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(Story & Photos by Marco Stoovelaar)
Tex Town Tigers wins twice in rain and snow in Oosterhout
OOSTERHOUT (Neth.) -
Tex Town Tigers opened the 2019 season in the Golden League on a very cold Saturday-afternoon (April 13) with two convincing wins at Twins Oosterhout.
With today's games, Twins returned into the highest division.
The team relegated in 2016.
Last season, Twins finished in first place in the Silver League to become one of the two teams to promote to the Golden League, the other being Hoofddorp Pioniers.
Both teams automatically promoted, as the highest league expanded from six to eight teams this season.
The Talent Team Holland completes the league as its ninth team.
In the opener, Tex Town Tigers recorded an 8-1, 5-inning mercy-rule victory.
In the second game, TTT trailed 4-2 after three innings, but then added seven runs and won 9-4.
It was a very cold day today.
The average temperature was 6,5 degrees C (43,7 F), but the windchill was only 3,4 C (38,1 F).
And there was rain and even some sleet!
Schedule, Standings & Scores
Tex Town Tigers was off to a good start and already led 5-0 after three innings.
The team from Enschede opened the score with two runs in the top of the first inning off of Carling Hare.
The British righthander walked lead-off hitter Merel Oosterveld, who played in her first big league-game since 2015.
Back then, she played in her third and final season for Olympia Haarlem.
Before that, the outfielder had played nine seasons for Tex Town Tigers.
Oosterveld moved into scoring position on a grounder by Myrthe Smid, then scored on a single by Laura Wissink.
For-the-record, the run was scored at 2:02 PM and was one of the first two scored in the 2019 Golden League-season, the other was scored in Haarlem in the game between DSS and Terrasvogels.
Wissink's basehit came moments after the first basehit of the season was recorded in the game between FysioExpert Olympia Haarlem and Roef!.
After Oosterveld had scored, Wissink moved on a grounder, then was awarded third base on an illegal pitch.
After next batter Marije Oosting-ten Thij walked, a wild pitch led to the second run.
Tex Town Tigers added two runs in the second inning.
With one out, the bases got loaded when Shaneequa Kock reached on a bunt-single and both Eloïse Tribolet and Merel Oosterveld walked.
Hereafter, Myrthe Smid delivered a 2-run single to make it a 4-0 score.
In the top of the third, TTT scored its fifth run.
With one out, runners Marije Oosting-ten Thij (walk) from second base and Nadine Marinus (fielder's choice) from first base executed a double-steal.
Lee Lankhorst then hit the ball into the air in the outfield-area behind first base and that set everyone in motion.
Rookie 1B Ilse van de Wouw caught the ball, then Oosting took off to score and beat the throw to the plate, making this a sacrifice fly.
Marinus was unable to return in time to third base and was eliminated there, making this an inning-ending double play!
The Twins-defense again made some fine outs in the fourth at bat, but also gave up another run.
Shaneequa Kock led off for TTT with a single and Eloïse Tribolet walked.
Kock then scored on a single by Merel Oosterveld, while Tribolet was eliminated trying to advance to third base on a throw from leftfielder Ellinor Keepers.
For Oosterveld, this was her first big league-basehit since she was 2-for-3 for Olympia Haarlem on June 27, 2015 against DSS.
Coincidentally, Dieks Bannink was the Official Scorer back then and today, he was the Play-by-Play Scorer.
On the throw to third base, Oosterveld moved to second base.
But moments later, she was eliminated when she tried to advance to third base on a foul-out into foul territory by Myrthe Smid.
There, Ilse van de Wouw made another good catch, then completed the double play.
Trailing 6-0, Twins scored its first run in the bottom of the fourth off of Canadian righthander Zoe Gillis.
She was supported with a double play in the second inning, but in that at bat, Twins also left runners behind on first and second base.
In the third inning, Gillis walked lead-off hitter Anne Ketelaar, who moved on a wild pitch, but stranded on second base.
...Nadine Marinus homered for Tex Town Tigers...|
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
With two outs in the bottom of the fourth, Gillis walked Danielle ten Donkelaar, who last year played in the Silver League for Amsterdam Pirates and also is a former player of Tex Town Tigers.
She moved on a single by Ellinor Keepers, then scored on the first Golden League-basehit by Ilse van de Wouw.
In the top of the fifth, TTT scored two runs to reach a mercy-rule run-difference.
Danielle ten Donkelaar took over the pitching and gave up an one-put single to Lisa Marie Kovačevič-Köllner.
With two outs, veteran player Nadine Marinus homered to make it an 8-1 score.
She became the first player to hit a homerun in the 2019 Golden League-season.
While being a very solid hitter, Nadine Marinus is not know for hitting homeruns.
This was only her fourth in the big league since making her debut in 2005.
She hit her last homerun on May 22, 2016 in what was a crazy game against the Talent Team Holland.
Back then, Tex Town Tigers won with a 21-20 score in a game that lasted two hours and 41 minutes.
Nadine Marinus was 4-for-6 in the game, including a homerun.
In that game, Danielle ten Donkelaar was her teammate.
