WORLD CUP CHAMPIONSHIP July 14 2013
USA 10, Puerto Rico 3 Australia 4, Canada 3 Bronze Medal Japan 6, USA 3 Gold Medal
Japan 6, USA 3 WP Okamura. LP Moore. Once again, Japan dominated, racking 12 hits to 8, to break the USA string of 7 USA World Cup championships. (Japan 2005). Japan never trailed, scoring once in the 1st, then adding four runs in the 2nd.
Kawano, who opened last night’s 7-4 win with a homer, started tonight’s game with a single, scoring with two out on Mine’s single. Tp 2nd, one out, Ono and Shimasaki singled; Atsami sacrificed; Kawano walked, bases loaded; Ichiguchi singled in two runs; a sngle by Hayasaki brought in two more runs. Mine flied to center.
The USA stranded two runners in the 1st, but redeemed one run in the 2nd; one out, Savarola, who had a very good night at shortstop, singled; Ziegenhirt flied to center; Taylor reached on an infield hit to 3rd; and Moultrie singled in a run. Bottom 2nd, Gibson jacked a solo shot to right field, 5-2.
Top 4th, Iriguchi tripled and scored on Hayashi’s single, 6-2.
THE USA stranded two runners in the 5th and two more in the 6th.
Two out in the 7th, Chidester, who made two sparkling plays at 1st to end the Japanese 7th, reached on an infield hit. She scored on Arioto’s double; Arioto went to 3rd on the throw but was stranded when Hoagland popped to the pitcher Nakano.
For the second straight game, the USA made mistakes on the bases and in the field but the story of the game was that the USA was outplayed on offense and defense.
Nakano earned the win in relief. Moore took the loss, 6 runs on 10 hits. Nevins pitched 3.1 innings, 2 hits and a walk.
Ono was 3-4; Ichiguchi, Hayashi, and Mine were each 2-4. Moultrie and Savarola were the only Americans with multiple hits.
The USA and Japan could meet at the Canadian open July 16-22. The USA will also play in the ISF Pan American games qualifier August 5-18.
Bronze Medal Game: Australia 4, Canada 3 (8)
It took extra innings for a winner to be decided in the bronze medal game at the General Tire World Cup of Softball. Australia, who came into the game with a 1-3 record, upset the Canadian National Team to claim the bronze medal.
Stacey McManus, who has led the Aussies throughout the World Cup, went 1-for-4 on the day. She finished the World Cup with a .417 batting average and six RBI. Forkin had the key tie-breaking hit in the 8th.
For Canada, Caitlin Lever and Jennifer Gilbert each went 2-for-4. Lever collected two RBI while Gilbert punched in one run.
Kaia Parnaby earned the save for the Aussies in relief of Vanessa Stokes. She issued three strike outs, five hits and three runs.
Game One: United States 10, Puerto Rico 3 (five innings)
Team USA rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to run-rule Puerto Rico, 10-3, Sunday afternoon. Amber Freeman had two two-run home runs in the win as Team USA advanced to the World Cup of Softball championship game.
Freeman highlighted a trio of Team USA players that went 2-for-3 on the day. Taylor Thom added a solo shot and Kourtney Salvarola scored two runs and drove in another.
Team USA combined to score the 10 runs on 13 hits off three Puerto Rican pitchers. Lissette Garay pitched 2.2 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits.