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Double-header wins Sparks Haarlem, Terrasvogels, Gryphons
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ENSCHEDE / SANTPOORT / ROSMALEN / ALKMAAR (Neth.) - On Saturday, league-leaders Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem and Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels won their respective double-header, as did Gryphons. Third placed Alcmaria Victrix won one game of its double-header, with the other ending in a tie.

Sparks Haarlem won 2-0 and 9-5 at Tex Town Tigers, while Terrasvogels defeated Olympia Haarlem 8-1 and 4-0.

Gryphons won 5-0 vs. UVV in the opener, then needed extra innings to win the next game, 8-7 in nine at bats. Coming Thursday, both teams will meet each other again in Rosmalen. Then, they will replay their game which initially was played on April 14 ending in an 8-4 win for UVV. But Gryphons filed a protest which was allowed and so, the game will resume in the bottom of the second inning with Gryphons leading 1-0.

Alcmaria Victrix played an 1-1 tie in its first game against Twins, then won the next game with a comfortable 9-1 score.



Tex Town Tigers vs. Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem
At Enschede, Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem shutout Tex Town Tigers 2-0 in the opener of their double-header, then won with a bigger 9-5 score in the next game. With the wins, Sparks Haarlem extended its winning streak to 10 games.

In the opener, Sparks Haarlem faced Lindsey Meadows, just like Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels two days earlier. Meadows, who plays for Bollate in the Italian Softball League, was in Enschede, as her team had the weekend off in Italy and played for Tex Town Tigers on Thursday and today.

Sparks Haarlem collected eight basehits off of Meadows, but didn't score until the fourth inning. Dagmar Bloeming went the distance for Sparks Haarlem, struckout eight and threw an one-hitter. The lone basehit was a lead-off single by Merel Oosterveld in the first inning. After giving up the single, Dagmar Bloeming threw a Perfect Game, as she retired the next 21 batters in a row! On April 21, she threw a Perfect Game against Alcmaria Victrix. And so, she missed her second one in a month by allowing the lead-off batter to reach base.

Lindsey Meadows gave up doubles to Debby Connor (second inning) and Michelle van Driel (third inning), but both were left behind. Sparks Haarlem then scored the first run in the fourth at bat. With two outs, Debby Connor singled and moved on a double by Areke Spel. A single by Shannah van der Kaaij then gave Sparks an 1-0 lead, but two runners were left behind.

The second run was scored in the seventh inning when Beau van Gelder singled with one out, moved on a sac-bunt by Rebecca Soumeru and scored on a single by her aunt Nathalie Gosewehr.

In Game 2, Tex Town Tigers trailed three times, but came back to tie the score each time, before Sparks Haarlem took a definitive lead in the fifth inning.

In the first inning, Sparks Haarlem opened the score when Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a walk and went on to score on an error. Tex Town Tigers came alongside in the second inning. With two outs, Marije ten Thij singled and also scored on an error.

Sparks Haarlem then scored twice in the third at bat when Virginie Anneveld doubled with two outs and Areke Spel followed with a homerun. But again, TTT came alongside by scoring twice in the home of the third. Nadine Marinus led off with a single and scored on a triple by Lindsey Meadows, who then scored herself on a sac-fly by Kirsten Vierdag.

Both teams then scored two runs again in the fourth inning. First, a single by Silea Bos and a force play-grounder by Celine van Roon gave Sparks Haarlem an 5-3 lead. In the home of the fourth, Sparks Haarlem made three defensive errors, leading to two runs and a 5-5 score.

Sparks Haarlem then took charge of the game by scoring twice again in the fifth inning and this time held onto the lead. With one out, Areke Spel singled and scored on a 2-out single by Debby Connor, who then went on to score on a single by Beau van Gelder.

Two more runs were added in the sixth inning. With one out, Nathalie Gosewehr doubled, then, with two outs, Areke Spel hit her second homerun of the game to make it 9-5. With her second homerun, Areke Spel, who is last years Most Valuable Player, now leads the league with 20 Runs Batted In.

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Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels vs. Olympia Haarlem
At Santpoort, Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels won 8-1 and 4-0 vs. Olympia Haarlem, which is in fourth place.

