USA SPLITS WITH CANADA AT WHITEHORSE
OKLAHOMA CITY – The USA Softball Women’s National team program wrapped up a six-game exhibition series against Canada with a 3-3 record announced today by the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America. After competing in six games in both Surrey, B.C. and White Horse, Yukon, both Canada and the U.S. travel to Oklahoma City for the KFC World Cup of Softball, July 22-26.
USA 5, Canada 4
Team USA narrowly defeated Team Canada 5–4 before a capacity crowd in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, Canada, site of the 2012 ISF Women’s World Championships, in game five of the exhibition, July 13. Team USA started the scoring in the second inning collecting 5 singles and tallying 3 runs. Caitlin Lever got one of the runs back with a solo home run leading off the 3rd. Jenn Yee then drew a walk and Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif.) replaced Blaire Luna (Austin, Texas) in the circle for Team USA. Taylor enticed Sheena Lawrick to fly out to leftfielder Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.) before giving up a single to Jen Salling. With the tying runs on base, Taylor struck out Kaleigh Rafter and Evelyne Pare to end the Canadian threat.
Team USA tallied another run in the top of the 5th pushing the lead to 4 – 1 on singles by Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif.) and Ashley Charters (Beaverton, Ore.) and a throwing error.
Team Canada got that run back in the bottom of the sixth on a double by Salling and a single by Rafter. After a sacrifice, Leah Riske walked to put the tying runs on first and second. Angela Tincher (Eagle Rock, Va.) came on in relief of Taylor and struck out Jill Russell and got Melanie Matthews to fly out to end the inning.
With two outs in the top of the seventh, Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) homered to deep centerfield with a run that would prove to be the game winner. Team Canada entered the bottom of the seventh trailing by a count of 5–2 but showed a never give up attitude as Yee doubled with one out and scored on a home run by Sheena Lawrick. Tincher rebounded by striking out Salling for the second out of the inning. Rafter coaxed a walk off of Tincher putting the winning run at the plate. Tincher was up to the challenge as she struck out Heather Ebert to end the game.
Charters led the 11 hit attack for the United States with three while Cochran and Arioto collected two hits apiece.
|Winning Pitcher:||7 – Jordan Taylor|
|Losing Pitcher:||13 – Danielle Lawrie|
|Save Pitcher:||30 – Angela Tincher|
Canada 5, USA 1
The Canadian Women’s National Softball Team defeated Team USA 5-1 on Wednesday night, ending the six-game exhibition series played between the two teams in Surrey, BC and Whitehorse, YK. After winning the first two games in Surrey, Canada then lost the next three – including the first game in Whitehorse on Tuesday – before evening the series at three wins apiece with the win.
Feeding off the momentum from Tuesday night’s seventh inning comeback that just fell short, Canada got off to a great start with a hit and two walks in the top of the first inning, but was not able to score. The red and white was then able to put two more runners on in the second, but again could not bring anyone in.
However, Canada got on the board in the third inning, as Caitlin Lever started things off with a double to left-center field. Jenn Yee then singled to advance Lever to third, and stole second base. Sheena Lawrick then hit a soft line drive up the middle to bring both runners in to score, advancing to second on a throw to the plate and to third when the ball got by the American catcher. Kaleigh Rafter later hit a fly ball to right field to drive in Lawrick, giving Canada a 3-0 lead.
Team Canada added another run in the top of the fifth, when Lever got on base once again to start the inning by reaching on a dropped third strike that was thrown away by the catcher. Lever then stole second base, and advanced to third on a single by Lawrick. Jen Salling then hit a deep sacrifice fly to centerfield to push Lever across the plate for Canada’s fourth run.
The United States got on the board in their half of the fifth. Chelsea Bramlett (Cordova, Tenn.) reached on a walk and got to third after a double by Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.). Bramlett then scored on a groundout to second base to reduce the lead to 4-1.
Canada added its fifth and final run in the top of the sixth inning, when Kaleigh Rafter drove a frozen rope line drive that went over the fence in center field.
Jenna Caira earned the win for Canada, allowing only one hit and one walk while striking out five batters in three innings. Danielle Lawrie was also very effective in closing out the game, allowing one run on two hits with six strikeouts in four innings of relief.
Offensively, Lawrick paced Canada with three hits and two runs batted in. Lever, Yee, Rafter, Melanie Matthews and Jill Russell each added a hit.
|Winning Pitcher:||29 – Jenna Caira|
|Losing Pitcher:||30 – Angela Tincher|
|Save Pitcher:||13 – Danielle Lawrie|
Following a well-deserved few days off, both Canada and USA will be back in action on Thursday, July 22nd when they open at the World Cup of Softball in OKC. Tickets are still available for the World Cup by logging onto www.softballoutlet.com or by calling 1-800-654-8337. Complete coverage of the event can be found at www.usasoftball.com.