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Olympia Haarlem nips Terrasvogels in Holland Series-opener

HAARLEM (Neth.) - Reigning champion FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem opened the best-of-three Holland Series on Saturday (October 13) with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory against Terrasvogels. Game 2 will be played on Sunday, followed by the third game when needed.

In the Series-opener, Terrasvogels opened the score, but Olympia Haarlem turned the game its way, scoring two runs on a costly error.

...Here you can see the highlights of Game 1 between...
...Olympia Haarlem and Terrasvogels provided by SoftbalDino TV...
This year, the Holland Series is played at the site of Olympia Haarlem, which earlier this year was awarded the organization of the Season Finals. Besides the deciding Holland Series, the best-of-three Promotion/Relegation Series Golden/Silver League between DSS and Amsterdam Pirates also will be played at the Nol Houtkamp Sportpark, the site of Olympia Haarlem.

Initially, a third series was to be played this weekend, the Promotion/Relegation Series Silver League/First Division. The team finishing in last place of the Silver League was to meet the champion of the First Division. However, last placed Birds withdrew its team from the Silver League in July. With that, the Series was dropped, as Birds automatically relegated.

Today's games were played under very sunny conditions, with an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit), making it the warmest October 13 in Dutch history, since weather temperatures were first recorded.

(October 13)

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Related Article:
DSS wins 1st game Promotion/Relegation vs. Amsterdam Pirates. (October 13)

The opener of the 33rd Holland Series was a close one and was decided by a costly error.

Terrasvogels faced hardthrowing righthander Alyson Spinas-Valainis, who was 12-1 in the regular season with a 2.13 ERA, striking out 90 batters in 88 2/3 inning.

Terrasvogels had good contact off of Spinas, got into scoring position in both the first and the second inning, then opened the score in the third at bat. After stranding another runner in scoring position in the fourth, Olympia Haarlem took the lead moments later. In the final three innings, Spinas allowed only one more batter to reach base and held Terrasvogels both hitless and scoreless.

In the top of the first inning, Katharina Szalay led off for Terrasvogels and reached on an error. She advanced on a grounder by next hitter Noa Brand, but stranded on second base.

The second at bat began with a line drive off the bat of Lisa Waasdorp, but that was caught by 1B Mariëlle Vleugels. With two outs, Lizzie Clarijs doubled, but also was left behind on second base.

In the third inning, Terrasvogels opened the score, but the inning also ended with a strange situation. Ella Krommendijk led off with a single and was moved into scoring position via a sacrifice bunt by Katharina Szalay. With two outs, she scored on a single by Dervisa Mutic, who herself ended up on second base on the throw to the plate. Terrasvogels got runners at the corners when Karin Tuk reached on an error. After reaching first base, (catcher) Tuk was replaced by Noa Brand, who was inserted via the Temporary Runner-rule. Hereafter, something must have gone wrong in the communication or signals between the runners and the coaching as a weird situation followed. On the first pitch to next hitter Lisa Waasdorp, Brand took off towards second base. Olympia Haarlem-catcher Dinet Oosting threw the ball to short stop Rachel van Veen, who came in and caught the ball in front of second base. A play at the plate was expected, but that never came, as Mutic returned to third base on the throw. Van Veen then turned and tagged out the walking Brand, which ended the inning and an opportunity to take some more distance.

Olympia Haarlem faced righthander Dani Bonnet. Due to study reasons, she wasn't available the entire season for Terrasvogels, but returned to the plate towards the end of the regular season. She also saw her opponent get into scoring position in the first two innings, but avoided giving up runs.

...Olympia Haarlem came from behind to win...
(© Photo: Jan Kruijdenberg)
In the bottom of the first inning, Jessie van Aalst led off for Olympia Haarlem with a walk. With one out, Mariëlle Vleugels also walked and the two runners advanced on a grounder by Virginie Anneveld, but were left behind. With two outs in the second inning, Emma Wójcik singled and moved on a wild pitch, but stranded on second base.

Trailing 1-0 halfway the fourth inning, it appeared at that moment that Terrasvogels was slightly the better of the two teams. But the home team then turned the game its way.

Brenda Beers opened the fourth Olympia-at bat with a single. Hereafter, Rachel van Veen singled down the leftfield-line, which probably would have led to runners on first and second base only. However, after leftfielder Lisa Waasdorp fielded the ball in foul territory, it jumped away from her back into fair territory and rolled all the way towards the outfield-fence. The error not only enabled Beers to score the tying run, but also enabled Van Veen to continue running around the bases to score the go-ahead run. In the remainder of the game, the Terrasvogels-defense showed some nice plays and held Olympia Haarlem scoreless. But as the team was unable to add runs itself, it ended up empty-handed.

