(Story & Photo by Marco Stoovelaar)
Dagmar Bloeming also signs with Rebellion; 2nd Dutch pro!
WASHINGTON, Pennsylvania (USA) -
Dutch National Team-pitcher Dagmar Bloeming has become the second Dutch professional softball-player in the American National Pro Fastpitch (NPF).
On Thursday (February 19), the Pennsylvania Rebellion officially announced the coming of the righthanded pitcher, who had signed six days earlier.
Earlier this month, Virginie Anneveld became the first Dutch player to turn professional.
The third baseman also will play for the Rebellion, which will be led by former Netherlands Team Head Coach Craig Montvidas, who was named Head Coach in January.
Shortly therafter, Karen Marr, who was the Orange Pitching Coach, was added to the staff of Montvidas.
Dagmar Bloeming made her debut in the Netherlands National Softball Team in 2007 when she participated in a Friendly Series against Australia in the Netherlands.
Later that year, she participated with the Orange squad in the European Championship in Amsterdam (Netherlands).
Shortly thereafter, she was a member of the team that qualified for the 2008 Olympic Games by winning the Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Italy.
...Dagmar Bloeming pitching during the...
...2013 European Championships...
...in Prague (Czech Republic)...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
In 2008, Dagmar didn't made the cut for the Olympics in Beijing (China), but is a regular in the squad since 2009.
Since then, she won three European Championship-titles, with the team remaining unbeaten in 2009, 2011 and 2013.
She also participated in three World Championships (2010, 2012, 2014).
During the global events, the Dutch Team climbed on the ranking list from twelfth to a tie for fifth place, which was accomplished last year in front of a home crowd in Haarlem (Netherlands).
The pitching ace also participated in the Canada Cup (2009) and World Cup of Softball (Oklahoma City, 2009, 2012).
Dagmar began her career with Almere '90.
She then went on to play for Terrasvogels, where she made her big league-debut in 2007.
After having played there for two seasons, she went to Sparks Haarlem, where she plays since 2009.
She missed the 2013 season in the Netherlands, as then, she was pitching for Caserta in the Italian Softball League.
In 2007, she won the Dutch Championship-title with Terrasvogels, then three more championships followed with Sparks Haarlem, including last season.
In 2011, Dagmar was named Best Pitcher of the European Championship in Italy.
In 2003, Dagmar won the Riet Vermaat Trophy for the Best Dutch Junior Pitcher.
After being nomated for Best Pitcher in the Dutch big league, she won the award in 2012 and 2014.
Last season, the 27-year old Dagmar Bloeming was 15-0, the same record she had in 2012.
She also won 15 games in the 2010 season and added ten victories in 2011.
In thoses seasons, she lost only one game.
This means that in her last four seasons in the Dutch big league, Dagmar has a 55-2 record!
Last season, she led the league with an 0.52 ERA and struckout 99 batters.