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July 2006
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Dutch Baseball
First Div: RCH-Pingu´ns beats Tridents; 1st win Almere. (July 1)
Comfortable win for HCAW. (July 1)
Season breaks with two extra inning wins. (July 2)
Almere and Head Coach Arrindell separate. (July 3)
Roster named for European Baseball Series. (July 4)
European Baseball Series coincide with history. (July 6)
EBS: Dutch shutout Italy in opener. (July 7)
EBS: Italy ties series. (July 8)
EBS: Dutch team ends first part with shutout. (July 9)
EBS: Italy evens Series again. (July 10)
EBS: Third shutout-win for Dutch. (July 11)
EBS: Game Six canceled by rain. (July 12)
Dutch Team ends preparations Baseball Week. (July 20)
Almere names Ritchie Daal Head Coach. (July 23)
Netherlands vs Japan LIVE on Internet. (July 26)
Dutch Team wins Haarlem Baseball Week! (July 30)

Dutch Softball Women
Canada Cup: Dutch Team opens with win. (July 2)
Canada Cup: Shutout-win for Dutch. (July 3)
Canada Cup: Dutch beat Canada! (July 3)
Canada Cup: Another shutout for Dutch team; Soumeru throws No-Hitter! (July 4)
Canada Cup: First loss Dutch Team. (July 5)
Canada Cup: Dutch Team in Play-Offs! (July 6)
Canada Cup: Dutch open Play-Offs with shutout! (July 7)
Canada Cup: Dutch win again! (July 7)
Canada Cup: Dutch shutout by Australia. (July 8)

Canada Cup: Dutch win bronze. (July 9)
Roster announced for World Championships. (July 14)

International Baseball
American League again wins All Star Game. (July 12)
IBAF President Aldo Notari passed away. (July 25)

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Dutch Baseball
First Division: RCH-Pingu´ns defeats Tridents; 1st win Almere
Nederlands
HEEMSTEDE (Neth.) - RCH-Pingu´ns on Saturday won 7-2 vs. DOOR Tridents in a match-up between the league-leaders of the First Division.
RCH-Pingu´ns, which leads in Pool A, initially took a 2-0 lead, but Tridents, leader in Pool B, came alongside. RCH-Pingu´ns, which was the better team and hit the ball well off the Trident-pitching, then broke the 2-2 tie and hold onto the lead.
Tridents' Head Coach Adonis Kemp made a weird pitching change in the fourth inning when he replaced starter Herman Gaarman for second baseman Serge Leon (Gaarman took over at second), meaning Tridents lost DH Calvin Martinus from its batting order. After Leon completed his warm-up pitches and the batter stepped in the box, the change was suddenly annulled and Gaarman was brought back, while Leon returned to second base. This, however, is not allowed and the umpires of course didn't approve the move, meaning Leon had to come back and had to throw.
Later in the game, one of the players and one of the coaches of Tridents were ejected after arguing which followed a collission at home plate.
For Tridents, this was only its second loss of the season and ended a 7-game winning streak.

At Almere, Almere '90 2 won its first game of the season by beating Jeka 7-6. The victory ended Almere's 20-game losing streak.
With the win, Almere was the lone second team in the Interleague-games played on Friday and Saturday to win a game in the First Division. All seven other games were won by the standard teams.
(July 1)


Comfortable win for HCAW
Nederlands
BUSSUM (Neth.) - Mr. Cocker HCAW finally was able to register a comfortable victory again, winning big vs. Amsterdam Pirates on Saturday-afternoon, 15-2.
For HCAW, this was only its fifth win in the last 20 games. The Bussump-club collected 16 basehits, including homeruns by Ronald Jaarsma and Martijn Meeuwis (grand slam).

At The Hague, ADO shutout Sparta/Feyenoord 6-0 on a 4-hitter by Rob Cordemans. ADO had 14 basehits, including four by Harvey Monte.

At Rotterdam, DOOR Neptunus won 6-1 vs. on Saturday-evening vs. Konica Minolta Pioniers, whose starting pitcher registered his 1000th career strikeout. Yuji Nerei homered for Neptunus.

