USA women top Basque Country at Canadian Open
OKLAHOMA CITY – The USA Softball Women’s National Team combined for 10 runs off 13 hits to lead them to a 10-0 (four-inning) win over Basque Country (Spain) at the Canadian Open Fastpitch International on Wednesday the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA softball announced today. Three U.S. batters collected two RBI a piece as Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.), Sam Fischer (Simi Valley, Calif.) and Kellie Fox (San Diego, Calif.) fueled the offense for Team USA. The U.S. will continue pool play today as they face the NJCAA All-Stars and Mexico for a doubleheader, starting at 5:30 p.m. CT. Fans can view via live stream and live stats at USASoftball.com.
USA jumped to an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the first as McCleney led off with a single and advanced to second with a stolen base and then advanced another base after Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) hit a single. Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) plated McCleney with a sac fly to center field and Fischer hit a triple to score Stewart.
Sara Nevins (Pineallas Park, Fla.) issued Basque Country's only hit of the game in the top of the second inning as Ainar Larraza Pikabea singled with one out, but a strikeout and stolen base attempt brought USA back to the plate. Another U.S. run would score in the bottom of the second inning after Jessica Plaza (Huntington Beach, Calif.) doubled to lead off the inning and would come around to score with a McCleney sac fly to center field. After two innings, Team USA led 3-0.
Nevins recorded two strikeouts and a fly out to Stewart at second base in the top of the third inning. Chidester led off the bottom half of the inning with a double and scored on a double from Plaza. USA plated two additional runs courtesy of back-to-back triple from Fox and Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif.) and scored their final run of the third inning with a double from McCleney.
Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) entered the circle in the top of the fourth to close out the game for Team USA, getting three batters out via ground balls. In the bottom of the fourth, Hallie Wilson (Tustin, Calif.) got a leadoff walk and moved to third on a single from Chidester. A single from Fischer plated Wilson and a single from Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas) allowed Chidester to score from second base. Fox sealed the run-rule victory with a single to plate Fischer and give USA the 10-0 (four-inning) win. Nevins earned the win in the circle for Team USA with five strikeouts and allowed just one hit.
After day two of the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, Team USA moves to 2-1. They will return for another pool-play game with a doubleheader starting 5:30 p.m. CT on Thursday against the NJCAA All-Stars and Mexico. You can follow all of the action live by visiting 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 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
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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 the 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 including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.