WORLD CUP DAY 3 Saturday July 13 2013
Australia 6, Puerto Rico 2 WP Munch. LP Jackson
Japan 4, Puerto Rico 9 WP Nakano. LP Garay
Canada 2, Australia o WP Plourde. LP Holden
USA vs Japan Japan, the defending Olympic champion, defeated the USA 2-1 (10) in 2012 in Canada for the ISF international champion. The USA haS WON 7 World Cups in a row. Japan will start Yukiko Ueno the 70-mph fastballer who defeated the USA in Beijing and again last year. The USA will start Aimee Creger, a newcomer to international competition. Until last week, the anticipation was that Ueno would face U*SA Player of the Year Keilani Ricketts who left the team in a dispute with team management. Noted at once: After two days of sparse attendance especially for afternoon games, this game drew a larger audience.
Japan 1st: Kawano jacked the first pitch for a home run. Nishiyama and Hayasaki, flied to left and grounded to short. Mine, who caught Ueno in the Olympics, singled to left. Okubo doubled to center. Mine scored on a wild pitch. Okubo scored on a passed ball. USA relieved Creger, Cheridan Hawkins pitching. Huiguchi walked; Shimasaki flied to short. Japan 3-0. USA 1st: Moultrie singled to center. Chavanne sacrificed. Gibson beat out an infield hit to 2nd.Chidester hbp, bases loaded; Arioto singled to center, rbi; Thom fanned; Ziegenhirt flied to 2nd. 3-1. Japan 2nd: Macayuno, Khiguchi, Kawano down in order. USA 2nd: Martinez flied to left; Taylor reached on an error at short; Moultrie grounded to 2nd; havanne reached on an error by Ueno, Taylor scoring. Gibson looked at a third strike. Japan 3-2. Japan 3rd: Down in order; Nishiyama flied to right; Hayashi struck out; Mine put out at 1st. USA 3rd: Chidester, Arioto and Thom down in order. Japan 4th: Okubo singled to right. Havaguchi doubled to right. Sara Nevins elieved Hawkins. Shimasaki singled, rbi. Nagayoshi fanned. Pinch-hitter Ono singled, rbi. Kawano singled to left, rbi. Nishiyama and Hayasaki grounded out. Japan 6-2. USA 4th: Ziegrenhirt flied to center; Martinez fanned; Taylor looked at a third strike. Japan 5th: Mine singled; Okubo hit into fielder’s choice; Huguchi grounded to 3rd; Shimasaki struck out. USA 5th: Moultrie grounded to 2nd; Chavanne fanned; Gibson walked on a 3-2 count; Chidester aroused the USA partisans with a 2- run homer. Arioyo singled, but Thom grounded to 3rd. Japan 6th: Nagayoshi walked. Ichiguci sacrificed. Kawano singled. Nishiyama grounded out, Nagayoshi scoring. Hayashi hit back to Nevins. 7-4 Japan.
USA 6th: Ziegenhirt grounded to short. Pinch-hitter Hoagland fanned. Chamberlain, who led the NCAA in 2013, with 30 homers, was 0-5 in World Cup, and looked at a third strike. Japan 7th: Mine grounded to short; Okubo singled, her third hit, Japan’s eleventh. Higuchi hit back to Nevins; Shimasaki grounded to short. USA 7th: Moultrie took a third strike; Cavanne hit a single deep to left but wastrhrown out trying to stretch a double. Unfortunate, because Gibson doubled and Chavanne might have scored. Chidester struck out.
Japan 7-4. Once again, the USA was beaten by Yukiko Ueno, who gave up six hits but had 8 strikeouts.
Japan and Canada ended pool play with 3-1 records. USA has a final game with Puerto Rico on Sunday, and could have a 3-1 record.
At midnight, Sunday’s seedings had not been announced.
GAME TWO: Australia 6, Puerto Rico 2
Georgia Casey and Stacey McManus drove in two runs each as Australia defeated Puerto Rico, 6-2, in Saturday’s second game. McManus went 2-for-2, while Casey was 2-for-3. McManus scored the first run of the game in the second on a single from Kate Sternes.
Australia added two runs in the third as Stacey Webber came around on a single from Casey who later scored on a double from McManus. Puerto Rico trimmed the lead to one in the top of the fifth as Yahelis Munoz and Dayanira Diaz scored to cut the lead to 3-2.
Australia added an additional three runs in the fifth as Clare Warwick scored on a Casey single. Casey and McManus later came around on a McManus two-run shot to left field.
Jailynn Jackson gave up three earned runs on five hits, while Amy Murch earned the win for Australia. Murch held Puerto Rico to two runs on five hits.
GAME THREE: Canada 2, Australia 0
Canada scored in the bottom of the first and held on to defeat Australia 2-0 Saturday afternoon. Heather Ebert reached on a fielder’s choice and scored on Jennifer Gilbert’s double to give Team Canada the early 1-0 lead. Canada added an insurance run in the fifth as Meghan Rumpf reached on a one-out walk and stole second before coming around on a single by Joey Lye.
Australia went down in order in the first three innings and threatened in the fourth after Clare Warwick reached n an error and made it to third before Canada got out of the jam. The Australians went quietly in the fifth and sixth, allowing just one base runner in each of those innings before attempting a comeback in the latter innings.
Georgia Casey led off the seventh inning with a walk but was retired on a fielder’s choice. Australia had runners at first and second with two outs in the inning but a groundout ended the game.
Chelsea Forkin led Australia at the plate, going 2-for-3. Stacey McManus continued her impressive performance at the World Cup of Softball, finishing the game 1-for-3.
Caitlin Lever went 2-for-3 at the plate for Canada. Sara Plourde picked up the win, pitching 4.2 innings and holding Australia to three hits and two walks. Jenna Caira earned the save, pitching the final 2.1 innings and giving up two hits and one walk.
Sandra Holden allowed one earned run on two hits in 2.1 innings pitched for Australia.