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ASA/USA Softball

II World Cup of Softball Day Three Session Three

July 15, 2006, 2:04 p.m. (ET)
II World Cup of Softball- Day Three Session Three
 
Japan vs. Great Britain
 
Great Britain turned in its best performance so far this II World Cup of softball but a sixth-inning homerun by Eri Yamada halted any hopes of an upset of defending Champions Japan who won 7-6 and remain undefeated. Both teams turned in 11 hits with seven extra base hits.
 
Japan took the first lead of the game with one run in the second when Masumi Mishina scored on a wild pitch after turning in the only hit of the inning. Great Britain emerged as a new team putting up six hits in the third after only having two hits in the previous two games.
 
Great Britain went on a one out rally with five consecutive hits with Karlene Headley starting it off with a double to right center, advancing to third off a single by Rosie Leutzinger. A single by Laura Thomas scored Headley. Stacie Townsend added another double for two RBI before Sarah Lockett took the pitch for a one run homerun over left center field. 
Tiffany McDonald started in the circle going 5.2 innings pitched, giving up 11 hits and seven runs.
 
Japan put up one in the third with a single Mikiko Tanaka who scored Emi Naito to edge its lead to 6-2. Japan struck back putting up five runs throughout the fifth and sixth including a two-run homer by Mishina in the fifth and a two run homerun by Yamada in the sixth that would secure the lead for Japan and give them their third straight win.
 
Japan (3-0) will take on Australia (2-1) at 9:00 p.m. this evening with Great Britain (0-3) facing Canada (1-2) and China (0-3) at 6: 00 p.m. and 8:00, respectively.
 
Canada Rallies for three runs to defeat China 3-1.
 
In session three, trailing 1-0, Canada rallied for three runs in the sixth to defeat China 3-1 and notch its first win of the II World Cup of Softball presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes Saturday at the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium.
 
China, one of two teams who not turned in a win, took a 1-0 lead against Canada on an RBI squeeze bunt by Wu Di in the fifth inning. The bunt single came off relief hurler Kaila Holtz who replaced Canadian starter Danielle Lawrie. Lawrie walked Yu Yanhong to open the fifth with Zhang Lifang entering as a pinch runner. Lifang was sacrificed to second and Li Chunxia singled before Canada Head Coach Lori Sippel pulled Lawrie in favor of Holtz. Holtz settled down and pitched the remainder of the game to collect the win. She allowed two of China’s six hits and struck out two batters.
 
Lu Wei started for China in the circle but was pulled in favor of Li Qi in the fifth inning. Li Qi couldn’t hold the lead and gave up three runs on five hits to take the loss.Four of the hits came in the sixth inning as Jennifer Salling and Angelia Lichty recorded RBI singles while pinch hitter Tamra Howren added an RBI double off losing pitcher Li Qi. Lu Wei hurled the first four innings allowing four hits, a walk while fanning two.
 
Melanie Mathews led Canada at the plate going 2-for-4 with a pair of single. China will face the undefeated USA (3-0) Saturday evening still seeking its first win. Canada’s next game is Sunday against Australia at 2 p.m. in session five.
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