In the first game, Terrasvogels opened the score in the first at bat when Meike Witteveen led off with a walk and scored on a 2-out single by Anouk van den Heuvel. The second run was immediately added in the next inning. Kate Gentile led off with a single, which was followed by an outfield-error, then scored on an one-out single by MariŽlle Vleugels.

After a scoreless third at bat, both teams scored in the fourth. For Olympia Haarlem, Dinet Oosting led off with a walk, moved on a sac-bunt by Maranca Ham and a single by Laura Burggraaf and then scored when Rosanne de Vries also singled. A double play then ended the at bat.

Terrasvogels got the run back in its third when MariŽlle Vleugels walked with one out and scored on a 2-out single by MarisŤla de Wind. The home team took more distance by scoring three runs in the fifth inning. Lead-off hitter Dana Horeman was hit by a pitch and advanced on a grounder and a single by Kate Gentile. Pinch-hitter Naomi Winter then walked and a run was scored when MariŽlle Vleugels followed with a sac-fly. A single by Lisa Waasdorp then led to two more runs and a 6-1 lead.

In the sixth inning, Terrasvogels lifted the lead to 8-1 to reach the 7-run difference. MarisŤla de Wind led off with a walk and scored on a triple by Ashli Holland, who then scored the eighth run when Dana Horeman followed with a single to end the game through the mercy-rule.

In Game 2, Terrasvogels scored all runs it needed in the fourth inning off Chinese pitcher Ying-Yi Chen. Terrasvogels got the bases loaded when Anouk van den Heuvel reached on an error and Dana Horeman and Kate Gentile walked. The first run was then scored when Lisa Waasdorp also reached on an error. Next, a force out at home and strikeout followed, but a walk for Meike Witteveen and 2-run single by MarisŤla de Wind added three more runs and lifted the lead to 4-0.

Olympia Haarlem registered only three hits off of MariŽlle Vleugels, two of them coming in the first at bat. With one out, Laura Burggraaf singled and Dinet Oosting doubled, but then two outs followed. In the third inning, Olympia again stranded runners on second and third base.

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Gryphons vs. UVV
At Rosmalen, Gryphons won 5-0 vs. UVV in the opener. In the next game, the decision fell in the ninth inning, but Gryphons won again, this time 8-7.

Coming Thursday, May 24, both teams will meet each other again in Rosmalen. Then, they will replay their game which initially was played on April 14 ending in an 8-4 win for UVV. In the bottom of the second inning of that game, Gryphons filed a protest which was allowed and so, the game will resume from that moment on with Gryphons leading 1-0, one out and a runner on first base.

In the opener, Lucie MarsikovŠ threw an one-hitter. After having pitched four hitless innings, she gave up a lead-off single to Kelly Platvoet, which was to be the lone basehit for UVV.

Gryphons scored three runs off Vendy Draha in de third inning. Sophie Mollee and Cindy van der Zanden led off with singles, then a throwing error on a grounder by Fabienne van Uden led to the first run and runners on second and third base. A single by Iliandra Figaroa then made it 2-0 and when an outfield-error followed, Van Uden was able to score the third run in this at bat.

Two runs were added with two outs in the fifth inning. Kim Donkers then walked and Iliandra Figaroa singled, which also led to several throws and a run. A throwing error on a grounder by Claudia Kranendonk then made it 5-0.

In Game 2, Gryphons trailed 6-2 in the fourth inning, went on to tie the score in the seventh inning, then won 8-7 in nine innings, while being outhit 10-6.

UVV opened the score with a run in the second inning when Kelly Platvoet led off with a single and went on to score on a single by Floor van Dijk. Gryphons then left the bases loaded in the second inning and UVV reacted by scoring two more runs in the third at bat. Lead-off hitter Laura Arp was hit by a pitch and Nikke Harte singled. After the two advanced on a sac-bunt by Kayleigh Adelina, the runs were scored on 2-out singles by Sanne Bolhuis and Floor van Dijk, which led to a pitching change, as Lucie MarsikovŠ took over for Shannon Galea.

