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Terrasvogels hands Sparks Haarlem second loss
(Neth.) - Iber Lengua Terrasvogels on Sunday won Game 1 of its double-header vs. Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem, 4-3, to hand the defending champion only its second loss of the season. Sparks Haarlem won Game 2 with a 2-0 shutout. Olympia Haarlem won twice vs. Alcmaria Victrix, 5-1 and 3-1. In reality, the games had no influence in the standings, as all decisions fell on Saturday to set the combinations for the Play-Offs, which open on Saturday, September 17. The scheduled games in the Additional Round for next Saturday also will have no influence, as Sparks Haarlem and Terrasvogels will finish in first and second place and respectively will meet Olympia Haarlem and Alcmaria Victrix in the best-of-five Play-Offs.

Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem vs. Iber Lengua Terrasvogels
At Haarlem, Iber Lengua Terrasvogels held a 4-0 lead in the opener when it entered the seventh inning in which Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem produced its three runs, resulting in a 4-3 loss. The loss was the first (and only second of the season) since Saturday, May 14 for Sparks Haarlem. On that day, the lost big 8-1 to Terrasvogels, which therefore is the only team so far this season to have won against Sparks Haarlem. The loss ended an 18-game winning streak of Sparks. These two teams are favorite to reach the Holland Series, which opens on Saturday, October 1.

In the opener, Terrasvogels struck with three runs in the third inning off starter Kirsten Scheele, who gave up five hits in this at bat. Dana Horeman led off with a double, then moved on a sac-bunt by Lotte Holvast and scored the first run on a single by Meike Witteveen. Marisèla de Wind then followed with an RBI-triple and scored herself when Solange Starrenburg added a single. Next, Kate Gentile accounted for the fifth basehit in this inning, but then two outs followed to end the inning.

Terrasvogels-pitcher Kate Vanderham gave up six hits in six innings, but then Sparks scored three unearned runs in the home of the seventh. With one out, Celine van Roon was hit by a pitch, then Silea Bos walked. After a strikeout, Chantal Versluis reached on a dropped fly ball, which led to a run. Next, Virginie Anneveld and Debby Connor both singled to bring in two more runs. With runners on first and third and two outs, Julie Owen was walked intentionally, meaning the runner that represented the winning run advanced to second base, but then a grounder ended the game.

In Game 2, Sparks Haarlem won 2-0 and scored runs in the third and fourth inning off Mariëlle Vleugels, who went the distance for Terrasvogels and gave up six hits. In the third, Silea Bos walked with one out, then scored on a 2-out triple by Chantal Versluis. In the fourth, Julie Owen doubled with one out, moved on an error and scored on a sac-fly by Michelle van Driel.

Dagmar Bloeming threw three hitless innings for Sparks, then Rebecca Soumeru pitched the remainder of the game and gae up only three basehits.

Olympia Haarlem vs. Almcaria Victrix
At Haarlem, Olympia Haarlem won twice vs. Alcmaria victrix. In the opener, Alcmaria took an 1-0 lead in the first inning, but lost 5-1. In the first inning, Kimberly Jones led off with a single, moved on a wild pitch and an error, then scored on a single by Maiken Rooker, but Alcmaria also left the bases loaded.

Olympia came alongside in its first at bat. Elena Leon led off with a double, moved on a sac-bunt by Rosanne de Vries and scored on a single by Dinet Oosting. Olympia then took charge of the game by rallying for four runs in the second inning. Lisanne van de Berg led off with a single, then Gwen Brinkman reached on an error. After the two had advanced on a sac-bunt, the bases got loaded when Marit Molenaar walked. With two outs, Rosanne de Vries singled in a run to give Olympia the lead, then Dinet Oosting added a 3-run double to make it 5-1.

In the sixth inning, Alcmaria again left the bases loaded. Alcmaria outhit Olympia, 9-7, but was left empty-handed.

In Game 2, Olympia again scored early. In the first inning, Elena Leon led off with a single and scored on an one-out single by Dinet Oosting, but hereafter, the home team left the bases loaded. In the second inning, two runs were added. Gwen Brinkman led off with a single and Elena Leon walked with one out. The first then scored when a fielder's choide followed a flyout, then another run was scored on a single by Maranca Ham.

In the fourth inning, Alcmaria scored its lone run when Maxime van Dalen scored on a single by Jessie van Aalst.

In both games, Alcmaria left nine runners behind.

(September 4)

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