|Compiled and Copyright © 1997-2017 by Marco Stoovelaar|
(Story by Marco Stoovelaar; Photos by Fred Versluis & Marco Stoovelaar)
Netherlands reaches Play-Offs on another rainy day in Italy
BOLLATE / CARONNO PERTUSELLA / BOVISIO-MASCIAGO / RHO (Italy) -
The Netherlands Softball Team reached the Play-Offs (top-6) of the European Championship on Wednesday (June 28), which was another rainy day in northern Italy.
On Day 4 of the event, the Netherlands won with a comfortable 14-1 score against Spain in the Second Round.
With that, the Orange secured itself of a spot in the next round, which is the Play-Off Round that will determine the first six places.
In the evening, the Netherlands was to play against the Czech Republic to close the Second Round.
However, in the late afternoon another severe thunderstorm struck the area.
Two games were halted due to lightning around 4 PM.
Due to the accompanying rain, the games were not resumed.
Furthermore seven other scheduled games for the afternoon and evening were cancelled as the playing sites had become unplayable (again).
All nine games were re-scheduled for Thursday, which will be another busy day, as there are now 26 games scheduled to be played, instead of the original scheduled 17.
The halted games will then be completed.
The Netherlands will play its game against the Czechs at 10:15 AM.
Later in the day, the Orange-squad will play its first two two games in Play-Off Round.
Netherlands vs. Spain
In the game against Spain, which was partly played in the rain, the Orange-squad collected 15 basehits, including three by Jessie van Aalst, including a triple.
Dinet Oosting hit two triples and batted in three runs, while Chantal Versluis also tripled.
Brenda Beers homered and scored three runs.
The Netherlands opened the score in the top of the first inning.
Britt Vonk led off with a double, advanced on a grounder and scored on a wild pitch.
Spain came alongside in the bottom of the first inning off of starter Ginger de Weert.
With two outs, Roser Jonas singled and scored on a following double by Noelia Flores, who then was left behind.
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In the second inning, the Netherlands decided the game with a 7-run rally (all runs were unearned) with two outs!
Virginie Anneveld led off with a walk, then Anne Blaauwgeers reached on an error.
Hereafter, a line drive by Shareday Christina ended in a double play.
Moments later, Blaauwgeers stole second base, advanced on a wild pitch and scored when Brenda Beers reached on another error.
She later scored on a single by Britt Vonk.
Hereafter, Chantal Versluis, Jessie van Aalst and Dinet Oosting delivered back-to-back-to-back runscoring triples.
Oosting went to score on a wild pitch.
Maxime van Dalen then doubled and scored the next run on a single by Virginie Anneveld.
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Four more runs were added in the third at bat.
In this at bat, the first run was scored on a single by Chantal Versluis.
With two outs, Dinet Oosting delivered a 2-run triple and later scored herself again on a wild pitch to lift the lead to 12-1.
Two more Orange-runs were scored in the top of the fourth inning.
Shareday Christina led off with a walk, then Brenda Beers homered to make it 14-1 score.
After giving up the run in the first inning, Ginger de Weert struckout the side in the second at bat.
Ilona Andringa then took over the pitching in the third inning.
The righthander retired six of the seven batters she faced, four of them with a strikeout.
In the fourth, she gave up a lead-off single to Roser Jonas, then struckout the next three batters.
|Spain - Netherlands 1-14 (4 inn.)|
|Ginger de Weert||2||5||-||2||1||1|
|Ilona Andringa, W (2-0)||2||4||-||1||-||-|
|Raquel Fernandez, L (0-1)||2.1||-||2||10||11||4|
|Homerun: Netherlands: Brenda Beers (1)(4th,2-run,off Jonas).|
Umpires: HP-Christian Singer (Germany), 1B-Stanislav Profatilov (Ukraine),|
3B-Alen Magdalenic (Croatia).
Official Scorers-Paolo Lugarini (Italy), Fabrizio Diletti (Italy).
Technical Commissioner-Mike Jennings (Great Britain).
Starting Time-1:30 PM.
Time Played-1:50 hrs.
Site-Field #2, Bollate (Italy).
15th game in history against Spain.
15th win in history against Spain.
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