Gryphons then narrowed the deficit to 3-2 by scoring twice in the home of the third, thanks to a passed ball and a wild pitch. But UVV immediately took more distance by scoring three more runs in the fourth at bat. The bases got loaded when Cintia de Groodt and Laura Arp walked and Mirjam Boode singled in between. A grounder by Nikki Harte and a throwing error on a grounder by Kelly Platvoet led to two more runs that increased the lead to 6-2. But in the end, this lead was not enough.

Gryphons answered with three runs with two outs in the home of the fourth. The bases got loaded when Sophie Mollee singled, Cindy van der Zanden's grounder was misplayed and Fabienne van Uden walked. But then a force out at home and a strikeout followed. Hereafter, Claudia Kranendonk cleared the bases with a 3-run double to make it 6-5.

Gryphons then tied the score in the seventh to force extra innings. Without hitting a basehit, the home team came alongside, as UVV committed three throwing errors. Claudia Kranendonk led off with a walk and was replaced by pinch-runner Monique Melissant, who stole second base. Next, Lucie MarsikovŠ also walked. Yonina Sint Jago and Kiki Draaijer then both lined out, but two throwing errors followed on the last play, but didn't led to a run yet. That came when MarsikovŠ stole second and a throwing error enabled Melissant to score the tying run.

In the eighth inning, both teams scored once. UVV re-took the lead when it got the bases loaded and Vendy Draha scored on a single by Natalie van der Wijst, but that also led to an out at the plate, as Mirjam Boode was thrown out as she also tried to score. Gryphons tied the score again in the home of the eighth when tie-break pinch-runner Shannon Galea scored on a sac-fly by Fabienne van Uden.

In the ninth inning, UVV's tie-break runner Kelly Platvoet was eliminated at the plate and then Gryphons struck moments later. Tie-break runner Kim Donkers moved on a passed ball and then scored on a sac-bunt by Monique Melissant to give Gryphons an 8-7 win.

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Alcmaria Victrix vs. Twins
At Alkmaar, Alcmaria Victrix played an 1-1 tie in its first game against Twins, then won the next game with a comfortable 9-1 score.

In the opener, both teams hit five basehits, but managed to score only once.

Alcmaria scored its lone run in the first inning. Anne Blaauwgeers led off with a single, moved on a sac-bunt by Kimberly Jones and scored on a triple by Jessie van Aalst, who stranded herself. In the next six at bats, Alcmaria reached second base three more times, but was unable to add more runs.

Ashley Lanz held Twins scoreless in four innings, but the Canadian then gave up the tying run in the fifth. Sophie Bugter led off with a single, moved on sac-bunts by Evelien Vonk and Kirsten Molle, then scored when an error was made on what appeared to be a routine grounder by Kimberly van der Lee.

After Twins stranded a runner on third base in the top of the eighth, Alcmaria got a chance to decide the game moments later, but two force outs at third base followed. In the ninth inning, Twins' tie-break runner Shauni Thys was thrown out at the plate while trying to score on a single by Lieke Duffhues. In Alcmaria's ninth, the tie-break runner was left at third base, as two strikeouts ended the game, resulting in an 1-1 tie.

In Game 2, Alcmaria was held scoreless in the first two innings, but then rallied for five unearned runs in the third at bat on four hits and three errors. Suzanne Meiring led off with a double and scored when a throwing error was made on a grounder by NoŽmie Brandjes, who also went on to score on a throwing error. Later in the at bat, two more runs were scored on a single by Jessie van Aalst and the fifth followed a sac-fly by Kym Turnell.

Twins then scored a run in the top of the fourth inning when Kimberly van der Lee reached on an error and scored on a single by Sophie Bugter, but the team then left the bases loaded. Next, Alcmaria score four more runs, again all unearned, in the home of the fourth on five hits and two errors. A single by Anne Blaauwgeers, grounder by Kimberly Jones, triple by Jessie van Aalst and single by Kym Turnell led to the runs and a 9-1 lead. And because Twins was unable to score in the top of the fifth, the game ended through the mercy-rule.

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