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No-Hitter Terrasvogels; 6 HRs Sparks Haarlem
Nederlands
HAARLEM / SANTPOORT / ROSMALEN / ALKMAAR (Neth.) - Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem and Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels won their second double-header of the season on Saturday and again wrote some headlines. Chantal Versluis and Debby Connor combined on six homeruns in the games of Sparks Haarlem against Centrals, which were won 12-2 and 10-0.

Terrasvogels won 6-3 and 9-0 vs. winless Tex Town Tigers and saw Malou van Dusschoten throw a No-Hitter in Game 2.

FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem and Gryphons split their double-header. Olympia Haarlem won the opener with a big 13-0 score to win its first game of the season, then Gryphons won the next game with a big score, 10-3.

Alcmaria Victrix and UVV also split. UVV won the opener 2-1 to record their first win of the season, then Alcmaria Victrix took Game 2 with a big 11-3 score.



Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem vs. Centrals
At Haarlem, Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem opened its home season with two big scores against Centrals, 12-2 and 10-0. Centrals was led for the first time today by Bas Langezaal, who replaced Head Coach Caroline Theunissen after the first weekend. A week ago, Karin Tuk contributed to the wins at Tex Town Tigers with two homeruns, today, Chantal Versluis and Debby Connor each hit three homeruns in the double-header. Chantal Versluis became the first player in history to lead off both games of a double-header with a homerun.

In the opener, Sparks Haarlem initially faced a 2-0 deficit after completion of the top of the first inning. Pitcher Kirsten Scheele hit lead-off hitter Alma Hooi with a pitch, then gave up a bunt-single to Donna Hartman, which was followed by a throwing error, enabling Hooi to score the first run. With two outs, Hartman scored the second run on a single by Nikki Harte.

But that was it for Centrals, as it didn't reached base anymore, while Sparks Haarlem took charge of the game moments later. Chantal Versluis set the tone when she led off with a homerun, then Leigh Godfrey followed with a single, stole second base and advanced on a wild pitch. Nathatlie Gosewehr then walked and stole second base. The two runners put Sparks Haarlem ahead when Debby Connor followed with a double to make it 3-2.

Three runs were added in the second inning. Manoa Weijgertse led off with a walk, then Leigh Godfrey reached on a bunt-single with one out. With two outs, Debby Connor homered to lift the lead to 6-2.

The 10-run difference was reached in the bottom of the fourth inning. Chantal Versluis led off with her second homerun of the game to start the rally. Centrals committed three errors in this at bat, while Areke Spel (single), Karin Tuk (single), Shannah van der Kaaij (double) and Manoa Weijgertse (groundout) contributed with runscoring hits.

In Game 2, Chantal Versluis again led off the game for Sparks Haarlem with a homerun in the bottom of the first inning. Later in the at bat, with two outs, Debby Connor also homered to make it 2-0. In the second inning, Karin Tuk singled, stole second base and scored on a single by Versluis.

Sparks Haarlem then decided the game with a 7-run rally on nine basehits. Twelve batters entered the batter's box and with one out, 10 of them reached base safely. Except for Chantal Versluis, all players in the batting order hit a basehit in this at bat, but Chantal of course had done her bit earlier in the game. With one out, Debby Connor hit her second homerun in the game (she later also singled in her second at bat in this inning). A wild pitch, singles by Shannah van der Kaaij (one-run), Beau van Gelder (one-run), Leigh Godfrey (one-run) and a double by Nathalie Gosewehr (2-run) lifted the lead to 10-0.

Centrals reached base only twice off of Rebecca Soumeru, who gave up an one-out single in the first and in the third inning.


...Bas Langezaal (2nd left) returns as Head Coach...

...Karin Tuk steals second base...

...Chantal Versluis connects...

...Homerun # 1...

...Homerun # 2...

...Homerun # 3...

...Debby Connor is greeted after Homerun # 1...

...and Homerun # 2...

...and Homerun # 3...
(© All Photos: Fred Versluis)

Game 1
Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem - Centrals 12-2 (4)
RHE
Centrals2000 -223
Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem3306 -1291
(two outs when 10-run difference was reached in the fourth inning)
pitchers Centralsinn.SOBBHRER
Richelle van Gennip, L (1-2)3 (*)34697
Puck van der Kolk0.2-1333
(*) - Van Gennip pitched to 3 batters in the 4th inning
pitcher Sparks Haarleminn.SOBBHRER
Kirsten Scheele, W (2-0)45-221
Homeruns: Sparks Haarlem: Chantal Versluis 2 (2)(solo,1st,off Van Gennip; solo,1st,off Van Gennip), Debby Connor (1)(3-run,2nd,off Van Gennip).
Umpires: HP-Patrick Reus, 1B-Sander Bootsman.
Box Score & Play-by-Play
Standings
Schedule
Official Scorer-Fred van der Kade.
Play-by-Play-Eddy van Loon.
Time-1:15 hr.

