WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP WEDNESDAY
July 18 2012 Yukon, BC
Two games – United States vs China, and, Japan vs Italy – were postponed Tuesday night by heavy rain. Those games will be reported first below, followed later by the regularly scheduled Wednesday games.
UNITED STATES 13, CHINA 0 (4)
There was some expectation this game would be closer between two undefeated teams; instead, the outcome reinforced the belief this championship is a two-team tournament: the USA and Japan.
Keilani Ricketts notched a four-inning no-hitter. The USA pounded out 13 hits, including home runs by Arioto and Holcombe. Arioto had 7 rbi on 3-3 hitting.
B1st: Moultrie out, S Johnson draws walk; Gibson singles; Cochran put out 4-3; Arioto singles in two runs; Fischer reaches on an error in left, Arioto scores. 3-0
B 2nd: Holcombe leads off with a solo homer. Taylor singles. Moultrie singles. S Johnson sacrifices ut reaches on an error at 2nd. . Gibson strikes out; Cochran grounds out. Arioto jacks a grand slam. 8-0.
B 3rd: M Johnson strikes out. Holcombe reaches on error at short. Taylor singles. Moultrie reaches on an error at short. Holcombe scores on S Johnson sac fly. Gibson doubles in two runs. Cochran singles. Arioto singles, Gibson scores. Fischer reaches on the third error at short, Cochran scores. 13-0.
T 4th: Lead off batter Lu Ying reaches on an error at short by M Johnson. Two out, Li Huan hbp. The final batter grounds out 4-3.
Tonight, the USA plays the Netherlands.
JAPAN 6, ITALY 3 (8)
Fujita Yamato was the winner. Japan recorded 11 hits, scoring three runs top of the 8th for the victory, to stay undefeated. The bottom of the order won the game; Mika 2 rbi, Kazuki 1. Greta Cecchetti took the loss.
Canada powers past New Zealand at ISF XIII Women’s World Championship
(Whitehorse, YK) The Canadian Women`s National Team continued to swing the bats well at the ISF XIII Women’s World Championship, powering past New Zealand by a score of 12-1 in five innings. Jocelyn Cater (Delta, BC) pitched five solid innings to limit the Kiwi attack, while Canada pounded out 12 hits to improve its record to 4-1.
Melanie Matthews (Surrey, BC) wasted no time getting Canada on the board, depositing the first pitch of the game over the fence and into the stands in right field. Cater allowed a single but struck out the side to end the first inning. The red and white then added two runs to their lead in the top of the second. Jenny Gilbert (Saskatoon, SK) and Carey-Leigh Thomas (Ohsweken, ON) each earned one-out walks before Natalie Wideman (Mississauga, ON) drove a pitch into left field to score Gilbert. After a fielder’s choice for the second out and a great bunt single by Matthews loaded the bases, Caitlin Lever (Buffalo, NY) also dropped a bunt single to score the third run of the game.
Team Canada kept the offence rolling in the third. Sheena Lawrick (Calgary, AB) drew a leadoff walk and was sacrificed to second. Gilbert then hit a single to score Lawrick from second. Thomas reached base on a fielder’s choice that was bobbled by the second baseman, as both runners were safe. Wideman then delivered a double to left field to score Gilbert, and after a hit by pitch loaded the bases, Matthews singled up the middle to score two more runs, giving Canada a 7-0 lead. In the bottom of the inning, New Zealand was able to load the bases on a hit and two walks, but Cater was able to get out of it unscathed with two big strikeouts.
After going down in order in the fourth, Canada added to its big lead with five runs in the fifth. Thomas started the inning with a walk but was retired at second on a fielder’s choice by Wideman. A single by Victoria Hayward (Toronto, ON) moved Wideman over to second, and Matthews drove her in with a single. Lever followed with a double to the left-center field gap to score two more runs, and later scored on a two-run homerun by Lawrick, giving Canada the big 12-0 lead.
New Zealand showed some resiliency by getting two runners on base with a single and an error, and was able to score a run on a single up the middle. Cater then allowed a walk to load the bases with no outs, but followed that with two strikeouts and induced a fly ball on the infield to end the game.
Cater allowed one run on four hits and four walk, and struck out nine batters in five innings for Team Canada. Matthews led the way offensively, going three-for-four with a homerun and four runs batted in. Lever added two hits and three RBIs, while Wideman went two-for-three with two RBIs and three runs scored. Lawrick added a two-run homerun, with other hits going to Gilbert, Rafter and Hayward.
Team Canada (4-1) will now face Australia (3-1) in an important matchup for second place in Group B at 7:00pm PDT on Wednesday.
In other early scores on Tuesday, the Czech Republic (1-4) earned their first win of the tournament by defeating Argentina 3-1, while Great Britain (2-3) blanked Mexico (0-5) 10-0.
South Africa 6, Puerto Rico 5
Chinese Taipei 8, Mexico 0
Argentina vs China
Japan vs Great Britain
Japan leads 5-0 in 3rd
New Zealand vs Italy
United States vs Netherlands
Venezela vs Czech Republic
Australia vs Canada
Spy will update later tonight