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MariŽlle Vleugels throws No-Hitter
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SANTPOORT / HAARLEM / OOSTERHOUT / ROSMALEN (Neth.) - MariŽlle Vleugels struckout nine batters and walked two in a 7-inning No-Hitter on Saturday-afternoon in Game 1 vs. UVV, as Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels won 2-0. In Game 2, Terrasvogels trailed 2-0, but then scored three runs in the third inning on a single by Meike Witteveen and 2-run double by Dana Horeman. The team then rallied for six runs in the fifth inning to win 9-2.

Olympia Haarlem and Alcmaria Victrix split their double-header. Alcmaria won the opener 8-1 on eleven basehits, including three by Anne Vlietstra, who had four RBI's. Femke van Dusschoten threw a 2-hitter. Olympia won Game 2, 1-0, and scored the lone run in the third inning on a sac-bunt. Winning pitcher Ying-Yi Chen gave up only three hits.

Twins and Tex Town Tigers also split. TTT won the opener 5-2 on 12 basehits, including two triples. In Game 2, Twins trailed 2-0 in the seventh inning, then scored three runs with two outs. The first run was scored on an error, then Evelien Vonk singled in two runs to give Twins a 3-2 win and Megan Brown a win in her pitching debut.

Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem won twice vs. Gryphons, 3-0 and 10-1. All three runs in the small win in the opener were batted in by Karin Tuk, who homered twice. In Game 2, Sparks trailed 1-0, but turned the game around and batted 15 basehits to support Dagmar Bloeming, who threw a 4-hitter.



Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels vs. UVV
At Santpoort, Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels on Saturday won twice vs. UVV, 2-0 and 9-2. In the opener, MariŽlle Vleugels threw a 7-inning No-Hitter and struckout nine batters.

After having retired the first six batters in a row, Vleugels walked lead-off hitter Misja Koops in the third inning, who moved to third base on two sac-bunts, but stranded there. After the walk, Vleugels retired eleven batters in a row, then walked pinch-hitter Ylaine van de Hove with two outs in the sixth inning and she became UVV's second and last runner. MariŽlle Vleugels needed just over 100 pitches (102 to be exact) to complete her first career No-Hitter.

...MariŽlle Vleugels - No-Hitter...
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UVV-starter Vendy Draha held Terrasvogels scoreless for four innings. Terrasvogels came close to a run in the second inning when MariŽlle Vleugels singled and Anouk van den Heuvel doubled, but both were left. In the fourth at bat, the home team got the bases loaded with two outs when Vleugels and Van den Heuvel singled and Floor Roest was hit by a pitch, but a strikeout ended the inning.

Terrasvogels then did score in the fifth. Meike Witteveen led off with a walk, moved on a sac-bunt by MarisŤla de Wind and scored on a single by Ashli Holland. After Brenna Sandberg was brought in as new pitcher, Dana Horeman singled. With runners on first and second base, MariŽlle Vleugels was initially pitched to, but was then walked intentionally. Next, a 'regular' walk for Anouk van den Heuvel made it 2-0, but again three runners were left behind as a strikeout ended the at bat.

In Game 2, UVV held a 2-0 lead in the third inning. In the first at bat, Kayleigh Adelina tripled with two outs and scored on a single by Kelly Platvoet, who was later eliminated in an 1-3 situation to end the inning. UVV added a run in the third. With one out, Laura Arp reached on a bunt-single, moved to third base on a single by Kayleigh Adelina and scored on a single by Kelly Platvoet. This time, the inning ended when Adelina was caught stealing.

Terrasvogels then turned the game its way in the home of the third inning off Brenna Sandberg. Lisa Waasdorp led off with a walk, advanced on a sac-bunt by Lotte Holvast and scored on a single by Meike Witteveen. The bases got loaded when Anouk van den Heuvel singled and Ashli Holland walked. Dana Horeman then followed with a double that led to two runs and a 3-2 lead.

