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BATC 2018 Summer edition was fantastic! In the warm Brabant sun, we enjoyed four days of exciting softball in a positive atmosphere where friendships were made and sportsmanship was exemplified.
The final game between the Bombers and Admirals was very exciting. This was the first BATC tournament which ended in a walk off. The Admirals came from behind 2 - 6 in the last inning to win the game 7 - 6! They finished the tournament with a record of 6 wins and 1 loss and were therefore the deserved winner of the 2018 tournament.
The final team rankings are as follows:
The following individual prizes were awarded:
|Best Hitter: Robin Verhagen||Best Pitcher: Kim Emmen||Gold Glove: Britt van Veen|
|Rookie of the Year: Sanne van der Putten||Finale MVP: Dederieke van der Kerk||Tournament MVP: Melissa Hoeverts|
A new award has been initiated this year. The Hedwig Rouwenhorst Award is to be awarded to the player who demonstrates the Fighting Spirit of Hedwig Rouwenhorst. In July 2018, Hedwig succumbed to her battle with cancer. Hedwig was a BATC Softball fan from the very first battle. In 2014, she sat along the sidelines for the first BATC Softball tournament to cheer on her daughter Isanthe and the other players. She was also present at the BATC Softball tournaments in 2015, 2016 and 2017. When you think of Hedwig, you think of positivity and of someone who kept on fighting regardless of the circumstances. When Hedwig entered a room, it became a bit brighter. She was always positive and knew how to put a positive twist on every situation. Hedwig fought to the end, without a moment of complaining or feeling sorry for herself. These are the qualities we look for when awarding the Fighting Spirit award.
The recipient of the 2018 Hedwig Rouwenhorst Fighting Spirit Award is Jasmijn van der Donk (pictured here with Isanthe Rouwenhorst, daughter of Hedwig and the 2017 Tournament MVP).