USA Softball Junior Women Remain Undefeated
Caguas, Puerto Rico – The USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team went a full seven innings but the outcome was the same, a U.S. victory, as they defeated Canada 3-0 at the II Junior Women’s Pan American Championship. The U.S. squares off tomorrow against Argentina (3-1) at 12:30 p.m. and will look to continue as the only undefeated team in the nine-team field.
Donna Kerr (San Diego, Calif.), in her second start of the tournament, was in the zone retiring the first five batters she faced with strikeouts.
The Red, White and Blue collected two hits in the first two innings with singles by Ashley Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.) and Monica Harrison (Garden Grove, Calif.) but could not get a run across the plate until the third inning when a double by Maggie Viefhaus (Pacific, Mo.) put the first runner in scoring position. A sacrifice bunt by Tiffany Huff (Saugus, Calif.) advanced Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) to third, who was pinch running for Viefhaus. Alissa Haber (Newark, Calif.) came through and ripped a ball to right field that looked like an out but the ball dropped short of the centerfielder, giving Haber her first triple of the tournament and the U.S. its first run. A sacrifice fly by Harrison plated Haber, giving Kerr a 2-0 lead to take into the fourth.
Kerr allowed her first hit of the game in the fourth but a pick off by catcher Huff to second baseman K’Lee Arredondo (San Diego, Calif.) cleared the bases. She allowed one more hit but kept the runner at first with a strikeout issued to the next batter.
Arredondo led off the fifth with her first hit of the game, a single to center field. Hansen laced the first pitch she saw for single to center field, chasing Canada starter McIntosh. A groundout by Bianca Mejia (Sylmar, Calif.) scored Hansen to push the U.S. lead to 3-0.
After working four innings, Kerr was relieved by Kenzie Fowler (Tucson, Ariz.). Kerr finished the game allowing only two hits with seven strikeouts for the win, moving her record to 2-0.
The U.S. lead was threatened in the sixth when Canada put up two hits that placed runners on the corners but a strikeout by Fowler ended the threat leaving both runners stranded. In the bottom of the seventh with two on and the tying run at the plate, the U.S. defense came through with a groundout to third that secured the fourth win for the U.S. in the tournament.