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Convincing wins Terrasvogels, Olympia Haarlem
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OOSTERHOUT / ROSMALEN / HAARLEM / ALKMAAR (Neth.) - Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels registered two convincing shutout-wins vs. Twins, winning 7-0 and 11-0, ending both games through the mercy-rule. Olympia Haarlem trailed twice vs. Gryphons, but in the end turned the games around and won convincingly with 6-2 and 15-3 scores to move into third place.

The double-headers between Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem and UVV in Haarlem and Alcmaria Victrix vs. Tex Town Tigers in Alkmaar were both cancelled due to rain. Both double-headers were re-scheduled for Sunday, May 6.



Twins vs. Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels
At Oosterhout, Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels shutout Twins twice, scoring a total of 18 runs on 18 basehits.

In the opener, winning pitcher Ginger de Weert (who increased her record to 4-0) gave up five hits, including two by Anouk in den Kleef, who is the daughter of former big league-catcher and national team-player Jeanette van de Heijkant. Twins-pitcher Kimberly Petrovich initially held Terrasvogels scoreless in the first two at bats, but then gave up three runs in the third inning. Floor Roest then led off with a double and Lotte Holvast walked. With one out, the two scored on a single by MarisŤla de Wind, who went on to score herself on an error.

...Ruby Jane Krikke...
...3 hits, 2 runs...
...2 RBI's in debut...
(© Photo: Martin de Jonker)
Four runs were added in the fifth inning. Meike Witteveen led off with a single and advanced on a single by rookie Ruby Jane Krikke, who earlier in the game had made her big league-debut when she entered as a pinch-hitter. The bases were then loaded when Ashli Holland walked. Hereafter, MariŽlle Vleugels followed with a baseclearing 3-run triple and then scored herself when Anouk van den Heuvel followed with a single.

In the home of the third, Femke Duffhues and Anouk in den Kleef singled for Twins with one out, but stranded at second and third base. In the fourth, Sophie Bugter led off with a double, but also would be left at third base.

In Game 2, Terrasvogels scored its first run in the first inning when Meike Witteveen reached second base on an error and went on to score on an one-out single by Ashli Holland. Three runs were added in the second inning. MariŽlle Vleugels led off with a double and Floor Roest walked, then both scored on an one-out double by Lisa Waasdorp, who went on to score on a following outfield-error. Is Anouk in den Kleef the daughter of former national team-player, so is Lisa Waasdorp, as her mother is former big league and national team-pitcher Anita Bank.

A 6-run rally followed in the third at bat which started with a lead-off triple by Anouk van den Heuvel. After a walk for MariŽlle Vleugels, an RBI-single followed by Floor Roest. Next, Ruby Jane Krikke singled in a run and Lisa Waasdorp followed with a 2-run single. A triple by Meike Witteveen and single by Lotte Holvast then increased the lead to 10-0.

The eleventh run was scored in the fourth on the second single by Ruby Jane Krikke, who was 2-for-3 in this game.

Twins hit only three hits off MariŽlle Vleugels and reached third base only once, which was done by Sandy Lauwers in the first inning.

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Gryphons vs. Olympia Haarlem
At Rosmalen, Olympia Haarlem got the bases loaded with no outs in the first inning in both (!) games, but failed to score. The Haarlem-squad then faced a deficit after three innings in both games, but in the end won convincingly vs. Gryphons, 6-2 and 13-5.

In the opener, Gryphons-starter Lucie MarsikovŠ hit lead-off batter Courtney Bures, gave up a bunt-single to Lotte Zijlstra and walked Dinet Oosting. Head Coach Andrť Prins then had a brief, but successful, conversation with his pitcher, as she then struckout the next three batters to end the inning.

Gryphons then opened the score in the second at bat. Sophie Mollee led off with a triple and scored when Lucie MarsikovŠ followed with a single. The latter went on to score on a sac-fly by Fabienne van Uden. In the end, these were the only runs Gryphons would score in this game.

After loading the bases in the first inning, Lucie MarsikovŠ retired 11 of the next 12 batters, but then gave up a run in the fifth inning. Lisette Untied led off with a single, advanced on a walk by Courtney Bures and went on to score on a 2-out single by Dinet Oosting. A force play was created by walking Maranca Ham intentionally, loading the bases. Olympia left the bases loaded again as a flyout followed.

