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TTT, Sparks, Terrasvogels extend winning streaks
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HAARLEM / OOSTERHOUT / DE BILT (Neth.) - Tex Town Tigers, Sparks Haarlem and Iber Lengua Terrasvogels all extended their winning streak on Saturday to remain the top-three in the softball big league, as the trio won their double-headers convincingly. Centrals and Euro Stars split their double-header. Saturday also saw the return of two players, who had been sidelined with an injury.

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Sparks Haarlem vs. DSS, 11-4, 9-2
HAARLEM (Neth.) - Sparks Haarlem won 11-4 and 9-2 vs. DSS in two mercy-rule ending 5-inning games, extendin their winning streak to nine games.

Game One was interrupted for 58 minutes by rain in the top of the second inning with Sparks leading 3-0 and DSS having the bases loaded. When the game resumed, it was clear that the long delay was not in favor of the pitching, as Sparks-hurler Dagmar Bloeming issued three walks and gave up a single, leading to a 4-3 lead for DSS. The lead, however, was shortlived, as Sparks came alongside in its second, then added seven runs in the next three at bats. Sparks collected 13 basehits, including homeruns by Debby Connor (2-run, third inning), Areke Spel (2-run, 4th inning) and Judith Diepeveen (solo, 4th inning).


...Debby Connor...
(© Photo: MS)

...Areke Spel...
(© Photo: MS)

...Judith Diepeveen...
(© Photo: MS)
Sparks opened the score with three runs in the first inning. Nathalie Gosewehr and Chantal Versluis led off with walks, then Kim Kluijskens singled in a run and Marloes Fellinger followed with a 2-run double to make it 3-0. In the second inning, Amanda Hess led off with a single, then the bases got loaded with one out when Eva Halman also singled and Yvette Krooder's sacrifice bunt didn't result in an out. Hereafter, the game was interrupted for what would by an almost one-hour rain-delay. When the game resumed, Sparks-starter Dagmar Bloeming issued a walk to Judith van Tiel, then (with two outs) another walk to Floor Roest, followed by an RBI-single by Jacqueline Wesselink and a walk for Julie Owen that gave DSS a 4-3 lead. Kirsten Scheele came in to take over the pitching, but that was a brief appearance, as Roest was picked off at third and eliminated in a rundown to end the inning. In the next three innings, Scheele allowed only one more baserunner to DSS.


...Kinge Bouma...
(© Photo: Sparks)
In the home of the second, Sparks tied the score when Kinge Bouma led off with a single and scored on a sac-fly by Nathalie Gosewehr. For Bouma, this was her first at bat of the season, making her comeback in the big league after having played her last full season for Sparks in 2005, then played one more game in 2007, before retiring. She caught both games today, hitting 3-for-6, scored twice and had an RBI. Bouma filled in as catcher for absent Noťmi Boekel. Last week, Kim Kafoť, who retired after last season, caught for Sparks to fill in. Also playing again today for Sparks, which has a very small roster, was Marloes Fellinger, who was 2-for-2 (two doubles) in the opener, scoring two runs and having two RBI's.

In the third inning, Sparks scored three runs to take a 7-4 lead. Marloes Fellinger led off with her second double of the game, then scored when Areke Spel singled. Next, Debby Connor homered to make it 7-4. This was her 25th career homerun since making her debut in 2002. In the fourth, three more runs were added. This time, Fellinger led off with a walk, then Areke Spel homered. With one out, Judith Diepeveen also homered to increase the lead to 10-4. The 7-run difference was reached in the fifth when Chantal Versluis singled, stole second and third base and scored on a single by Kim Kluijskens.

In Game Two, Sparks had eight hits, including triples by Chantal Versluis and Lyanne Horeman. Sparks scored four runs in the second inning. Areke Spel led off with a walk and scored when Debby Connor followed with a double. After advancing on a sac-bunt, the latter scored on a single by Kinge Bouma. With two outs, Nathalie Gosewehr walked, then Chantal Versluis delivered a 2-run double to make it 4-0.

DSS answered with two runs in the third. The bases got loaded when Floor Roest, Jacqueline Wesselink and Julie Owen all singled, then Amanda Hess registered the fourth consecutive hit to bring in two runs. But after a sac-bunt, two strikeouts ended the at bat. Sparks got both runs back in its third, on basesloaded walks for Lyanne Horeman and Nathalie Gosewehr, but the team also stranded three runners. Sparks added a run in the fourth on a single by Debby Connor (who was 3-for-3). The 7-run difference was reached in the fifth. With one out, Lyanne Horeman tripled and scored when Chantal Versluis also tripled with two outs. The latter then scored on a wild pitch.

