Canada takes third at World Cup

July 17, 2006, 1:50 p.m. (ET)
Canada takes third at World Cup
Oklahoma City, Okla.---Canada has been among the top five teams in the world for over two decades but it hasn’t been able to break through into the top three in a major international competition until tonight when it defeated Australia 2-0 to finish third at the World Cup of Softball presented by Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes.

Canada put together a rally in the third inning to post its only runs of the game. Melanie Matthews led off the inning with a single through the left side and stole second with one out in the inning. Following a walk to Sheena Lawrick, Alison Bradley singled to right field to score Matthews and move pinch-runner Katie Hnatyk to third. But an errant throw by right fielder Sandra Allen allowed Hnatyk to score and give Canada a 2-0 lead.

Australia looked as if it would cut into the lead in the top of the fourth after a walk to Marissa Carpadios, a single by Natalie Titcume and a walk to Belinda Wright loaded the bases with two outs but a fly out by Simone Morrow stranded three runners to end the inning.

“We are really happy with the way we finished here at the World Cup,” said assistant coach Wendy Dobbins. “Our team has been working very hard and finally it all seemed to come together here.”