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Roef! makes European debut with win in Premiere Cup-tournament
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BUTTRIO / CASTIONS DI STRADA (Italy) - Dutch reigning champion Roef! played its first game in an European Cup-tournament on Monday-afternoon (August 16). The team from Moergestel faced RusStar from Russia in the Preliminary Round of the European Premiere Cup-tournament and recorded a 7-0 shutout-win in five innings. The 43rd edition of the tournament, which initially was called European Cup when it was first played, is organized in Italy.

In the evening, the game against Bollate from Italy was halted with two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning due to heavy lightning. There was no score at that moment. The game will be completed on Friday-afternoon in Castions di Strada.

On Tuesday, Roef! will play one game and then meets Les Comanches from France.

Roef! initially was to make its European debut last year, but the tournament was then cancelled and postponed to this year due to ongoing measures against the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19).

(August 16)

Other scores Day 1:
Les Comanches vs. Rivas 1-8; Forl vs. Apollo Bratislava 13-8; Apollo Bratislava vs. Barracudas Zrich 1-3; Bollate vs. Rivas 5-2; RusStar vs. SK Joudrs Praha 3-7.



Roef! vs. RusStar

In the first game, Marjolein Merkx was the starting pitcher for Roef! and she held RusStar scoreless in the four innings she pitched, giving five basehits and striking out four batters. Shomayra Franka completed the game by pitching the fifth inning.

Roef! collected six basehits off of three pitchers and opened the score in the top of the second inning. With one out, Isa Los walked, advanced on an error and scored when a grounder by Onaisha Franka resulted in another error.

Roef! added two runs in the fourth. Elizabeth Snow led off with a walk, then her pinch-runner Kim Horsten moved to third base when an error was made on the sacrifice bunt by Sophie Verdaasdonk, who ended up on second base herself. Moments later, Horsten was eliminated at the plate on a grounder by Isa Los. But hereafter, Verdaasdonk scored on an error and Los scored on a single by Onaisha Franka.

The mercy-rule run-difference was reached in the top of the fifth via a 4-run rally. With one out and Kim Donkers on base (error), Elizabeth Snow re-entered as pinch-hitter and delivered an RBI-double. Sophie Verdaasdonk then walked and Isa Los followed with a 2-run triple. After a pitching change, Los scored the seventh run on a single by Onaisha Franka.

Although RusStar was kept scoreless, the team got several scoring opportunities. In the bottom of the first inning, Tatiana Zhuchkova and Yana Islamova led off with singles, but a double play followed when pitcher Marjolein Merkx caught a line drive from from Irina Ilyashenko. In the second, the Russian team had the bases loaded with one out. A force out at the plate then followed on a grounder, but then the runner that had advanced to third base also was eliminated to complete an inning-ending double play. In the fourth inning, RusStar left runners behind on second and third base. In the fifth inning, the team had runners at the corners, but that at bat also ended with a double play.


RusStar - Roef! 0-7 (5 inn.)
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Roef!01024 -760
RusStar00000 -065
pitchers Roef!inn.SOBBHRER
Marjolein Merkx, W (1-0)4425--

Shomayra Franka1-11--

pitchers RusStarinn.SOBBHRER
Yulia Maslova, L (0-1)442331

Tatiana Kulikova0.1-1243

Irina Ilyashenko0.2--1--

Box Score
Play-by-Play
Umpires: HP-Michal Židek (Czech Rep.), 1B-Loretta Lamieri (Italy),
3B-Martin Moravćk (Slovakia).
Official Scorer-Stefano Burlini (Italy).
Play-by-Play Scorer-Roberto Saletti (Italy).
Technical Commissioner-Wout Isbouts (Netherlands).
Starting Time-12:30 PM.
Time Played-2:04 hrs.
Site-Campo di Baseball/Softball, Buttrio (Italy) (complex White Sox Buttrio).

Game Notes:
European Premiere Cup 2021.
Weather conditions at game time:
Partly cloudy, 32° C (89,6° F); wind direction north-northeast; wind speed 16 kmh (9,9 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 53%.



Roef! vs. Bollate

The game between Roef! and Bollate was a pitching-duel between Sidney Watkins and Greta Cecchetti. American righthander Watkins, who is a pick-up player this tournament for Roef!, gave up only one basehit. Veteran National Team-pitcher Cecchetti was pitching a Perfect Game when the game was halted in the bottom of the sixth due to the weather conditions.

Sidney Watkins gave up a lead-off single to Amanda Fama in the top of the first inning. This not only was to be the lone basehit in the entire game, Fama also was to be the lone baserunner. Watkins followed with a strikeout, then a line drive by Elisa Cecchetti was caught by leftfielder Wies Ligtvoet. The inning ended with a grounder by Maxime van Dalen. The player of Sparks Haarlem is a pick-up player in this tournament in the team of Bollate.

Greta Cecchetti did even better and allowed no batter of Roef! to reach base. The righthander dominated and struckout twelve batters. She struckout the side in the second and third inning. From the first inning on, Cecchetti struckout eight consecutive batters.

When the bottom of the sixth inning began, lightning already was visible behind the outfield, but nevertheless, the at bat went underway. Two guest-players in the team of Roef! opened the inning. Nadine Marinus (who plays for Tex Town Tigers) led off and grounded out. Hereafter, Sietske Drijvers (who plays for Amsterdam Pirates) became the twelfth strikeout-victim of Greta Cecchetti. When next batter Onaisha Franka stepped in the batter's box, heavier lighthning was visible and Slovakian Home Pate Umpire Martin Moravćk halted the game and ordered everyone to leave the field.

The game didn't resume and will be completed on Friday.


Roef! - Bollate 0-0 (suspended, lightning)
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Bollate000000 -010
Roef!000000 -000
(game halted with two outs in bottom 6th inning due to lightning)
pitcher Bollateinn.SOBBHRER
Greta Cecchetti (pitcher-of-record)5.212----

pitcher Roef!inn.SOBBHRER
Sidney Watkins (pitcher-of-record)66-1--

Box Score
Play-by-Play
Umpires: HP-Martin Moravćk (Slovakia), 1B-Ibon Arvalo Lafuente (Spain),
3B-Michal Židek (Czech Rep.).
Official Scorer-Roberto Saletti (Italy).
Play-by-Play Scorer-Alessandro Meli (Italy).
Technical Commissioner-Zsuzsa Balog (Hungary).
Starting Time-9:20 PM.
Time Played-1:46 hrs.
Site-Campo di Baseball/Softball, Buttrio (Italy) (complex White Sox Buttrio).

Game Notes:
European Premiere Cup 2021.
Game halted due to lightning in bottom 6th inning with two outs, no baserunners, no count on the batter and a 0-0 score.
Game to be completed on Friday in Castions di Strada.
Weather conditions at game time:
Partly cloudy, 26° C (78,8° F); wind direction north-northeast; wind speed 19 kmh (11,8 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 73%.



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