After a clear loss vs the USA and a bitter loss (in which they had deserved more) vs Cuba, the ladies of team Kingdom of the Netherlands clinched a convincing win vs Hong Kong. In the previous edition of the Women’s World Cup, the Dutch fell to this team 19-11 and 4-0. This time the Hong Kong women did not stand a chance.
Winning pitcher Loes Asmus needed a lot of pitches, 117 of which 59 were thrown for strikes. Asmus gave up four runs (two earned) on five hits and seven walks. Asmus also struck out two.
The two runs that Asmus allowed in the third inning gave Hong Kong a 2-1 lead. But in the bottom of the third inning the Dutch scored five runs to take a decisive lead. Singles by Marije Filius and Bianca Mooi were followed by a double to left field, hit by Sofie van de Wiel made the Dutch score the game tying run. Sacha Egas’ triple to center field cleared the bases and drove in two more runs. A single by Inger Wieringa and a double by Isabelle Markies drove in two more runs to give the Dutch a commanding 6-2 lead.
The Dutch scored three insurance runs in the sixth and Hong Kong plated two runs in the seventh to reach the final score of 9-4.
Next to Loes Asmus, Ciska Welboren took the mound for the Dutch. Welboren retired the final two hitters in the seventh inning as she gave up one walk and struck out one.
The Kingdom of the Netherlands outhit their opponent 10-5. On the defensive side the Dutch committed only one error. Hong Kong made two errors.
Batting results for the Dutch ladies:
Isabelle Markies: 1 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Famke Gildenmacher: 1 for3 with an RBI and a run scored.
Marije Filius: 2 for 2 with an RBI and a run scored.
Bianca Mooi: 1 for 3 with a run scored.
Sofie van de Wiel: 1 for 3 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Sascha Egas: 1 for 4 with a triple, two RBI and a run scored.
Inger Wieringa: 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored.
Kyra van Genderen: 2 for 3 with a run scored.
If the Dutch ladies will win tomorrow’s game vs Pakistan, the Dutch will clinch the ninth spot in the final standings, their best ever.