At Almere, league-leader Corendon Kinheim shutout Instant Holland Almere '90 4-0 on a strong outing by starting pitcher David Bergman.
(July 1)

Game Recaps, Line Scores & Box Scores


Season breaks with two extra inning wins
Nederlands
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - On Sunday, two games went into extra innings, while Corendon Kinheim strengthened first place. This were the last regular season games, as the season now has its international break, which will last for a little over a month. The season will resume on Saturday, August 5.
In the coming weeks, the Dutch National Team will participate in the inaugural European Baseball Series vs. Italy and the Haarlem Baseball Week. In the European Baseball Series, the Dutch and Italian national teams play six games, the first three in Rotterdam (Netherlands), the last three in three Italian cities. Before the Haarlem Baseball Week (July 21-30), the Dutch team will play an exhibition game on Thursday, July 20 vs. Young Netherlands at the Amsterdam Pirates Baseball Stadium. There also will be an Antillean All Star Game in this period. On Saturday, July 15, players from Curašao and Aruba will play their annual All Star Game in the stadium of Amsterdam Pirates.

At Hoofddorp, Konica Minolta Pioniers led 6-2 on Sunday vs. DOOR Neptunus, which came back late in the game to come alongside. In the home of the tenth, Pioniers went on to win 7-6 on a 2-out single by DŔ Flanegin.

At Rotterdam, there was a very attractive pitching duel between Japanese righthanders Satoru Fujii (Sparta/Feyenoord) and Akira Okamoto (ADO), who both gave up only two basehits. In the home of the tenth, Jimmy Summers became ADO's new pitcher, walked a batter, then saw him score the lone run on an error, which gave Sparta/Feyenoord a 1-0 victory.
The game also had a unique situation in the fifth inning in which a strikeout, unintentional touching of the ball with a bat and a foul ball were combined and resulted in a 17-minute delay, a meeting of the game officials in the dressing room and a protest.

At Bussum, Mr. Cocker HCAW won 6-3 vs. Amsterdam Pirates and saw rookie pitcher Mark Kolner made an impressing big league-debut with five strikeouts in only two innings.

At Haarlem, league-leader Corendon Kinheim shutout Instant Holland Almere '90, 7-0. Patrick Beljaards gave up only three hits to Almere, which made six errors.
(July 2)

Line Scores & Box Scores


Almere and Head Coach Arrindell separate

...Carlos Arrindell...
(Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
Nederlands
ALMERE (Neth.) - Dutch big league-team Instant Holland Almere '90 has separated with its Head Coach Carlos Arrindell, who was in his rookie season on the highest level. A replacement has not yet been announced.
The club announced the separation, which is effective immediately, in a press release on Monday-evening. The release states ''that the management of the club thinks a continuation of the current agreement is no longer an option. Also, current relations within the team have led to the premature departure of Arrindell. According to General Manager Gerard Stenzler, Almere '90 will name a new Head Coach shortly.''

After Sunday's game, Almere '90 remained in last place with 7-21 record. The team is tied with Amsterdam Pirates, but is in last place because of the results between the two teams. Pirates is 2-0 vs. Almere.
In the weekend, Almere was shutout twice by Corendon Kinheim, 4-0 and 7-0, and now has lost five games in a row. Of the last 12 games, Almere won only three games. These three games were all played at home and everytime Almere came from behind and won in the last innings to beat ADO (3-2), Kinheim (4-2) and Sparta/Feyenoord (7-6).
Despite having a solid line-up, which includes former Major Leaguers and current Dutch national team-players Ivanon Coffie and Eugene Kingsale, Almere cannot convince this season so far. Especially defensively, it plays under its level, as it leads the league in errors.

Arrindell was named Almere's Head Coach shortly before the exhibition season started as the successor of Marco Wels, who led the team last season. Wels was interim Head Coach in two games in 2004 when the team was first led by Chicho Jesurun and completed by Nelson Orman. Arrindell started his baseball career with the Amsterdam-based club AMVJ, then was one of the founders of the Antillian baseball and softball club Little Rock, also in Amsterdam. Arrindell, who was a catcher, played in one Dutch big league-season with De Spartaan. In the past, his career included playing and coaching stints with Polmerians, Almere Giants, Double Stars Heiloo, WSB and Vennep Flyers. The last few years, he was involved in men softball, before making his comeback in baseball this season.

