October 26, 2019

Zo, tijd om iets van me te laten horen. Na een intensieve aantal weken met een aantal belangrijke beslissingen zit ik nu sinds begin oktober in Taiwan. Iets eerder dan gepland, maar ontzettend blij met de kans om hier te mogen softballen.

Ik speel voor de Caesar Park Warriors. Het is een jong team, veel meiden die...

November 9, 2018

Hi all, 

Back in the Netherlands again, but I got to enjoy a 5 day trip to Malta over the weekend. As part of the IGETS Gender Equality Project that ran over the past 2 years, 5 Olympia players were invited to go and play 2 exhibition games on Gozo, Malta. The Project mostly focused on sharing experiences and knowledge...

October 30, 2018

Hi all, 

This time I am writing from my bed in the Netherlands! 

I did want to be home by now, but I did not want that to mean that we became 12th and are out of the first league... 

After the first half of the season we were the 10th team in the standings but the second half did not go as well. We only won 2 games and c...

October 8, 2018


This time from the other side of the ocean. I arrived safely in Ogaki after about 20 hours of traveling. After arrival in Nagoya International Airport I took the train to Ogaki Station where I was picked up and brought to my appartement. 

Shower time! That felt so good and refreshing. After the shower I...

September 26, 2018

Whoop there it is...! As promised I am going to share a bit more about my year in Japan.

As I am writing this blog I am sitting at my parents kitchen table, suitcase packed and enjoying my last night with a Dutch dinner and a appelflap. 

As you might have noticed when you follow me on Instagram, food is one of the thing...

September 13, 2018

How was Japan...?
The question that is and will be asked a lot... and for now also the question I didn’t know how to answer...
Was it what I expected, yes and no.
No... I expected to be able to adjust quicker
No... I hit instead of pitched mostly
No... I got hurt and there didn’t seem to be a solution

March 26, 2018


As promised today the introduction of Team Minamo!

The coaches:

Mizoe san, head coach, number 30

Kitchi, assistent coach, number 31

Makiko, team manager

The catchers:

Hira, number 10, captain (number 10 is the captains number) 

Mao, number 25, the shortest catcher, and very nice

Hana, number 15, the youngest catche...

March 18, 2018


Another week full of experiences and getting a bit of a taste of the pro season. 

We played 10 games since I wrote the last blog and we are going up and down. We beat the number four of last years season, but then also lost to a university team. But overall making progress I would say!

I got to pitch in 3 gam...

March 8, 2018


And again a different week from what I was expecting, I guess I should stop expecting…?! Or just stay fit…?!

The tournament stared off exciting with a crazy game against Toyota and then a pretty good game versus SG Holdings, both teams from the top league. After the games we got to watch a part of the game o...

February 25, 2018


Alright, I was wrong about telling you my weekly schedule would sort of look like last weeks one… Here comes the schedule for March:

This is the Ogaki Minamo website, where you can find my teammates, the staff and everything else. You might want to use Go...

February 18, 2018


Two weeks have passed already, with no off days and another 10 days of camp I did not find the time/energy to write a blog. BUT… Here I am, back in Ogaki, typing from my own bed in my own apartment near the softball field!

After the last blog the battery camp finished and the team camp started. Sunday night...

February 4, 2018


A bit more than a week after arrival and we already spent over 40 hours practicing. Welcome to Japanese Softball!

I definitely got rid of the jetlag by getting up at 6.30am and going to bed by 10.00 pm, but getting enough sleep was a challenge this week. And that showed… Thursday afternoon my body said stop...

January 28, 2018


The first blog from Japan, and I don’t even know where to start, so let’s just go by order and see how that goes.

Thursday afternoon, after drinking coffee and eating Dutch apple pie with my parents it was time to say goodbye for the next 4,5 months. An 11 hour flight from Amsterdam to Osaka… I have to say,...

January 22, 2018

And boom, there it is! The last few days in the Netherlands are here…. aaaaaand of course,,, I am excited to get on that plane. Oh wait, not to get on the plane. I am excited about getting to Japan and play some softball!!

Since I will be in Japan when I write my next blog, I will go ahead and tell you what the first f...

January 15, 2018

Seven practices, a clinic, seven games and then two more practices... that’s what happened since the last blog. And yes, I am tired now! Luckily tomorrow at 7.30am we get to go again…? One of my biggest struggles, my mind always likes softball even more than my body does. 

It sort of makes me crazy, but it might also b...

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