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Another Netherlands shutout, then rain strikes in Italy

BOLLATE / CARONNO PERTUSELLA / BOVISIO-MASCIAGO / RHO (Italy) - On Day 2 of the European Championship, the Netherlands Softball Team recorded its third shutout on Monday (June 26). In the afternoon, the Orange-squad won 7-0 against Slovakia.

The team then was scheduled to play against Germany in the evening in Caronno Pertusella. However, in the late afternoon, severe thunderstorms with lighthing struck the area. Four games who were played at that moment. These games were halted, while the two evening-games were cancelled, as the playing sites had become unplayable. All games were re-scheduled for Tuesday. The four games that were halted, then will be completed.

With that, the Netherlands Team almost surely will play three games on Tuesday. The team will first play in the afternoon against Ireland and then will close the preliminary round with the make-up game against Germany. When everything goes right, the Orange squad will finish in either first or second place in its pool, meaning it will play its first game in the Second Round in the evening.

Against Slovakia, the Netherlands collected six baseshits. Damishah Charles scored three of the seven Dutch runs. Slovakia recorded only one basehit off of two pitchers.

Reigning champion Italy shutout Switzerland 11-0 in Pool A, then saw its game against France cancelled in the evening.

(June 26)

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Netherlands vs. Slovakia

Leonella Elizabeth had another good outing for the Netherlands. The righthander started and struckout eight batters in the 3 2/3 inning she pitched, gave up no basehits and was credited with her second victory.

The Orange-squad opened the score with one run in the first inning off of Mariama Gombiková, who went the distance for Slovakia. Brenda Beers led off with a walk, but was caught stealing. Hereafter, Damishah Charles reached on an outfield-error, then advanced to third base when Jessie van Aalst followed with a double. Moments later, Charles scored the first run on a grounder by Lindsey Meadows, but Van Aalst was left behind on third base.

The Netherlands reached base again in the second inning, but then left two runners behind, as the Slovakian defense made some good outs. Virginie Anneveld led off with a walk, but was forced out on a grounder by Suka Van Gurp, who also was forced out on a following grounder by Shareday Christina. Anne Blaauwgeers followed with a bunt-single and the two runners moved to second and third base on a wild pitch, but Gombiková closed with a strikeout.

...Damishah Charles...
...3 runs scored...
(© Ph: Marco Stoovelaar)
...Leonella Elizabeth...
...2nd victory...
(© Ph: Marco Stoovelaar)
The Dutch decided the game with a 5-run rally with two outs in the third at bat on three hits. Damishah Charles led off with a single, stole second base and reached third base on a flyout. Lindsey Meadows was then hit by a pitch and was forced out on a grounder by Maxime van Dalen, but that also enabled Charles to score. Virginie Anneveld followed with a single (bringing Van Dalen to third base) and stole second, then Suka Van Gurp delivered a 2-run single. After Van Gurp also had stolen second base, Shareday Christina walked and the two scored when a fly by Anne Blaauwgeers ended in an outfield-error.

In the bottom of the fourth, the seventh Orange-was added, which gave the team a lead big enough to end the game via the mercy-rule. Damishah Charles led off and reached on an error. She then moved on a grounder and scored her third run in the game on a 2-out double by Maxime van Dalen.

Leonella Elizabeth retired the side in the first inning. In the next at bat, she began with a strikeout, then walked Monika Cambálová, who advanced on a wild pitch. Elizabeth struckout the next two batters. The righthander retired the side again in the third.

In the fourth inning, Elizabeth struckout the first two batters to raise her total to eight. She then walked Dominika Rampácková and was relieved by Ginger de Weert. She was greeted with a single by Monika Cambálová, which ended the No-Hitter. With runners on first and second base, the inning ended with a grounder.

In the fifth, De Weert retired the side, including two strikeouts, to end the game.

...The players of the Netherlands listen to the National Anthem...

...Leonella Elizabeth and Ginger de Weert pitched for the Netherlands...

...Brenda Beers is caught stealing in the 1st inning and is tagged by short stop Dominika Mešt'anová...

...Left: Damishah Charles scores in the 3rd inning, she scored three runs in this game...
...Right: Maxime van Dalen and Virginie Anneveld (background) both score in the 3rd inning...

...Left: Anne Blaauwgeers has a talk with Head Coach Juni Francisca...
...Right: Virginie Anneveld, Shareday Christina and Maxime van Dalen have an enjoyful moment...
(© All Photos: Fred Versluis)

Netherlands - Slovakia 7-0 (4½ inn.)
Slovakia00000 -013
Netherlands1051X -760
pitcher Slovakiainn.SOBBHRER
Miriama Gombiková, L (0-2)423673

pitchers Netherlandsinn.SOBBHRER
Leonella Elizabeth, W (2-0)3.282---

Ginger de Weert1.12-1--
Umpires: HP-Akos Farkas (Hungary), 1B-Natalia Kasapova (Russia),
3B-Michael Renggli (Switzerland).
Official Scorers-Paolo Lugarini (Italy), Domenica Ferrera (Italy).
Technical Commissioner-Anna Di Luca (Italy).
Starting Time-3:45 PM.
Time Played-1:35 hrs.
Site-Field #2, Bollate (Italy).

Game Notes:
Third game in history against Slovakia.
Third win in history against Slovakia.

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