Game 2
Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem - Centrals 10-0 (3 1/2)
RHE
Centrals0000 -020
Oolders Omaco Sparks Haarlem217X -10130
pitcher Centralsinn.SOBBHRER
Sara Pesonen, L (0-1)32-131010
pitcher Sparks Haarleminn.SOBBHRER
Rebecca Soumeru, W (2-0)46-2--
Homeruns: Sparks Haarlem: Chantal Versluis (3)(solo,1st,off Pesonen), Debby Connor 2 (3)(solo,1st,off Pesonen; solo,3rd,off Pesonen).
Umpires: HP-Sander Bootsman, 1B-Patrick Reus.
Box Score & Play-by-Play
Standings
Schedule
Official Scorer-Fred van der Kade.
Play-by-Play-Eddy van Loon.
Time-1:03 hr.



Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels vs. Tex Town Tigers
At Santpoort, Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels began its home season with a double victory against the young team of Tex Town Tigers, winning 6-3 and 9-0. Before the start of the first game and after the player introductions, a moment of silence was held to remember longtime Head Coach Teun van den Berg (who passed away in March) and former baseball-player/coach Jersey van Doornspeek (who passed away in January), who both were long affiliated with Terrasvogels.

In the first inning of Game 1, Terrasvogels opened the score thanks to a lead-off triple by Petra van Heijst and a following sacrifice fly by MarisŤla de Wind. Later in the at bat, Anouk van den Heuvel also tripled, but was left behind.

Two runs were added in the second inning. Yonina Sint Jago led off with a single and stole second base, then advanced on a grounder by Cheryl Hiele. Next, Lisa Waasdorp walked. With two outs, the two runners scored on a single by Petra van Heijst to make it 3-0.

Tex Town Tigers was able to come alongside in the third at bat when some defensive plays didn't result in an out. With one out, Amber Krijgsman tripled, then Maaike Ogink reached on a fielder's choice without an out. Another fielder's choice-situation on a grounder by Annemiek Jansen then resulted in the first run and put runners on first and second base. Next at bat was Nadine Marinus, the most experienced player in the TTT-squad and the lone player left over from the championship-teams in 2008 and 2009. She followed with an RBI-single that brought Jansen to third base, who then scored the tying run on a grounder by Laura Wissink. But in the remainder of the game, TTT reached base only three more times and was held scoreless.

Terrasvogels re-took the lead in the home of the third when Solange Starrenburg led off with a single and scored when Anouk van den Heuvel followed with a double. Two more runs were added in the fourth inning when Lisa Waasdorp walked and scored on a single by Myrthe Smid, who later scored on a wild pitch.

Winning pitcher Ginger de Weert earned her third win of the season and struckout 13 batters.

Game 2 ended in a 9-0 win for Terrasvogels. Pitcher Malou van Dusschoten struckout five batters and threw a No-Hitter. Nadine Marinus was the lone TTT-player to reach base, as she walked in the first inning and was hit by a pitch in the fourth.

Terrasvogels struck with four runs in the first inning. Petra van Heijst and MarisŤla de Wind led off with singles, then the first scored on an error. Solange Starrenburg followed with a double and a single by Anouk van den Heuvel accounted for the next two runs. The latter scored herself on a drive into rightfield by Yonina Sint Jago, who barely missed an inside-the-park-homerun. After passing third base for a triple, she appeared to have a chance for the fourbagger, but a nice throw from rookie rightfielder Madelief van Eekelen (who made her big league-debut) to short stop Laura Wissink to catcher Maaike Ogink resulted in an out at the plate.

The fifth run was added in the third inning when MarisŤla de Wind led off with a single, stole second base and scored on a 2-out single by Kate Gentile.

Another 4-run rally followed in the fourth at bat off of 15-year old Shaneequa Kock, who relieved starter Amber Krijgsman. Cheryl Hiele led off with a double and scored on a single by Myrthe Smid. With one out, Petra van Heijst singled again. A single by MarisŤla de Wind (who was 3-for-3) brought in the next run and a double by Solange Starrenburg produced two more runs and raised the lead to 9-0.


...Pitcher Ginger de Weert prepares before Game 1...

...Petra van Heijst leads off for Terrasvogels with a triple...

...Lisa Waasdorp scores a run for Terrasvogels in Game 1...

...Malou van Dusschoten threw a No-Hitter in Game 2...

...Nadine Marinus was the only TTT-player to reach base in Game 2...

