Sataraka lifts USA Softball Junior Women to doubleheader sweep

By Codi Warren | June 24, 2013, 12 a.m. (ET)

Glenville, W. Va. – Behind the bat of Mysha Sataraka (Honolulu, Hawaii), the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team swept their two exhibition games against the Glenville Stars in preparation for the International Softball Federation (ISF) X Junior Women’s World Championship (JWWC), which is scheduled to start July 1 the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) and USA Softball announced today. Team USA took game one by a final of 12-0 and sealed the sweep with a 6-3 win in game two.

Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.)  led off the bottom of the first inning with a single and advanced to second off an Andrea Hawkins (Bay City, Texas) single. With Crane in scoring position Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif.) doubled to score the first run of the game. Team USA kept the runs coming in the first, picking up five more off three hits before being retired.  The Women picked up another three runs in the second inning off the bat of Sataraka, who collected her first home run of the day. The team knocked in an additional three runs, including another Sataraka home run, in the third inning to secure their 12-0 win.

Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.) started the day in the circle for the USA, and went three complete innings with no hits and six strikeouts. Erica Nunn (Apex, N.C.) finished the game, collecting two strikeouts and allowing one hit.

Unlike game one, game two proved to be a challenge as USA failed to push across a run until the top of the third inning.  A. Hawkins led off the third with a single, followed by a stolen base.  A Romero fly out to center moved A. Hawkins into scoring position before A. Hawkins scored on a wild pitch.  Glenville responded in the bottom of the third with three runs, preventing a shutout sweep.  Trailing for the first time this season, the Women bounced back as Danica Mercado (Temecula, Calif.) and Lee Ann Spivey (Palm Coast, Fla.) each came across the plate to even the game at 3-3.  In the top of the fifth, Sataraka collected her third home run of the day to give the U.S. a one-run lead before the team notched another two runs in the sixth to clinch the game.

Paige McDuffee (The Woodlands, Texas) pitched the first three innings, fanning three and giving up three runs off of two hits. Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va.) completed the game, giving up one hit while collecting four strikeouts.  

This marks the end of the exhibition tour for Team USA, who ended the tour with a 6-0 record.  The team will participate in a youth clinic on Tuesday, June 25 in Glenville, W.Va. before heading north to Brampton, Ontario, Canada for the JWWC.  Live stats and live streaming will be available during the weeklong event and can be found by clicking here

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