Almere is the second team this season to separate with its Head Coach. On June 1, Maurice DeConge stepped down as Head Coach with Mr. Cocker HCAW after a conflict of interest, concering changes to its coaching staff.
(July 3)


Roster named for European Baseball Series
Nederlands
NIEUWEGEIN (Neth.) - National Team Manager Robert Eenhoorn and his staff named 26 players to the roster for the inaugural European Baseball Series vs. Italy, which will be held July 7-12.
The Dutch and Italian teams will play the first three games in the Netherlands, then travel to Italy on Sunday-evening for the next three games. Are the three games in the Netherlands being played in one city, Italy opted to let the games being played on three different locations. On July 7, 8 and 9, the games will be played in the Neptunus Familystadium in Rotterdam. On July 10, Game Four is scheduled for Grosseto, followed by Nettuno on July 11 and Messina on Sicily on July 12.
After returning home, the Dutch team will prepare for the Haarlem Baseball Week, which will be held July 21-30 in the Pim Mulier Stadium in Haarlem. Participating in this event are the national teams of China, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Japan and the USA. Included in the preparations is an exhibition game against Young Netherlands, which will be played on Thursday, July 20, at the Amsterdam Pirates Baseball Stadium in Amsterdam.

On June 12, a 27-man roster was named for the Haarlem Baseball Week. The lone player from that roster who is not on the roster for the European Baseball Series is Catcher Mark Duursma (Konica Minolta Pioniers). Johnny Balentina (DOOR Neptunus), who was listed as an outfielder on the first roster is now listed as one the catchers.
Three players on Eenhoorn's roster will make their national team-debut when they play: Righthanded Pitcher Tom Stuifbergen (Amsterdam Pirates), Righthanded Pitcher Jurjen van Zijl (Mr. Cocker HCAW) and Outfielder Kalian Sams (ADO).

The Roster:

Pitchers (12)
RHP David Bergman, RHP Duko Jansen, RHP Michiel van Kampen (all Corendon Kinheim), RHP Kenny Berkenbosch, RHP Nick Stuifbergen, RHP Jurjen van Zijl (all Mr. Cocker HCAW), RHP Rob Cordemans, RHP Robin van Doornspeek (both ADO), RHP Dave Draijer (Konica Minolta Pioniers), LHP Gregory Gustina, LHP Diegomar Markwell (both DOOR Neptunus) and RHP Tom Stuifbergen (Amsterdam Pirates).

Catchers (3)
Johnny Balentina (DOOR Neptunus), Sidney de Jong (Mr. Cocker HCAW) and Tjerk Smeets (Corendon Kinheim).

Infielders (5)
Ivanon Coffie (Instant Holland Almere '90), Michael Duursma (Konica Minolta Pioniers), Percy Isenia (ADO), Roel Koolen (Corendon Kinheim) and Raily Legito (DOOR Neptunus).

Outfielders (6)
Bryan Engelhardt, Eugene Kingsale (both Instant Holland Almere '90), Dirk van 't Klooster, Danny Rombley (both Corendon Kinheim), Harvey Monte and Kalian Sams (both ADO).

(July 4)

SCHEDULE 1st EUROPEAN BASEBALL SERIES
DateGameTimeSiteDateGameTimeSite
Friday, July 7Netherlands vs. Italy7:30 PMRotterdamMonday, July 10Italy vs. Netherlands9:00 PMGrosseto
Saturday, July 8Italy vs. Netherlands1:00 PMRotterdamTuesday, July 11Netherlands vs. Italy9:00 PMNettuno
Sunday, July 9Netherlands vs. Italy1:00 PMRotterdamWednesday, July 12Italy vs. Netherlands6:00 PMMessina


European Baseball Series coincide with history
Nederlands
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - The inaugural edition of the European Baseball Series will coincide with two special moments in Dutch baseball history.
The first European Baseball Series opens on Friday-evening at 7:30 PM in Rotterdam with the first of six games. On Saturday and Sunday, the next two games are also being played in Rotterdam and will start at 1:00 PM.
After traveling to Italy on Sunday-evening, the national teams of the Netherlands and Italy will play the next three games on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday in three different Italian cities.
All games can be followed on this site through a Live Play-by-Play.

