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Team USA posts 9-2 win over Canada to advance to 2022 Canada Cup International Softball Championship Semi-Finals

June 25, 2022, 2:27 a.m. (ET)

SURREY, BC, Canada ­­–– The U.S. Women’s National Team opened the 2022 Canada Cup Playoff Round with its fourth-straight run-rule win of the tournament, defeating Canada 9-2 to advance to the semi-final contest tomorrow at 6 p.m. PT. The Eagles sent four balls out of the park in tonight’s win with two off the bat of Taylor Pleasants followed by Charla Echols and Sahvanna Jaquish who each hit one home run apiece. Eight of the nine U.S. batters recorded a hit against the Canadians with a perfect 3-for-3 day from Echols in addition to 2-for-2 performances from Pleasants and Jocelyn Alo.

 

Starting in the circle for the Red, White and Blue, Ally Carda issued a quick fly out to begin the game before a fielding miscue and a single to the outfield put two runners on for Canada. Unfazed, the U.S. defense zoned in as Carda forced a ground ball to Pleasants at shortstop who tossed the ball to second baseman Hannah Flippen for a slick double play to end the inning with no damage done.

 

Kiki Milloy got things started for the U.S. in the bottom of the frame with a leadoff single followed by a base hit through the infield from Alo to advance Milloy to third, but a double play from the Canadian defense would put up two quick outs with Jaquish reaching on the fielder’s choice. Re-sparking the U.S. offense, Flippen dropped a blooper in the right center gap to put runners on first and third for Baylee Klingler who came through with a clutch base hit up the middle to score two. A single from Echols followed by a hit-by-pitch from Pleasants would load the bases for the Red, White and Blue, but a strikeout would leave them stranded with the U.S. up, 2-0.

 

On fire in the circle for Team USA, Carda issued another 1-2-3 inning with a strikeout and two fly outs to keep the momentum going and send the U.S. back to the plate as Kayla Kowalik led off the bottom of the inning with a bunt single. An intentional walk to Alo would put runners on first and second for the U.S. before a wild pitch allowed both Kowalik and Alo to advance 60 feet for Jaquish to send a deep sac fly to left field to score Kowalik and extend the U.S. lead 3-0 heading into the third.

 

Continuing to dominate in the top of the frame, Carda once again retired the side in order with a nine-pitch inning featuring two ground outs and a strikeout to keep the Canadian offense silent. Team USA tacked on two more to its lead in the bottom of the inning with back-to-back solo home runs from Echols and Pleasants, putting the Eagles on top 5-0 before a ground out and line out sent them back to defense.

 

The Canadian offense broke its silence in the top of fourth after taking advantage of a one-out walk with a double to the right center gap for their first run of the game. With runners on second and third, Pleasants fielded a routine ground ball for the force out at third before a two-out single allowed another run to the score. Remaining calm under pressure, Carda responded with a big strikeout for the third out of the inning with the U.S. lead cut to 5-2. Answering back in the bottom half of the frame, Alo reached base on a one-out single before Jaquish sent a two-run blast over the left field fence to regain the five run edge for the U.S. with the score sitting at 7-2.

 

Taking over pitching duties in the top of the fifth, Megan Faraimo issued a quick ground out before allowing two Canada base runners via a single and a walk. With two outs and a runner in scoring position, Faraimo fired back to force a ground out for the final out of the inning. With the U.S. up 7-2, Echols led off the bottom of the frame with a base hit before Pleasants ended the game with one swing of the bat, sending her second ball out of the park to walk it off for the 9-2 run rule over Canada.

 

Tonight’s win advances the Red, White and Blue to tomorrow’s 6 p.m. PT semi-final matchup against the winner of the Netherlands and T.C. Colorado. Fans across the globe will have the opportunity to follow along through the Canada Cup livestream package, which can be purchased for $29.99. The livestream package includes live streaming or on-demand access to all games. Click here to access the live streaming package. Live stats will also be provided on USASoftball.com