USA Softball Hands Colombia 12-0 Loss
Juncos, Puerto Rico – The USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team combined for 14 hits to claim a 12-0 five inning victory of Colombia at the II Junior Women’s Pan American Qualifier. It was the second consecutive shutout victory for the U.S. in the tournament. The team will look to push its win streak to 3-0 when they take on tournament host Puerto Rico at 5 pm Saturday night.
Kenzie Fowler (Tucson, Ariz.), the youngest member of the squad, got the start in the circle against Colombia. She allowed the first Colombian batter to reach on a single to shortstop but that was the only hit she allowed in three innings of work while recording four strikeouts.
In the first inning, Maggie Viefhaus (Pacific, Miss.) battled deep into the pitch count before sending the 13th pitch of her at bat off the left field fence for a triple that scored Bianca Mejia (Sylmar, Calif.) who reached on a fielders choice.
In the third inning, Ashley Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.) led off with an inside the park home run when she crushed the first pitch she saw over the center fielder’s head. A sacrifice fly by Neena Bryant (Placentia, Calif.) plated Viefhaus who singled to reach base. Megan Elliott (Prince Frederick, MD) continued the rally with a triple to center field that scored Tiffany Huff (Saugus, Calif.) who reached on a fielder’s choice and Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) who was pinch running for Rosey Neill (Laguna Hills, Calif.). Neill had reached on a single for one of four hits in the third inning as the team increased its lead to 5-0.
In the fourth inning the U.S. exploded for seven runs to put the game out of reach. The Red, White and Blue put together a string of six hits including two triples and a single. The inning was highlighted by triples from Hansen and Ashley Brignac (River Ridge, La.), who was making her first appearance in the batters box after earning the win in the circle for Team USA yesterday against Venezuela. Alissa Haber (Newark, Calif.) singled and scored on a three base error by the right fielder who allowed the ball to go to the fence. Monica Harrison (Garden Grove, Calif.), who reached earlier on a single, also scored on the error.
Lindsey Sisk (Murrieta, Calif.) who came in relief in the top of the fourth inning allowed two hits, striking out three in two innings of work. Fowler was credited with the win after working three of the five innings.