WORLD CUP FRIDAY
July 22 2011 Hall of Fame Oklahoma City
Canada 7, Great Britain 1
Japan 3, Australia 0 (8)
USA 5, Australia 2
Canada 7, Great Britain 1
WP Karissa Hovinga . LP Lucie Zappova.
Canada 1st – Matthews grounded out to p (1-2). Hayward singled to
shortstop (3-2). Haberl reached on a fielder’s choice to third base (0-1);
Hayward out at second 3b to 2b. Rafter singled up the middle (2-1); Haberl
advanced to second. Baird flied out to lf (2-2). 0 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 2
Great Britain 1st – Yoshizawa struck out swinging (0-2). Thompson popped
up to 2b (1-1). Townsend walked (3-0). English struck out looking (0-2). 0
runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Canada 2nd – Lye walked (3-1). Timpf out at first p to 2b, SAC, bunt
(0-1); Lye advanced to second. Russell grounded out to 2b (1-2); Lye advanced
to third. Schwarz singled to third base, bunt (0-0). Schwarz stole second.
Matthews singled to shortstop, 2 RBI (2-1); Schwarz scored; Lye scored.
Matthews stole second. Hayward struck out looking (0-2). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0
errors, 1 LOB.
Great Britain 2nd – Legendre fouled out to 1b (2-1). Jones, S doubled
down the lf line (2-2). Cooper struck out looking (3-2). Watkeys grounded out
to 2b (1-1). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Canada 3rd – Haberl hit by pitch (3-1). Rafter reached on a fielder’s
choice to shortstop (1-0); Haberl out at second ss to 2b. Baird reached on a
fielder’s choice to third base (3-2); Rafter out at second 3b to 2b. Lye
singled to pitcher, bunt (0-1); Baird advanced to second. Timpf doubled to
right center, 2 RBI (1-1); Lye scored; Baird scored. Russell struck out looking
(0-2). 2 runs, 2 hits, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Great Britain 3rd – Haberl to dp. Baird to 1b. Parkerson, A struck out
swinging (1-2). Yoshizawa struck out swinging (1-2). Thompson popped up to p,
bunt (1-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Canada 4th – Schwarz singled to shortstop (1-2). Schwarz stole second.
Matthews doubled to left center, RBI (2-1); Schwarz scored. Hayward struck out
swinging (0-2). Haberl singled to center field (0-0); Matthews advanced to
third. Collings pinch hit for Rafter. Collings singled to shortstop (1-0);
Haberl advanced to second. Baird lined out to cf, SF, RBI (3-2); Matthews
scored. Lye struck out looking (2-2). 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 errors, 2 LOB.
Great Britain 4th – Collings to c. Caira to p for Cater. Townsend walked
(3-2). English struck out looking (1-2). Townsend advanced to second on a wild
pitch. Legendre reached on a fielder’s choice to shortstop (1-2). Jones, S
struck out swinging (1-2). Cooper grounded out to p (1-0). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0
errors, 2 LOB.
Canada 5th – Townsend to p. Pearce to rf for Parkerson, A. Brown to dp.
Timpf grounded out to ss (2-2). Russell lined out to ss (0-2). Schwarz flied
out to lf (3-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Great Britain 5th – Watkeys singled through the right side (0-0). Pearce
reached on a fielder’s choice to third base (0-0); Watkeys out at second 3b to
2b. Yoshizawa struck out looking (0-2). Thompson singled up the middle (1-1);
Pearce advanced to second. Townsend homered to center field, 3 RBI (1-1);
Thompson scored; Pearce scored. English struck out swinging (1-2). 3 runs, 3
hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Canada 6th – Matthews flied out to cf (1-1). Hayward singled up the
middle (1-1). Haberl flied out to cf (0-1). Hayward stole second. Collings
struck out looking (1-2). 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 errors, 1 LOB.
Great Britain 6th – Legendre reached on a fielding error by 1b (2-2).
Jones, S walked (3-2); Legendre advanced to second. Cooper out at first 3b to
2b, SAC, bunt (0-0); Jones, S advanced to second; Legendre advanced to third.