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Twins vs. Tex Town Tigers, 0-3, 2-11
OOSTERHOUT (Neth.) - League-leader Tex Town Tigers won 3-0 and 11-2 at Twins to extend their winning streak to 10 games and remain unbeaten. Britt Vonk, who broke her jaw at two places one week before the start of the season, played again in her first games of the season for Tex Town Tigers. The National Team-player started at second base in the opener, but returned to her regular position at short later in the game, then also played there in Game Two. In the opener, she was 2-for-3, scored a run and had an RBI, in Game Two, she added a 2-run double and scored another run. In the opener, Lindsey Meadows threw an one-hitter and struckout 12. In Game Two, TTT had 13 basehits, including three by Nadine Marinus, who also scored three runs.


...Britt Vonk...
(© Photo: MS)
In the first game, it was Britt Vonk, who scored the opening run in the fourth inning. She reached on an error, advanced on a sac-bunt by Virginie Anneveld and a flyout, then scored on a single by Nadine Marinus. In the fifth, two runs were added. Pinch-hitter Petra van Heijst led off with a double, then scored when Kirsten Holshof followed with a single. After two strikeouts, the latter scored on a single by Britt Vonk. Lindsey Meadows gave up an one-out single to Micky Jansen in the first inning, but that was to be all for Twins. Hereafter, she retired the next 14 batters in order, before a batter reached on an error in the sixth inning.


...Nadine Marinus...
(© Photo: MS)
In Game Two, Tex Town Tigers scored four runs in the opening at bat, including two on singles by Karin Tuk and Lindsey Meadows. Another run was added in the third inning when Nadine Marinus doubled and scored on a 2-out single by Dinet Oosting.

TTT lifted the lead to 11-0 by scoring six more runs in the seventh inning. With one out, Nadine Marinus and Lindsey Meadows singled, then Dinet Oosting and Kirsten Holshof followed with RBI-singles. An error on a grounder by Merel Oosterveld resulted in two more runs. Next, Petra van Heijst walked and Britt Vonk followed with a 2-run double. A grounder by Virginie Anneveld accounted for the last run in the at bat. Twins scored its two runs in the home of the seventh. Pinch-hitters Ilse van Kerkoerle and Sophie Bugter both walked and then scored on a double by Sarah Van Der Meiren.

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Olympia Haarlem vs. Iber Lengua Terrasvogels, 0-6, 0-7
HAARLEM (Neth.) - Iber Lengua Terrasvogels shutout Olympia Haarlem (which had only 10 players on its roster today) twice, 6-0 and 7-0. With this, their winning streak was extended to eight games. In the opener, Aimee Murch was pitching a Perfect Game, when Rosanne de Vries singled to lead off the sixth inning and became Olympia's lone runner in the game. MariŽlle Vleugels went 2-for-3 for Terrasvogels and had four RBI's. In Game Two, Femke van Dusschoten threw a 5-inning No-Hitter and allowed four Olympia-players to reach base. Terrasvogels registered 10 basehits, including two by Christina Rolla (2-run triple) and Solange Starrenburg and an RBI-triple by Femke Haage. In the fifth inning of this game, Dana Horeman had a pinch-hit appearance and drew a walk to make her comeback, playing in her first game since May 30 of last year. Almost a year ago, Dana sustained a severe injury, tearing her knee-tendon while trying to complete a double play, resulting in a recovery period of almost a year. When reaching first base, she was replaced by a pinch-runner, who later scored a run.


...Aimee Murch...
(© Photo: MS)

...Femke van Dusschoten...
(© Photo: MS)
In the first inning of the first game, Terrasvogels scored two runs. With two outs, Christina Rolla reached on an error and Kate Gentile singled. The bases got loaded when Solange Starrenburg walked. Next, MariŽlle Vleugels singled to bring in two runs.

