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Virginie Anneveld and Chantal Versluis decorated; Olympia Haarlem wins

HAARLEM (Neth.) - Veteran players Virginie Anneveld and Chantal Versluis were honored on Tuesday-evening (June 26) before the start of the game between FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem and Sparks Haarlem. When the game went underway, Sparks Haarlem took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but league-leader Olympia Haarlem rallied for six runs in the fifth inning and went on to win 7-1. For Olympia, this was its 12th consecutive victory.

Earlier this season, the two experienced players played in their 400th official regular season-game in the highest Dutch softball-league. For reaching this milestone, the two received a decoration from the Royal Netherlands Baseball and Softball Association (KNBSB). The decorations were handed out by KNBSB-Secretary Peter van der Aart.

...Virginie Anneveld (left) and Chantal Versluis...
(© Photo Virginie: Marco Stoovelaar)
(© Photo Chantal: Fred Versluis)
Virginie Anneveld made her debut in the Dutch big league in 2005 while playing for Tex Town Tigers. After having played six years for the team from Enschede, she transfered to Sparks Haarlem for whom she played through last year. This season is her first with Olympia Haarlem. In 2015, Anneveld, who plays at third base, played professionally in the American National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) for Pennsylvania Rebellion.

Chantal Versluis played her first big league-game in 2003 when she was with Birds for whom she played three seasons. Since 2006, the short stop/outfielder plays for Sparks Haarlem. In 2016 and last season, Versluis played in the Italian Softball League for Sestese.

Both players are also regulars of the Netherlands National Softball Team. Chantal Versluis played in her first Orange-game in 2006, Virginie Anneveld made her National Team-debut in 2009.

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...KNBSB-Secretary Peter van der Aart handed out decorations to Chantal Versluis and Virginie Anneveld...
(© Both Photos: Fred Versluis)

Sparks Haarlem tonight played with another former regular player in its starting line-up. Kim Kluijskens and Sabine Franssen made their comeback in the big league last Saturday. Tonight, outfielder Marloes Fellinger was the designated player and played in her first game at the highest level after having retired some years ago. The team is bothered by some injuries at the moment. Chantal Versluis is one of the injured players, as she is sidelined with a hamstring-injury.

Sparks Haarlem took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning off of starter Eva Voortman. The lefthander walked lead-off hitter Kingsley Avery, who stole second base moments later. With two outs, she scored on a single by Maxime van Dalen, but this was to be the lone run the team scored tonight.

Kirsten Scheele, another veteran who was added to the roster at the beginning of the season, started for Sparks Haarlem. The righthander threw four scoreless innings in which she gave up only two basehits.

Olympia Haarlem then struck with six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning off of new pitcher Ginger de Weert. Rosanne de Vries led off as pinch-hitter and walked, then scored the tying run when Emma Wójcik, also a pinch-hitter, followed with a double. Wójcik moved to third base on the throw the plate and later scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball. Hereafter, Brenda Beers walked and moved on a sacrifice bunt by Eva Voortman and a single by Dinet Oosting. The bases got loaded when Jessie van Aalst walked. The next run was scored while Oosting was forced out on third base on a grounder by Mariëlle Vleugels. Two more runs were added when Virginie Anneveld followed with a triple. That increased the lead to 5-1 and led to a pitching change, as Quincey Catsburg was inserted. She saw Anneveld score the sixth run in the inning when she threw a wild pitch. A grounder ended the long at bat, but Olympia had taken a decisive lead.

Olympia Haarlem scored another run in the sixth inning. Emma Wójcik then singled and scored on a passed ball with two outs.

Ilona Andringa took over the Olympia-pitching in the top of the sixth inning. With one out, she gave up a single to Kimberly Jones. Hereafter, three force play-grounders followed. First, Jones reached second base safely when an error was made on a grounder by Maxime van Dalen. But grounders by Lisa Maulden and Marloes Fellinger then successfully resulted in force outs at second base.

Andringa retired the side in the seventh inning to seal the win.

Tonight's game was the first of a split double-header. The second game will be played coming Thursday-evening. The games are played midweeks to make room in August when both teams participate in European Cup-tournaments.

FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem - Sparks Haarlem 7-1
Sparks Haarlem1000000-141
FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem000061X-771
pitchers Sparks Haarleminn.SOBBHRER
Kirsten Scheele4112--

Ginger de Weert, BS (1), L (6-5)0.2-3366

Quincey Catsburg1.11-21-

pitchers Olympia Haarleminn.SOBBHRER
Eva Voortman, W (3-0)572311

Ilona Andringa22-1--
Box Score
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Louis Rohan, 1B-Bianca Dweelaard.
Official Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Dieks Bannink.
Public Address Announcer-Eric de Vries.
Scoreboard Operator-Frans Homringhausen.
Starting Time-8:00 PM.
Time Played-1:49 hrs.
Site-Nol Houtkamp Sportpark, Haarlem.

Game Notes:
Virginie Anneveld (Olympia Haarlem) and Chantal Versluis (Sparks Haarlem) are decorated before the game by KNBSB-Secretary Peter van der Aart for playing 400 regular season-games in the Dutch big league.
Weather conditions at game time: Sunny, 17,6° C (63,7° F); wind direction north;
wind speed 23 kmh (14,3 mph); wind force 3 Bft; humidity 67%.

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