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Double victories Terrasvogels, Sparks Haarlem
Nederlands
ENSCHEDE / HAARLEM (Neth.) - On Saturday, the three double-headers that were scheduled to be played in Haarlem all were played, but the one scheduled for Enschede was cancelled. At Enschede, reigning champion Tex Town Tigers and Centrals were in the fifth inning with a scoreless tie when their game was interrupted for the second time by heavy rain and eventually led to cancellation of the match-up and postponement on Game 2. Both games were re-scheduled for Sunday, May 9.

Sparks Haarlem won 7-0 and 7-6 vs. Twins. In the opener, Dagmar Bloeming threw a 2-hit shutout and was supported with 12 basehits. In Game Two, Sparks trailed 4-0 in the second inning, but then got back into the game, thanks to a 3-run homerun by Lyanne Horeman in the home of the second.
Iber Lengua Terrasvogels won 5-0 and 4-1 vs. DSS. In Game One, Terrasvogels led 2-0 when it added three insurance runs in the seventh inning, including two on a homerun by Kaitlyn Gentile. In Game Two, Femke van Dusschoten also threw a 3-hitter for Terrasvogels, which broke an 1-1 tie in the fourth inning by scoring two runs.
Olympia Haarlem initially failed to hold onto a 2-0 lead vs. Euro Stars and trailed 4-2 in the fifth inning, but then came alongside and went on to win 5-4 by scoring a run in the sixth on a single by Maranca Ham. In Game Two, Euro Stars won 10-0 on eleven basehits.

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Sparks Haarlem vs. Twins, 7-0, 7-6
HAARLEM (Neth.) - Sparks Haarlem won 7-0 and 7-6 vs. Twins. In the opener, Dagmar Bloeming threw a 2-hit shutout and was supported with 12 basehits, including three by Debby Connor (including a double), who also had three RBI's and Marloes Fellinger (who doubled twice). For Fellinger, who initially announced her retirement after last season, this was her second of four weekends so far that she played again with the team. Also coming out of retirement today was catcher Kim Kafoť, who caught both games.
In Game Two, Sparks trailed 4-0 in the second inning, but then got back into the game, thanks to a 3-run homerun by Lyanne Horeman in the home of the second. Sparks then tied the score in the fifth and added three runs in the sixth.


...Debby Connor...
...3 hits, 3 RBI's...
(© Photo: MS)
In the first game, Sparks needed only five innings to complete the game. The team opened the scoring with a run in the second inning when Marloes Fellinger led off with a double and scored on an one-out single by Debby Connor. After stranding two runners in the third at bat, another run was added in the fourth. Areke Spel (who was on base with a fielder's choice) then scored when Debby Connor doubled. In the fifth inning, Sparks reached the 7-run difference with one out. Rebecca Soumeru led off with a single, but was forced out on a grounder by Nathalie Gosewehr. She then stole second base and Chantal Versluis walked. After the two advanced on a double steal, a throwing error follewed, enabling Gosewehr to score. Hereafter, four RBI-hits followed. First, Kim Kluijskens singled in a run, then Marloes Fellinger hit her second double in the game, followed by singles by Areke Spel and Debby Connor. Fellinger and Connor were both 3-for-3 with the first one scoring two runs and the second one having three runs batted in.

In the second inning, pitcher Dagmar Bloeming gave up an one-out single to Fabienne van Uden, who was then caught stealing. From here, 10 batters were retired in a row, before Daisy de Peinder led off with a single, but then three outs followed again.


...Lyanne Horeman...
...3-run homerun...
(© Photo: MS)
In Game Two, Twins took a 4-0 lead in the second inning scoring four unearned runs. With one out, Twins had the bases loaded with runners Lieke Duffhues (error), Sarah Van Der Meiren (fielder's choice) and Sandy Lauwers (single). The first then scored the opening run on a grounder by Evelien Vonk. Next, Sophie Bugter hit 2-run triple, which came a day after she also had hit an RBI-triple for the Dutch Juniors in a game vs. DSS. Moments later, she scored the fourth run in the inning when Micky Jansen reached on an error.

Trailing 4-0, Sparks Haarlem got back into the game in the home of the second inning, thanks to a homerun. Areke Spel led off with a double and Debby Connor walked. Two outs followed, but then Lyanne Horeman hit a 3-run homerun to make it 4-3. For Lyanne, this was her first homerun in her big league-career that began in 2002.

Sparks then tied the score in the fifth inning when Nathalie Gosewehr was hit by a pitch, moved on a double by Chantal Versluis and scored on a grounder by Kim Kluijskens. In the sixth, Sparks scored three runs to take a 7-4 lead. Debby Connor led off with a single and advanced when Kim Kafoť followed with a double. Connor was then replaced by pinch-runner Kirsten Scheele, who went on to score when Judith Diepeveen followed with a sac-fly. With two outs, singles by Nathalie Gosewehr and Chantal Versluis accounted for two more runs.

Twins then narrowed the deficit to 7-6 by scoring two unearned runs in the seventh. With two outs, Micky Jansen reached on an error and scored on a double by Fabienne van Uden. Next, Andee Lindgren singled to bring in Van Uden and make it 7-6. Pitcher Rebecca Soumeru was relieved by Dagmar Bloeming, who walked Daisy de Peinder intentionally to set up a force play, then ended the game by striking out next batter Lieke Duffhues.