But in the sixth inning, Olympia struck with five runs to take a commanding lead. Laura Burggraaf led off with a walk and scored the tying run on an one-out double by Lisette Untied, who was 3-for-3 in this game. Next, Marit Molenaar singled and Courtney Bures followed with a double that gave Olympia the lead. A non-out fielder's choice by Lotte Zijlstra then led to a run, an error, another run and a pitching change. New pitcher Shannon Galea took over trailing 5-2, one out and a runner on second base. She started with a wild pitch and then gave up an RBI-single to Dinet Oosting that made it 6-2.

...Marit Molenaar...
...4 runs scored...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
Winning pitcher Rosanne de Vries struckout four and lifted her record to 3-0.

In Game 2, Gryphons wasn't lucky with a pitching change in the fourth inning, as Olympia Haarlem then turned a 5-2 deficit into a 7-5 lead. Initially, Olympia got the bases loaded again with no outs in the first inning. Courtney Bures led off with a walk, Laura Burggraaf reached on a fielder's choice and Dinet Oosting also walked. But this time, a strikeout, force out and groundout followed to end this scoring opportunity.

And now, Gryphons didn't wait till the third inning to score, but registered its first run right away in the first at bat. With two outs, Yonina Sint Jago doubled and scored on a following single by Claudia Kranendonk. Three runs were then added in the second inning. With one out, Sophie Mollee singled, advanced on a sac-bunt by Lucie MarsikovŠ and an illegal pitch and scored on a single by Kiki Draaijer. The bases were loaded when Fabienne van Uden was awarded first base on catcher's interference and Monique Melissant walked. A single by Yonina Sint Jago then increased the lead to an apparently confortable 4-0.

Olympia got two runs back in the third inning. Courtney Bures reached on an error, advanced on a sac-bunt by Laura Burggraaf and scored on a triple by Dinet Oosting, who then scored on a sac-fly by Maranca Ham. Gryphons added another run in its third at bat when Sophie Mollee walked with two outs and scored on a wild pitch.

But then Olympia had another productive at bat, this time scoring five runs in the fourth inning after a pitching change with two outs. First, Lisanne van den Berg reached on an error and advanced on a sac-bunt. After a strikeout accounted for the second out, Marit Molenaar singled to bring the runner to third base and stole second base herself. With runners on second and third and two outs, Lucie MarsikovŠ was brought in to relief starter Shannon Galea. The new hurler began with two wild pitches, leading to two runs and narrowing the lead to only 5-4. She then walked Courtney Bures and gave up a single to Laura Burggraaf. Dinet Oosting (3-for-4) then followed with her second triple in the game to give Olympia a 6-5 lead and went on to score herself on a single by Maranca Ham.

...Monique Melissant...
...broken pinky...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
Olympia Haarlem took more distance in the next inning by scoring three runs, again with two outs. Lindy van der Wal and Marit Molenaar were on base when Courtney Bures singled to bring in a run. Shannon Galea then returned into the circle, but was greeted with a 2-run single by Laura Burggraaf (who was 3-for-4) that made it 10-5. Olympia wasn't finished yet with scoring, as Courtney Bures added a 3-run homerun in the seventh to increase the lead to 13-5.

In the last four innings of the game, Chinese pitcher Ying-Yi Chen gave up only two more basehits. She did walk three batters, but was supported with defensive plays that were made at the right moment. In the fifth, Iliandra Figaroa and Kim Donkers led off with singles for Gryphons, but were both forced out, then a grounder ended the at bat. In the sixth, Fabienne van Uden and Monique Melissant led off with walks, but again a force out followed and two runners stranded. In the seventh, Olympia ended the game with a double play.

Gryphons not only lost today's double-header, it also lost outfielder Monique Melissant for several weeks. During the game, the rightfielder dove back to the base, injured herself, but was able to complete the game. Afterwards, she went to the hospital for an X-ray and their, a broken pinky was diagnozed. Monique, all the best!
A week earlier, Gryphons lost catcher/3B Cheryl Hiele, who broke her thumb on two places when her hand was hit by a ball on a throw from the outfield. Cheryl will be in a cast for at least six weeks.

Besides these two players, Gryphons also has to do for some more weeks without pitcher Marjolein Merkx and infielder/outfielder Cindy van der Zanden, who currently are studying and playing in the USA.

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(April 28)


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