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Dagmar Bloeming PERFECT in Alkmaar; records in Enschede
ALKMAAR / ENSCHEDE / SANTPOORT VLEUTEN (Neth.) - Dagmar Bloeming threw a Perfect Game on Saturday-afternoon in the opener of Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem, which shutout Alcmaria Victrix 7-0. In Game 2, Sparks Haarlem nipped Alcmaria 3-2.

Martina Lackner set a record by hitting two homeruns in one inning, including a grand slam and also set a record with six RBI's in one inning, as Tex Town Tigers rallied for 12 runs in the first at bat vs. Olympia Haarlem to win 15-9 in Game 2 of their double-header. Olympia won the opener, 11-8.

Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels came from behind to win 10-5 vs. Gryphons in their opener with Ashli Holland and Solange Starrenburg hitting homeruns for the home team. In Game 2, Terrasvogels led 6-2 in the bottom of the second inning when the game had to be halted. When a player got injured, Gryphons was unable to replace her, as the team had not enough players. As a result, according to the rules, the game was officially stopped and (according to the rules) it is expected that it will be declared a 2-0 forfait win for Terrasvogels.

UVV opened its home season with two wins vs. Twins, winning 6-1 and 5-0.

...A glowing Dagmar Bloeming after the last out of her Perfect Game...
(© Photo: Fred Versluis)
Alcmaria Victrix vs. Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem
At Alkmaar, Dagmar Bloeming needed just 85 pitches to eliminate 21 players in a row and throw a 9-strikeout Perfect Game in a 7-0 shutout vs. Alcmaria Victrix. Last year, she pitched a rain-shortened Perfect Game while throwing for the Dutch National Softball Team vs. Czech All Stars during the Torneo 150 Anni UnitŠ d'Italia in Bollate (Italy). In 2010, she threw a No-Hitter vs. South Africa during the World Championship in Venezuela. In the Dutch big league, Dagmar last season pitched the last inning of a combined No-Hitter vs. Twins in relief of Kirsten Scheele on May 7.

Today, Dagmar started her outing with a strikeout and ended with the fielding of a comeback-grounder. She went on to strikeout a batter in each inning, except the fifth for a total of nine. Only three outs were registered in the outfield, all caught by centerfielder Areke Spel, including two by Anne Blaauwgeers and one by NoŽmie Brandjes. Of the other nine outs, two were fielded by 2B Beau van Gelder and two by 3B Virginie Anneveld, while one was caught by short stop Chantal Versluis. The remaining four outs were fielded by Dagmar herself.

Dagmar was supported offensively by 10 basehits off her teammates, who scored runs in all innings, except the first. Sparks Haarlem opened the score in the second inning off Canadian Ashley Lanz. In the at bat, Virginie Anneveld led off with a walk and scored on a 2-out single by Michelle van Driel. In the third inning, Chantal Versluis led off with a homerun to make it 2-0.

...Chantal Versluis hits her homerun...
(© Photo: Fred Versluis)
In the fourth, Karin Tuk singled with one out and scored on a 2-out double by Michelle van Driel. Debby Connor added a 2-out, RBI-double in the fifth inning that scored Areke Spel and in the sixth, Shannah van der Kaaij led off with a triple and scored on an one-out single by Beau van Gelder. In the seventh, Debby Connor led off with a double and Virginie Anneveld followed with a single, then both scored on a 2-out triple by Michelle van Driel, who had four RBI's and only missed the homerun to hit for-the-cycle.

In Game 2, Alcmaria took an 1-0 lead in the first inning off Kirsten Scheele when Anne Blaauwgeers singled with one out and scored on a 2-out single by Maxime van Dalen.

Sparks Haarlem was held scoreless for four innings by Femke van Dusschoten, but then scored three unearned runs in the fifth at bat. Lead-off hitter Karin Tuk reached on an error, then another error followed on a sac-bunt by Michelle van Driel. After a strikeout, the two runners advanced on a sac-bunt by Silea Bos and then a force play was created by handing Chantal Versluis an intentional walk and loading the bases. But that didn't work, as Nathalie Gosewehr cleared the bases with a 3-run triple.

In the sixth, Debby Connor and Virginie Anneveld led off with singles, then Ashley Lanz was brought in as reliever, who then got a flyout and two strikeouts to end the inning.

In the home of the sixth, Anne Blaauwgeers led off with a triple and scored on an one-out single by Maxime van Dalen to narrow the deficit to 3-2. Rebecca Soumeru was brought in as reliever and ended the thread by striking out the next two batters. In the seventh, she retired the side to earn a save.

