SURREY, BC, Canada – In a matchup that pitted the U.S. Women’s National Team against T.C. Colorado for the second time this week, Team USA was unable to pull out the semifinal victory as a three-run third inning from the Colorado squad resulted in a 3-2 loss for the Eagles. Remaining consistent at the plate for the U.S., Jocelyn Alo and Hannah Flippen led Team USA with a multi-hit game, including one home run apiece – their fourth home run of the tournament. Tonight’s loss sends Team USA to the loser’s bracket semifinal contest tomorrow, June 26, at 3:30 p.m. PT with the winner advancing to the Canada Cup International Softball Championship Game at 6 p.m. PT.
Singles from Sahvanna Jaquish and Baylee Klingler would put runners on for Team USA early in the game, but the Eagles were unable to string things together as no runs crossed the plate through the first two innings of play. Odicci Alexander set the tone in the circle for the U.S., working her way out of a no-out, bases loaded jam in the bottom of the first followed by a 1-2-3 second inning to keep T.C. Colorado off the board.
Kayla Kowalik gave the U.S. another base runner in the top of the third after forcing an infield error to lead off the inning before being thrown out at second on an attempt to tag up on a deep fly ball from Kiki Milloy. With the double play clearing the bases, Alo stepped up to the plate and answered back with a solo shot to left field to give Team USA a one-run edge.
Two walks from Alexander in the bottom of the third put runners on for T.C. Colorado as Ally Carda took over pitching duties and issued an intentional walk to load the bases. An infield single followed by a fielding miscue at short stop allowed three runs to score as T.C. Colorado pulled ahead, 3-1. With runners at second and third, Carda and the U.S. defense buckled down to force a ground out and a strikeout to end the inning. Looking to shift the momentum, Flippen led off the top of the fourth with a two-strike, opposite field home run to cut the U.S. deficit, 3-2. Unable to muster any more runs, Team USA headed back to defense where Carda retired the side in order with a pop out, ground out and strikeout to give the U.S. another chance at the plate.
Despite a leadoff single from Sharlize Palacios to start off the fifth, the Red, White and Blue was unable to find a groove as the score remained 3-2 after the top of the frame. Shifting to defense, a pop out to Taylor Pleasants at short recorded the first out for Team USA before Carda issued a hit-by-pitch to put a runner on for T.C. Colorado. Zoning in, Carda answered back with a quick strikeout and line out to end the inning with the U.S. still down, 3-2.
A single from Flippen followed by a fielding miscue forced by Klingler would look to give Team USA a spark in the sixth inning, but a fly out and a ground out would end the threat for the Eagles. Holding strong on defense, Carda fired another 1-2-3 inning to silence T.C. Colorado and give the U.S. one last opportunity to score. Looking to start a rally in the top of the seventh, Kowalik roped a line drive to the outfield but an impressive diving play by the left fielder would record the first out of the inning. After a ground out from Milloy, the U.S. fought to stay alive as Alo placed a pop fly in shallow right field to put the tying run on first, but a pop out would record the final out of the game as Team USA fell, 3-2.
The Red, White and Blue will take the field tomorrow, June 26, at 3:30 p.m. PT against the winner of the 1 p.m. PT loser’s bracket contest for a chance to stay alive and advance to the Canada Cup Championship Game slated for 6:00 p.m. PT.
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