This years European Baseball Series coincides with two historic milestones.
On Monday, July 10, it is exactly 50 years ago that the national team of the Netherlands and Italy first met in an official game. That happened on July 10, 1956 during the European Championships in Rome. The Dutch team won that game 13-2 and went on to win their first European title.
Next Sunday, July 9, the game between the Netherlands and Italy will be the 600th international game for the Dutch national squad since it played its first one in 1934.

In the meantine, the Italian team has arrived in Rotterdam, where the first three games will be played in the Neptunus Familiestadion.
On the Italian roster, compiled by Manager Giampiero Faraone and his staff, are some new players who will make their national team-debut.

The Italian roster is as follows:

Pitchers (12)
Victor Arias, Carlos Pezzullo (both CaffŔ Danesi Nettuno), Stefano Bazzarini, Barth Morreale (both Italeri Fortitudo Bologna), Joshua Caruso, Cody Cillo (both De Angelis Godo), Roberto Corradini, Mattia Salsi (both Ceci&Negri Parma), Riccardo De Santis, Junior Oberto (both Le Colonie di Maremma Grosseto), William Lucena (Comcor Modena) and Carlos Richetti (Orel Anzio).

Catchers (3)
Simone Albanese (T&A San Marino), Luca Bischeri (Le Colonie di Maremma Grosseto) and Marcello Malagoli (Comcor Modena).

Infielders (6)
Davide Dallospedale (Italeri Fortitudo Bologna), Seth La Fera (Ceci&Negri Parma), Giuseppe Mazzanti, Igor Schiavetti (both CaffŔ Danesi Nettuno), Dean Rovinelli (T&A San Marino) and Andrea Sgnaolin (Le Colonie di Maremma Grosseto).

Outfielders (5)
James Buccheri, Mario Chiarini (both Telemarket Rimini), Quinn Ciccarelli (De Angeles Godo), Max De Biase (T&A San Marino) and Gino Lollio (Le Colonie di Maremma Grosseto).

Manager Giampiero Faraone will be assisted by coaches Mauro Mazzotti, Gianmario Costa, Claudio Corradi and Chris Catanoso (Pitching Coach).
(July 6)


Live Play-by-Play European Baseball Series
Nederlands
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) / GROSSETO (Ita.) / NETTUNO (Ita.) / MESSINA (Ita.) - All games of the first European Baseball Series can be followed live on this site with a Play-by-Play.
About an hour before game time the link will be activated.
(July 12)


EBS: Dutch shutout Italy in opener
Nederlands
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - The Dutch Baseball Team opened the inaugural edition of the European Baseball Series on Friday-evening with a 2-0 shutout-win vs. Italy.
Winning pitcher Diegomar Markwell threw six innings and was supported with a homerun by Ivanon Coffie in the fourth inning. The second run was scored four innings later on a double by Sidney de Jong.
(July 7)

Game Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Game One Netherlands vs. Italy - Friday, July 7


EBS: Italy ties Series
Nederlands
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Italy collected 20 basehits on Saturday, including three homeruns, off four pitchers, to win 11-6 vs. the Netherlands in Game Two of the European Baseball Series, to even the series, 1-1.
Game Three will be played on Sunday in Rotterdam, starting at 1:00 PM. In the evening, the two teams will travel for Italy for the next series of three games.
(July 8)

Game Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Game Two Netherlands vs. Italy - Saturday, July 8


EBS: Dutch ends first part with shutout
Nederlands
ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - The Dutch Baseball Team on Sunday closed the first series of three games vs. Italy with a 4-0 shutout. The European Baseball Series now shifts to Italy where the next three games will be played on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. On Sunday-evening, the two teams fly to Rome.
In Game Three, Rob Cordemans threw seven solid innings for the Dutch, which took a 1-0 lead in the fourth inning on a single by Dirk van 't Klooster. The second run was added in the seventh on a single by Johnny Balentina, then Raily Legito added a 2-run homerun in the eighth to make it 4-0.
(July 9)

Game Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Game Three Netherlands vs. Italy - Sunday, July 9


EBS: Italy evens Series again
Nederlands
GROSSETO (Italy) - Italy brought the European Baseball Series in balance for the second time, as they won 6-5 in Game Four vs. the Netherlands on Monday-evening.
Italy initially led 5-1, but the Dutch team came alongside in the sixth inning. The winning run was then scored in the eighth inning. The Series continues on Tuesday-evening in Nettuno.
(July 10)

Game Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Game Four Italy vs. Netherlands - Monday, July 10


