USA grabs two win at Mayors Cup in Puerto Rico
Women's Cumulative Stats
Juan, Puerto Rico – The USA Softball Women’s National team captured two
wins at the Copa Francisco Reyes Cup (Mayor's Cup) on Tuesday the Amateur
Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today.
In preparation for the Pan American Games/World Championship Qualifier,
which is scheduled for August 10-18, Team USA came away with an 11-5 win over
Canada and followed up with a 5-1 win over Argentina.
11, Canada 5
almost three hours due to the rain, Team USA faced off against Canada for
the fourth time this season in their opener for the Mayor's Cup.
Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.) got the start and win at
pitcher for the USA. In three innings, Hawkins struck out five batters and
surrendered just three hits and three runs. In the top of the fourth, Jessica
Moore (Sutter, Calif.) entered in relief to close out the game. Moore
issued one strikeout, giving up two runs and five hits.
got the early lead in the bottom of the first inning after a hit-by-pitch and a
single put two Canadian runners on base. Erika Polidori then connected
for a two-run double to put Canada up 2-0. The lead would hold until the
top of the third inning, when the U.S. responded with six runs to take the
lead. Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif.) started the inning with a
walk and was moved to second on a wild pitch from Canadian starter Sara
Plourde. Rhea Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.) then dropped a bunt down to advance
the runner, but an errant throw by the third baseman moved Martinez to third
and put Taylor on second base. Plourde issued another walk to Raven
Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) to load the bases. After a walk to
Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.), which plated Martinez, a pitching change was
made for Canada as Jocelyn Cater entered in relief for Plourde.
Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) kept the U.S. rally going with an RBI single to
bring Taylor home and tie the game at 2. Two back-to-back walks to
Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon,
Calif.) brought in two more runs for Team USA, and two sac-hits by Nicole
Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) and Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md.) brought in an
additional two runs for the U.S. to move their lead to 6-2.
would respond with a run in the bottom of the third after Caitlin Lever
connected for a double. Jennifer Yee then hit a sac-fly to left field to
score Lever to make it a 6-3 ballgame. Moore entered the ball game in
relief for Hawkins in the bottom of the fourth inning. A hit-by-pitch put
a runner on first and an error gave Canada a base runner and Victoria Hayward
took advantage with an RBI double. After four innings the score was USA
6, Canada 4.
USA would add another two runs in the sixth inning. To start off the top
of the sixth, Martinez advanced to first on a single, prompting another
pitching change for Canada as Marina Demore entered in relief for Cater.
Taylor would advance to second on a fielder's choice, in which Martinez was
thrown out in an attempt to go to third. Chavanne then hit an RBI single
to score Taylor and advanced to second on the throw from the outfield.
Gibson responded with another RBI single to plate Chavanne to give USA an 8-4
responded again in the bottom of the sixth as Lever scored off a Jennifer Yee
single. The Red, White and Blue would bring in an additional three runs
in the top of the seventh inning to secure an 11-5 win over Canada.
5, Argentina 1
U.S. jumped on the board quick in their second matchup of the day against
Argentina. Sara Nevins (Pineallas Park, Fla.) got the win for Team USA,
pitching the first three innings of the game. Nevins issued four
strikeouts, giving up one run and three hits. Aimee Creger (Yukon, Okla.)
entered in relief for the U.S. in the top of the fourth. Creger shut down
the Argentina offense, allowing no hits while issuing five strikeouts.
Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) closed out the game for the U.S., retiring
all three batters faced with two strikeouts and a groundout.
Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) provided the first base runner for the U.S. in the
bottom of the first inning after being issued a walk by Argentina's pitcher
Virginia Sciuto. Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) followed up with a
fielder's choice, in which Hudson reached safely, to give the U.S. two runners
on base. Arioto then sent a long ball over the left field fence to put
the U.S. up 3-0 after the first inning.
would put a run on the board in the top of the third inning as Aldana Gomez
scored on a single by Agustina Godoy. Team USA responded in the bottom of
the inning with another run after Hudson, who was put on base by a walk, scored
on a single by Taylor Thom (Cedar Park, Texas). Another scoreless
at-bat by Argentina in the top of the fourth brought the U.S. back to the plate
to extend their lead. Rhea Taylor (Atlanta, Ga.) started the bottom of
the fourth with a single and advanced to second on a bad throw by the third
baseman. Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) advanced Taylor with
a fly-out to centerfield and Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas) would bring
Taylor home with a sac-fly.
squads were retired in the final three innings of the game, securing a USA 5-1
the wins, USA moves to 2-0 at the Mayor's Cup. The USA will play Cuba at 5 p.m.
EST and Puerto Rico at 7 p.m. EST tonight to close out pool play. The playoffs
are scheduled to begin on Thursday, August 8. Live stats and online
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