Women’s World Cup Baseball: Dutch ladies lose nail biter

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In the first game of the consolation round, the Dutch ladies took on Cuba. In what was a nail biter, the Dutch outhit the Cubans but could not take advantage of being better at bat and of the errors that Cuba made in the first four innings.

Cuba kept the Dutch lineup in check for the first four innings. The Cubans on their turn saw the ball well as they walked away to a 4-0 lead.
But in the fifth inning the Kingdom of the Netherlands got on the board when Esther Maliepaard hit into a 5-4 force out on which Kyra van Genderen scored the first run for the Dutch.
In the next inning both teams would score a run to make it 5-1.

But the Dutch ladies refused to give up. In the seventh inning the Dutch ladies grabbed the last straw and started a rally that would give them a one run lead. With runners on the corners Esther Maliepaard singled home Kyra van Genderen. Two consecutive walks loaded the bases before Marije Filius walked in the second run of the inning. Sofie van de Wiel then drove in another run as she hit into a 6-4 force out. Sacha Egas eventually drove in the go-ahead run with a single towards the shortstop.

But Cuba wasn’t impressed by the four run rally. Nilsa Rodriguez hit a lead off single through the left side, stole second and third before she was driven in on a sac fly by Yordanka Rodriguez. The Dutch got out of the inning without any further damage so a tie-break was needed. With Kyra van Genderen placed on first and Winke Verdick placed on second, Winke Verdick advanced to third as she tried to steal and the first base woman made a throwing error. Kyra van Genderen advanced to second on the play. A single by Esther Maliepaard drove in Winke Verdick for the go-ahead run and Van Genderen advanced to third on the play. When the Cuban pitcher balked, Kyra van Genderen scored the eighth run for the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Eventually Cuba scored three runs for the win.

Maite Despagne earned the win. Anouk Vergunst took the after 1.1 innings in which she gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits.

The Dutch collected eleven hits: Isabelle Markies 2 for 4, Esther Maliepaard 2 for 5 with three RBI, Marije Filius 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI, Bianca Mooi 2 for 4, Sacha Egas 1 for 4 with an RBI, Thari Dieffenbach 1 for 3 with a double and Kyra van Genderen 1 for 2.

Despite the bitter loss, the Dutch ladies could leave the diamond with their heads high. Even though the team trailed by four runs, they never gave up and managed to get into extra innings. Tomorrow team Kingdom of the Netherlands will face the USA.

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