Win & loss for Terrasvogels; but sickbay grows...|
PARMA (Italy) - On Thursday, Iber Lengua Terrasvogels won 4-0 vs. Moskovia Marino (Russia) to open the second round of the CupWinners Cup Tournament, but then lost in the evening 7-0 to Sparks Haarlem, which therefore remained unbeaten.
However, the day started and ended with injuries, as both Cambria Miranda and Christina Rolla had to be sidelined.
On Friday, Terrasvogels will play against SK Joudrs Praha (Czech Republic).
Whatever the result vs. Sparks on Thursday-evening and vs. Joudrs on Friday-morning, Terrasvogels and Sparks will always finish in first and second place, meaning the two will meet again on Friday-evening in the semi-final.
Shortly before leaving to the field for the first game against Moskovia, Cambria Miranda hit her toe hard while being in the trainer's room.
She went with the team to the field, but didn't play against the Russian squad out of precaution, as Physical Therapist Nina van Huissteden suspected a possible fracture.
After the game ended, Cambria went to the hospital for an X-ray and Nina's suspections became reality, as her toe was indeed broken, meaning she also couldn't play in the evening-game.
To make things more worse for Terrasvogels, Annemiek van Riessen became ill and went back to the hotel before the first game and during the evening-game, Christina Rolla had to be replaced due to a leg-injury.
The small group of players had to be re-grouped around the several positions and former player Nina van Huissteden even was back in uniform for the evening game.
After Christina had to leave the game, Nina made her comeback as catcher and caught the last three innings vs. Sparks.
Against Moskovia, Terrasvogels opened the score with two runs in the second inning.
With one out, Solange Starrenburg walked, then advanced on a passed ball and an infield-hit by Iris Kolman.
With two outs, the two runners scored on a single by Nathalie Gosewehr.
The lead was doubled in the third at bat.
Linda Hoenderdos led off with a single, then two runs scored when Christina Rolla and Shannah van der Kaaij followed with back-to-back triples.
Nathalie added a triple in the fourth inning, but stranded at third base.
Winning pitcher Aimee Murch struckout six batters and gave up only three hits, including two by Daria Shembereva, who played in the game despite being treated by Red Cross-employees shortly before the game started.
The Russian infielders/pitcher had fainted about an hour before the game, due to the heat, and had to be treated.
Besides hitting two basehits (one a triple), she also took over the pitching in the third inning.
Defensively, catcher Olga Kleinlooh made a great catch on a pop-fly in the third inning, catching it diving head-first into fair territory.
Pitcher Aimee Murch retired 13 of the last 14 batters she faced, including eleven in a row.
Before the game against Sparks, Nina van Huissteden suited up to be available as an additional player, as both Cambria and Annemiek would not play tonight.
In the game, the reigning Cupholder struck with five runs in the first at bat.
Starting pitcher Shannah van der Kaaij gave up six hits, including a 2-run single by Saskia Kosterink and RBI-singles by Jolanda Kroesen and Kim Kafoé, which gave Sparks a quick 5-0 lead.
The sixth run was added in the fourth inning when Chantal Versluis singled and scored on a single by Marloes Fellinger.
In the fifth, the 7-run difference was reached when Saskia Kosterink led off with a double and went on to score on an one-out single by Nathalie Timmermans.
Shortly before this hit, rightfielder Solange Starrenburg had made a great catch on a fly by Jolanda Kroesen.
It was Solange's second beautiful catch in this game, as she also made a running catch to end the third inning with runners on first and third base, shortly after taking over in rightfield.
In the third, 2B Christina Rolla hurt herself while fielding a grounder and moved to first base.
This triggered a series of changes, as rightfielder Linda Hoenderdos took over at second base (her former position and she made some fine plays), 1B Olga Kleinlooh moved from first to third, 3B Lyanne Horeman took over in leftfield and leftfielder Solange Starrenburg went to rightfield.
When the team entered the field defensively in the third inning, there were more changes, as Nina van Huissteden made her comeback behind the plate.
Catcher Iris Kolman moved to third base and there Olga returned to first base, with Christina leaving the game.
For Nina, this was her first game in almost a year, as she retired after the 2008 season.
Offensively, Terrasvogels had only two basehits off starter Rebecca Soumeru.
Christina Rolla led off the second inning with a triple, but then three outs followed.
In the third, Nathalie Gosewehr singled with two outs, but then was left behind on second base.
Cambria Miranda caught a tiny lizzard...
...but it ran away quickly
The teams of Terrasvogels and Moskovia line up
Pitcher Aimee Murch struckout six batters and threw a 3-hitter
Nathalie Gosewehr advanced to third base in the first inning, but stranded there
In the second inning, Solange Starrenburg walked, then Iris Kolman singled...
...both scored when Nathalie Gosewehr hit a 2-out single;
moments later, Nathalie took off from first base to steal second
In the third inning, Linda Hoenderdos led off with a single;
Here, Linda rounds third base scoring on a triple by Christina Rolla
After Linda's single, Christina Rolla and Shannah van der Kaaij hit back-to-back RBI-triples
Moskovia-pitcher Daria Shembereva, who fainted about an hour before the game,
but despite that, she started as short stop and took over the pitching in the third inning
Dana Horeman, whose season ended when she injured her knee a month ago,
kept the digital scorebook updated during the tournament
Head Coach Leigh Podlesny has a talk with her team
Femke Haage shows the newest fashion in the field of sun-protection and to keep cool...
...and then demonstrated her ninja-skills with Iris Kolman
Lyanne Horeman is ready for another at bat
And Iris Kolman is ready for action playing at third base
Shannah van der Kaaij adjusts the Terrasvogels mascot
A look in the Terrasvogels dug-out
Terrasvogels-fan and groundskeeper Aad Klein closely follows the action
Game Over, Terrasvogels wins 4-0 to open the second round
It was another hot day, also for the umpires, as shown here by Bob Gieskens
Coach Michael Laarman assists Nina van Huissteden in suiting up for the game vs. Sparks
The players of Sparks and Terrasvogels exchange gifts
Sparks-starter and winner Rebecca Soumeru, who gave up only two hits in four innings
Shannah van der Kaaij, who threw a complete game for Terrasvogels
Femke van Dusschoten, who is not eligible to play during the tournament,
eats a melon with ham after returning from the hospital with Cambria Miranda
Saskia Kosterink, who went 2-for-2 with a double, scored twice and had two RBI's for Sparks
Nina van Huissteden waits for her turn at bat
In the third inning, Nina van Huissteden takes over as catcher
Saskia Kosterink is the batter; Albert Tolen the umpire
Linda Hoenderdos returned to her former position at second base in the second inning,
while Olga Kleinlooh played at first base (but also briefly at third base)
In the fourth inning, Nina gets her first turn at bat and almost hits a single