After a historic first round win vs India, the Dutch took on four-time world champion Japan. The Japanese ladies took a thirteen game winning streak into this game, so the outlook wasn’t quite good.
Dutch team manager Eddie Dix stated after yesterday’s game vs India that the game vs Japan was considered as a calculated loss.
Team Kingdom of the Netherlands was not quite a match for the current world champion. In a very lopsided game, the Asian ladies beat the Dutch 12-0. The Dutch were also outhit 9-1 and committed four errors.
The only basehit came off the bat of DH Marije Filius, who singled to right field with a soft fly ball that landed right between the infielders and the outfielders.
Famke Gildemacher got on base for the Dutch in the top of the fifth as she popped up towards second base but due to lack of communication the Japanese shortstop and second base woman bumped into each other which resulted in a dropped ball. Then Sofie van de Wiel drew a walk to put runners on first and second with two outs. What could have become a rally was killed by Japanese pitcher Akino Tanaka as she recorded the final out of the game.
Tomorrow the Dutch ladies will face the current number four of the world, Canada, who beat India 18-4 today.
You can watch the whole game here below.