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Netherlands Softball Team records mercy-rule win in second game vs. Czechia

TRÓJA/PRAHA-TRÓJA/PRAGUE (Czechia) - The Netherlands Softball Team also won the second game of the Friendship Series against Czechia in Czech capital Prague. On Tuesday (April 30), the Orange Team recorded a comfortable 9-2 win in a game that ended after five innings due to the run-ahead rule.

In today's game, the Netherlands and Czechia met at the site of SaBaT Praha in Trója, a neigborhoord in the municipal district Praha-Trója, located in the administrative district Praha 7, in the north of Prague.

In today's game, the Orange-squad collected ten basehits, including the second homerun in the series by Maxime van Dalen, who was 2-for-3 and scored three runs. Annemiek Jansen, Cindy van der Zanden and Nicky Uytendaal also had two basehits.

In the opener on Monday, the Netherlands won with a 6-2 score at Svoboda Park, the home of SK. Joudrs Praha.

On Wednesday, May 1, the two teams will close the Friendship Series with a double-header. That will be played at the site of Spectrum Praha in Černý Most, a subdivision in the north-east of Prague, located in the administrative district Praha 14. The first game begins at 2:00 PM, the second at 5 PM.

(April 30)

Two teammates were the starting pitchers in today's game. Jessie van Aalst began for the Netherlands and Anna Zoulová was the first Czech pitcher. Both play for Olympia Haarlem in the Dutch big league. Last Saturday, they both pitched in the same game against Euro Stars in a regular season-game.

Just like in the first game, the Orange Team scored early. On Monday-evening, two runs were scored in the first inning. Today, the team rallied for four runs in the opening at bat on four basehits.

Annemiek Jansen led off the game with a double down the leftfield-line off of Anna Zoulová. Next, the bases got loaded when Suka Van Gurp walked and Maxime van Dalen reached on a line drive single. The first two scored when Cindy van der Zanden followed with a line drive double down the leftfield-line. With one out, Nicky Uytendaal delivered a 2-run single to lift the lead to 4-0.

Jessie van Aalst got one baserunner in her first inning in the circle. With two outs, the lefthander walked Ema Vodičková, but then closed with her second strikeout.

The Netherlands added two runs in the second inning. With one out, Annemiek Jansen singled and she scored with two outs when Maxime van Dalen hit her second homerun in two days to make it a 6-0 score.

In the bottom of the second inning, there was the same scenario as in the previous at bat. With two outs,Jessie van Aalst walked Klára Hudíková, but then closed again with a strikeout.

Two more Orange-runs were scored in the top of the third inning off of new pitcher Anna Štenglová. With one out, Nicky Uytendaal and Lorraine Kieft singled, which led to runners at the corners. Uytendaal then scored on a following single by Lizzie Clarijs. That brought Kieft to third base and she went on to score on a grounder by Damishah Charles, who played in her first game since a few weeks. Charles sustained a minor fracture in her arm during the Mastenbroek Tournament in the final weekend of March, while playing for her club-team Neptunus. Since then, she didn't play. Except for one game, when she was in the starting line-up of Neptunus as the so-called flex player, but she never came into action. In the same tournament, National Team-pitcher Eva Voortman (who also plays for Neptunus) sustained a fracture in her foot. She will be out of action for a longer period.

In the bottom of the third inning, Jessie van Aalst closed for the third time with a strikeout. She again got a baserunner with two outs, when Aneta Molenková reached on an error. After she had stolen second to become the first Czech runner in scoring position, Van Aalst closed with her fifth strikeout.

In the top of the fourth, the Netherlands added an unearned run. With one out, Maxime van Dalen reached on an error. She advanced on a single by Cindy van der Zanden, then scored with two outs when a grounder by Nicky Uytendaal also ended in an error.

With a 9-0 lead, Lindsey Meadows took over the Orange-pitching in the bottom of the fourth. She gave up a lead-off, ground-rule double to Eliška Stejskalová, which was the first Czech basehit. Meadows followed with a strikeout, but then gave up singles to Michaela Pecková and Klára Hudíková, which enabled Stejskalová to score. Meadows also closed with a strikeout.

After the Netherlands was retired in order in the top of the fifth, the Czechs added an unearned run in its fifth at bat. With one out, Aneta Molenková singled, moved to third base on an error and scored on a wild pitch. With a runner on third base, a grounder ended the inning.

And that also ended the game via the run-ahead rule.

Playing for the Netherlands in this game were:
Annemiek Jansen (LF, 2-for-3, double, 2 runs), Brenda Beers (PH/LF, 0-for-1), Suka Van Gurp (2B, 0-for-2, run, walk), Maxime van Dalen (DP, 2-for-3, homerun, 3 runs, 2 RBI's), Cindy van der Zanden (CF, 2-for-3, double, run, 2 RBI's), Charlotte Drijvers (RF, 0-for-3, 2 strikeouts), Nicky Uytendaal (1B, 2-for-3, run, 2 RBI's), Lorraine Kieft (C, 1-for-3, run, strikeout), Lizzie Clarijs (SS, 1-for-3, RBI), Damishah Charles (3B, 0-for-2, RBI), Dinet Oosting (3B, 0-for-1) and pitchers Jessie van Aalst and Lindsey Meadows.

Czechia - Netherlands 2-9 (5 inn.)
NETHERLANDS42210 -9102
CZECHIA00011 -242
pitchers Netherlandsinn.SOBBHRER
Jessie van Aalst, W (1-0)352---

Lindsey Meadows, SV (1)22-421

pitchers Czechiainn.SOBBHRER
Anna Zoulová, L (0-1)221666

Anna Štenglová31-431

Homerun: Netherlands: Maxime van Dalen (2)(2nd,2-run,2 outs,off Zoulová).
Umpires: HP-Jan Hora, 1B-Svatopluk Smysl, 3B-Miroslav Dolejš.
Official Scorer-Lucie Hudíková.
Play-by-Play Scorer-Jakub Hauser.
Starting Time-5:10 PM.
Time Played-1:40 hrs.
Site-Softball-complex SaBaT, Trója, Praha-Trója, Praha 7, Prague (Czechia) (site SaBaT Praha).

Game Notes:
Second game Friendship Series 2024.
44th international game for the Netherlands against Czechia.
35th win in history for the Netherlands against Czechia.
Weather conditions at game time:
Partly cloudy, 26° C (78,8° F); wind direction southeast; wind speed 27 kmh (16,8 mph); wind force 4 Bft; humidity 29%.

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