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CupWinners Cup - Day 4

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Tuesday, August 18
Terrasvogels shuts out Parma; Aimee Murch No-Hits Italians...

PARMA (Italy) - On Tuesday, Iber Lengua Terrasvogels had to play only one game, but that also happened to be the last scheduled game of Day 2 of the CupWinners Cup Tournament in Parma with a starting time of 8:30 PM. This meant that the team was off the entire day, but in the meantime also had to stay focused and concentrated as it had to play in the evening, facing host club Old Parma, which won only 1-0 the evening before.

Cupholder Sparks Haarlem was back on the field earlier and played two games today. It first won 4-3 vs. SK Joudrs Praha (Czech Republic), but a few hours later, it trailed 2-0 in the first inning against Moskovia Marino (Russia). Sparks Haarlem then not only came alongside, it also took the lead and then decided the game with a 3-run rally in the seventh inning, highlighted by two back-to-back triples by Kim Kluijskens and Chantal Versluis.

After completion of the Sparks vs. Moskovia game, it was time for Terrasvogels to play its next game. And it was a good game, with some fine defensive plays and great pitching by Aimee Murch. Game One was now history and forgotten. Game Two made up for it and was a real team-effort.

Australian Aimee Murch dominated from the pitching circle. The righthander struckout eight batters and saw only one Italian, eh, Czech batter reach the bases. Czech national team pitcher Eliska Cerna-Pojerová, who plays in this event for Old Parma as a pick-up player, became the lone runner when she reached on an error to lead off the second inning. Hereafter, Aimee retired the next 18 batters in a row, meaning she threw a No-Hitter and barely missed a Perfect Game.

Aimee was supported with some fine defensive plays, especially some catches on several line drives. Short stop Femke Haage caught a line drive in the first inning by the lead-off batter and then Aimee followed with two strikeouts. After Pojerova reached on the error in the second, Aimee controled the at bat by throwing three strikeouts. In the fourth, with two outs, the Italian team hit its first ball into the outfield, but there centerfielder Solange Starrenburg caught it to end the at bat. In the sixth, with one out, 3B Cambria Miranda made a nice catch of a low flyball, then leftfielder Nathalie Gosewehr made a nice catch on a line drive to close the inning. In the seventh, it was a catch by 2B Christina Rolla on a line drive that saved Aimee's No-Hitter. Next, Aimee herself made the last putout, by fielding a grounder and throwing it to 1B Annemiek van Riessen for the final out of the game. Aimee needed only 65 pitches to complete the game and register her CupWinners Cup No-Hitter against the Italian participant.

Czech picher Eliska Cerna-Pojerova went the distance for Old Parma and gave up five hits. Some weeks ago, she also started the game against the Dutch National Team during the European Championships in Valencia (Spain) and then gave up ten basehits, including three by Solange Starrenburg, who today walked and flied out off the Czech pitcher.

In the first inning, Nathalie Gosewehr led off with an infield-hit and advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Christina Rolla, but stranded at second base. In the second at bat, Solange Starrenburg walked with one out, but then a double play followed. In the third, Femke Haage hit a Texas Leaguer over the leftside of the infield, but also was left behind on second base.

The scoring then started in the fourth inning. With two outs, Cambria Miranda drove the ball into deep centerfield and rounded the bases. Agressive baserunning and coaching followed, as Cambria was waved home to complete her round. While the throw was coming from the outfield, Cambria slid into home plate, where the catcher received the ball, but then dropped it, enabling Cambria (who was credited with a triple) to score the first run. The second run was then added in the next at bat. Lyanne Horeman led off with a single through the center of the infield, advanced when next batter and pinch-hitter Olga Kleinlooh was hit by a pitch and scored on a 2-out single by Christina Rolla. And these two runs proved to be enough for the win today.

In the afternoon, a memorial service took place at the memorial near the entrance of the baseball and softball complex. There, a propeller stands near a plaquette carrying the names of Annamaria Giorgio, Corrado Dondi, Angelo Maffei and Claudio Marchini, who formed the crew of a medical helicopter, which was on its way to an emergency call on August 18, 1990, but it crashed on Monte Ventasso (a mountain in Reggio Emilia), with the four losing their live. The first was a Flight Medic, the next two Flight Nurses, while the latter was the pilot. Family members of the four medical volunteers attended the memorial, as were representatives of the local medical volunteer organisations and ambulance employees.

In the afternoon, a memorial service took place at the memorial near the field

Czech pitcher Eliska Cerna-Pojerová, who went the distance for Old Parma

Aimee Murch, who threw a No-Hitter for Terrasvogels

Designated Player Lyanne Horeman, who scored the second run, looks on from the dug-out

The game between Terrasvogels and Parma was well-visited

Aimee Murch is congratulated by teammates with her No-Hitter

Aimee with loyal Terrasvogels-fan Aad Klein in the lobby of the hotel

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