Franka hitting for Team Rotterdam in the fourth inning

Sanne Korpel playing at 2nd base for Team Rotterdam

With runners on 2nd and 3rd base in the 4th inning, Ginger de Weert
swings at a pitch, but pops out this time

Sophie Mollee hitting for Team South in the 5th inning

Coach André Prins talks with the Team Rotterdam-players after the game

Game 11 - Team Amsterdam vs. Team Haarlem
In the fifth game of the day, tournament-leader Team Haarlem defeated Team Amsterdam 2-1 to record its fourth victory of the event. Winning pitcher Eva Voortman, who played in her fourth consecutive game, struckout five batters and gave up only one basehit.

After both teams had left a runner in scoring position, Team Haarlem scored twice in the third inning. Kendra van Vliet and Desiree Adriaansz led off with walks, then the bases got loaded on a fielder's choice-grounder by Eva Voortman. The first run was then scored when Maranca Ham grounded out. Next hitter Gabi Obia followed with a runscoring single. Voortman advanced to third base, but then was eliminated between home and third after the throw from rightfield first had gone to catcher Patricia Heisterman. Obia moved to third base on the play. The situation also marked the end for starting pitcher Shannon Hetem. After giving up the single, she twisted her ankle while taking her defensive position and was unable to continue. Rightfielder Anna-Be Bartels took over the pitching, while Shaneequa Kock of Team East filled in as a replacement rightfielder.

Anna-Be Bartels ended the inning with a strikeout. In the fourth, she gave up a lead-off single to Brenda Beers, who made her tournament-debut. She advanced on a sac-bunt by Kim Buizer, another tournament-rookie. Team Haarlem got two runners in scoring position when Judith Buschman struckout, but reached second base on a passed ball. But a play at third base and a groundout then ended the inning.

Eva Voortman had allowed only three batters to reach base in the first four innings, then walked lead-off hitter Jessica Waasdorp in the fifth at bat. She moved to third base on two grounders, which brought Jessie van Aalst in the batter's box. During her at bat, the 50-minute-game-time was reached, but she then drilled the ball into left-centerfield for a triple, which brought in the lone Amsterdam-run, but also ended the game. Jessie's triple was the first in the tournament.

Box Score Game 11 Team Amsterdam vs. Team Rotterdam

Umpires Carolien Stadhouders and Arie Nokkert

Shannon Hetem started for Team Amsterdam

Eva Voortman threw an one-hitter for Team Haarlem
Standing in the back are short stop Gabi Obia and runner Jessie van Aalst

Kim Buizer plays at 3rd base for Team Haarlem in this game

Stephanie Ruiter running at 1st base for Team Haarlem in the 2nd inning
1B is Jessie van Aalst, playing in rightfield is Anna-Be Bartels

Brenda Beers hitting for Team Haarlem in the 2nd inning
Patricia Hesterman is the catcher, Carolien Stadhouders the umpire

Denice van Dijk leads off the 2nd inning for Team Amsterdam, but lines out
Standing in the back is Coach Rick Hetem

Maranca Ham takes her postion at 2nd base for Team Haarlem

Maxime Scheffer running at 1st base for Team Amsterdam after walking in the 3rd inning
Standing in the back is rightfielder Kendra van Vliet

Fill-in player Shaneequa Kock hitting for Amsterdam in the 3rd inning
Stephanie Ruiter is the catcher; Kim Buizer plays at 3rd base

Jessie van Aalst hitting for Team Amsterdam in the 5th with Jessica Waasdorp running

Jessie breaks the No-Hitter of Eva Voortman with a triple that enables Jessica to score

The Amsterdam-players celebrate the RBI-triple by Jessie van Aalst

Game 12 - Team Central vs. Team East
The second day of the World Promo Tour ended with another pitching duel and another tie. The game featured the pitching match-up of Dagmar Bloeming (East) and Lindsey Meadows (Central). The two combined on 22 strikeouts to equal the tournament-record, which was set in the opening game this morning. Lindsey struckout 13 batters to set a new record.

Team East opened the score in the first inning. With one out, Lindsey Meadows walked Nadine Marinus, who then stole second base. With two outs, she scored on a single by Mieke Smit-van der Zwaan, who today made her tournament-debut.

Meadows then struckout the side in the second inning, but gave up a lead-off single to Shaneequa Kock in the third. With two outs, the speedy runner tried to score on a single by Karin Tuk, but was eliminated at the plate on a nice throw by centerfielder Franka van Dijk.

In the fifth, Shaneequa singled again with two outs, but this time, she was left behind.

After walking Anne Blaauwgeers in the first inning with one out, Dagmar Bloeming retired eight batters in a row. In the fourth inning, she faced Anne again, who this time singled. She advanced to third base on a single by Laura Arp, then scored the tying run on a force play-grounder by Lindsey Meadows. The latter stranded, as two strikeouts followed.

In the top of the sixth inning, Karin Tuk singled for Team East with one out and Mieke Smit-van der Zwaan reached on an error, but then the game ended due to the 50-minute game-time rule.

Team East added two players for this game. Dinet Oosting of Team South filled in, while Amy Udink made her tournament-debut.

Box Score Game 12 Team Central vs. Team East

Umpires Mariana Prins-Atanasova and Bert Loggen

Nadine Marinus hitting for Team East in the 1st inning facing Lindsey Meadows

Dagmar Bloeming strikes out nine and throws a 2-hitter for Team East
Standing in the back is centerfielder Dinet Oosting

Laura Arp looks at pitcher Dagmar Bloeming, while being on-deck

Lindsey Meadows set a record with 13 strikeouts
Playing at first base is Cintia de Groodt

Renate van Stigt and Ben Goorts acted as Official Scorers today
Standing behind them is Wilfred Robaard, who did most of the announcing

Kelsy Pieneman hitting for Team Central in the 2nd inning
Karin Tuk is the catcher, Mariana Prins-Atanasova the umpire

Team Central Coaches Edwin Pieneman and Richard Foppen look on

Shaneequa Kock is tagged out at home by Anne Blaauwgeers
At left is on-deck hitter Mieke Smit-van der Zwaan, at right is pitcher Lindsey Meadows

3B Marleen van Gastel is ready for action

Looking on from the dug-out of Team East are Aafje van Baal, Head Coach Stanley Kock, Coach Rob Hassink,
Laura Wissink, Lynn Dollekamp and (team scorer) Marije ten Thij
Lynn recently returned home for a holiday-break from the States, where she studies and plays

Dinet Oosting hitting for Team East in the 4th inning
Sitting in the back are Mieke Smit-van der Zwaan, Annemiek Jansen, Shaneequa Kock,
Karin Tuk and Amy Udink

Lindsey Meadows bats in the tying run with a force play-grounder in the 4th inning

Cinthia de Groodt hitting for Team Central in the 4th inning

Amy Udink hitting for Team East in the 5th at bat

Shaneequa Kock (2-for-2) running at 1st base for Team East in the 5th inning
Standing in the back is rightfielder Denice de Kruik

Day 2 of the Softball World Cup Promo Tour is in the books

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