After the Dutch ladies failed to pull the trigger vs Cuba yesterday and did not get what they deserved, they did not come close to claim the victory vs the USA today.
In three innings, the USA walked away to a 10-0. That was a sign for manager Jonathan Pollard to use players with less playing time.
When Brittany Gomez hit a lead off triple in the first inning, it was a sign of what was about to come. After Jade Gotarez drew a walk and stole second, Megan Baltzell and Malaika Underwood hit back-to-back doubles to give the USA a 3-0 lead. Eventually the Americans walked off the diamond with a 5-0 lead after the first inning.
Defensive wise the Dutch ladies did not too bad as they committed two errors.
Esther Maliepaard spoiled the no-hitter for US starting pitcher Marti Sementelli. Maliepaard hit a single in the fifth inning. But Sementelli got her “revenge” as she picked Maliepaard off first base.
Sementelli earned the win. In five innings she gave up one hit and struck out four.
Susan Erades took the loss after 0.2 innings. She gave up five runs (four earned) on three hits and two walks. The other two Dutch pitchers pitched a total of 4.1 innings. Berber Jansen lasted one inning in which she gave up three runs on four walks and a wild pitch.
Maaike Haak lasted 3.1 innings and surrendered two runs (one earned) on five hits and two walks.
Tomorrow the Dutch ladies will face Hong Kong. If the Dutch ladies will play like they did vs Canada and Cuba and can execute when needed, this may lead to the second win for the Kingdom of the Netherlands in this tournament.