...15-year old Shaneequa Kock threw the last inning for TTT...
(© All Photos: Marco Stoovelaar)

Game 1
Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels - Tex Town Tigers 6-3
RHE
Tex Town Tigers0030000-352
Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels121200X-682
pitcher Tex Town Tigersinn.SOBBHRER
Amber Krijgsman, L (0-3)644865
pitcher Terrasvogelsinn.SOBBHRER
Ginger de Weert, W (3-0)713-533
Umpires: HP-Bert Loggen, 1B-Carolien Stadhouders.
Box Score & Play-by-Play
Standings
Schedule
Official Scorer-Rienette Hamers.
Play-by-Play-Ben Goorts.
Time-1:51 hr.

Game 2
Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels - Tex Town Tigers 9-0 (4 1/2)
RHE
Tex Town Tigers00000 -000
Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels4014X -9120
pitchers Tex Town Tigersinn.SOBBHRER
Amber Krijgsman, L (0-4)311755
Shaneequa Kock111544
pitcher Terrasvogelsinn.SOBBHRER
Malou van Dusschoten, W (1-0)551---
(Malou van Dusschoten throws a No-Hitter)
Umpires: HP-Carolien Stadhouders, 1B-Bert Loggen.
Box Score & Play-by-Play
Standings
Schedule
Official Scorer-Rienette Hamers.
Play-by-Play-Ben Goorts.
Time-1:20 hr.



Gryphons vs. FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem
At Rosmalen, FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem and Gryphons split their double-header. Olympia Haarlem won the opener with a big 13-0 score to win its first game of the season, then Gryphons won the next game with a big score, 10-3. Making her debut for Olympia and in the Dutch big league was Czech National Team-player Tereza Pochobradska. In today's double-header, she was the short stop. Merel Oosterveld, who was the short stop a week ago in the openers against Hotel Ambassador c.c. Terrasvogels, moved back to centerfield.


...Lindsey Meadows...
...winning pitcher...
...4 Runs, 4 RBI's...
...3 Hits, 2B, HR...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
In the opener, Lindsey Meadows struckout five batters and went 2-for-4 with a double a homerun, scored three runs and had three RBI's for Olympia Haarlem. The righthander was supported with 16 basehits, including three by Dinet Oosting, who hit two triples and scored four runs, while Dominique Sprengers hit two of her team five doubles.

In the first inning, Olympia Haarlem opened the score with two runs with two outs on a triple by Oosting and double by Sprengers. Three runs were added in the third inning. Lindsey Meadows led off with a double and Dinet Oosting reached on an error, then back-to-back doubles by Lisette Untied (2 runs) and Maranca Ham made it 5-0.

An 8-run rally in the top of the fifth inning raised the lead to 13-0. Twelve players batted in this inning and collected eight basehits, including two by Dinet Oosting, who led off the inning with a single. Singles by Lisette Untied and Marit Molenaar then produced the first two runs moments later. An error on a grounder by Tereza Pochobradska then led to two more runs. Next, Lindsey Meadows added a 3-run homerun. Oosting followed with a triple and scored when next batter Dominique Sprengers doubled.

In Game 2, Gryphons-pitcher MariŽlle Vleugels gave up only seven hits and was supported with a 5-run first inning to become the winning pitcher.

In the first at bat, Gryphons produced five basehits off of Dominique Sprengers. With two outs and pinch-runner Mandy van Alebeek on base, the bases got loaded when MariŽlle Vleugels singled and Kiki Draaijer walked. A single by Lucie MarsikovŠ then gave Gryphons a 2-0 lead, followed by a 2-run triple by Cindy van der Zanden, who then scored on a single by Emily Wiemken.

Gryphons added a run in the second inning on a double by Vleugels, but then gave up three runs in the third that narrowed the lead to 6-3. In the third, Merel Oosterveld singled with one out and Tereza Pochobradska walked, then a run was scored on a single by Lindsey Meadows. With two outs, singles by Dominique Sprengers and Laura Burggraaf made it 6-3, but two runners were left behind.

In the bottom of the 5th inning, Gryphons reached the 7-run difference by scoring four runs off of Meadows, who had taken over the pitching in the second inning. All runs were unearned, as the Olympia-defense made four errors in this at bat. With one out, the bases got loaded when Cindy van der Zanden (error), Emily Wiemken and Monique Melissant (both bunt-singles) reached. An error on a grounder by Kim Donkers then led to a run. With two outs, two errors followed, resulting in three runs and the end of the game through the mercy-rule.

