World Cup Day One
July 11 2013
USA 7, CANADA 0 (6)
USA 1st: Moultrie walked; Chavanne sacrificed; Gibson singled to left; Chamberlain walked, bases loaded; Arioyo singled to left, 2 rbi; Chidester singled, reloading the bases; Thom struck out; Taylor looked at a third strike, leaving bases loaded.
Canada 1st: Lye hit back to Nevins; Lever fanned; Timpf struck out looking.
USA 2nd: Martinez, batting ninth, grounded to 3rd; Moultrie popped to short; Chavannebeat out an infield hit; Gibson hbp; Chamberlain reached on error, a high throw from short, Chavanne scored; Canada threw to 2nd but the throwdown let the speedy Gibson score from 3rd. Arioto whiffed.
Canada 2ND: Two down, Haberl walked but Hopwood grounded to 3rd.
USA 3rd: Leading 4-0. Chidester was forced at 2nd by Thom. Taylor out 1-3; Martinez struck out.
Canada 3rd: One out, Hayward reached on a bunt single; Lye followed with a single; Lever grounded to 3rd; Timpf grounded to Nevins.
USA 4th: Moultrie, Chavanne and Gibson down in order.
Canada 4th: Gilbert, Ebert and Haberl down in order.
USA 5TH: Plourde now in the circle for Canada. Chamberlain whiffed; Arioto flied out to right; Chidester beat out a hard grounder to short, tough play for Lye; Thom grounded to short.
Canada 5th: Down in order again, two on strikes.
USA 6th: Taylor beat out a grounder to 3rd; Ziegenhirt, pinch-hitting for Martinez, walked after Taylor was caught stealing; Moultrie flied to center; Chavanne singled in Ziegenhirt; Gibson jacked a 2-run homer. Chamberlain struck out.
Canada 6th: USA was now leading 7-0’ under ISF rule, Canada must score or the USA wins by run-rule. Moore relieved Nevins. Lye and Lever were put outs at 1st; Timpf grounded to short.
The USA plays Australia on Friday.
SPY Comment: This second game of the World cup lacked the excitement and tension of the last game at Hall of Fame Stadium when Oklahoma defeated Tennessee for the WCWS title. The bleachers, which were packed for the two games between Oklahoma and Tennessee, were not erected for World Cup, anf the seats in the left and right wings of the stadium were virtually empty. The ESPN announcers repeatedly said the World Cup would help the case for the IOC to include baseball/softball when it votesin September on the 2020 program. The attendance was not reassuring.
Several players tonight participated in the Oklahoma-Tennessee battles, including Chamberlain whose dramatic homer in extra innings won Game One, and Maretinez, both from OU, and Gibson and Chavanne from Tennessee.
Japan 3, Australia 2
In the first of two games, former champion and four-time runner-up Japan and took on two-time second place finisher Australia. In a clash between the two teams perceived to be in the conversation with Team USA as the best in the world, they didn’t disappoint.
It took a marvelous effort for Japan to hold on 3-2.
Yukiko Ueno was marvelous for Japan, throwing a complete game with two earned runs allowed and seven strikeouts. Australian starter Aimee Murch wasn’t as lucky, allowing two runs in one inning before the bullpen threw 6.0 innings of one-run work.
From start to finish, it was nothing short of tension and competition.
Misato Kawano led the game off with a single before Rei Nishiyama sent her to second base with a single of her own. Two batters later, catcher Yukiyo Mine loaded the bases with a single of her own and we were in business.
All it took was a fielder’s choice from Misa Okubo and Japan jumped out to a 1-0 lead.
One batter later, Rie Nagayoshi picked up an RBI single to push Japan’s lead to two runs. Murch managed to survive the rest of the inning and get out before the damage could get too bad.
Even still, Japan had sent a message to everyone in this tournament—they’re still elite.