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Tex Town Tigers vs. Olympia Haarlem
At Enschede, two wild games were played with a lot of runs, 43 in total! Both teams had some big innings, record were set and tied. Oh, and there also were 34 basehits, including three homeruns, one of them a grand slam. So, it was only fair that the double-header was split with Olympia Haarlem winning the opener, 11-8 and Tex Town Tigers winning the next game, 15-9.

In the first game, Olympia scored three runs in the first inning. Of course unearned, as we also had 10 errors in this double-header. Three of them led to the three runs in this at bat. Tex Town Tigers got two runs back in its first on a 2-run double by Martina Lackner. The Austrian player hit her double with the bases loaded and all runners were waived home, but Nadine Marinus was thrown out at the plate by the centerfielder. Two innings later, TTT took a 4-3 lead. Again, it happened on a hit by Lackner, but this time it ended in a 2-out, 2-run error, so she wasn't credited with RBI's.

Trailing 4-3, Olympia turned the game it's way with a 7-run rally in the sixth at bat. In the inning, the team took a 5-4 lead on a 2-run single by Dinet Oosting, then the next run was added on a basesloaded walk for Rosanne de Vries. Next, Laura Burggraaf hit a 3-run triple and went on to score herself on a wild pitch to make it a 10-4 score.

Of course, the game was far from over. First, the home team scored a run in the home of the sixth on a single by rookie Annemiek Jansen, but then Olympia added one when Dinet Oosting homered with two outs in the top of the seventh. In the home of the seventh, TTT narrowed the deficit to 11-8. With the bases loaded, it was another rookie that connected well, as Laura Wissink belted a 3-run single, but a flyout would end the game.

...Martina Lackner...
...2 homeruns...
(© Ph: Marco Stoovelaar)
Game 2 was even crazier than the first one. Again, Olympia opened the score, when lead-off hitter Courtney Bures reached third base on an outfield-error and scored in a steal-situation. But then, Tex Town Tigers rallied for 12 (!) runs in its first. TTT took a 2-1 lead on a 2-run double by Petra van Heijst, then Nadine Marinus added an RBI-single and Martina Lackner followed with a 2-run homerun. Next, Chinese picher Ying-Yi Chen loaded the bases by walking the next three batters, but two force play-grounders resulted in two outs at the plate. But Chen and her successor Rosanne de Vries added three basesloaded walks to bring in more runs. Then, in her second at bat in the inning, Martina Lackner belted a grand slam homerun to make it a 12-1 score and set a record with two homeruns in one inning and six RBI's in one inning.

And so, Tex Town Tigers had an apparent big lead. However, some 20 minutes later, that lead had been dimished to a 3-run lead, as Olympia rallied for eight runs in the second inning. Courtney Bures got a basesloaded walk, then Lotte Zijlstra singled in a run. After a pitching change, a walk for Dinet Oosting led to the next run and Maranca Ham followed with a 2-run single. Laura Burggraaf contributed with an RBI-double and Lisette Untied (3-for-4) accounted for the next run with a single (her second in this at bat). An error with the bases loaded made it a 12-9 score, but then Olympia left the bases loaded.

Everyone then could catch his and hers breath as two scoreless innings followed. Official Scorer Ben Goorts was able to ice his arm a little, as he had to make a lot of notes during the first two innings. But in the home of the fifth, Tex Town Tigers scored three runs again. Kirsten Vierdag led off with a double and scored on a single by Merel Oosterveld (3-for-4), then an error and fielder's choice led to two more runs and a 15-9 lead, which also was to be the final score.

Pfew, it had been a busy day in Enschede!

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Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels vs. Gryphons
In the opening game of their double-header, Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels trailed 4-3 in the fourth, but then rallied for four runs en route to a 10-5 victory vs. Gryphons. In Game 2, Terrasvogels led 6-2 in the bottom of the second inning when the game had to be halted. When Gryphons' 3B Cheryl Hiele got injured, Gryphons was unable to replace her, as the team had not enough players. And so, according to the rules, the game was officially stopped by the umpires and (according to the rules) it is expected that it will be declared a 2-0 forfait win for Terrasvogels after a review by the board of the federation.

...Ashli Holland...
...HR in 1st home at bat...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
In the opener, Gryphons took a 2-0 lead in the first inning. Fabienne van Uden led off with a single and moved to third on a throwing error on an one-out force play-grounder by Yonina Sint Jago. Next, Claudia Kranendonk singled, but that held Van Uden on third base. However, Sint Jago who advanced to second base was eliminated after overrunning the base. Singles by Kim Donkers and Sophie Molle then made it 2-0.

Terrasvogels answered with three runs. With one out, MarisŤla de Wind and Solange Starrenburg hit back-to-back doubles to bring in a run, then Ashli Holland hit a 2-run homerun in her first at bat on home soil.