EBS: Third shutout-win for Dutch
Nederlands
NETTUNO (Italy) - The Dutch Baseball Team took a 3-2 lead in the European Baseball Series on Tuesday-evening with its third shutout-win, beating Italy, 3-0.
Rookie Tom Stuifbergen went six innings and Bryan Engelhardt opened the score with a homerun.
The Series will close on Wednesday-evening in Messina on Sicily. Game Six will start at 7:00 PM.
(July 11)

Game Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Game Five Italy vs. Netherlands - Tuesday, July 11


EBS: Game Six canceled by rain
Nederlands
MESSINA (Italy) - The sixth and final game of the European Baseball Series, to be played on Wednesday-evening on Sicily, had to be canceled due to rain and field conditions.
After thunderstorms had been active in the moring in the area of Messina, where the game was scheduled to be played, field crews worked almost the entire day to prepare the field.
Unfortunately, about one-and-a-half hour before game time, it again started to rain heavily, resulting in a rain-delay. The rain did weaken later, but as the field became unplayable, it was decided around 7:45 PM to cancel the game.
As a result, the Dutch Baseball Team won this first annual meeting with Italy, 3-2. The Dutch team returns home late Thursday-afternoon.
(July 12)

Game notes - Game Six Italy vs. Netherlands - Wednesday, July 12 - Messina


Dutch Team ends preparations Baseball Week
Nederlands
AMSTERDAM (Neth.) - The Dutch National Team closed its preparations for the upcoming Haarlem Baseball Week on Thursday-evening with a 9-6 win vs. the Dutch National Junior Team (AAA).
After initially trailing 4-1 in the third inning, the Dutch squad scored twice in the home third on a sac-fly by Johnny Balentina and a fielder's choice-grounder by Dirk van 't Klooster, then came alongside in the fourth on a sac-fly by Michael Duursma.
In the eighth inning, the Dutch team took a 7-4 lead on RBI-doubles by Raily Legito and Tjerk Smeets and a single by Michael Duursma.
The game was played in the Amsterdam Pirates Baseball Stadium and was visited by more than 750 spectators.

The 23rd Haarlem Baseball Week opens on Friday, July 21 and runs through Sunday, July 30 with the participation of teams from China, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, Japan, USA and Netherlands.
You can follow all the action of the Baseball Week on the official site.
(July 20)

Box Score Netherlands vs. Juniors


Almere names Ritchie Daal Head Coach
Nederlands
ALMERE (Neth.) - Instant Holland Almere '90 has named Ritchie Daal interim Head Coach for the remainder of the season. Daal, a former national team player, replaces Carlos Arrindell, who was let go on July 3.

Ritchie Daal played in the Dutch big league for Kinheim and De Spartaan and participated with the Dutch National Team in the 1980 World Championships in Japan.
The former short stop was named Technical Director by Almere at the end of last year to succeed Brian Farley, who returned as a coach to the national team.
In the past, Daal has coached the second team (First Division) of Almere '90.

Almere '90 is in last place with a 7-21 record. The team is tied with Amsterdam Pirates, but is in last place because of the results between the two teams. Pirates is 2-0 vs. Almere.
Carlos Arrindell was named Almere's Head Coach shortly before the exhibition season started and was in his rookie season as a coach in the Dutch big league.
(July 23)


Netherlands vs. Japan LIVE on Internet
Nederlands
HILVERSUM / HAARLEM (Neth.) - The game between the Netherlands and Japan can be followed LIVE fullscreen through the Internet thanks to TV-Channel NOS Studio Sport.
(July 26)


Dutch team wins Haarlem Baseball Week
Nederlands
HAARLEM (Neth.) - The Dutch Baseball Team has won the 23rd Haarlem Baseball Week on Sunday with a come-from-behind 9-6 victory against Cuba.

Trailing 6-0 in the third inning, the Dutch team came back very strongly with a 5-run rally in the third inning, then added two runs in the fourth to take a 7-6 lead.
It was the second time in a row that the Dutch team won the event. Two years ago, the Dutch also beat Cuba in the final, 3-1. But this time, the Cubans participated with a much stronger squad, which included 17 current and former national team-players. A lot of them participated in the World Baseball Classic, World Championships and Olympic Games and was managed by legendary second baseman Antonio Pacheco, who played for the national team team from 1983-2001.
Before 2004, the Dutch team never had won the tournament in the previous 21 editions.

