USA Softball Claims Fifth Shutout With 12-0 Win Over Argentina
USA Softball Claims Fifth Shutout
Maunabo, Puerto Rico – Backed by 12 hits and a combined no-hitter by the pitching staff, the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team claimed its fifth shutout at the 2006 II Jr. Women’s Pan American Championships with a 12-0 win over Argentina. Offensively the team has out hit opponents 55-9 while the pitching staff has combined for two no-hitters.
The offense exploded in the first inning with the top four in the lineup registering hits. Ashley Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.) singled advancing to third on a single by Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.). Bianca Mejia (Sylmar, Calif.) doubled for two RBI and scored on a double by Maggie Viefhaus (Pacific, Mo.). Tiffany Huff (Saugus, Calif.) reached on a throwing error by the shortstop that allowed Viefhaus to score the fifth run of the game. A single off the bat of Monica Harrison (Garden Grove, Calif.) plated Alissa Haber (Newark, Calif.) for the sixth and final run of the first inning.
Ashley Brignac (River Ridge, La.) started in the circle and was responsible for five of the first six outs with four strikeouts and a groundout back to her. She worked three complete innings, striking out seven for her second win of the tournament.
Argentina responded defensively and shut down the U.S. offense until the fourth inning when the U.S. tacked on two more runs. Lastrapes started off the scoring drive by smashing her first triple of the tournament to deep center field. A single by Mejia scored Lastrapes while the other run came off a bases loaded walk issued to Rosey Neill (Laguna Hills, Calif.).
Lindsey Sisk (Murrieta, Calif.) came in and pitched the two final innings, issuing two walks while recording one strikeout.
Harrison singled to lead off the fifth and scored on a single by Lastrapes. Both Lastrapes and Mejia got their third hits of the game in the fifth inning, each scoring a run with Viefhaus turning in her second double for a RBI and run scored.
Haber rounded out the scoring drive with her first hit of the game, a two-RBI double that put the U.S. at a 12-0 advantage.
Needing only three outs to get their fifth win of the tournament, the Red, White and Blue had to wait nearly 20 minutes to take the field due to a rain delay. Sisk allowed the first runner on with a walk but a double play, the third in five games by the team, cleared the base paths.
The team will play two games tomorrow before their final game of pool play on Wednesday. They will face Ecuador at 12:30 p.m. CST and Aruba at 5 p.m. CST.