Gryphons re-took the lead in the second inning on a single by Sint Jago and a wild pitch and held onto the lead until the fourth inning. But then Terrasvogels rallied for four runs to take the lead to keep. Lotte Holvast led off with a single, then two outs followed, but Solange Starrenburg had reached on a force play-grounder. Ashli Holland was walked intentionally to created a force play, but then Dana Horeman followed with a 2-run single to give Terrasvogels a 5-4 lead. Next, Anouk van den Heuvel (3-for-4) also singled and MariŽlle Vleugels followed with a 2-run single to make it a 7-4 score.

Terrasvogels added three more runs in the sixth inning. First, Solange Starrenburg led off with a homerun. After a pitching change, Dana Horeman singled and scored on a single by MariŽlle Vleugels, who went on to score on a basesloaded walk for Meike Witteveen. Gryphons added one more run in the seventh on a double by Kim Donkers (3-for-4).

...Cheryl Hiele...
(© Ph: Marco Stoovelaar)
In Game 2, Gryphons again scored twice in the opening at bat. Fabienne van Uden led off with a bunt-single, Monique Melissant followed with a sac-bunt/fielder's choice, but then was forced out on a grounder by Yonina Sint Jago. A 2-out single by Kim Donkers enabled Fabienne to score, then a double steal led to an error and the second run. In the second inning, Cheryl Hiele led off with a single, but stranded on second base.

In the home of the second inning, Gryphons-starter Britt Draaijer walked lead-off hitter Anouk van den Heuvel. Hereafter, American Shannon Galea took over the pitching, which was to be a crucial change. She walked MariŽlle Vleugels and gave up a bunt-single to Floor Roest, then followed with a strikeout. A single by Meike Witteveen and hit batter for MarisŤla de Wind then tied the score and a wild pitch gave Terrasvogels 3-2 lead. After a flyout, Ashli Holland was intentionally walked. But then Dana Horeman cleared the bases with a 3-run double. While Dana was on her way towards third base, 3B Cheryl Hiele severly injured her thumb while trying to catch the throw from the outfield and was unable to continue playing. And so, Gryphons had a problem. The team came with only 10 players to Santpoort and as a pitching change already was made, the team simply ran out of players. According to the rules, the game will then be stopped and declared a 2-0 forfait-win for the opponent.

Of course, we wish Cheryl a speedy recovery and a quick return to the field!

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UVV vs. Twins
At Vleuten, UVV started its home season in the big league with two victories against Twins. With the double win, UVV moved into second place. UVV won the opener 6-1, then followed with a 5-0 shutout.

In the opening game, Brenna Sandberg struckout nine batters, but also came out of a basesloaded jam in the first at bat. Sandy Lauwers led off with a single, then Michelle Haen was hit with a pitch. After Sophie Bugter lined out to Sandberg, Kimberly van der Lee loaded the bases with a bunt-single. But then a strikeout and groundout ended the early thread by Twins, which left seven more runners before scoring its lone run in the seventh.

Twins-starter Kimberly Petrovich also ran into problems in the first inning. She gave up singles to Laura Arp and Nikke Harte, then uncorked a wild pitch and loaded the bases by walking Kayleigh Adelina. But then a force out at home and double play followed.

...Mirjam Boode...
...back in big league after 12 years...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
After giving a single to Adelina in the third, Petrovich retired seven batters in a row, but then UVV had a 6-run rally in the sixth. In the inning, the home team had six hits, including one double and three triples. Nikki Harte led off with a single and scored on an one-out triple by Kelly Platvoet. With two outs and after a walk for Natalie van der Wijst, Floor van Dijk also tripled, then scored on a single by Misja Koops. Mirjam Boode then followed with a double and Laura Arp added another triple to make it a 6-0 score. By the way, Mirjam Boode is the lone player of the team, who also played with UVV in the big league in 1998, then added another season in the highest division in 1999, playing for HCAW. So, this is her comeback in the big league after a 12-year absence!

Twins then scored its run in the seventh on an error, but again left the bases loaded.

In Game 2, Vendy Draha had a strong outing, struckout 10 and threw a 2-hitter. Both hits for Twins were hit by Michelle Haen, a single in the first and a triple in the sixth inning. She reached base three times, the only other batter to reach base for Twins was Lieke Duffhues, who walked in the second inning.

UVV scored three runs in the first inning. With one out, Nikki Harte, Kayleigh Adelina and Kelly Platvoet all singled to bring in one run, then a 2-run single with two outs by Sanne Bolhuis followed to make it 3-0. Bolhuis, who is the playing coach of the second team, was added to the team for today's double-header. In the third inning, Kayleigh Adelina reached on an error, then Kelly Platvoet hit a 2-run homerun to make it 5-0.

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(April 21)

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