A Haarlem Baseball Week review is coming up.
(July 30)

official site Haarlem Baseball Week


Dutch Softball Women
Canada Cup: Dutch Team opens with win
Nederlands
SOUTH SURREY, British COlumbia (Canada) - The Dutch National Softball Team is off to a good start in Canada as it opened the Canada Cup Tournament on Saturday with a 4-2 victory vs. Chinese Taipei on the beautiful Softball City-complex.

Trailing 1-0, the Dutch team scored four runs in the third inning on a 2-run double by Daisy de Peinder and a 2-run homerun by Sandra Gouverneur.
Rebecca Soumeru went the distance for the Dutch squad and gave up only four basehits.
This was only the tenth victory by a Dutch team vs. Chinese Taipei in 37 meetings.

The Dutch team had no games scheduled on Sunday, but plays two games on Monday vs. Delta Sunfire (Canada) and the national team of Canada.
(July 2)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play


Canada Cup: Shutout-win for Dutch
Nederlands
SOUTH SURREY, British Columbia (Canada) - The Dutch Softball Team also won its second game of the Canada Cup Tournament.
After not having played on Sunday, the team opened on Monday with a 6-0 shutout vs. Delta Sunfire from Canada. This was the first of two games scheduled for the Dutch team on Monday. In the evening, it was to play against the national team of Canada.
The Dutch rallied for five runs in the first inning to take a comfortable lead. The Canadian opponent had only one basehit off two Dutch pitchers. Judith van Kampen threw the first four innings and gave up no hits, Kristi DeVries completed the game.
(July 3)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Netherlands vs. Delta Sunfire

Canada Cup: Dutch beat Canada!
Nederlands
SOUTH SURREY, British Columbia (Canada) - The Dutch Softball Team on Monday continued its strong start on the Canada Cup Tournament with a 7-6 victory vs. the national team of Canada.
The Dutch team rallied for all seven runs in the first inning and then had only two more baserunners in the last six innings off a new pitcher.
From the fifth inning on, Canada started to come back. There was a lot of tension in the seventh inning when Canada, while trailing 7-4, scored twice to come back to 7-6, but with two runners on, Rebecca Soumeru ended the game with a strikeout.
This was only the third Dutch victory vs. Canada in their 21st meeting overall.
(July 3)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Netherlands vs. Canada


Canada Cup: Another shutout for Dutch squad; Soumeru throws No-Hitter!
Nederlands
SOUTH SURREY, British Columbia (Canada) - The Dutch Softball Team on Tuesday registered its second shutout-win on the Canada Cup Tournament.
With a 7-0 win vs. Triple Crown Colorado from the USA, the Dutch team won its fourth consecutive game and is close to clinching a spot in the tournament Play-Offs.
Dutch pitcher Rebecca Soumeru struckout seven batters and threw a No-Hitter.
(July 4)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Netherlands vs. Triple Crown Colorado


Canada Cup: First loss Dutch Team
Nederlands
SOUTH SURREY, British Columbia (Canada) - The Dutch Softball Team on Wednesday lost its first game of the Canada Cup Tournament.
After winning its first four games, the Dutch team was beaten 5-1 by Florida Quicksilver from the USA. After four productive games, the Dutch team today had only four basehits.
Florida had won its first three games, but then lost the next two. Last year, the Dutch also lost to Florida with the same score. Despite the loss, the Dutch team is still in line for clinching a spot in the tournament Play-Offs.
On Thursday, the Dutch team meets Puerto Rico and Japan Elite on the last day of the preliminary round. The Play-Offs open on Friday.
(July 5)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Netherlands vs. Florida Quicksilver


Canada Cup: Dutch Team in Play-Offs!
Nederlands
SOUTH SURREY, British Columbia (Canada) - For the first time ever, the Dutch Softball Team has reached the Play-Offs of the Canada Cup Tournament.
With an 8-1 victory vs. Puerto Rico, the Dutch team became the third team to secure a spot in the Final Round. The Dutch team participated in the annual event before in 1995, 1996, 1998, 2001 and 2005, but never was able to advance to the Play-Offs. The team was close last year, but lost three in a row and missed the final round. The five victories are the best result ever by a Dutch team in the Canada Cup. The previous best was four wins in 2001. In the Play-Offs, the Dutch team will play at least two more games and that can go up to six, depending on the result.