With one out in the fourth and now leading 2-1, Emma Wójcik doubled for Olympia Haarlem and moved on a grounder by pinch-hitter Rosanne de Vries, but was left behind.

In the fifth inning, Olympia Haarlem got five baserunners, but didn't score. Dinet Oosting and Mariëlle Vleugels singled and Virginie Anneveld reached on an error to load the bases. Hereafter, both Brenda Beers and Rachel van Veen grounded towards second base. There, Jessica Waasdorp made two nice plays and forced out the runners at the plate. Another grounder ended the at bat, leaving three runners behind.

In the sixth inning, with two outs, Jessie van Aalst walked. The at bat ended with a nice running catch by centerfielder Dervisa Mutic.

In the top of the seventh inning, Alyson Spinas retired the side to complete the come-from-behind victory.

...The players and coaches of visiting Terrasvogels are introduced before the start of the game...

...The players and coaches of home-playing Olympia Haarlem are introduced before the start of the game...

...Alyson Spinas-Valainis and Dani Bonnet were the starting pitchers for Olympia Haarlem and Terrasvogels...

...Left: HP Umpire Mariana Prins has a talk with 1B Umpire Arjan de Wever...
...Right: Olympia Haarlem-short stop Rachel van Veen eliminates two batters in th first inning...

...Left: Olympia Haarlem-2B Emma Wójcik takes her postion..
...Right: Stephanie Pearce runs towards 1st base after a bunt in the 2nd inning...

...Ella Krommendijk hits a single for Terrasvogels in the 3rd inning...
...Mariana Prins is the Home Plate Umpire, Dinet Oosting is the catcher...

...Left: Ella Krommendijk reaches 1st base with a single in the 3rd inning; Standing at right is 1B Mariëlle Vleugels...
...Right: Dervisa Mutic hits a runscoring single to bring in Ella Krommendijk to put Terrasvogels ahead...

...Ella Krommendijk scores to put Terrasvogels ahead in the 3rd inning, sliding past catcher Dinet Oosting...

...Ella Krommendijk (21) is greeted after scoring for Terrasvogels in the 3rd inning...

...Left: Temporary Runner Noa Brand is tagged out by short stop Rachel van Veen in the 3rd inning...
...Right: Lisa Waasdorp hits a single for Terrasvogels in the 4th inning...

...Brenda Beers leads off the 4th inning for Olympia Haarlem with a single...

...Brenda Beers (left) and Rachel van Veen (right) score in the 4th inning to give Olympia Haarlem the lead...
...At left, Head Coach Stanley Doney sends Beers home to score the tying run...
...At right, Catcher Karin Tuk and Umpire Arjan de Wever see Van Veen score the go-ahead run...

...Rachel van Veen is greeted after scoring the go-ahead run for Olympia Haarlem in the 4th inning...

...Left: Short stop Lizzie Clarijs sees Emma Wójcik reach 2nd base with a double in the 4th inning...
...Right: Umpire Bob Gieskens calls Terrasvogels pinch-runner Yindi Beekveldt out after she tried... advance on a passed ball in the 6th inning...

...Left: Alice Donohoe closed the game as pitcher for Terrasvogels...
...Right: Terrasvogels-centerfielder Dervisa Mutic made a nice catch in the 6th inning...
(© All Photos: Jan Kruijdenberg)

FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem - Terrasvogels 2-1
FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem000200X-272
pitchers Terrasvogelsinn.SOBBHRER
Dani Bonnet, L (0-1)5.1-2722

Alice Donohoe0.2-1---

pitcher Olympia Haarleminn.SOBBHRER
Alyson Spinas, W (1-0)761411
Box Score
Team Rosters
HP-Mariana Prins, 1B-Arjan de Wever, 3B-Bob Gieskens.
Official Scorer-Alex van den Berg.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Marco Stoovelaar.
Technical Commissioner-Wout Isbouts.
Public Address Announcer-Huub Nelissen.
Scoreboard Operator-Ben Dernison.
Starting Time-4:00 PM.
Time Played-1:43 hrs.
Site-Nol Houtkamp Sportpark, Haarlem (site Olympia Haarlem).

Game Notes:
Game 1, best-of-three Holland Series; Olympia Haarlem leads 1-0.
33rd Holland Series.
First Holland Series between Olympia Haarlem and Terrasvogels.
22nd Holland Series-participation for Terrasvogels, third for Olympia Haarlem.
Katharina Szalay, Noa Brand, Dervisa Mutic, Denice van Dijk, Yindi Beekveldt, Alice Donohoe (all Terrasvogels), Tahli Moore and Alyson Spinas (both Olympia Haarlem) all play in their first Holland Series-game.
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 25,3° C (77,5° F); wind direction south-southeast;
wind speed 24 kmh (14,9 mph); wind force 4 Bft; humidity 57%.

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