Terrasvogels wins twice to become unbeaten pool-winner...|
PARMA (Italy) - On Wednesday, Day 3 of the CupWinners Cup Tournament in Parma, Iber Lengua Terrasvogels played two games, won twice, remained unbeaten and became the winner of Pool B.
Cupholder Sparks Haarlem also remained unbeaten to win Pool A.
Terrasvogels defeated Superfund Wanderers (Austria), 3-2 and shutout Brasschaat Braves (Belgium), 6-0.
Sparks won 2-0 vs. Neunkirchen Nightmares (Germany).
On Thursday, Terrasvogels opens the second round of the event against Moskovia Marino from Russia, while Sparks meets Brasschaat from Belgium.
In the evening, the two Dutch teams will face each other.
Over at Legnano, Dutch champion Computer SOS Tex Town Tigers won 3-2 vs. Hamburg Knights (Germany) to finish in second place in their pool, but also advancing to the next round.
It was hot on Wednesday, very hot, with temperatures rising to 40 degrees Celsius, maybe even hotter.
Was the schedule of the recent European Championships in Valencia (Spain) adjusted because of the hot weather (games being pushed forward to avoid playing on the hottest moments of the day), in Parma all games were played as scheduled.
For Thursday, a weather alarm has been issued for the Milan-Rome-Parma-Bologna area, as more extreme hot weather is expected.
Against the Austrian team, Terrasvogels took a quick 2-0 lead by scoring runs in the first and second inning.
In the first, Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a double, then scored when Christina Rolla followed with another double.
In the next at bat, Lyanne Horeman led off with an infield-hit, advanced to second base on a sacrifice fly by Olga Kleinlooh and then scored on a 2-out double by Femke Haage.
The third run was added in the fifth inning when Nathalie and Christina again hit back-to-back doubles.
In the third, sixth and seventh inning, Terrasvogels left a runner on third base.
In the third, Christina led off with a single and advanced to third on an outfield-error, but then three outs followed.
In the sixth, after the Wanderers had come back with two runs to make it a 3-2 score, Annemiek van Riessen and Solange Starrenburg (bunt) led off with singles and moved on a sac-bunt by Olga, but the two stranded when two outs ended the at bat.
In the seventh, Nathalie led off with a triple, then appeared to score on a bunt by Christina, but the latter was called out, meaning Nathalie had to return to third, where she then stranded.
Pitcher Shannah van der Kaaij did a fine job and was supported with good defense.
In the second inning, with one out and a runner on first base, 3B Cambria Miranda made a nice catch on a foul pop-fly near the dug-out.
In the fourth, the Austrians got runners on second and third base with two outs, but then a flyout in leftfield ended the threat.
The Wanderers then did score in the fifth inning.
The lead-off batter singled and initially was awarded second base on an interference by the 3B umpire, but that call was overruled by the 1B umpire, meaning the batter remained at first base and then was caught stealing the next moment.
The next batter followed with a single and then a grounder accounted for the second out.
Another single followed to put runners on first and third base.
In this situation, the runner from first base took off and it was opted to eliminate the runner from third to home, but she scored.
Next, a double produced the second Austrian run, but the lead never was jeorpardized, as the inning ended with a flyout to centerfield.
With this out, Shannah retired the last seven batters she faced to complete the win.
In the game against Brasschaat, there were more fine defensive plays, including a great catch by 1B Annemiek van Riessen on a foul pop-fly behind the base.
Pitcher Aimee Murch struckout nine batters, walked none and gave up only one basehit, an infield-hit by Michelle Haen (who also plays in the Dutch League for Twins) in the fifth inning.
That at bat started with an error, which broke Aimee's Perfect Game, after the Australian had retired the first 12 batters she faced.
After the single, a force play-grounder followed, which accounted for the third and last Belgian runner in this game.
Offensively, Terrasvogels got runners on second and third in the first inning and another one on second base in the second at bat, but did the scoring in the third inning.
In that at bat, Terrasvogels had a 6-run rally on three hits with the first out being recorded after the first seven batters had reached base.
Nathalie Gosewehr led off with a triple (her fourth extra basehit in the tournament), then Cambria Miranda walked.
A throwing error on a grounder by Linda Hoenderdos enabled Nathalie to score the first run, put runners on second and third base and led to a pitching change.
