Women’s National Team splits the day in exhibition games against Scrap Yard Fast Pitch

June 15, 2018, 11 p.m. (ET)

HOUSTON — On their opening night of exhibition game action following training camp at the Scrap Yard Sports Complex June 11-15, the Women’s National Team split the day against Scrap Yard Fast Pitch, USA Softball announced. The Japan All-Star Series roster (USA Blue) fell 2-1 in Game One, while the World Championship roster (USA Red) earned a 4-2 victory in the final game of the evening against Scrap Yard Fast Pitch.

 

Game One: USA Blue 1, Scrap Yard Fast Pitch 2

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“I’m proud of this team of how well they did after just two and a half days of practice together,” said Head Coach Laura Berg. “We left too many runners on base but I have confidence we will get better with time."

 

Despite both teams coming up scoreless through the first, a leadoff single from Kelly Kretschman (Indian Harbour Beach, Fla.) got the offense going in the top of the second inning. Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) reached on a fielding error and the bases were loaded after Hannah Flippen (San Diego, Calif.) was issued a walk. Kretschman later crossed the plate after Flippen was called out advancing to second on a fielder’s choice from Courtney Gano (West Covina, Calif.).

 

Scrap Yard Fast Pitch evened the score in the bottom of the third inning after loading the bases and plating a run off a RBI single from Sam Fischer.

 

The Red, White and Blue threatened to tack on a few runs with the bases loaded thanks to Chidester, Flippen and Gano but couldn’t take advantage as a two-out strikeout sat down the U.S. Offense.

 

Scrap Yard Fast Pitch would take the lead in the bottom of the fifth frame after a RBI single from Katiyana Mauga, ultimately securing their 2-1 win in Game One of the exhibition game weekend. As the starting pitcher, Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) tossed three innings and allowed four hits, striking out one and issuing two walks. Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) struck out two and allowed two hits in two and two-thirds innings of work while Carley Hoover (Clemson, S.C.) induced a pop out against the lone batter she faced.

 

Game Two: USA Red 4, Scrap Yard Fast Pitch 2

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“It was a good first day,” said Head Coach Ken Eriksen. “It was nice to see 17 people working together towards both the short and long term objectives."

 

Fans saw the USA Red squad get on board early and maintain their lead throughout the entirety of the game in Game Two. Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) was issued a walk and advanced to second after a single from Janie Reed (Placentia, Calif.). With two runners on base and two outs, a hard-hit ground ball from Hayle McCleney (Morris, Ala.) led to an error by the first baseman and Spaulding crossing home on the same play. 

 

Ahead 1-0, Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif.) struck out three straight batters to retire the side in the bottom half of the second frame and bring the U.S. back to the plate. From there, the Red, White and Blue tacked on two additional runs in the top of the third, plating Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Kasey Cooper (Dothan, Ala.) to make it 3-0.

 

A home run by Spaulding in the top of the fifth inning made it 4-0, before Scrap Yard Fast Pitch responded with one of their own on a two-run shot in the bottom half of the sixth frame to put the score at 4-2. Both sides were retired in the seventh to secure the U.S. victory.

 

Abbott pitched five innings with nine strikeouts, four walks and one hit allowed, while Keilani Ricketts (San Jose, Calif.) allowed one hit, struck out one and walked three batters in two innings of work.

  

In preparation for international competitions this summer, both USA Softball WNT rosters are playing exhibition contests against Scrap Yard Fast Pitch with all games live streamed on the USASoftball.com platform for fans to access and watch for free throughout the weekend.  Fans will also have the opportunity to attend exhibition games in person, with general admission tickets available for $5 per day.  Military, first responders, youth athletes in their player uniform and children under six years old will receive free admission.

 

Following the weekend, players on the Japan All-Star Series roster will head to Tokyo for a three-game series against the Japan National Team before joining the World Championship roster in Irvine, Calif. to compete against some of the top-ranked teams in the world at the USA Softball International Cup July 9-15.

 

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 69 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. As the NGB for the sport of softball, USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting the six USA Softball National Teams that compete in events such as the Olympics, Pan American Games, World Championships and other international and domestic events. For more information on USA Softball, including its founding and history as the Amateur Softball Association of America (ASA), please visit, www.USASoftball.com.