USA Softball extends record to 6 0 in the Canadian Open with a win over Canada
CITY –The USA Softball Women’s National Team will move on to play Japan on day
two of the playoff portion of the Canadian Open Fastpitch International
Championship on Sunday the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and
USA softball announced today. Team USA used three runs in both the fourth and
sixth innings to lock up the win over cross-border rival Canada on Saturday.
visiting team on the scoreboard, Canada batted first in the game and took
advantage of the opportunity to take an early lead. With two-outs, Jenn Yee
took a Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park, Fla.) pitch deep over the fence to make it
1-0 Canada. In the bottom half of the first, Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks,
Calif.) singled to give Team USA a base runner but fellow Lady Vol alum Lauren
Gibson grounded into a 4-3 double play to end the inning.
teams went three up, three down in the second and the score remained 1-0
heading into the third inning.
bottom of the third an error and hit by pitch gave Team USA two runners but the
inning came to a close when Taylor Thom (Cedar Park, Tex.) was thrown out at
third for the third out. Canada managed two base runners of their own in the
top of the fourth but also failed to convert any runs and the score held.
one swing of the bat Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) broke the scoring drought in
the bottom of the fourth when she connected on a 2-1 pitch for her second home
run of the tournament. Later in the inning, with Amanda Chidester (Allen Park,
Mich.) and Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) in scoring position, a Thom
double scored both giving the USA a 3-1 lead entering the fifth inning.
for the Americans, the lead was short lived. In the top of the fifth a hit
batter and a walk gave Canada two base runners and USA Coach Ken Eriksen
decided it was time to change pitchers opting for Jessica Moore (Sutter,
Calif.). Moore struck out the first batter she faced but Victoria Haywood
doubled in the next at-bat to score both Canadian base runners tying the game
at three. In the next at-bat, Jenn Yee singled to bring Hayward home from
second helping Canada to reestablish the lead.
started the bottom of the fifth with lead off hitter Michelle Moultrie
(Jacksonville, Fla.) at the plate. Moultrie, who is typically known more for
her slapping and speed than home runs, showed her versatility with a solo homer
to tie the game up for the third time on the night.
three up, three down inning for Canada in the sixth sent the 4-4 tie into the
bottom half of the inning. Determined to break the knotted score, Amber Freeman
(Lakewood, Calif.) singled to put a USA base runner onboard and in the next
at-bat Thom doubled to score the run and break the tie. Later in the at-bat a
passed ball allowed Thom to come around to third and a wild pitch shortly after
brought her home to give Team USA a 6-4 advantage. The scoring didn’t end there
however, minutes later Chavanne singled to score Moultrie pushing the lead to
7-4. When the inning was finally complete Canada found themselves trailing and
down to their final at-bat to get back into the game.
returned to the circle to start the seventh for Team USA and earned the win by
closing out the game with three strikeouts. The lefty finished the contest with
5.1 innings pitched, allowing just four runs and recording eight strikeouts.
the win, Team USA moves to 6-0 in the Canadian Open Fastpitch International
Championship and will now face a resurgent Japan team that won back-to-back 7-0
games earlier on Saturday. Japanese ace pitcher Yukiko Ueno pitched both games
on Saturday and recorded no hitters in each. You can follow all of
tomorrow’s action live by visiting www.USASoftball.com.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing
Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic
Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations
and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local
associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to
over 200,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million.
For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the
USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs
together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting
these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic
competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s
sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold
medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World
Championship titles as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For
more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.