7-17-2011 Japan Edges USA in Canada Semi-final

Japan Edges USA

Japan edged the USA 4-3 to advance to the finals of the Canadian Open fastpitch tournament.  In double elimination, USA will play Australia later this afternoon;  Australia run-ruled Canada 8-1 (5).  The Winner will play Japan for the championship.

USA scored a run, top 2nd.  Kaitlin Cochran walked. But was p]out at 2nd.  Stacy May-Johnson singled, and scored on Valerie Arioto’s double.

Japan answered with 3 runs in the bottom half off USA starter Whitney Canion.  With two out and Fujiono on 1st (single). Ueno was given a pass.  Mine singled in the tying run.  A walk to Kageyama loaded the bases.  A wild pitch Allowed Ueno to score; Yamada was given a pass.  Furuta drove in Mine, 3-1 Japan.  The three runs were charged ti Canion, who was relieved by Chesea Thomas.

After four complete, Japan relieved long-time USA nemesis Yukiko Ueno, who had given up the first USA run, walking 3, striking out 4, and yielding 4 hits.

Top 5th:  Lauren Gibson singled, but was out when Michelle Moultrie hit into a fielder’s choice.  Moultrie advanced on Rhea Taylor’s single. With two out, Moultrie scored on Cochran’s single.

Top 6th: with two out, Ashley Holoconbe singled.  With Kelly Grieve in to run, Gibson singled.  Grieve scored the tying run on Moultrie’s single.

Top 7th: Megan Langenfeld and Cochran hit consecutive singles. Stacy May-Johnson ground out to the pitcher, Someya. Arioto drew an intentional walk, loading the bases.  Jenae Leles flied out to short.  Brittany Schutte worked a 3-2 count, struck out swinging.

Bottom 7th: Mine led with a double.  Kageyama reaches on a fielder’s choice, pinch runner Matsumoto scores the winning run on an error by Gibson at 2nd.

Thomas pitched a very commendable game, giving up just 2 hits, striking out 8.  The USA outhit Japan 11-4, but left the bases loaded in the 7th.

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