Two more unearned runs were added in the fifth inning. Linda Hoenderdos led off with a single, then an error was made on a grounder by Shannah van der Kaaij. A single by Christina Rolla loaded the bases. A grounder by Kate Gentile and sac-fly by Solange Starrenburg then accounted for the runs. In the seventh, Terrasvogels scored two earned runs. Rolla led off with a single and Gentile was hit by a pitch, then both scored when MariŽlle Vleugels singled to be credited with two more RBI's.

Pitcher Aimee Murch retired 15 batters in a row and her Perfect Game remained intact thanks to a great defensive play by MariŽlle Vleugels as short stop in the fifth at bat. But in the sixth, Rosanne de Vries led off with a single through the middle to break both the Perfecto and the No-Hitter, but remained the lone runner for Olympia.


...Dana Horeman...
...comeback...
(© Photo: Robert Jan de Vries)
In Game Two, Terrasvogels scored three runs in the third inning. Linda Hoenderdos (walk) and Shannah van der Kaaij (bunt-single) then scored on a triple by Christina Rolla, who then scored herself on a wild pitch. In the fourth inning, two runs were added. Hoenderdos led off with a single and Rolla singled with one out. The two went on to score when Kate Gentile and Solange Starrenburg followed with RBI-singles.

The 7-run difference was reached in the fifth. With one out, Dana Horeman made her comeback after almost a year and received a nice applause when she was announced as pinch-hitter. In her first at bat since May 30 of last year, she walked and was replaced by Iris Kolman, who re-entered in the game as pinch-runner and went on to score when Femke Haage followed with a triple. Next, a sac-fly by Linda Hoenderdos gave Terrasvogels a 7-0 lead.

Pitcher Femke van Dusschoten struckout six and walked three, but threw a 5-inning No-Hitter to raise her record to 4-0.

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...Femke Haage: RBI triple...
(© Photo: Robert Jan de Vries)


Centrals vs. Euro Stars, 5-1, 2-6
DE BILT (Neth.) - Centrals won 5-1 in the opener vs. Euro Stars, then lost the next game 6-2. In the opener, Canadian pitcher Molly Yetman struckout nine. Euro Stars outhit Centrals 6-5 and led 1-0 after four innings, but then Centrals scored four runs in the fifth at bat, highlighted by an RBI-triple by Amber Dammers and RBI-double by Silea Bos. Stephanie Ruiter and Jasmin Carlson made their big league-debut for Centrals entering the game as pinch-runners and both went on to score a run. In Game Two, it was Centrals that outhit Euro Stars 7-6, but ended up empty-handed. Winning pitcher Daisy Verstappen went the distance and struckout eight batters. Euro Stars took an early 3-0 lead in the first inning, highlighted by a 2-run single by Daphne Endlich.


...Molly Yetman...
(© Photo: MS)
In Game One, Euro Stars opened the score in the second inning on a single by Laura Belardinelli, but Centrals answered with four runs in the fifth at bat. Marieke Brouwer then led off with a walk and was replaced by Jasmin Carlson, who made her big league-debut and advanced when next batter Lotte Holvast also walked. The two runners then advanced on a sac-bunt by Anne Blaauwgeers and a wild pitch enabled Carlson to score her first big league-run. With two outs, Maaike van Aarle singled in another run and was replaced by pinch-runner Stephanie Ruiter, who also made her debut and also went on to score, as Amber Dammers followed with a triple. Hereafter, Rebecca Antonissen took over the pitching, but gave up an RBI-double to Silea Bos, that made it 4-1. In the sixth, Centrals added a run when Maaike Blaauwgeers singled. Molly Yetman went the distance, struckout nine and gave up six hits.


...Ellen Venker...
...2 hits, 1 run...
(© Photo: MS)
In Game Two, Euro Stars scored three runs in the first inning. Central-starter Eva Voortman gave up three consecutive singles to Ellen Venker, Kim Donkers and Daisy Verstappen, which led to a run. After a sac-bunt by Anouk van den Heuvel and a line out, Daphne Endlich singled to bring in two more runs.

Three more runs were added in the fourth inning. Davinia de Kwant (single) and Daphne Endlich (error) then scored on a grounder by Kirsten Vierdag and a wild pitch respectively. Later in the at bat, a force play-grounder by Kim Donkers gave Euro Stars an additional run, but three runners stranded.

In the fifth, Centrals got the bases loaded when Lotte Holvast walked and Anne Blaauwgeers and Maaike Blaauwgeers singled. An error and a wild pitch then gave Centrals two runs moments later.

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(May 8)


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