After Christina Rolla was walked intentionally, a regular walk was issued to Annemiek, making it 2-0 and leaving the bases loaded.
Lyanne Horeman then followed with a 2-run double, as Linda and Christina scored.
Annemiek also rounded third base, but then fell just before reaching home, appearing she would be tagged out, but the Belgian catcher (who in the meantime had received the ball) also fell down, so Annemiek could score after all in this funny situation.
Lyanne, who advanced to third base on this situation, then scored on a pinch-hit single by Olga Kleinlooh to make it 6-0.
Everyone hoped to end the game prematurely with a 7-run difference because of the extreme heat, but the seventh run didn't come.
In the fourth inning, Cambria led off with a single and Linda reached on a fielder's choice, but then a flyout and double play ended the inning.
In the fifth, Lyanne was awarded first base on catcher's interference, but again the Belgians turned a double play, followed by a groundout.
In the seventh, Solange singled with one out, but this time two flyouts ended the at bat.
After Aimee retired the side in the seventh, everyone could get out of the heat.
Heat and warmth normally are great to play in, but today, it might have been a bit too much.
Especially during the second game, as the burning sun shined directly into the Terrasvogels dug-out, resulting in the temperatures not only rising well above the 40 degrees-mark, but also a lot of protection, drinks, sweat and wet shirts.
Luckily, Physical Therapist (and former player) Nina van Huissteden kept an eye on everyone. Great job, Nina!
It's good to have a hair-dresser in the team
Femke van Dusschoten does the hair for Linda Hoenderdos in the hotel-lobby (above)
and Lyanne Horeman (below) in the bus en route to the field
Nathalie Gosewehr leads off the game with a double
The players look on from the dug-out
Nathalie then scores the first run on a double by Christina Rolla
Christina after arriving on second base
Wanderers 3B Denise Orlovits, who also played for the Austrian National Team during the
recent European Championships; behind her is German umpire Galip Sonmez
(who is of Turkish descent), who also was at the EC in Valencia
Shannah van der Kaaij, who went the distance against the Wanderers
Lyanne Horeman is about to make contact for her lead-off single in the second inning
Lyanne then advances on a sacrifice bunt by Olga Kleinlooh
3B Coach Michael Laarman keeps and eye on the action
Femke Haage follows with a double, enabling Lyanne to score the second run
In the fifth inning, Christina Rolla leads off with a single, as watched by Linda Hoenderdos
Head Coach Leigh Podlesny coaching at first base
Behind her Italian umpire Fabio Capitoni, who also was at the European Championships
Nathalie Gosewehr leads off the fifth with her second double of the game
Then, Christina Rolla follows with her second double...
...and so, Nathalie could score again to make it 3-0
Moments later, Nathalie takes some protection for the burning sun,
while cheering her teammates with Iris Kolman and Lyanne Horeman
The Austrians score their first run in a cloud of dust
Solange Starrenburg on first base after her bunt-single in the sixth
Time to relax, something to eat, but especially to cool off some
between games in the dressing room
Annemiek van Riessen also enjoys some relaxing moments
The players of Terrasvogels and Brasschaat exchange gifts
Aimee Murch, who struckout nine batters and threw an one-hitter
Femke Haage connects in the second inning, but her fly ended in a great catch by the rightfielder
Because of the extreme heat, extra water was provided to the teams (during the game!)
3B Coach Michael Laarman makes it clear, Nathalie Gosewehr has to stop at third
after leading off the third inning with a triple
Shannah van der Kaaij and her sun-protection gear
Cambria Miranda keeps cool with the Dodgers
At right, Linda Hoenderdos leaves the frame to score on Lyanne Horeman's double
At left, Christina Rolla is about to round third base and also will score
Following behind her is Annemiek van Riessen, who also will continue to home
Annemiek then fells down just before reaching home, but as the catcher also
fells down, Annemiek can score after all
Lyanne Horeman at second base after her 2-run double
The burning sun shined right into the Terrasvogels dug-out to rise temperatures above 40 degrees
Yes, your webmaster and scorekeeper/media officer Marco Stoovelaar's shirt also was wet
(photo taken by Michael Laarman)
The only one who had no problems with the weather, the Terrasvogels-duck