Dutch Baseball Women Team shutout again
MIYAZAKI (Japan) -
The Netherlands Women Baseball Team also was unable to score a run in its second game on the Women's Baseball World Cup in Japan.
After losing the opener vs. Canada 11-0, the Dutch squad today (Tuesday, September 2) lost 17-0 to the USA, which won the silver medal two years ago in Canada.
On Wednesday, the Dutch Team closes the first round against Chinese Taipei.
At the Sun Marine Stadium, the Dutch Team did somewhat better than the day before.'
It gave up six more runs, but on the other hand, it registered three basehits after being no-hit on Monday.
Dutch starter Ciska Welboren gave up two quick American run in the first inning.
She walked the lead-off hitter, then hit the next one with a pitch.
Two errors then followed, leading to two runs, then a grounder made it 3-0.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Dutch Team got two runners on base.
With two outs, Marije Filius singled off of Marti Sementelli to register the first Dutch basehit in the tournament.
Next, Claudia Kranendonk reached on an error, but then the two runners were left behind.
Team USA then rallied for seven runs on four hits and two errors in the second inning to increase the lead to 10-0.
In the inning, Kendall Dawson and Jade Gortarez each delivered a 2-run single.
With one out, Anouk Vergunst took over the pitching for the Orange in this inning.
After the Dutch Team was retired in order in the bottom of the second inning, the Americans added three runs on four hits in the third at bat, highlighted by a 2-run double by Kendall Dawson.
With one out and runners on second and third base, Kyra van Genderen became the third Dutch pitcher in this game.
Three Dutch batters were retired in a row again in the bottom of the third, then the USA scored another run in the fourth to make it 14-0.
The final three runs were scored in the fifth.
The Dutch Team got on base again in the fourth and fifth inning, reaching second base once.
In the fourth, with one out, Loes Asmus singled, but then was eliminated when next batter Famke Gildemacher grounded into a double play.
In the fifth, Sofie van de Wiel led off with a single, then advanced to second base with one out on a grounder by Annemiek Koehorst, but then was left behind when a line drive by Kelly Zuurendonk ended the inning and the game.
Maaike Haak threw the fifth inning for the Dutch Team.
Four Dutch pitchers gave up 16 basehits.
Venezuela vs. Hong Kong, 5-4
USA vs. Chinese Taipei, 9-0
Japan vs. Australia, 14-0 (5 inn.)
Canada vs. Chinese Taipei, 9-8 (8 inn.)
Australia vs. Venezuela, 4-3
Hong Kong vs. Japan, 0-19 (5 inn.)
Dutch umpire Roy van de Wateringen was active in two of the above games.
He was at first base in the opening game between Japan and Australia on Monday.
Today, he was behind the plate at the Canada vs. Chinese Taipei game.
It became the first extra inning game of the tournament and lasted three hours and 18 minutes.
This is not the longest game, as on Monday, the match-up between Venezuela and Hong Kong took three hours and 59 minutes.
Two years ago, in Canada, there were two games that lasted longer than today's game.
Also, in 2010, in Venezuela, there were two games that lasted longer than today's 3:18 hours.
Dutch official scorer Feiko Drost was one of three officials scorers in four games so far.
On Monday, he was at the games of Canada vs. Netherlands and USA vs. Taipei.
Today, Feiko was at the games of Canada vs. Taipei and Australia vs. Venezuela.