Day Two of II World Cup of Softball
Day Two of II World Cup of Softball presented by Kellogg's Frosted Flakes
OKLAHOMA CITY – Australia remains unbeaten with a 12-0 five inning shutout over winless Great Britain in the second day of the II World Cup of Softball presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Okla. The loss was the second for Great Britain as they have lost both of their games in their first appearance in the international event.
Australia, which came to Oklahoma City after winning the Canada Cup, collected 10 hits off two Great Britain pitchers. Heather Brown started for Great Britain and yielded nine runs and six hits in an inning and two-thirds. Tiffany McDonald came in during the second inning and finished the game, allowing four hits and three runs.
One of the hits McDonald allowed was a solo home run over the right field fence in the third inning by Australia catcher Danica Howlett (Sydney, New South Wales). Howlett also had two-run single in an Aussie six-run second inning and finished the game with four RBIs.
Winning pitcher right-hander Kelly Gentle (Blacktown, New South Wales) hurled the first four innings and allowed only one hit—a single to left field by Terra Davenport in the second inning. Gentle fanned four batters and walked one. Catherine Bishop (Adelaide, South Australia) hurled the last inning for Australia and set Great Britain down in order, striking out one batter.
Australia (2-0) advances to face the United States (2-0) Saturday at 11 a.m. with Japan facing Great (0-2) Britain at 1:00 p.m. Australia and Japan will then meet for a 9:00 p.m. match up.
JAPAN DEFEATS CHINA IN NINE INNINGS WITH HOMERUN
A two-run home run in the top of the ninth kept the defending World Cup Champions, Japan, undefeated at the II World Cup of Softball presented by Frosted Flakes with a 6-4 win over China.
The lead off batter of the game set the pace for the team as Japan’s Rei Nishiyama doubled to left field and scored on a double by Eri Yamada.
China answered back in the bottom of the first when Zhou Yi singled to left field and scored off a triple by Li Chunxia. China plated two more runs after a double by Zhang Ai scored two runs. Ai later scored after two consecutive illegal pitches by Japan starter Yuko Endo advanced her home.
Japan cut the lead to 4-2 in the second and tied the game in the third when Mikiko Tanaka led off with a single to centerfield scored on a triple from Mishini. The final run of the inning came off a single by Satoko Mabuchi.
The teams remained scoreless through the final four innings and headed into international tie-breaker at the top of the eighth inning. Neither team could push the runner across the plate until the ninth when Emi Naito belted a two run homerun to secure the league.