The day after...|
PRAGUE (Czech Republic) - For Terrasvogels, Friday was the day after.
The day after it faced elimination for the medal round.
Elimination became reality shortly before today's game against Carrousel from Russia when the answer to the protest Terrasvogels filed on Thursday-evening was handed to the team.
While the Technical Committee of the European Softball Federation (ESF) agreed with Terrasvogels that it organizing a tournament with so many teams (A and B Pool) on sites with no lights, it also stated that according to the (ISF) Rules, a game can be declared valid when five innings are being played and it is stopped due to rain or darkness.
The protest therefore was rejected and the game was officially declared a 2-1 win for SK Joudrs Praha (Czech Republic).
This meant that Terrasvogels was eliminated for the medal round and that the result of today's game against the Russian squad had no more influence to the order of ranking in Group C.
It was another one of those games in which Terrasvogels couldn't take control.
It already started in the very first at bat when Nathalie Gosewehr led off with an infield-hit with the ball dropping between third and short.
However, Nathalie overran first base and was thrown out after all.
But in the first two innings, Carrousel couldn't produce off starter Kirsten Scheele, who struckout two batters and walked one, but the latter was thrown out at second base by Iris Kolman, who today did the catching.
In the third inning, Crissy Autry took over the pitching and would give four runs.
A lead-off bunt-single was followed by a wild pitch, then a throwing error on a sacrifice bunt, an RBI-single which landed just inside fair territory in leftfield and a bunt-single which loaded the bases.
Then, an error followed on a force play-grounder to give Carrousel another run, which could add another one on a basesloaded walk and later on an one-out sacrifice fly.
In the home of the third, Terrasvogels reacted immediately and scored twice.
With one out, Femke Haage (who today played at third base) singled and advanced to third base on a double by Nathalie Gosewehr (who was 2-for-3).
After Petra van Heijst fouled out, Linda Hoenderdos (who was 3-for-3) singled to rightfield, bringing home Femke and Nathalie and reducing the deficit to 4-2.
But this was to be all for the Santpoort-squad, as only two more players would reach base in the remainder of the game.
In the fourth inning, Nicole Wessels (who yesterday returned into the line-up again after her injury of last Monday) singled with two outs and in the sixt, Linda Hoenderdos led off with a single, but then Dana Horeman lined out to new pitcher Eronina, who struckout five of the six batters she faced after taking over in the fifth inning.
In the fourth inning, Carrousel got its first two batters on base, who advanced into scoring position on a sacrifice bunt, but then 3B Femke Haage made two fine plays to end the inning.
In the fifth, Carrousel's American pick-up player Jennie Topping led off with a double, but stranded.
Then, in the sixth, the Russian team rallied for six runs to take a 9-2 lead, reaching the 7-run difference to end the game prematurely.
In the inning, four hits were registered, but also one error.
And so, the European Cup Tournament 2008 came to a disappointing end for Terrasvogels, which previous lowest classification was fourth place in the European Cup Tournament of 2000 in Macerata (Italy).
Last year, Terrasvogels finished in second place in the CupWinners Cup Tournament, which also was held in Prague and then was won by Legnano.
The team from Italy on Friday-evening became the first team to clinch a spot in this years European Cup Final after beating Dornbirn Sharx (Austria), 7-0, in the semi-final.
Dornbirn gets an extra chance to reach the final on Saturday-morning when it will face Forlė (Italy).
The latter eliminated Carrousel by winning 7-1 in the other semi-final.
This means the final of this years event probably again will be an Italian match-up.
Last year, Forlė won the Cup when it defeated Macerata in the tournament, which then was held in Haarlem (Netherlands).
After returning to the hotel and enjoying another fine meal, everyone had the time off for the afternoon.
And so, most of the team members went to the biggest shopping mall in Europe.
From there, all players and staff/boardmembers, as well as all family-members of the players who were in Prague, had dinner together to end the day.
On Saturday, Terrasvogels has the day off, so everyone has the possibility to go into town or to watch the bronze medal game and/or final of the tournament.
After completion of the final, the Closing Ceremony of the tournament is scheduled.
The teams waits in front of the hotel for the bus
The coaches of Terrasvogels and Carrousel meet the umpires
The team is ready to exchange gifts with Carrousel prior to the game
Starting pitcher Kirsten Scheele
Shannah van der Kaaij connects, but flies out to centerfield in 2nd inning
Femke Haage played at third base in the game vs. Carrousel
In the back is short stop Petra van Heijst
Nathalie Gosewehr at second base after hitting a double in 3rd inning
Nathalie Gosewehr and Femke Haage are greeted after scoring in the third
Iris Kolman was doing the catching today
Batting is Tatiana Zhuchkova, HP Umpire is Italian Alfonso Olivieri
Shannah van der Kaaij is ready to field at first base
Assistant Coach Michael Laarman, Physical Therapist Natalie Landsaat, Solange Starrenburg,
Blake Hoorelbeke, Kirsten Scheele and Annemiek van Riessen look on from the dug-out
...And so do Olga Kleinlooh and Dana Horeman
A peculiar moment somewhere in the game
The Official Scorer is taking a nap and puts her head down on a table!
Players clap hands after the game
Shannah van der Kaaij looks at her mother's pictures
Nicole Wessels, Iris Kolman, Femke Haage and Annemiek van Riessen
sit together after the game
Petra van Heijst, Solange Starrenburg and Jamie Birk also relax afterwards
Assistant Coach Michael Laarman enjoys a pancake
Solange Starrenburg gives Head Coach Glen Roff a shower