The Mix finish eighth at Indoor Cup in Holland

Thu 24 Jan 2019

For the past several years, British teams have attended the annual Indoor Cup tournament at Schiedam in the Netherlands.  This time it was the GBFL club team The Mix, with players from the GB programme and some Dutch guests, who took up the challenge.

The tournament was held from 18-20 January, and The Mix, organised by Chelsie Robison and Sian Wigington and coached on this occasion by GB Women’s Team Assistant Coach Liz Knight, had two wins, three losses and a tie and finished in eighth place.

As always, the tournament was more about the experience than the results, and it’s always a valuable chance for players in the GB programme to experience competitive play in the depths of winter against a mixture of Dutch club teams and 18-Gold teams from the United States.

Chelsie Robison takes up the story:

Round-robin

The Indoor Cup always begins with games on Friday evening, but as The Mix only arrived in Schiedam late on Friday, they had to complete all three of their round-robin games in a short period of time on Saturday, starting off early against the toughest team in their pool, the Dutch Golden League side Terrasvogels, who reached the tournament final.

The result was a 9-0 loss for The Mix, but the game brought many positives and left the team determined and ready for the next opponent, the American team Destroyers at 11.00 am.

Guest pitcher Isa Zwitzer pitched fantastically for The Mix, keeping the Destroyers’ offense at bay, and The Mix won their first game of the tournament by a score of 6-1 with aggressive batting and frequent baserunners.

In their final round-robin game, The Mix came up against the Dutch team Neptunus.  Once again, the pitchers for The Mix held down the opposition, but unfortunately a few errors in the field meant that Neptunus was able to tie the score at 4-4 in the third inning and that’s where it stayed, as The Mix couldn’t string enough hits together to score the winning run. 

Playoffs

After the round-robin games had finished on Saturday afternoon, each team had one game left to play to start the playoffs, and The Mix were set to face another American team, Impact United.

This time, the team fell short and lost the game 8-1 due to a mixture of tiredness and crucial errors in the field – but only after incredible efforts from Steph Pearce behind the plate to keep baserunners from advancing and a strong pitching performance from Dutch guest pitcher Anna-Be Bartels.

So The Mix finished Saturday with two losses, a tie and a win going into Sunday, where it all comes down to winning games.  You only continue to play in the tournament if you keep winning. 

Sunday

Sunday morning came, and The Mix had another tough start against the strong Dutch team Twins.  But this time the team was successful, coming up with a 4-0 win.

The team strung hits together early.  Steph Pearce led off by reaching base, and then Chelsie Robison was hit by a pitch.  The two advanced on a sacrifice bunt by Anna-Be Bartels and scored on a line drive to centre field by Hannah Pitman.

This encouraged a fighting vibe within the team, as Twins failed to score and their morale was clearly low.  The Mix closed out the game by scoring another run in the second inning and their final run in the third.

The win meant that the team would progress to the quarter-finals, where they would meet Olympia Haarlem, the Dutch Golden League champions and one of the strongest teams in the tournament.

The game against Olympia brought a lot of positivity from The Mix, but a strong Olympia offense and a key error in the field from The Mix meant the team would lose 5-0 and their tournament would be over.

The score definitely doesn’t reflect the fighting spirit the team showed, and a highlight was Hannah Pitman’s double play to end an Olympia inning.

Summing up

Coach Liz Knight said, “It’s been an amazing weekend, full of positive things, and we played some great softball.  Hopefully, as players, you can all see where you are and what you need to work on for the summer season, and that’s what we came here to do."

As it is every year, the tournament was a great success from the players’ point of view, and some great softball was played by every member of the team.

Photos by Wendy Bezems

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