8-10-2011 Dutch Are European Champions

Dutch Win European Championship


10 August 2011

The Netherlands successfully defended their European Women’s Championship title, defeating Italy, 10-2, this past Saturday at the 20-nation fast pitch event.

Saskia Kosterink, a member of the 2008 Olympic team and a BackSoftball Athlete Ambassador, led the way with a double and a home run and five runs batted in. Just 24 hours earlier the Dutch had needed an extra inning to defeat Italy, 5-1, after the host country had tied the game in the bottom of the seventh inning.

The top three finishers earned a berth in next year’s ISF XIII Women’s World Championship, meaning that the Netherlands, Italy, and Great Britain have all clinched a spot at the event next July in Canada.

The other participants in last week’s European tournament – listed in order of finish – were: Czech Republic, Russia, Spain, France, Austria, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, Slovakia, Bulgaria, Hungary, Ukraine, Israel, Poland, Denmark, Croatia, and Switzerland.


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