USA women set for rematch with Canada
playoff rounds at the Canadian Open Fastpitch International the Amateur Softball Association (ASA)/USA Softball announced today. Suffering a 10-6 loss to Canada, the Red, White and Blue rebounded for a 5-0 win over the NJCAA All-Stars and a 10-0 (three innings) shutout over Mexico. With the wins, USA will face Canada for the third place game at 5 p.m. PDT with the winner advancing to the Championship Finals against Japan. Fans can view all games from the Canadian Open via live stream and live stats at USASoftball.com.
Canada 10, USA 6
Team USA suffered their second loss of the Canadian Open Fastpitch International, falling 10-6 to Canada in the opening round of playoffs.
Canada scored in the first inning as an error and three hits plated four runs for Canada to give them the early lead. Megan Timpf got things started with a hit-by-pitch and an error on the defense put two runners on base. Three singles later and Canada had the 4-0 lead after the top of the first inning.
Sara Nevins (Pineallas Park, Fla.) got the start for Team USA in the circle, holding Canada to a four-run lead in the top of the second inning. USA closed the lead in the bottom of the second after Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) was issued a leadoff walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. A single from Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) advanced Arioto to third and a sac fly from Kellie Fox (San Diego, Calif.) scored the first U.S. run of the game.
Team USA tied the game in the bottom of the third as Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.) led off with a double. A walk to Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) and a single from Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) loaded the bases for the Red, White and Blue. Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) plated two runs with a double and Chavanne would come around to scored on a passed ball later in the inning. Team USA took the lead in the bottom of the fourth inning as Fox came around to score off a sac fly from Moultrie, having reached earlier in the inning with a leadoff walk.
Canada retook the lead in the top of the sixth, plating six runs off seven hits. Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.) entered the circle for the U.S. in the top of the fifth in relief for Nevins, who issued three strikeouts, six hits and four runs through four innings of work. A leadoff double and a single put two runners on with no outs in before a wild pitch plated another run for Canada. A walk to Victoria Hayward loaded the bases, prompting a pitching change for the U.S. as Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) came in for Traina. A single scored another two runs before Jennifer Yee knocked a ball out of the park to clear the bases. With the home run, Canada regained the lead with the U.S. trailing 10-5.
The Red, White and Blue would add another run in the bottom of the fifth as Gibson led off the at-bat with a single and came around to score on a wild pitch. Both sides would fail to add any additional runs throughout the remainder of the game, giving Canada the 10-6 win over Team USA.
Traina suffered the loss after entering in relief, issuing four runs, one walk and three hits. Moore finished the game with two strikeouts, five hits and two runs in three innings of work.
USA 5, NJCAA All-Stars 0
Nevins pitched lights out against the NJCAA All-Stars, helping lead Team USA to a 5-0 win in an elimination game at the Canadian Open. Nevins issued just one hit while striking out 12 batters in six innings of work. Moore closed out the game for the U.S., issuing two strikeouts in the seventh inning.
McCleney was hot from the plate for the Team USA, going 2-for-4 with two runs scored, singling in the first inning and tripling in the third inning. Chavanne produced two RBI for the U.S., getting an inside the park home run.
USA 10, Mexico 0 (three innings)
USA advanced to the third-place game of the Canadian Open with a 10-0 (three innings) win over Mexico late Sunday evening. The U.S. capitalized on seven hits to score the 10 runs and were fueled by Chavanne, who collected three RBI.
USA got things started early, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first to take an early lead. Two walks and a hit batter loaded the bases and a single from Sam Fischer (Simi Valley, Calif.) scored the first two runs for Team USA. A walk to Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas) loaded the bases once again for the U.S. before a walk to Moultrie put Team USA up 3-0. Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) connected for a double to score an additional two runs before an error scored the sixth run of the inning.
USA continued to attack offensively as they scored four runs off five hits in the bottom of the second inning. Hallie Wilson (Tustin, Calif.) led off with a walk, advanced on a single from Fischer and scored on a single from Chidester. Hoagland recorded an RBI with a fielder's choice to plate Fischer before a single from Moultrie and a hit batter loaded the bases. Chavanne singled to score Hoagland and Moultrie, securing the victory for Team USA.
Moore recorded the win for Team USA, pitching three scoreless innings while issuing six strikeouts and one hit.
With the win over Mexico, Team USA advanced on to the third place game at the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, where they will face Canada for the third time in four days. The game begins at 5 p.m. PDT, with the winner advancing to face Japan in the Championship finals. You can follow all of the action live by visiting USASoftball.com.
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