Home runs and strong pitching lift JWNT over opponents
OKLAHOMA CITY — It was an explosive day at the plate for the USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team (JWNT) as the Red, White and Blue claimed two more exhibition victories during the USA Softball JWNT Friendlies at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex – OGE Energy Field – INTEGRIS Field. A total of seven balls left the park during the doubleheader where the U.S. defeated LA VooDoo 16-1 (three innings) and Absolute Blast 25-0 (three innings) as the team prepares for their international schedule.
Game One: USA 16, LA VooDoo 1 (three innings)
Solid performances both at the plate and on defense helped lead the JWNT to a 16-1 (three inning) win over the LA VooDoo in their first game of the day. Pushing across at least one run in each inning, the team scored 13-runs in the second inning en route to the win.
Bubba Nickles (Merced, Calif.) put the U.S. on the board in the bottom of the first with a two-run shot over the center field fence. LA VooDoo cut the lead in half in their next at-bat, capitalizing on a single and triple to make it a 2-1 U.S. lead.
The game would not remain close for long as the offense put together a string of hits in a 13-run rally. Kaylee Tow (Madisonville, Ky.) shined for the Red, White and Blue, connecting for a grand slam to push the lead to 6-1. The JWNT drove in another five runs before Tow stepped to the plate for her second time of the inning to send another ball out of the park for a two-run blast. Two more runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the second, giving Team USA a 15-1 lead. Baylee Klingler (Houston, Texas) sealed the victory in the bottom of the third with a walk off home run as the U.S. walked away with the ‘W’.
Tow picked up six RBI in the contest while Dejah Mulipola (Garden Grove, Calif.) and Nickles each picked up two RBI. From the circle, Holly Azevedo (San Jose, Calif.) pitched the first two innings for the U.S., issuing one strikeout before Alexis Kilfoyl (Land O’Lakes, Fla.) entered in the final frame, retiring all three batters faced.
Game Two: USA 25, Absolute Blast 0 (three innings)
The hot-hitting for the JWNT offense continued in their second outing of the day while two pitchers combined for a perfect game in a 25-0 (three inning) win against Absolute Blast. Kilfoyl and Kathryn Sandercock (McLean, Va.) didn’t allow a single runner to reach base while the offense combined for 20 hits.
Pushing across five runs in the top of the first inning with two outs, Team USA capitalized on four walks, a hit batter and two hits to take the early 5-0 lead. After Kilfoyl retired the side in the bottom of the first, 12 runs crossed the plate in the top of the second inning for the U.S. to extend the lead to 17-0. Adding eight more runs in the top of the third, the U.S. earned their fourth win of the tournament by a score of 25-0 (three innings).
Julia Cottrill (Stillwater, Okla.) put on a show at the plate, going 3-for-4 with six RBI and Amanda Doyle (Santa Clarita, Calif.) pushed across four runs while Sydney Sherrill (Moore, Okla.) and Alissa Dalton (Cypress, Texas) each picked up three RBI. Kilfoyl issued two strikeouts in her one inning pitched while Sandercock picked up where Kilfoyl left off in the final two frames with three strikeouts.
Up next for the USA Softball JWNT is their final game of the JWNT Friendlies against the Lady Gators at 9 a.m. CT tomorrow morning. Fans can follow along with free live stats and live streaming during Team USA’s exhibition games by visiting USASoftball.com.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is a 501(c)(3) not-for profit organization headquartered in Oklahoma City, Okla., and is designated as the National Governing Body (NGB) of Softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. One of the nation’s largest sports organizations, USA Softball sanctions competition in every state through a network of 70 local associations and has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 150,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2 million. USA Softball is dedicated to providing people of all ages the opportunity to play the game they love at a variety of levels by offering recreational, league, tournament and competitive play for fast pitch, slow pitch and modified pitch. USA Softball annually conducts thousands of tournaments throughout the country including over 100 National Championships. The USA Softball umpire program is among the nation’s largest and are widely known as the best trained umpires in the game.
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