Gryphons wins twice and takes first place
ROSMALEN / AMSTERDAM / HOOFDDORP / HUIZEN / HAARLEM (Neth.) -
At Rosmalen, Gryphons defeated unbeaten league-leader Robur '58 twice on Saturday, April 23 to move into first place themselves.
The team of coaches André Prins and Wout Isbouts won 5-1 and 5-2.
At Amsterdam, Amsterdam Pirates, which was led for the first time by new Head Coach Kees van Vegten, split their double-header with UVV.
Amsterdam narrowly lost the opener 4-3, but then won the next game 5-4 in nine innings.
At Hoofddorp, DSS not only scored its first run of the season on Saturday, but also registered its first victory, nipping Hoofddorp Pioniers 6-5, but then lost the next game 15-2.
On Tuesday and Thursday, DSS played twice at home against Amsterdam Pirates in a split double-header that was scheduled be played on Saturday.
This will be Queen's Day, a national holiday where the birthday of Dutch Queen Beatrix is celebrated.
The first game in Haarlem ended in a 9-9 tie, then DSS won 6-1 on Thursday-evening.
With the tie, Amsterdam moved into second place and now is only one point behind Gryphons.
...15 strikeouts in opener...
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At Huizen, Roef! won twice vs. Be Wild! Zuidvogels with a 9-2 score and is now in fifth place.
At Rosmalen, American pitcher Taryne Mowatt went the distance in Game 1, her first start of the season after having pitched in relief twice the week before.
The righthander will leave Gryphons again in early May to prepare for her professional season in the National Pro Fastpitch, where she will pitch for the Chicago Bandits.
...Pitcher Taryne Mowatt and Catcher...
...Ellen Venker have a conference...
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In the opener, the blond righthander dominated and struckout 15 batters, while allowing only three basehits, but she had to wait until the sixth inning for the win to be secured.
Taryne Mowatt retired the first eleven batters she faced, including 10 with a strikeout.
She then gave up 2-out singles to Pamela Huernink and Jessica Beaver, but didn't ran into problems.
Gryphons stranded two runners in the first inning, then opened the score in the second.
Monique Melissant led off with a single, then moved on a sac-bunt by Ellen Venker and a single by Kiki Draaijer.
When the latter stole second base, Melissant was able to score when a throwing error followed, that brought Draaijer to third base.
She was then eliminated at the plate trying to score on a grounder by Cindy van der Zanden.
Robur '58 got one chance to score and grabbed that in the fifth at bat.
Valesca van den Boogerd led off with a walk and went on to score the tying run on a single by Julienne Vosselman.
In the home of the fifth, Gryphons left two more runners in scoring position, but then struck with four runs in the sixth inning.
With one out, Kiki Draaijer tripled, then scored on a nice bunt by Cindy van der Zanden, who was then forced out on a grounder by Yonina Sint Jago.
Next, Kim Donkers singled, followed by a 2-run triple by Iliandra Figaroa and an RBI-single by Kristel Verbunt that made it 5-1.
...A concentrated Claudia Kranendonk as runner...
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In Game 2, Robur '58 took a 2-0 lead in the first inning off starter Marjolein Merkx.
Petia Sokolova led off with a single and stole second base.
Then Jessica Beaver was walked intentionally with two outs, but then a single by Morgan Sampson led to two runs.
Gryphons tied the score immediately in its first at bat.
Iliandra Figaroa led off with a single, but had to leave with a leg-injury (she later re-entered the game) and was replaced by pinch-runner Manon van Alebeek.
Next, Kim Donkers reached on an error and the two runners advanced on a sac-bunt by Yonina Sint Jago.
The bases were loaded when Claudia Kranendonk reached on a fielder's choice that didn't result in an out.
A sacrifice fly by Taryne Mowatt and single by Monique Melissant then tied the score.
Mowatt initially was listed in the starting line-up as catcher for this game, but that of course never happened and all had to do with the strategy of Head Coach André Prins, who is known for is frequent changes in the DP-rule, as well as entering pinch-hitters or pinch-runners.
Marjolein Merkx recovered after the first inning and retired nine batters in a row from the second through fourth at bat.
...Monique Melissant - 3 hits in Game 2...
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After a runner was thrown out at the plate in the second inning, Gryphons took the lead in the fourth at bat.
Monique Melissant led off with a single, moved on a sac-bunt by Cindy van der Zanden and a wild pitch, then scored the go-ahead run on a single by Kiki Draaijer.
Two runs were added in the sixth inning.
Monique Melissant led off with her third single in the game, which led to a pitching change.
Jessica Beaver took over the pitching, but saw Cindy van der Zanden reach on an error.
With one out, Melissant and Van der Zanden both scored when Kristel Verbunt was thrown out at first base by the rightfielder.
With a 3-2 lead, Taryne Mowatt took over the pitching for Gryphons in the fifth inning and retired eight batters in a row.
With two outs in the seventh, she gave up a single and walked the next batter, but then a groundout ended the game.
At Amsterdam, Amsterdam Pirates and UVV played two attractive games that were both decided by only one run and a win for both teams.
UVV won the opener 4-3, then Pirates won the next game, 5-4 in nine innings.
After leaving a runner on third base in the first at bat, UVV scored the first run in the second inning off starting pitcher Lueji Petchkovsky Morais.
Natalie van der Wijst led off with a single and then, with two outs, scored when Ylaine van de Hove reached on an error.
In the home of the second inning, Pirates reacted with two runs off starter Vendy Draha.
Dana Rodermans led off with a single and scored the tying run when Lueji Petchkovsky Morais doubled with one out.
Pirates then took a 2-1 lead when Laura van Essen tripled with two outs, but she was then left on third base.
UVV re-took the lead in the third inning by scoring two runs.
With one out, Nikki Harte (who last season played in the big league for Centrals) walked, advanced on an error and a wild pitch, then scored the tying run in a fielder's choice-situation.
Later in the at bat, Mirjam Boode (who in 1998 and 1999 played in the big league for UVV and HCAW respectively) scored on a 2-out single by Natalie van der Wijst.
UVV added an insurance run in the fifth inning when Cintia de Groot singled and scored on a double by Van der Wijst, who was 3-for-3.
After giving up the RBI-triple in the second inning, Vendy Draha retired nine batters in a row.
But then, with two outs in the home of the fifth, she gave up an RBI-triple to Shanna van Vegten that made it a 4-3 score.
In the seventh, Kayleigh Adelina led off with a triple for UVV, but then three outs followed.
In the home half of the seventh, Pirates got two batters on base with two outs, but was unable to score.
In Game 2, the majority of the scoring was done from the fifth inning on.
As the score was tied at 3-3 after seven innings, the game went into extra innings, ending in a 5-4 win for Pirates after 2 1/2 hours.
UVV again was the first team to score.
In the first at bat, Kayleigh Adelina singled off starter Shanna van Vegten and later scored on a 2-out single by cintia de Groot.
Hereafter, no runs were scored until the fifth when UVV added two runs off reliever Kelly Gardner to take a 3-0 lead.
Kelly Platvoet led off with a triple, then Kayleigh Adelina walked.
Next, an error and a single by Nikki Harte made it 3-0 in UVV's favor, but the team also left the bases loaded in this inning.
UVV-starter Leah McIntosh gave up only one basehit in the first five innings and struckout six, but then ran into problems in the sixth inning when the UVV-defense committed some errors.
The Canadian gave up three runs that tied the score.
Laura van Essen led off with a triple and scored on an error on a grounder by Ella Krommendijk.
Another error followed on a fly by Lueji Petchkovsky Morais.
The following run then was scored when a strikeout ended in a passed ball and a single by Dana Rodermans then tied the score.
Both teams got a chance to decide the game in the seventh inning.
Both got the bases loaded with two outs and both pitchers got out of the problems by finishing the at bat with a strikeout, meaning the game went into extra innings.
...Shanna van Vegten...
In the eighth, both teams stranded a runner on third base, then UVV took a 4-3 lead in the ninth.
Tie-break runner Kayleigh Adelina advanced on a bunt-single by Nikki Harte, who then stole second base.
Next hitter Mirjam Boode was then walked intentionally to set up a force play.
Hereafter, Adelina was eliminated in a rundown, then the runners advanced on a grounder by Cintia de Groot.
Another intentional walk followed, this time for Natalie van der Wijst, but Misja Koops followed with a single to give UVV a 4-3 lead.
A grounder ended the at bat, leaving the bases loaded.
In the home of the ninth, Pirates struck with one mighty swing.
Kelly Gardner was the tie-break runner, then Laura van Essen reached on an error.
With runners on first and third base, Shanna van Vegten connected for a double, that enabled both runners to score.
With the double Shanna not only gave Pirates a 5-4 victory, but also her father Kees van Vegten his first win as new Head Coach of the team after succeeding Erik Boland, who stepped down the week before due to personal reasons.