USA Advances to Gold Medal Game
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December 17, 2011
USA Softball tops Chinese Taipei, seeks second consecutive ISF Junior Women’s World Championship
CAPE TOWN — Two solo home runs from Hallie Wilson (North Tustin, Calif.) helped the United States advance to the Gold Medal Game of the 2011 International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women’s World Championship in Cape Town, South Africa. The Americans eliminated Chinese Taipei 12-3 in six innings in the Bronze Medal Game today to move on to the Gold Medal Game against Japan at 3 p.m. South African Standard Time/7 a.m. CT.
The winner of the ISF Junior Women’s World Championship will be decided on the result of the one Gold Medal Game, although Japan (9-0) defeated the U.S. (9-1) in semifinal action Friday. Team USA has played in each of the six previous Championship Games held, defeating China for the inaugural title in 1987, losing to Japan in 1991, defeating Japan in 1995 and losing to Japan in 1999 and 2003 before reclaiming the top spot from Japan in 2007.
Wilson led off the first against Chinese Taipei with a homer to make it a 1-0 contest. Kourtney Salvarola (Arnold, Md.) followed with a double to right center. A Kylee Lahners (Laguna Hills, Calif.) sacrifice bunt moved Salvarola to third. She scored on Ally Carda’s (Elk Grove, Calif.) double to left field.
The Red, White and Blue did not score again until Wilson homered to center field to leadoff the fifth. The Americans piled on four more runs in the inning, coming on Cheyenne Cordes (Fairfield, Calif.) two RBI double to left field, a Cheyenne Coyle (West Hill, Calif.) triple to left and an Amber Freeman (Lakewood, Calif.) sacrifice fly to center.
Five more runs crossed the plate in the sixth, starting with Cheyanne Tarango (Anaheim Hills, Calif.) scoring on a Lahners double. Nyree White (Eugene, Ore.) added an RBI single and Freeman added a two-RBI double. Coyle scored on a passed ball.
Dallas Escobedo (Glendale, Calif.) pitched the first four for the Red, White and Blue, improving her tournament record to 4-0. She allowed one hit in her performance, a solo home run to Lin Feng Chen in the bottom of the third. Escobedo struck out nine, bringing her total to 34 strike outs in Cape Town, and issued one walk.
Erin Gabriel (Poland, Ohio), the only member of the 2011 USA Softball Junior Women’s National Team still in high school, was in the circle for the remainder of the game. She issued an RBI single and hit a batter with bases loaded.
Subject to Internet availability, live stats for the Gold Medal Game will be available at USASoftball.com. The game is also scheduled for live streaming through the tournament website (http://jwwc2011.co.za/).