The 7-run difference was reached in the fifth inning when six runs were scored. Ashli Holland started the rally with a double. After a pitching change, a wild pitch, single by Vleugels, fielder's choice-grounder by Holvast, single by Witteveen and 2-run double by Van den Heuvel lifted the lead to 9-2 to end the game.

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Olympia Haarlem vs. Alcmaria Victrix
At Haarlem, Olympia Haarlem and Alcmaria Victrix split their double-header. Alcmaria won the opener 8-1 on Femke van Dusschoten's 2-hitter. Olympia won Game 2, 1-0 and saw winning pitcher Ying-Yi Chen throw a 3-hitter.

In the second inning, Alcmaria scored three runs off of Rosanne de Vries. Jessie van Aalst, who had returned earlier in the week after completion of her season/study in Florida, led off with a single, then NoŽmie Brandjes also singled. With one out, the bases got loaded when Maaike Blaauwgeers reached on a bunt-single. Singles by Anne Blaauwgeers (1-run) and Anne Vlietstra (2-run) then made it 3-0.

Olympia got one run back in the third inning when Lisanne van den Berg singled and scored on a 2-out triple by Courtney Bures. But Alcmaria added two unearned runs in the fourth to take more distance. Maaike Blaauwgeers singled and Anne Blaauwgeers walked, then, with one out, Anne Vlietstra also singled, but the lead runner was eliminated at home trying to score. Kym Turnell's pop-fly in the infield was then missed, resulting in two runs.

Alcmaria reached the 7-run difference in the sixth at bat by scoring three more runs. Anne Blaauwgeers (fielder's choice) was on base when Kimberly Jones reached on a bunt-single, then both scored on a triple by Anne Vlietstra, who was 3-for-3 with four RBI's. The latter scored moments later herself on an error to make it 8-1, but Alcmaria left the bases loaded also. As Olympia was retired in order, the 7-run difference remained intact and so the game ended through the mercy-rule.

Only one run was scored in Game 2 and this time by Olympia. The lone run was scored in the third at bat. Alcmaria-starter Malou van Dusschoten gave up a lead-off triple to Courtney Bures, who then scored on a sac-bunt by Dinet Oosting beating the throw to the plate. In the other innings, Olympia stranded five runners.

Alcmaria failed to open the score in the first at bat off Ying-Yi Chen, leaving the bases loaded. With one out, Kimberly Jones reached second base on an error. The bases got loaded with two outs when Kym Turnell and Maxime van Dalen walked, but a force out ended the at bat.

After leaving two more runners in the second inning, Alcmaria came close to tying the score in the fourth. Trailing 1-0, Jessie van Aalst led off with a single and moved on a sac-bunt and reached third base on a 2-out single by Maaike Blaauwgeers. But the runners were left at second and third base when Chen struckout Anne Blaauwgeers.

In the remaining three innings, Alcmaria got only one more runner, which again was Jessie van Aalst, who singled in the sixth.

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Twins vs. Tex Town Tigers
At Oosterhout, Twins and Tex Town Tigers also split their double-header. TTT won the opener 5-2 on 12 basehits. In Game 2, Twins trailed 2-0 in the seventh inning, then scored three runs with two outs to win 3-2.

In the first game, Tex Town Tigers collected 12 basehits off of Kimberly Petrovich, but trailed 1-0 after two innings. In the first at bat, Twins opened the score when Sandy Lauwers led off with a walk and scored on a single by Sophie Bugter. After Twins left the bases loaded in the second inning, TTT scored twice in the third inning. With one out, Merel Oosterveld walked and scored the tying run on a triple by Kirsten Holshof, who then scored on a 2-out triple by Nadine Marinus.

Tex Town Tigers added a run in the fifth when Merel Oosterveld reached on a bunt-single and went on to score on a single by Nadine Marinus. Another run followed in the sixth at bat. Rookie Laura Wissink led off with a single and moved on a single by Marije ten Thij. The bases got loaded when Kirsten Holshof walked, then a single by Petra van Heijst led to a run, but three runners were left behind.