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Olympia Haarlem vs. Euro Stars, 5-4, 0-10 (6)
HAARLEM (Neth.) - Olympia Haarlem initially failed to hold onto a 2-0 lead vs. Euro Stars and trailed 4-2 in the fifth inning, but then came alongside and went on to win 5-4 by scoring a run in the sixth on a single by Maranca Ham. In Game Two, Euro Stars won 10-0 on eleven basehits, including a double and triple by Davinia de Kwant. Winning pitcher Daisy Verstappen gave up only three hits.


...Maranca Ham...
...gamewinning RBI...
(© Photo: MS)
Olympia scored its first run in the second inning when Karlene Headley-Cooper walked, advanced on a sac-bunt by Rebecca Duindam and scored on a double by Lisanne van den Berg. The second run was then scored in the third at bat. Eliza Rikkelman led off with a walk and advanced to third base on a single by Courtney Lyons. With one out, Rikkelman scored when Lyons advanced on a fielder's choice. Next, Olympia got the bases loaded when MarisŤla de Wind reached on a fielder's choice that retired Lyons and both Headley-Cooper and Duindam walked. Hereafter, American pitcher Laura Benardinelli was relieved by Rebecca Antonissen, who ended the inning with a strikeout, leaving three runners behind.


...Davinia de Kwant...
...3 hits, 2B, 3B...
...run, 5 RBI's...
(© Photo: MS)

...Daphne Endlich...
...3 hits, double...
...2 runs, RBI's...
(© Photo: MS)
Euro Stars then rallied for four runs in the fifth inning. Daphne Endlich and Michelle van Driel led off with singles and advanced on a sac-bunt by Ellen Venker. Singles by Kim Donkers and Daisy Verstappen then tied the score. With two outs, Davinia de Kwant singled to bring in two more runs and make it 4-2. But Olympia tied the score immediately in its fifth at bat. With one out Maranca Ham singled and MarisŤla de Wind doubled, then both scored when Rebecca Duindam hit a 2-out single.

Olympia then scored the winning run in the sixth inning. With one out, Gwen Brinkman walked, as did Courtney Lyons with two outs. Next, Maranca Ham singled to bring in a run. In the seventh inning, Euro Stars stranded two runners.

In Game Two, Euro Stars rallied for four runs in the first inning on four basehits. Ellen Venker led off with a single and advanced on a sac-bunt, then scored on a single by Daisy Verstappen. After Anouk van den Heuvel reached on an error, Davinia de Kwant tripled to bring in two runs, then scored herself on a single by Daphne Endlich.

Two runs were added in the fourth when Daphne Endlich led off wit a double and Celine van Roon singled. The two scored when an error was made on a grounder by Kirsten Molle after a pitching change. In the sixth, Euro Stars again scored four runs, this time on a 2-run single by Kim Donkers, a single by Anouk van den Heuvel and a double by Davinia de Kwant. Winning pitcher Daisy Verstappen struckout seven batters and gave up only three hits.

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DSS vs. Iber Lengua Terrasvogels, 0-5, 1-4
HAARLEM (Neth.) - Iber Lengua Terrasvogels won 5-0 and 4-1 vs. DSS. In Game One, Terrasvogels led 2-0 when it added three insurance runs in the seventh inning, including two on a homerun by Kaitlyn Gentile. Winning pitcher Aimee Murch gave up only three hits. In Game Two, Femke van Dusschoten also threw a 3-hitter for Terrasvogels, which broke an 1-1 tie in the fourth inning by scoring two runs.


...Aimee Murch...
...14 strikeouts...
(© Photo: MS)
In the opener, Linda Hoenderdos and Shannah van der Kaaij both walked to lead-off the game, but the two stranded on second and third base, as three outs followed. After stranding another runner on second base in the second inning, Terrasvogels opened the score in the third at bat. Linda Hoenderdos then led off with a single and advanced on an error and a sac-bunt by Christina Rolla, then scored on a sac-fly by Solange Starrenburg. In the fourth at bat, Marije Schoenmaker tripled with one out, but was left behind on third base. The second run was then scored in the fifth when Shannah van der Kaaij received her third walk in the game, then advanced on singles by Christina Rolla and Kate Gentile. With the bases loaded, a run was then scored on a wild pitch, but again two runners stranded.

In the seventh inning, Terrasvogels added three runs with two outs. Christina Rolla then singled and stole second base and scored when Kate Gentile followed with her first homerun of the season. Next, Solange Starrenburg reached on a bunt-single and stole second base, then scored the fifth run on a single by MariŽlle Vleugels.

Winning pitcher Aimee Murch dominated in the game, as she struckout 14 batters and gave up only three basehits. From the first through fourth inning, the Australian retired 10 batters in a row, including seven with a strikeout.


...MariŽlle Vleugels...
...3 hits (double), 4 RBI's...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
In Game Two, Terrasvogels scored its first run in the second inning when Kate Gentile reached on an error and scored on a single by MariŽlle Vleugels. DSS tied the score in its second at bat when Marijke van Veen walked and her pinch-runner Maaike Siegerist later scored on a throwing error.

Terrasvogels added two runs in the fourth inning. Shannah van der Kaaij led off with a walk and Christina Rolla was hit by a pitch. With one out, the bases were loaded when Solange Starrenburg was walked intentionally, but then the runs were scored when MariŽlle Vleugels walked and Marije Schoenmaker followed with a sac-fly to make it 3-1.

The fourth run was scored in the sixth. With two outs, Solange Starrenburg singled and scored on a double by MariŽlle Vleugels, who had three runs batted in.

DSS stranded eleven runners, including the bases loaded in the first inning. DSS got only three basehits off Femke van Dusschoten, who walked seven batters to give the home team more runners.

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