Game 1
Gryphons - FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem 0-13 (5)
RHE
FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem20308 -13160
Gryphons00000 -053
pitcher Olympia Haarleminn.SOBBHRER
Lindsey Meadows, W (1-1)5525--
pitcher Gryphonsinn.SOBBHRER
Lucie MarsikovŠ, L (1-1)53-16132
Homerun: Olympia Haarlem: Lindsey Meadows (1)(3-run,5th,off MarsikovŠ).
Umpires: HP-Martin Lemstra, 1B-Arjan de Wever.
Box Score & Play-by-Play
Standings
Schedule
Official Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Play-by-Play-Hannie Mulders (Gryphons).
Time-1:22 hr.

Game 2
Gryphons - FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem 10-3 (5)
RHE
FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem00300 -374
Gryphons51004 -10102
(two outs when 7-run difference was reached in the fifth inning)
pitchers Olympia Haarleminn.SOBBHRER
Dominique Sprengers, L (0-2)1.1-2766
Lindsey Meadows3.17134-
pitcher Gryphonsinn.SOBBHRER
MariŽlle Vleugels, W (2-0)541733
Umpires: HP-Arjan de Wever, 1B-Martin Lemstra.
Box Score & Play-by-Play
Standings
Schedule
Official Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Play-by-Play-Jeannet Pennings (Gryphons).
Time-1:48 hr.



Alcmaria Victrix vs. UVV
At Alkmaar, Alcmaria Victrix and UVV also split. UVV won the opener 2-1 to record their first win of the season, then Alcmaria Victrix took Game 2 with a big 11-3 score.

In the opener, UVV-pitcher Lacey Dinney struckout 12 batters and gave up only four basehits en route to a small 2-1 win. She and Alcmaria-pitcher Jessie van Aalst threw three scoreless innings, then both gave up a run in the fourth inning.

In the top of the fourth, UVV took an 1-0 lead when Stephanie Reid doubled with one out, moved on a grounder by Sanne Bolhuis and scored on a single by Edith Riemsdijk. Alcmaria tied the score in the bottom of the fourth. With one out, Raina Hunter reached on a bunt-single, advanced on a wild pitch and scored on a double by Laura Treurniet.

UVV immediately re-took the lead in the fifth inning when, with one out, DaniŽlle Everse singled and later scored on a double by Mirjam Boode. In the remainder of the game, Alcmaria got two more baserunners, but was unable to come back.

In Game 2, Alcmaria won big, 11-3 on 13 basehits, including three by Jessie van Aalst, who again was the pitcher in this game. Alcmaria again has several fill-in players due to injuries and today added some players from its second team.

Initially, UVV took an 1-0 lead in the first inning on an error, but Alcmaria reacted with two runs moments later on a wild pitch and a double by Treurniet. UVV came alongside in the third when Stephanie Reid reached on an error with two outs, stole second and advanced on an error, then scored on a single by Sanne Bolhuis.

Alcmaria then decided the game with an 8-run rally in the home of the third on six basehits. Raina Hunter and Jessie van Aalst began with singles, then the bases got loaded when Laura Treurniet walked in a 12-pitch at bat. A single by Nienke Verhofstad then brought in two runs. A force play-grounder by Kim Buizer and bunt-single by Maaike Blaauwgeers accounted for the next two runs. A triple by Raina Hunter then cleared the bases and scored three more runs, followed by a pitching change and an RBI-single by Jessie van Aalst, that made it 12-2.

Alcmaria added a run in the fourth on a single by Sophie Bugter and UVV was able to score another run in the fifth on a single by Sanne Bolhuis, but the team couldn't avoid a 10-run difference loss.

Game 1
Alcmaria Victrix - UVV 1-2
RHE
UVV0001100-240
Alcmaria Victrix0001000-141
pitcher UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Lacey Dinney, W (1-1)7121411
pitcher Alcmaria Victrixinn.SOBBHRER
Jessie van Aalst, L (3-1)761422
Umpires: HP-Louis Rohan, 1B-Arie Nokkert.
Box Score & Play-by-Play
Standings
Schedule
Official Scorer-Maaike Houtkamp.
Play-by-Play-Harumi Ueda.
Time-1:37 hr.

Game 2
Alcmaria Victrix - UVV 11-3 (4 1/2)
RHE
UVV10101 -370
Alcmaria Victrix2081X -11133
pitchers UVVinn.SOBBHRER
Melissa Burger, L (0-2)2.2-3101010
Cintia de Groodt1.1--311
pitcher Alcmaria Victrixinn.SOBBHRER
Jessie van Aalst, W (4-1)541731
Umpires: HP-Arie Nokkert, 1B-Louis Rohan.
Box Score & Play-by-Play
Standings
Schedule
Official Scorer-Maaike Houtkamp.
Play-by-Play-Harumi Ueda.
Time-1:27 hr.

(April 20)


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