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USA cruises to 18-0 win over Botswana at Junior World Championships
ENSCHEDE, Netherlands – The United States rolled to an 18-0, four-inning win over Botswana Sunday afternoon at the Junior Women’s World Championships, pushing the USA’s record to 4-0 with three pool play games remaining.
“I thought we did a nice job coming out in first inning and taking them out of the game,” said head coach Jay Miller. “We did what we wanted to do and that was to dominate. In each of the first three innings we scored. We had good pitching and good defense. We did what we needed to do with Botswana and hopefully we can come out and do the same thing the next few games and carry us into the medal rounds.”
The USA wasted little time in jumping out to a big lead, scoring six runs in the first inning. Ashley Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.) drove in Katie Schroeder (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) with a single to center to make it 2-0. Megan Elliott (Prince Frederick, Md.) drove in a run with a sacrifice fly, Bree Ensminger (Mesa, Ariz.) drove in one with a single to center field, Bianca Mejia (Sylmar, Calif.) drove in a run with a triple down the line and Neena Bryant (Placentia, Calif.) drove in the final run of the inning with a single through the left side.
In the second inning, the USA scored five more runs, capped by Hansen’s inside-the-park home run, driving in Lastrapes. A single in the third inning drove in another run, giving her five RBI for the game as she went 3-for-4 with two runs scored.
In the third inning, the Red, White and Blue scored seven runs on seven hits as six different players came up with an RBI in the inning.
“Our job was to come out and dominate today,” Hansen said. “We made the adjustment to the pitching and got the job done. From here on out, we’re looking to do that every game. It was a good start and we know we’re capable of making adjustments and scoring some runs.”
At the plate, the USA had 20 hits, led by Hansen’s three. Bryant also collected three hits while driving in two runs. Schroeder (two RBI), Lastrapes (RBI), Tiffany Huff (Saugus, Calif.), Elliott (RBI), Rosey Neill (Laguna Hills, Calif.), Ensminger (three RBI) and Mejia (three RBI) each had two hits.
In the circle, Lindsey Sisk (W, 1-0) made her debut at the tournament and fired two innings of shutout ball. She allowed no runs on one hit while issuing a walk with four strikeouts. Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, Calif.) pitched the final two innings, allowing no runs on one hit while striking out three.