Earlier on Thursday, Florida Quicksilver (USA) was the second team to qualify by winning 7-5 vs. Triple Crown Colorado (USA). On Wednesday-afternoon, Japan Elite was the first team to reach the Play-Offs by winning 5-2 vs. Chinese Taipei.
The fourth team that went to the Championship Round was the winner of the game between Canada and Chinese Taipei. Canada won 5-4 and clinched. Following that game, the Dutch closed the preliminary round with the game against Japan Elite. Both teams were 5-1 and the winner of that game was to become the winner of the White Pool. The loser ended in a 3-way tie. Japan won 2-1 in eight innings to win the pool, the Dutch team therefore finished in third place and now will meet Canada Elite on Friday in their first Play-Off game.
In the meantime, Australia became the unbeaten winner (7-0) of the Red Pool. There were some scenarios possible in that pool for the remaining three teams to go to the finals, but in the end Canada Elite, Venezuela and China qualied.

In the game against Puerto Rico, the Dutch team had 15 basehits with all players hitting at least one. Marloes Fellinger went 3-for-3, including a double and a 3-run homerun, scored twice and had four RBI's. Kristi DeVries went the distance in this 5-inning game and gave up five basehits.
(July 6)

Complete Recaps, Box Scores & Play-by-Plays Netherlands vs. Puerto Rico & Japan Elite


Canada Cup: Dutch open Play-Offs with shutout!
Nederlands
SOUTH SURREY, British Columbia (Canada) - The Dutch Softball Team continues its strong playing on the Canada Cup Tournament, as it opened the Play-Offs on Friday-afternoon with a 5-0 shutout-win vs. Canada Elite.
The Dutch team now will meet Japan Elite in its next game on Friday-evening and can take revenge for yesterday's 2-1 loss against the Japanese squad.
The Dutch team had ten basehits, including three by Sandra Gouverneur. Winning pitcher Judith van Kampen gave up only two hits in 6 2/3 inning, after which Rebecca Soumeru completed the game.
Theoretically, the Dutch team is two victories away from the all-deciding Final on Sunday!
(July 7)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Netherlands vs. Canada Elite


Canada Cup: Dutch win again!
Nederlands
SOUTH SURREY, British Columbia (Canada) - The Dutch National Team also won its next game in the Play-Offs of the Canada Cup Tournament and now even is close to the Final!
On Friday-evening, they won 3-2 vs. Japan Elite, taking revenge for an earlier 2-1 loss. Against the Japanese, the Dutch were trailing 2-0, but then came alongside and scored the winning run in the sixth inning on a double by NoÚmi Boekel.
The Dutch team now will meet Australia on Saturday-evening and will not finish lower than third place on the event. When the Dutch beat the Australians, it will clinch the Final on Sunday.
(July 7)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Netherlands vs. Japan Elite


Canada Cup: Dutch shutout by Australia
Nederlands
SOUTH SURREY, British Columbia (Canada) - The Dutch Softball Team ran into a 2-0 shutout-loss vs. Australia in the semi-final on Saturday-evening. With the win, Australia became the first team to reach the Final, which will be played on Sunday-afternoon.
But it isn't over yet for the Dutch team, as it will meet Canada in the bronze medal game on Sunday-morning. The winner of that game will become the second finalist, the losing team will finish in third place.
(July 8)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Netherlands vs. Australia


Canada Cup: Dutch win bronze
Nederlands
SOUTH SURREY, British Columbia (Canada) - The Dutch Softball Team has finished in third place of the Canada Cup Tournament after losing the second semi-final game vs. Canada 8-1 on Sunday-afternoon. With the win, Canada advanced to the Final where it will meet Australia.
The Dutch team has played its best Canada Cup-tournament ever. After dominating in the preliminary round, the squad of American Manager Liz Kelly kept on surprising everyone, as it won its first two games in the Play-Offs. But then, secured of at least a third place, the team simply must have been tired of an exciting week in which it won seven of nine games played. The squad could produce only one more run in its next two games and lost to Australia and Canada. But that's surely no shame, as those two teams are the finalists of the 2006 edition of the Canada Cup. The Dutch team has played extremely well and received a lot of compliments for what it has showed these days. They showed they can compete with everyone, including higher ranked national teams. For the Dutch national team, this has been a great preparation for the upcoming World Championships, which will be held in August in Beijing (China).
Dutch centerfielder Saskia Kosterink was named to the All-Tournament All Stars Team.
(July 9)

