Terrasvogels opens with big win...|
PARMA (Italy) - Iber Lengua Terrasvogels started the CupWinners Cup in Parma with an 11-2 victory against Novi Zagreb Lady Pirates from Croatia, but didn't played well defensively, committing five errors.
Despite that, the team had a productive day offensively and the lead never came into jeopardy.
Terrasvogels got 14 basehits, including four by Italian national team-player Christina Rolla, who went 4-for-4, scored once and had four Runs Batted In.
Played under temperatures of about 35 degrees Celsius, the team started well with a 4-run rally in the first inning.
With one out, Christina Rolla tripled, then scored when Annemiek van Riessen followed with a single.
Next, Linda Hoenderdos reached on an infield-hit and both she and Annemiek then scored on a triple by Cambria Miranda.
With two outs, Shannah van der Kaaij also singled to lift the lead to 4-0.
In the home of the first, the Terrasvogels-defense committed three errors, resulting in two Croatian runs, without the opponent registering a basehit!
For the Lady Pirates the scoring stopped there.
Terrasvogels added two more errors in the next two at bats, but these two didn't do any harm, as both came with two outs and the third out followed quickly after that.
Terrasvogels-pitcher Shannah van der Kaaij went the distance and gave up only one basehit, a 2-out single in the second inning, which came after Shannah had made a throwing error herself, which would have ended the inning.
After the Croatian team scored twice in the first inning, only three more batters reached base in the remainder of the game.
Shannah retired the last seven batters she faced in order, including a nice play by rightfielder Linda Hoenderdos, who threw out a batter at first base (93) after having fielded her batted ball to end the inning.
Leading 4-2, Terrasvogels added two runs in the second inning.
Femke Haage led off with a single, then scored on a following single by Nathalie Gosewehr, who next scored on a single by Christina Rolla, the third consecutive single in this at bat.
Facing a new pitcher in the third inning, three more runs were added.
With one out, Shannah van der Kaaij walked and Olga Kleinlooh singled.
With two outs, Nathalie Gosewehr produced an RBI-single, then Christina Rolla followed with a 2-run double.
Or wasn't it?
It appeared that the ball dropped in rightfield on fair territory, but the Croatian coach argued that the Russian home plate umpire had called a foul ball.
After a brief discussion between the umpires and then the two coaches, Christina's hit indeed was ruled a foul ball, as the umpire had made the foul signal.
And once a foul ball has been called, that cannot be reversed!
So, Olga and Nathalie returned to their bases and Christina came back to bat and this time had good contact again, hitting a single, which resulted in two runs after all, making it a 9-2 score.
In the fourth inning, Linda Hoenderdos led off with a triple and scored on a grounder by Cambria Miranda, then another run was added in the fifth at bat.
Olga Kleinlooh led off with a single and went on to score on the fourth basehit by Christina Rolla to make it 11-2.
Earlier in the day, Cupholder Sparks Haarlem shutout Viladecans from Spain, 15-0.
Chantal Versluis hit a 3-run inside-the-park-homerun and Debby Connor added a solo-shot.
Some 1 1/2 hour after completion of the game, the official Opening Ceremony took place on Field A with a lot of speeches from several dignitaries.
Linda Hoenderdos singles in the first inning
Annemiek van Riessen and Linda Hoenderdos score on a triple by Cambria Miranda
Shannah van der Kaaij singles in the fourth run in the first inning...
...and went the distance as pitcher, throwing an one-hitter
Christina Rolla went 4-for-4 with a triple, scored once and had four RBI's
3B Cambria Miranda hit a 2-run triple in the first inning
The Terrasvogels-team had a meeting after completion of the game
Terrasvogels waits to enter the field for the Opening Ceremony...
...and so does Sparks Haarlem
The umpires enter the field, closing the row is Dutch umpire Bob Gieskens
Albert Tolen wasn't at the ceremony, as he had to officiate in the following game
Massimo Fochi, vice-president of the Italian Federation and former national
baseball-team player, was one of may who held a speech during the Opening Ceremony
ESF-President André van Overbeek and Dutch National Youth Head Coach André Prins
look on from the stands, after arriving earlier in the day from Prague (Czech Republic),
where the Dutch Cadets won the silver medal on the ISF World Youth Cup Under 16
ESF Technical Commission Chairman Mike Jennings was the last to speak and wished
everyone a good tournament