YUKON LATE NIGHT
Canada defeats Great Britain in wet conditions at ISF XIII Women’s World Championship
(Whitehorse, YK) The Canadian Women`s National Team took a little while to get going, but used plenty of drag bunts in wet field conditions to defeat Great Britain 8-1 in six innings at the ISF XIII Women’s World Championship. After Great Britain took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the rain started to fall in the bottom of the second just before Carey-Leigh Thomas (Ohsweken, ON) hit a two-run homerun. Canada scored one in the third and added five in the bottom of the sixth for the run-rule victory.
Great Britain got off to a good start in the top of the first, as the leadoff batter walked, was sacrificed to second and advanced to third on a single. The following hitter then hit a ground ball that Canada was not able to turn into a double play as the run scored. Canada was able to get two runners on base in the bottom of the inning, but was not able to score.
Canada would get on the board in the bottom of the second when the rain started to fall. Caitlin Lever (Buffalo, NY) led off with a single, and advanced to third on a single by Jenny Gilbert (Saskatoon, SK). Gilbert then took second base on the first and third play, but the catcher made a snap throw to third to retire the runner. Thomas then hit a towering fly ball over the fence a few feet inside the third base line for a two-run homerun to give Canada a 2-1 lead. Great Britain looked poised to tie the game in the third, starting the inning with a leadoff double, but Canadian starting pitcher Karissa Hovinga (Edmonton, AB) notched a big strikeout, induced a pop out on the infield, and after a walk, forced a ground out to leave two runners on base. In the bottom of the inning, Sheena Lawrick (Calgary, AB) doubled and scored on an RBI single to left field by Kaleigh Rafter (Guelph, ON), giving Canada a 3-1 lead.
Great Britain was able to get two runners on base in the fourth, but was not able to move them past second base. Canada then loaded the bases with two outs in the bottom half of the inning on a hit by pitch, a walk and an infield single, but the next batter struck out to end the threat.
After a quick fifth inning, Canada put the game away in the bottom of the sixth. Natalie Wideman (Mississauga, ON) turned an 0-2 count into a leadoff walk and was replaced by Victoria Hayward (Toronto, ON) on the base paths. Melanie Matthews (Surrey, BC) then dropped a perfect bunt single that was thrown away at first to allow Hayward to move up to third, and Joey Lye (Toronto, ON) followed with a great drag bunt to load the bases with nobody out. Jenn Yee (North Delta, BC) then lined a pitch through the left side of the infield for an RBI single, and Lawrick followed suit with a two-run single through the same hole. After Rafter walked to load the bases again, Lever hit a two-run single up the m iddle to end the game on the run-ahead rule.
Hovinga pitched five solid innings for Canada, allowing a run while scattering four hits and two walks to go along with three strikeouts in five innings. Jocelyn Cater (Delta, BC) pitched the sixth inning, allowing a hit and notching a strikeout. At the plate, Lawrick and Lever each had three hits for Canada, while Lye added a pair. Matthews, Yee, Rafter, Thomas and Gilbert all added a hit apiece.
Box score and play by play: Canada 8 vs. Great Britain 1
Canada (3-1) will take on New Zealand (2-2) at 11:30am PDT on Tuesday at the Pepsi Softball Centre.
Elsewhere on the fourth day of competition at the ISF XIII Women’s World Championship, Italy (2-2) blanked Mexico (0-4) by a 6-0 score; the Netherlands (3-1) defeated Venezuela (2-2) 5-1; China (4-0) double the Czech Republic (0-4) 6-3; the United States (4-0) was all over South Africa (0-4) 17-0 in three innings; Australia (3-1) beat New Zealand (2-2) 5-1; Puerto Rico (2-2) defeated Argentina (1-3) 10-2; and Yukiko Ueno pitched a 10-inning perfect game to defeat Chinese Taipei (1-3) 1-0.
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Yukiko Tosses 10-inning No-hitter Against Chinese Taipei
July 16, 2012 (Whitehorse, YT) – Japanese pitching sensation Ueno Yukiko was at her finest on Day 4 of the International Softball Federation Women’s World Championship, recording 16 strikeouts in 10 innings of no-hit ball.
Yukiko, who also shut down Canada here on Sunday night, lead Japan to a 1-0 victory over Chinese Taipei in an end-of-day thriller.
Chinese Taipei made some excellent defensive moves to stay in the game, but just couldn’t solve the strong arm of Yukiko. Japan moves to 4-0 at the Championship, while Chinese Taipei falls to 1-3.
Battling the wind and rain, Canadian fans hung around to watch their team rebound from the tough loss against Japan. Carey-Leigh Thomas hit her third home run of the tournament while Sheena Lawrick had two RBIs, as Canada downed Great Britain 8-1. They improve to 3-1 in round-robin play.
The USA continued to stump its opposition on Day 4. American pitching delivered a fourth straight shutout, as Chelsea Thomas helped blank South Africa 17-0. Amanda Chidester, Samantha Fischer, Keilani Ricketts and Amelia Jenae Leles all knocked balls out of the park.
Australia went head-to-head with rival New Zealand in the afternoon, and it was the Aussies who came out on top, 5-1. Clare Warwick recorded four RBIs while Brenda de Blaes had three. Puerto Rico picked up their first win of the tournament, 10-2 over Argentina. Karla Claudio drove in five runs for Puerto Rico, going 4-for-4 at the plate.
China kept pace with the USA atop the standings, doubling the Czech Republic 6-3 to move to 4-0 during the round-robin. Elsewhere, it was the Netherlands beating Venezuela 5-1 and Italy denying Mexico 6-0.
16 teams are taking part in the Championship, which runs through July 22. All 66 games are available live via webstream: www.sportscanada.tv/worldfastpitch2012
Check out the official Flickr site for pictures of all the action: http://www.flickr.com/photos/2012-world-fastpitch-championship