Twins got one run back in its sixth when Evelien Vonk singled and scored on a double by Sandy Lauwers, but TTT added another run in the seventh on back-to-back doubles by Myrthe Smid and Laura Wissink. Twins stranded eleven runners in this game.

In Game 2, TTT took a 2-0 lead in the fourth inning off Megan Brown, who made her pitching debut in the Dutch big league. Merel Oosterveld led off with a single, stole second and advanced on a sac-bunt, then scored when Petra van Heijst reached on an error. Next, Nadine Marinus walked and then Van Heijst scored when Martina Lackner followed with a single.

Twins, which was held to three hits by Amanda Webster in six innings, then decided the game in the home of the seventh inning with two outs. Megan Brown led off with a single and was replaced by pinch-runner Femke Duffhues. With one out, Lieke Duffhues walked and also was replaced by a pinch-runner, Anouk in den Kleef. Webster then decided the game herself. Shauni Thys grounded the ball back to Webster, who then could have ended the game by eliminating the batter at first base. Instead, her throw ended in an error, enabling the lead runner to score. Next, Evelien Vonk doubled to bring in In den Kleef and Thys that gave Twins a 3-2 victory.

It was reported that Tex Town Tigers filed a protest after the second game, regarding the eligibility to pitch of foreign player Megan Brown after another foreign pitcher, Kimberly Petrovich, threw in the opener.

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Gryphons vs. Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem
At Rosmalen, league-leader Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem won twice vs. Gryphons, but the first game ended in a small 3-0 win. Game 2 was won 10-1. Playing in her first games of the season for Gryphons was Cindy van der Zanden, who returned earlier in the week after completing her study and season in Florida. Pitcher Marjolein Merkx, her teammate there and also with Gryphons, also returned, but didn't played yet.

In the opening game, Sparks Haarlem scored only three runs off of Lucie MarsikovŠ, which were all scored via homeruns. In the second inning, with one out, Karin Tuk homered to give Sparks an 1-0 lead. In the third at bat, Nathalie Gosewehr doubled with two outs, but stranded at second base.

Sparks Haarlem took more distance in the fourth inning. Debby Connor led off with a single and then, with one out, Karin Tuk homered again to make it 3-0. In the fifth, Gosewehr double again, but this time was left at third base.

Gryphons collected six basehits off Rebecca Soumeru, who struckout seven batters. In the sixth inning, Gryphons got a chance to score or maybe come alongside when it got the bases loaded with one out. Fabienne van Uden and Kim Donkers led off with singles, then the bases got loaded when Claudia Kranendonk reached on a bunt-single. But then two strikeouts followed to end the inning, the last ending in a force out at home plate.

In Game 2, Gryphons took an 1-0 lead in the first inning. Fabienne van Uden led off with a single, but was forced out on a bunt by Kim Donkers. A walk for Lucie MarsikovŠ followed, then Claudia Kranendonk singled to bring in a run. A single by Sophie Mollee loaded the bases, but a force out at home and strikeout then ended the at bat, leaving the bases loaded.

Sparks Haarlem answered with two runs in the second inning. Virginie Anneveld led off with a single and scored the tying run when Karin Tuk followed with a double. A single by Silea Bos then made it 2-1.

Three runs were added in the third inning. Areke Spel led off with a double, then Debby Connor was walked intentionally. A single by Virginie Anneveld, sac-fly by Shannah van der Kaaij and single by Silea Bos then increased the lead to 5-1.

The score got out of reach for Gryphons when Sparks rallied for five runs in the top of the fifth inning. Karin Tuk and Shannah van der Kaaij led off with singles, then an error that followed a single by Michelle van Driel resulted in a run. A double by Chantal Versluis added the next two runs. The lead was lifted to 10-1 thanks to a double by Areke Spel and single by Debby Connor.

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