WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP SATURDAY
July 21 2012 Yukon BC
Canada 4, Netherlands 0
Australia 5, China 4
Netherlands and China are eliminated.
Australia will play Canada later tonight
The winner will face the loser of tonight’s contest between USA and Japan
The Bronze and Gold medal games will be on Sunday
USA 3, JAPAN 1
Jackie Traina vs Yukiko Ueno
Top 1st: Moultrie struck out swinging. S Johnson out 4-3. Gibson jacked a solo home run. Cochran struck out swinging. Bottom 1st: Misato flied to left. Rei walked. Misa flied out to 1st. Yamada grounded out 4-3.
Top 2nd: Arioto ground out 4-3. Chidester hit back to the pitcher. Holcombe grounded to 2nd. Bottom 2nd: Yukiyo Mine walked. Haruka hit into a fielder’s choice. Haruna struck out swinging. Yumi singled, runners at the corners. Mika struck out.
Top 3rd: M Johnson popped to the pitcher. Orgeron ground out to the pitcher. Top of the order. Moultrie grounded to short. Bottom 3rd: Misato led with a single. Nishiyama Rei hits back to Traina. Misa Okubo hit by pitch. Chelsea Thomas relieves Traina. Eri Yamada single, Misato out at 3rd, 7-5. Mine singles, rbi, Okubo scores (run charged to Traina). Fujino Haruka hits into fielder’s choice, unassisted put out at 3rd.
Top 4th: Japan now has 4 hits, the USA 1. S Johnson leads with single. Gibson grounds out to 2nd. Cochran strikes out swinging. Arioto strikes out swinging. Bottom 4th: Haruna grounds out to short. Yumi lines to 3rd. Suzuki out 6-3.
Top 5th: Chidester flies out to 3rd. Holcombe strikes out. M Johnson pops to the pitcher. Bottom 5th: Kawano hits back to the pitcher. Rei singles. Misa Okubo grounds out to Thomas. Eri Yamada is given an intentional pass. Yukiyo grounds out to 2nd, stranding two more, seven runners left for the game.
Top 6th: Orgeron grounds out to 3rd. Moultrie popped to short. S. Johnson singles, the third hit off Ueno. Gibson worked a 3-2 count, walked. Two on, two out, Cochran struck out swinging. Ueno’s 6th, Bottom 6th: Haruka Fujino struck out swinging. Haruna Sakamoto singled. Yumi Iwabuchi grounded out 3-4. Mika Suzuki, on a 3-2 count, struck out swinging.
Top 7th: Arioto struck out. Chidester grounded to 2nd. Holcombe singles. M Johnson flied out to short. Bottom 7th: Misato lined out to 3rd. Rei grounds out to 2nd. Okubo singles. Keilani Ricketts relieves Thomas. Yamada, on a 3-2 count, strikes out. Nine runners left.
Top 8th: M Johnson on 2nd, ITB rule. Orgeron doubles on a 2-2 count, M Johnson scores, USA 2-1. Moultrie strikes out swinging. S Johnson grounds to short. Gibson, whose hot hitting moved her up to third in the lineup, doubled in Orgeron, USA 3-1. Fischer struck out, Ueno’s ninth. Bottom 8th: Eri Yamada on 2nd. Mine, another Olympic veteran, flies out to short. Haruka flied to left. Haruna flied out to 2nd. Keilani Ricketts (W) Yukiko Ueno (L)
USA wins the semi-final. Japan must now wait for the winner of the Canada v Australia game later tonight, and will play that winner on Sunday in the Bronze medal game to determine who will face the United States Sunday for the Gold medal.
Canada shuts down Netherlands at ISF XIII Women’s World Championship
(Whitehorse, YK) In their second playoff game early this afternoon, the Canadian Women`s National Team limited the Dutch offence to only three hits as they beat the Netherlands by a 4-0 score at the ISF XIII Women’s World Championship. Jenna Caira (Toronto, ON) had another fantastic outing before Danielle Lawrie (Langley, BC) closed the game out in the pitcher’s circle, while the Canadian offence put plenty of pressure on the Netherlands to score four runs.
The Netherlands went down in order in the top of the first, and in the bottom of the inning, Melanie Matthews (Surrey, BC) drove a double over the centerfielder’s head that bounced over the fence. Matthews would advance to third by tagging up on a fly ball to right, but would be left stranded on third. The Dutch was able to produce a leadoff single in the second, but that runner was called out for leaving early on a stolen base attempt. Caitlin Lever (Buffalo, NY) connected with a two-out single in the bottom of the frame, but could not advance any further as the game remained scoreless after two innings of play.
Canada would open the scoring in the bottom of the third with fantastic baserunning. Erin Cumpstone (Saskatoon, SK) started the inning with a line drive single to right field, and was replaced by pinch runner Victoria Hayward (Toronto, ON). Matthews also reached with a single, and after a pop out, Jenn Yee (North Delta, BC) hit a single up the middle to score Hayward from second and advanced Matthews over to third. Sheena Lawrick (Calgary, AB) then hit a hard ground ball to second base with the fielder trying to tag the runner heading to second, but Yee did a great job of avoiding the tag just long enough to allow Lawrick to reach base, allowing Matthews to score. After a two-out walk put runners on first and second, Kaleigh Rafter (Guelph, ON) hit a ground ball to shortstop that Lawrick did a great job to avoid the shortstop while heading to third, and the shortstop made a bad throw to third which allowed Lawrick to race around to score, giving Canada the 3-0 lead.
The following inning, the Netherlands got a break as Britt Vonk dropped a drag bunt with one out that was thrown away at first, allowing Vonk to advance to second. The next batter drove a sinking line drive to right field and Joey Lye (Toronto, ON) made a tremendous diving catch to rob a base hit and a run, and got up and threw the ball to second to double off the runner, ending the inning. The following inning, the Netherlands was able to get two runners on base on a hit by pitch and a single, but Caira induced a ground ball to first base to leave both runners stranded.
Team Canada would add another insurance run in the bottom of the sixth inning. Jen Salling (Port Coquitlam, BC) led off the inning with a solid single to right field, and advanced to second by tagging up on a fly out to right field. Lever then hit an RBI single to score Salling. Lawrie would retire all six batters she faced in two innings of relief as Canada eliminated the Netherlands with a 4-0 win.
Caira allowed three hits to go along with four strikeouts in five innings of work to earn the win, while Lawrie got the six-out save while striking out two. At the plate, Matthews and Lever each had a pair of hits, while Yee, Lawrick, Salling and Carey-Leigh Thomas (Ohsweken, ON) each chipped in with one.
With the win, Canada will now take on Australia at 7:30pm PDT Saturday evening with the winner advancing to the Bronze medal game at 1:00pm PDT on Sunday. Australia eliminated China by beating them 5-4 in eight innings this afternoon.
The United States and Japan will play at 5:00pm PDT later today, with the winner advancing to the Gold medal game (4:00pm PDT on Sunday) and the losing team will take on the winner of the Canada/Australia game.