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Nathalie Gosewehr MVP, Dagmar Bloeming Best Pitcher 2012
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ROTTERDAM (Neth.) - Nathalie Gosewehr has been named Most Valuable Player and Dagmar Bloeming Best Pitcher of the 2012 season. The two players, who both play for Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem, were honored on Saturday-evening during the evening of the Star Awards in Novotel Brainpark in Rotterdam. Also on Saturday, the best baseball-players of the 2012 season were honored by the Dutch Baseball and Softball Association KNBSB. Rob Cordemans won both the MVP and Best Pitcher Award. It marked the 60th time that players were honored for their accomplishments in the previous season.


...Nathalie Gosewehr & Dagmar Bloeming...
...with Rob Cordemans...
(© Photo: Fred Versluis)

...Nathalie Gosewehr...
...Most Valuable Player...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
With the event, the KNBSB closed the year in which it celebrated its 100th anniversary. In 1912, the Dutch Baseball Association was founded, but it were the national softball-teams that accounted for the most success in the jubilee year. The Dutch Baseball Team, which captured the world championship-title in 2011, reached the final of this years European Championship, but lost to Italy, meaning the squad failed to re-capture the European title. Two years ago, the Dutch Baseball Team was detroned by Italy in Germany. There was success again for the Dutch Women Softball Team, which played a strong World Championship in Canada. After capturing the European title in 2011, the Dutch Women now finished in sixth place in the World Chanmpionship to equal its best result ever. The Dutch Junior Softball Team captured the European title this year in Rosmalen (Netherlands). Another successful team was the Dutch Men Softball Team, which reached the final of the European Championship in Amstelveen (Netherlands), won the silver and qualified for the World Championship next March in New Zealand.

The regular seasons were closed with two surprise national champions. Corendon Kinheim was close to elimination after the first round of the Baseball Play-Offs, but then dethroned L&D Amsterdam Pirates, eliminated last years finalist Vaessen Pioniers and swept DOOR Neptunus in the Holland Series to win the championship. In the Play-Offs of the Softball-competition, Alcmaria Victrix first eliminated last years finalist Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels, then dethroned Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem, winning three games in a row after losing the opener of the Holland Series.


...Dagmar Bloeming...
...Best Pitcher...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
Nathalie Gosewehr was named Most Valuable Player for the first time in her career. It also was her first nomination ever for this award and first major award she won for accomplishments during the regular season. In 2004, she won the award for Most Stolen Bases, while playing for DSC '74. In 2009, she was named MVP of the Cup Winners Cup-tournament, while playing for Terrasvogels. This season, she was the second-best hitter of the league, sharing with teammate Chantal Versluis, hitting .467, which was only .003 points behind league-leader and teammate Virginie Anneveld. Nathalie Gosewehr led the league in Runs Scored with 56, Doubles (19), Walks (34) and in On Base Percentage with .584, tied for second place in Basehits (56), was second in Stolen Bases (25) and third in RBI's (36). It is the fourth year in a row that a player from Sparks Haarlem is being named MVP with Gosewehr following Marloes Fellinger, Kim Kluijskens and Areke Spel. Overall, it is the 13th time that a player from the Haarlem-club (including its predecessor HHC) wins the award. For the first time, four players were nominated for the MVP Award. Besides Nathalie Gosewehr, the others were Jessie van Aalst (Alcmaria Victrix), Courtney Bures (Olympia Haarlem) and Ashli Holland (Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels).

Dagmar Bloeming led the league in ERA (0.63), lowest opposing Batting Average (.151), Wins (16), was fifth in StrikeOuts (113) and also earned three saves. She impressed by remaining unbeaten in the season, going 16-0, throwing 100 2/3 inning in 21 games, 15 of which she started and 12 of which she completed. Bloeming is the tenth pitcher of the club from Haarlem that wins this award. It marks the sixth time that both the MVP and Best Pitcher Award are won by Sparks Haarlem. Last year, the MVP and Best Pitcher Trophy also went to Sparks Haarlem. Besides Dagmar Bloeming, also nominated for the Best Pitcher Award were Ashley Lanz (Alcmaria Victrix) and Ginger de Weert (Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels).

Virginie Anneld (Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem) was the Best Hitter of the 2012 season with a .470 batting average (55-for-117). Two other players of Sparks Haarlem also earned trophies. Karin Tuk led the league in Homeruns with nine, setting a new single-season record. Chantal Versluis stole the Most Bases with 35. She led the league in this category for the third season in a row and fourth time overall.

It marked the second consecutive year that Sparks Haarlem won all five season-awards (MVP, Pitcher, Hitter, Homeruns, Stolen Bases). Tex Town Tigers was the only other club to do it in 2007.


...Virginie Anneveld...
...Best Hitter...

...Karin Tuk...
...Homerun Queen...

...Chantal Versluis...
...Most Stolen Bases...
(© Photos: Marco Stoovelaar)

The Egbert van der Sluis Memorial Trophy for best international player under 23 was handed out to Nathalie Timmermans (Sparks Haarlem), who had another fine season in the National Team, but also while playing for the team of the Universty of Central Oklahoma. She also won this award last year.


...Ilona Andringa...
...Riet Vermaat Trophy...

...NoŽmie Brandjes, Kimberly Jones...
...Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy...
(© Photos: Marco Stoovelaar)

Ilona Andringa was named Best Junior-pitcher of the season, winning the Riet Vermaat Trophy. In the final of this years European Junior Championship in Rosmalen (Netherlands), she was the winning pitcher and was named Best Pitcher of the event. This season, she played for HCAW, but next year, she will throw for Amsterdam Pirates.

NoŽmie Brandjes and Kimberly Jones (both Alcmaria Victrix) both won the Bep van Beijmerwerdt Trophy for Best Junior-player. Both were members of the successful Dutch Junior Team that won the European title, but also played a good season in the Dutch big league. It marks the first time that this award is handed out to two players.

For the first time, the Coach of the Year Award also was handed out to two persons. Craig Montvidas, who led the Dutch National Team to sixth place during the World Championship, was named Coach of the Year again, an award that he also won last year when the Dutch squad captured the European title. Gonny Farley, who led Alcmaria Victrix to its first-ever Dutch championship, was the other recipient.

Berend Mannessen won the Nol Houtkamp Award for his many contributions in the development of softball. Mannessen is coaching women softball since the eighties, including 19 seasons with Hoofddorp Pioniers. Under his guidance, he led DSS and UVV to the big league. Since last year, he is one of the flex coaches of the Dutch National Softball Teams.

Pitcher Ashley Lanz (Alcmaria Victrix) got her award for being named Holland Series MVP.

(December 8)

Photo Gallery Star Awards


...Nathalie Timmermans...
...Egbert vd Sluis Memorial Trophy...

...Craig Montvidas, Gonny Farley...
...Coaches of the Year...

...Berend Mannessen...
...Nol Houtkamp Award...
(© Photos: Marco Stoovelaar)


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