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Wins for Tex Town Tigers, Joudrs on Day 1 Mastenbroek Tournament

ENSCHEDE (Neth.) - Organizing club Tex Town Tigers opened the 36th edition of the annual international J.C.J. Mastenbroek Tournament at its site in Enschede with a 6-0 shutout-win against Carrousel from Russia. Later in the evening, Joudrs Praha won only 1-0 against Barracudas Zürich (Switzerland) in what was a pitching-duel. Monica Perry threw a No-Hitter, but ended up empty-handed.

In the late afternoon, the baseball-tournament went underway with Tex Town Tigers winning 5-3 against Barracudas Zürich from Switzerland.

The game-schedule of the softball-tournament had to be adjusted a few days ago after DSS and Sparks Haarlem both withdraw their team from the event due to some injuries. Initially, ten teams were to participate in the softball-tournament, including four from abroad. But in the new situation, the field of participants has eight teams. Golden League-teams Tex Town Tigers (host), FysioExpert Olympia (Dutch champion and last years winner), Roef! and Twins Oosterhout will be joined by Barracudas Zürich (Switzerland), Carrousel (Russia), Joudrs Praha (Czech Republic) and the National Team of Germany.

In the long history of the tournament, it was not possible to play only once. In 2013, the event was cancelled due to snow.

Through the years, the complex of Tex Town Tigers has been the site of several international softball-events. In 2000, the European Championship Juniors for both women and men was organized in Enschede. In 2007, Tex Town Tigers was the host of the Women's World Championship Juniors, the only time this event was held in Europe. And in 2012, the tournament for the European Cup was held at Sportpark 'De Kroedkotten'. Recently, the organization of next years European Under-15 Softball Championship was awarded to Enschede.

(March 29)

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Tex Town Tigers vs. Carrousel

Tex Town Tigers opened the score in the bottom of the first inning off of starter Yulia Maslova. She struckout the first two batters she faced, but then Laura Wissink reached on an error. Moments later, she stole second base, then scored on a single by Lisa-Marie Kovačević-Köllner.

The home team doubled its lead in the second at bat. Nadine Marinus led off with a single, stole second base and advanced on a wild pitch. With one out, she scored on a sacrifice fly by Myrthe Smid.

...Britt Vonk hitting for Tex Town Tigers...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar
screenshot of SoftbalDino! Webstream)
Tex Town Tigers added two runs in the fourth off of Vera Kukharenko, who had taken over th Russian pitching in the previous inning. Marije Oosting-ten Thij and Nadine Marinus led off with singles. A bunt-single by next batter Cheyenne Scheffer led to a lot of traffic in the infield. Oosting scored, Marinus was eliminated in a rundown and Scheffer reached second base. Shortly thereafter, Scheffer stole third base and scored on an infield-hit by Myrthe Smid to make it a 4-0 score.

TTT took more distance in the fifth off of Yulia Maslova, who re-entered as pitcher. She gave up a lead-off infield-hit to Britt Vonk, who played for Tex Town Tigers as a guest-player. She is on the roster of Golden League-team Terrasvogels, but will play in Italy this season for Bussolengo. Hereafter, Laura Wissink walked. Vonk, who played professionally for Scrap Yard Dawgs in the past two years, then scored on a single by rookie Vera Geurtsen. That was followed by a throwing error from the outfield, which also enabled Wissink to score.

Carrousel got several runners in scoring position, but was held scoreless. In the top of the first inning, off of starter Zoe Gillis, Tatiana Zhuchkova led off with a single and moved on a sacrifice bunt, but then stranded. In the second, with one out, Yulia Maslova hit a triple, but was left behind. In the third inning, Carrousel left runners behind on second and third base.

With one out in the fourth, Vera Kukharenko doubled wit one out off of new pitcher Cheyenne Scheffer. But she also was left behind in scoring position. In the fifth, Yana Islamova led off with a single, but hereafter, Scheffer struckout the next three batters.

...An overview of the field during the opening game...
(© Photo: Marco Stoovelaar, screenshot of SoftbalDino! Webstream)

Tex Town Tigers - Carrousel 6-0 (5 inn.)
Carrousel00000 -042
Tex Town Tigers11022 -690
pitchers Carrouselinn.SOBBHRER
Yulia Maslova, L (0-1)22-321

Vera Kukharenko2--422

Yulia Maslova132222

pitchers Tex Town Tigersinn.SOBBHRER
Zoe Gillis, W (1-0)3-12--

Cheyenne Scheffer, SV (1)23-2--
Standings Exh. Season
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Michael Renngli (Switzerland), 1B-Bob Gieskens.
Official Scorer-Brigitta Zaal.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Jeanette van Drunen.
Starting Time-7:00 PM.
Time Played-1:25 hrs.
Site-Sportpark 'De Kroedkotten', Enschede.

Game Notes:
Exhibition Game.
Game 1 - 36th J.C.J. Mastenbroek Tournament.
Weather conditions at game time: Partly cloudy, 13,8° C (56,8° F); wind direction east-northeast;
wind speed 6 kmh (3,7 mph); wind force 1 Bft; humidity 63%.

Joudrs Praha vs. Barracudas Zürich

In a pitching-duel, Joudrs Praha nipped Barracudas Zürich 1-0, scoring the lone run after an error. Monica Perry (Barracudas) and Adéla Linková (Joudrs) both struckout 12 batters on a chilly evening, as the temperatures had dropped to only six degrees (43 F).

Perry threw a complete game No-Hitter and walked none, but saw Joudrs score an unearned run in the fifth inning. Some seasons ago, the American righthander pitched in the Dutch big league for Terrasvogels and Sparks Haarlem. She also pitched in Italy and Australia.

It was a quick-paced game, as it was possible to play seven innings within the tournament-rule one-and-a-half hour.

Both pitchers were throwing a Perfect Game after the first four innings, but that ended in the fifth at bat.

Adéla Linková struckout seven of the first twelve batters she faced. Monica Perry did even better, striking out ten of the first twelve batters. She struckout the first eight batters she faced.

With one out in the top of the fifth, Corina Grass singled for Barracudas. This would be the lone basehit in the game. She moved to second base on a sacrifice bunt by Ines Dübendorfer, but Linková then closed with another strikeout.

In the bottom of the fifth, Jana Fůrková led off for Joudrs and reached on an error. She stole second base, moved to third base on a passed ball and scored on a sacrifice bunt/squeeze from Adéla Šimůnková.

Barracudas got a chance to come alongside in the top of the seventh. With two outs, Luisa Bär and Corina Grass walked, but the inning and the game then ended with a strikeout.

Joudrs Praha - Barracudas Zürich 1-0 (6½ inn.)
Barracudas Zürich0000000-011
Joudrs Praha000010X-100
pitcher Barracudasinn.SOBBHRER
Monica Perry, L (0-1)612--1-
(Monica Perry throws a No-Hitter)

pitcher Joudrsinn.SOBBHRER
Adéla Linková, W (1-0)71221--
Standings Exh. Season
Team Rosters
Umpires: HP-Arjan de Wever, 1B-Martin Lemstra.
Official Scorer-Stefan Slinger.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Karin Pieneman.
Starting Time-9:00 PM.
Time Played-1:33 hrs.
Site-Sportpark 'De Kroedkotten', Enschede (site Tex Town Tigers).

Game Notes:
Exhibition Game.
Game 2 - 36th J.C.J. Mastenbroek Tournament.
Weather conditions at game time: Clear, 5,9° C (42,6° F); wind direction south-southeast;
wind speed 8 kmh (4,9 mph); wind force 1 Bft; humidity 92%.

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