Women’s European Championship: Bitter loss for Dutch in opening game

Ceb 2019

For the first time in history, a Women’s European Championship is played. Today it started in Rouen, France. Participating countries: Czech Republic, France, and the Netherlands. Each team will face the others twice. As the Dutch ladies have participated in the last three editions of the Women’s World Cup, one would say they have a big advantage in this red, white and blue championship (the colors of the flags of the participants). Both France and the Czech Republic are mystery teams, so it is hard to tell how good they are and if they can make the life of the Dutch ladies hard. 

France  4  –  3  the Netherlands
The Netherlands faced hosting nation France in the opening match of the tournament. France managed to get runners in scoring position in the first two innings but also avoided to cash in as they hit into inning ending double plays. But also the Netherlands hit into a double play twice, so after three innings, it was still a scoreless game.
Eventually in the fourth and fifth inning, the Dutch ladies appeared to walk away.
In the fourth, the Netherlands loaded the bases and then scored an unearned run when Isabelle Markies grounded into a force out at second on which Sofie van de Wiel could score the opening run. One inning later, with runners in scoring position, Anouk Vergunst down the left field line and drove in two for a 3-0 lead.

But a disastrous sixth inning turned the tables and handed France the win. Loes Asmus, who had kept the French in check rather well, gave up back-to-back doubles that put France back into the game. After she hit Melissa Mayeux with a pitch and gave up a walk, she still wasn’t replaced and that cost the Dutch dearly. A fielder’s choice, a throwing error and a single led to three more runs to give France a one-run lead.

Both in the sixth and the seventh inning, the Dutch had runners in scoring position, but in both cases they could not cash in.

Loes Asmus took the loss, while Camille Foucher earned the win and Melissa Mayeux earned the save.


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