Two USA teams score big at Border Battle V and World Cup of Softball
OKLAHOMA CITY – Both the USA Softball Women’s National Team and the Men’s Slow Pitch National Team collected wins today at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America Hall of Fame Stadium as both squads collected wins via the run-rule. For the men, a 25-10 win over Team Canada and a 32-16 win over the Futures Slow Pitch National Team secured bragging rights as the Border Battle V and Slow Pitch Showdown champion. For the women, Team USA got a solid pitching performance from Sara Nevins to shut out the Canadian National Team, 7-0, in a run-rule Thursday evening at the World Cup of Softball VII.
Border Battle V – Canada 10 USA 25 (five innings)
Team USA secured it’s fourth victory at the battle of the border against the Canadian Men’s Slow Pitch National Team. The Red, White and Blue collected their 25 runs via 25 hits, while Canada was held to 14 hits.
The long ball was heavily utilized by the U.S. as Bryson Baker (Magalia, Calif.), Johnny McCraw (Lake Wylie, S.C.), Travis Clark (Kenosha, Wis.), Brian Wegman (Hamilton, Ohio), Brett Helmer (Cicero, N.Y.), Kevin Filby (Cardington, Ohio) and Lee Powers each collected one home run while Robert Blackburn (Indian Trail, N.C.) knocked out two.
Team USA shut down the Canadians in the first inning before opening their offensive power early in the bottom of the first. With two runners on, Filby utilized the long ball and put the U.S. up to an early 3-0 lead. Canada would respond with four runs in the top of the second with a solo shot and a three-run homer.
The U.S. men would add another six in the bottom of the second off a string of hits from Rick Baker (West Harrison, Ind.) and Jeff Hall (Gastonia, N.C.), while Wegman, B. Baker sent two out of the park, putting the U.S. lead to 9-4.
Canada utilized two home runs in the top of the third to plate another three runs. Powers, B. Baker, Wegman punched in a total of four runs for the U.S., while Helmer and Blackburn each plated two to push Team USA’s lead in the bottom of the third to 17-7. Two more runs were added by Canada in the top of the fourth via a triple and a single. Powers quickly responded in the bottom of the inning with a two run shot over the fence, a miscue by the defense plated a run and McCraw brought home three to push the score to 23-9.
In the final inning of the game, Team Canada collected their final run of the game with a sac-fly. Needing only two runs and having six home runs available for the game, the U.S. secured a run-rule victory with a pair of home runs from Blackburn and Clark.
Slow Pitch Showdown – USA Futures 16 Team USA 32 (five innings)
In the second annual Slow Pitch Showdown in Oklahoma City, the Men’s National Team dethroned the Futures squad as they collected a 32-16 (five inning) run-rule, their second of the day. Live on ESPN3 (and re-airing Sunday at 2 p.m. CT), the Futures team jumped out early at 2-0 lead in the first inning before the National team responded with a seven run second inning to take the lead.
For the National team , Wegman racked up six RBI on four hits for the Men's National team. He homered in the second and twice in the fifth innings. For the Futures team, Scott Zaciewski (Toledo, Ohio) led the team with four RBI, going 2-for-3 with one home run.
It was an offensive game as both squads tallied 48 runs off of 48 hits The Futures team accounted for 17 hits, including 16 RBI. The Men’s National Team collected their 32 runs off of 31 hits, punching in 31 RBI.
General Tire World Cup of Softball
USA 7 Canada 0 (six innings)
Team USA opened up the General Tire World Cup of Softball with a six-inning, run rule victory over Canada. Sara Nevins (Pineallas Park, Fla.) pitched six innings, allowing just two hits and one walk. She struck out six before giving way to Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) for the final inning.
Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) kick started the scoring with a two-RBI single in the first inning. Team USA stretched the lead out to 4-0 in the second when Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) scored after Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) reached on an error and Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) scored on a successful double steal attempt.
Half of Team USA’s eight hits came in those first two innings. Canadian starting pitcher Jenna Caira settled down after allowing the four runs and held Team USA to no hits in her final two innings pitched. Caira yielded to Sara Plourde in the fifth who allowed three runs on four hits and one walk.
Lindsey Zigenhirt (Elk Grove, Calif.) reached on a walk in the sixth and scored on a single from Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas). Gibson belted her first home run of the tournament to give Team USA 1 7-0 lead. Moore came on in the bottom of the sixth and held the Canadians scoreless to secure the run-rule victory.
Victoria Haywood and Joey Lye registered Canada’s only hits, while Kelsey Haberl was the only other base runner for Team Canada on the evening.
Japan 3, Australia 2
Team Japan scored two runs in the top of the first and added a single run in the fourth to defeat Australia 3-2 on Thursday.
Yuki Hayashi led the Japanese team with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate. Misato Kawano, Rei Nishiyama and Rie Nagaoshi scored the three runs for Team Japan. Yukiko Ueno went the distance in the circle, allowing the two runs on nine hits. She struck out seven.
Jodie Bowering went 2-for-4 with a run scored for the Australians, while Leigh Godfrey scored the other run. Aimee Murch picked up the loss in the circle, allowing two runs on four hits.
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