Complete Recap, Box Score & Play-by-Play Netherlands vs. Canada


Roster for World Championships announced
Nederlands
NIEUWEGEIN (Neth.) - Liz Kelly, the Manager of the Dutch National Women Team, and her staff have announced the names of the 16 players that are on the roster for the upcoming World Championships, which will be played August 27-September 5 in Beijing (China).
Later in the year, the Dutch team also will participate in the Japan Cup in Yokohama (Japan).
All players last week participated with the Dutch squad in the successful Canada Cup Tournament, where it won the bronze medal. Three other players, who played with the team in Canada, were dropped from the roster: Femke Haage, Petra van Heijst (both A4 Terrasvogels) and Chantal Versluis (Sparks Haarlem), all infielders. Van Heijst has been appointed first back-up player.

Selected for the World Championships are:

Pitchers:
Kristi DeVries (Ohio State University-USA), Judith van Kampen (A4 Terrasvogels) and Rebecca Soumeru (Macerata-Italy).

Catchers:
Kinge Bouma (+ IF) (Sparks Haarlem) and Ellen Venker (Van der Peijl DSC ĺ74).

Infielders:
NoÚmi Boekel, Lynn Geertman (both Sparks Haarlem), Debbie Connor (Euro Stars), Sandra Gouverneur (Nuoro-Italy), Daisy de Peinder and Marjan Smit (+ OF) (both Twins).

Outfielders:
Marloes Fellinger (Sparks Haarlem), Areke Spel (Euro Stars), Nathalie Gosewehr, Marieke Jansen (both A4 Terrasvogels) and Saskia Kosterink (Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers).
(July 14)


International Baseball
American League again wins All Star Game
Nederlands
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania (USA) - The American League again has won the All Star Game and secured the home field advantage for the World Series. The American League has not lost an All Star Game since 1996. Since 1997, the AL won nine games, while one game ended in a tie.

The National League was leading 2-1 in the ninth inning of the 77th All Star Game, but the American League turned the game around with two outs.
Ace-closer Trevor Hoffman came on to pitch the ninth inning and got two quick out, but then gave up a single to Paul Konerko, a ground-rule double to Troy Glaus and a 2-run triple (with a 0-2 count) to Michael Young that made it 3-2 in the AL's favor. A comeback grounder ended the at bat, but the game has turned around.
In the home ninth, Mariano Rivera became the AL-closer and earned a save.
(July 12)


IBAF President Aldo Notari passed away
IN MEMORIAM

...Aldo Notari...
(1932 - 2006)
(Foto: Marco Stoovelaar)
Nederlands
PARMA (Italy) - Aldo Notari, President of the International BAseball Federation, has passed away on Tuesday-evening at the age of 73. He was to turn 74 in September.
Aldo Notari was diagnosed with a severe illness a few weeks ago, but his passing came quicker and unexpectedly. The international baseball world not only lost its president, but above all a very sympathic friend, who loved by many.

Aldo Notari, who is from Italy, gained his first fame while playing as a second baseman and outfielder for Parma, the city where he has always lived.
In later years, Notari became the club's President and had a lot of success with his club. He also became a frontrunner in Italian baseball and was elected to the board of the Italian Federation. In 1984, Notari was elected as President of the Italian Baseball and Softball Federation (FIBS) and remained in office until 2000.
In the meantime, he also became a member of the board for the European Federation (CEB). After CEB-President Guus van der Heijden passed away, Notari was named as his successor in 1987. Early 2005, he was succeeded by German Martin Miller.
In 1993, Aldo Notari was elected as President of the International BAseball Federation and was re-elected twice. In June of last year, he started a new term as President.

Aldo Notari was a noticeable person and always available to talk to. Your webmaster is proud to have known Aldo for a lot of years and always enjoyed his friendship. We've met each other a lot of times, not only in the Netherlands or Italy, but throughout the world on many different international tournaments. Aldo will surely be missed.
(July 25)


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