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European Premiere Cup: Roef! wins big on Day 2

BUTTRIO / CASTIONS DI STRADA (Italy) - Roef! briefly trailed, but recorded a big 11-2 victory in 4½ inning against Les Comanches from France in Castions di Strada on Tuesday-evening (August 17), Day 2 of the 43rd edition of the European Premiere Cup.

Roef! opened the event on Monday with a 7-0 shutout-win against RusStar (Russia). On Monday-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 Wednesday, Roef! will play its next two games. In the afternoon, the team plays against Forlì (Italy) in Buttrio and in the evening, Roef! meets SK Joudrs Praha (Czech Republic) in Castions di Strada.

(August 17)

Other scores Day 2:
Barracudas Zürich vs. SK Joudrs Praha 12-21; Rivas vs. Forlì 1-0; Les Comanches vs. Bollate 1-10; Barracudas Zürich vs. Rivas 1-8; RusStar vs. Forlì 0-6; SK Joudrs Praha vs. Apollo Bratislava 3-5; Bollate vs. RusStar 16-1 (3 inn.).

Roef! vs. Les Comanches

Roef! faced a 2-0 deficit halfway the first inning, but answered with a 4-run rally and went on to record a comfortable victory.

With one out in the top of the first inning, Carrie Pitcher reached on an infield-hit for Les Comanches off of starter Jessica Tolmie. She advanced to third base on a following double by Geraldine Puertas and scored the first run on a grounder by Yuruby Alicart. Puertas and Alicart are both experienced international players who participated with the National Team of Venezuela in the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijng (China). Puertas scored the second run for the French team on a single by Sandra Dymowiez.

Roef! reacted immediately in its first at bat and scored four runs off of Dutch pitcher Lisa Brink, who plays in the Dutch big league for Tex Town Tigers. With one out, she gave up a single to Kim Donkers, then a triple to Sterre den Duijn, which produced the first Roef!-run. Brink then faced her TTT-teammate Nadine Marinus, who delivered a runscoring double that tied the score. A walk for next batter Isa Los ended in a wild pitch, which enabled Marinus to score from second base. Los, who had moved to second base on the wild pitch, advanced to third base when Charlotte Drijvers flied out, then scored the fourth run in the at bat on a passed ball.

After a scoreless second inning, Roef! added three runs in the third. Sterre den Duijn and Nadine Marinus began with infield-hits and both scored on an one-out double by Charlotte Drijvers. With two outs, Drijvers scored the next run on a single by Eva van Knegsel.

Roef! reached a mercy-rule run-difference in the bottom of the fourth via a 4-run rally. Lead-off hitter Wies Ligtvoet was hit by a pitch, stole second base and scored on a single by Kim Donkers. Sterre den Duijn then also singled and with one out, Isa Los delivered a 2-run triple. Moments later, Los scored on a wild pitch, which increased the lead to 11-2.

Les Comanches got some more runners in scoring position after the first inning, but was unable to add more runs. In the second inning, Jessica Tolmie hit lead-off hitter Elsa Munier with a pitch, but struckout the next two batters. An error on a grounder by Pauline Prade led to runners on second and third base, but a flyout ended the at bat.

In the top of the fourth inning, with a 7-2 lead, Kim Horsten took over the pitching from Jessica Tolmie and retired the side. In the fifth, Horsten gave up a lead-off single to Pauline Prade, who moved into scoring position on a grounder by Carrie Pitcher. But hereafter, the two Venezuelan players in the French team respectively flied out and grounded out, which ended the game.

Roef! - Les Comanches 11-2 (4½ inn.)
Les Comanches20000 -240
Roef!4034X -11111
pitchers Les Comanchesinn.SOBBHRER
Lisa Brink, L (0-2)3.232101110

Louise Le Chenadec0.11-1--

pitchers Roef!inn.SOBBHRER
Jessica Tolmie, W (1-0)33-322

Kim Horsten2--1--

Box Score
Umpires: HP-Martin Moravćík (Slovakia), 1B-Galip Sönmez (Germany),
3B-Michal Židek (Czech Rep.).
Official Scorers-Roberto Saletti (Italy), Matteo Curci (Italy).
Play-by-Play Scorer-Arianna Pagani (Italy).
Technical Commissioner-Wout Isbouts (Netherlands).
Starting Time-5:30 PM.
Time Played-1:32 hrs.
Site-Campo da Softball, Castions di Strada (Italy) (complex Softball Club Castionese).

Game Notes:
European Premiere Cup 2021.
Weather conditions at game time:
Partly cloudy, 28° C (82,4° F); wind direction south-southeast; wind speed 19 kmh (11,8 mph); wind force 2 Bft; humidity 36%.

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