Shaneequa Kock pitched the bottom of the fifth for TTT and retired the side to end the game.
|Twins Oosterhout - Tex Town Tigers 1-8 (5 inn.)|
|Tex Town Tigers||221||12|| ||-||8||7||1|
|Twins Oosterhout||000||10|| ||-||1||3||1|
|pitchers Tex Town Tigers||inn.||SO||BB||H||R||ER|
|Zoe Gillis, W (1-0)||4||2||3||3||1||1|
|Carling Hare, L (0-1)||4||1||6||5||6||5|
|Danielle ten Donkelaar||1||1||-||2||2||2|
|Homerun: Tex Town Tigers: Nadine Marinus (1)(5th,2-run,2 outs,off Ten Donkelaar).|
Umpires: HP-Patrick Reus, 1B-Gerrit-Jan van der Hoeven.|
Official Scorer-Rienette Hamers.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Dieks Bannink.
Public Address Announcer-Joost Arnold.
Scoreboard Operator-Joost Arnold.
Starting Time-2:00 PM.
Time Played-1:21 hrs.
Site-Sportpark 'De Slotbosse Toren', Oosterhout.
Opening Day Golden League 2019.
Zoe Gillis, Noemie Weyel (both Tex Town Tigers), Corinne Ammerlaan, Carling Hare, Anne Ketelaar, Machteld Rector, Sara Riou and Ilse van de Wouw (all Twins) make their debut in the Golden League.
Jeroen den Duijn (Twins) makes his debut as Head Coach in the Golden League.
Rob Hendriks (Twins) makes his debut as Coach in the Golden League.
Weather conditions at game time: Partly cloudy, 6,9° C (44,4° F); wind direction north;
wind speed 19 kmh (11,8 mph); wind force 4 Bft; humidity 45%.
In the second game, Twins Oosterhout was ahead twice, but the team was unable to hold the lead.
Tex Town Tigers rallied for five runs in the fifth inning, while Twins was held scoreless.
Merel Oosterveld led off the game for Tex Town Tigers off of starter Romy van der Ham with a double in the top of the first inning, but stranded on third base.
Moments later, Twins opened the score in its first at bat off of starter Lee Lankhorst.
With two outs, Minke Blok walked and Sterre den Duijn singled.
Machteld Rector followed with her first Golden League-basehit to bring in the first run, but two runners were left behind.
Tex Town Tigers again got into scoring position in the top of the second.
This time, Marije Oosting-ten Thij and Nadine Marinus began with singles, but there were left behind on second and third base.
For Twins, Ellinor Keepers walked with two outs in the bottom of the second, then Imane Alou Issa singled, but again, two runners stranded.
Tex Town Tigers then scored two runs in the top of the third.
Merel Oosterveld led off and reached second base on an error, then moved on a wild pitch, but was unable to advance on an infield-hit towards third base by Myrthe Smid.
After the latter had stolen second base, a force play was created by walking (powerhitter) Laura Wissink intentionally.
With the bases loaded, the tying run was scored on a single by Lisa Marie Kovačevič-Köllner, then a wild pitch accounted for the go-ahead run.
Two runners were left behind, as the next three batters were retired in order.
Twins recovered and answered with three runs in the bottom of the third to re-take the lead.
Two runs were unearned, as the TTT-defense committed three errors.
Minke Blok led off with a double, then Sterre den Duijn singled, which was followed by a wild pitch that made it a 2-2 score.
With one out, Zoe Gillis took over the pitching.
WIth two outs, three consecutive batters reached on an error, resulting in two runs and a 4-2 lead for Twins and two runners on base.
The bases got loaded when Imane Alou Issa walked, but Gillis then closed with a strikeout.
...Merel Oosterveld was 4-for-5 with a double...|
...2 runs, 1 RBI...
...She had 5 hits and 3 runs in her first...
...games for TTT since 2012...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar)
The lead was shortlived, as TTT came alongside in the top of the fourth.
Shaneequa Kock led off with a walk, then her pinch-runner Nina Grashof advanced on an infield-hit by Eloïse Tribolet, then scored on a single by Merel Oosterveld.
That led to a pitching change, as Carling Hare took over.
With one out, she walked Laura Wissink intentionally to load the bases, but then gave up a runscoring single to Lisa Marie Kovačevič-Köllner that tied the score.
Oosterveld tried to advance to third base, but was eliminated there.
TTT left runners behind on second and third base, but it was a new ballgame.
In the next four innings, Twins would reach base only one more time, while TTT struck in a long fifth at bat with five runs.
Nadine Marinus and Lee Lankhorst (bunt) led off with singles and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Shaneequa Kock.
They then scored when French player Eloïse Tribolet hit a 3-run inside-the-park-homerun down the leftfield-line to put TTT ahead 8-5.
Hereafter, Merel Oosterveld (who was 4-for-5) singled and scored on a 2-out double by Laura Wissink, who later scored the fifth run in the inning on an error.
Moments later, the game was interrupted, as the rain and sleet (!) became heavier.
After a 30-minute delay, the game resumed, but no more runs were added.
|Twins Oosterhout - Tex Town Tigers 4-9|
|Tex Town Tigers||002||250||0||-||9||14||4|
|pitchers Tex Town Tigers||inn.||SO||BB||H||R||ER|
|Zoe Gillis||- (*)||-||-||-||-||-|
|Zoe Gillis, W (2-0)||4.2||6||1||-||1||-|
|(*) - Gillis was announced as starting pitcher, but was replaced when bottom 1st began|
|Romy van der Ham||3 (*)||-||2||7||4||3|
|Carling Hare, L (0-2)||2||1||1||6||5||4|
|Danielle ten Donkelaar||2||2||1||1||-||-|
|(*) - Van der Ham pitched to three batters in the fourth inning|
|Homerun: Tex Town Tigers: Eloïse Tribolet (1)(5th,3-run,1 out,inside-the-park,off Hare).|
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