Watkeys reached on a fielder’s choice to first base, RBI (1-0); Jones, S
advanced to third; Legendre scored, unearned. Pearce lined out to 3b (0-0).
Yoshizawa flied out to cf (0-0). 1 run, 0 hits, 1 error, 2 LOB.
Canada 7th – Baird reached on a fielding error by 1b (3-2). Gilbert
pinch ran for Baird. Lye grounded out to 2b; Gilbert advanced to second. Timpf
grounded out to ss (0-1). Gilbert advanced to third on a wild pitch. Russell
lined out to lf (2-2). 0 runs, 0 hits, 1 error, 1 LOB.
Great Britain 7th – Haberl to 1b. Thompson struck out swinging (2-2).
Townsend struck out looking (1-2). Hare pinch hit for English. Hare grounded
out to 2b (3-1). 0 runs, 0 hits, 0 errors, 0 LOB.
Japan 3, Australia 0 (8)
Deadlocked 0-0 after 7, Australia led the 8th with Jade Wall on 2nd, ITB. One out, Leigh Godfrey drew a walk. Clare Warwick bunted, fieler’s choice, Wall out at home. Jodie Bowering lined out to 3rd. Japan started with Kageyamaon 2nd. Yamada intentionally walked. Okubo sacrificed. Furita lined out hard to1st. Yamamoto homered to left center, 3 rbi. Mike Someya was the winning pitcher. Justine Smethurst took the loss.
Canada 7, Czech Republic 0 (5)
Both teams stranded runners in the 1st – Matthews a leadoff double, Rendlova single.
Bottom 2nd: Paige Collings singled to left. Hannah Schwartz bunted, single. One out, Jenny Gilbert drove in 2 runs, out at 3rd. 4-0.
Bottom 3rd: after a pitching change, Kelsey Haberl doubled in Jennifer Yee who had doubled; Haberl scored on a catcher throwing error. Joey Lye on base, Megan Timpf and Collings went down.
Bottom 4th: Matthews on base with one out, Gilbert fouled out to 3rd baseman Petraskova; good catch at the fence. Yee flied out to center. After 4 innings, only one Czech player had safely reached base.
Bottom 5th: Canada needs one score for run-rule. Rafter grounds out to 3rd. Haberl flies out to center. Lye beats out an infield hit. Timpf walks. Collings fly ball drops between 3 fielders, Lye scores the winning run.
Hovings pitched 5 innings, no-hit ball, one walk. Canada had 10 hits. Czechs made 3 errors.
USA 5, AUSTRALIA 2
Attendance has been noticeably down during Oklahoma’s 100+ heat wave, but Friday night brought out the week’s largest, and certainly most boisterous crowd to watch USA play Australia – which had lost earlier to Japan Friday.
Neither side posed a serious threat until top 4th when Australia ut 2 on,one out. Clare Warwick led with a single; Slugger Stacey Porter struck out, but Jodie Bowering laid down a bunt, no play, for the Aussies third hit. Chelsea Forkin grounded to 3rd, both runners advancing. Belinda White struck out, Jordan Taylor’s fifth.
Bottom 4th: Rhea Taylor beat out a bunt,then stole 2nd. Stacy May-Johnson singled hard to right center, Taylor scoring. Kaitlin Cochran hit into a fielder’s choice, bunting to 3rd, May-Johnson out at 2nd. Brittany Schutte launched a fly ball deep to left, which Cox could not catch, Cochran scoring. Valerie Arioto flied out to right. Jenae Leles fanned.
Verity Long-Droppert led the Australian 5th with a single; each team now had 4 hits. Cox up, the runner advanced on a passed ball. Cox hit back to Taylor. Runner on 3rd, top of the lineup; Leigh Godfrey, who became strikeout six. Warwick singled in a run. Porter worked a 3-2 count, struck out on a rise ball.
Kelly Grieve struck out to open the USA 5th. Gibson lined out. Moultrie singled to right. With Taylor up, Moultrie was called for leaving early.
Top 6th: Bowering grounded to 1st. Forkin singled to center, the sixth hit. DeBlaes singled past short. USA pulled Taylor who had 7 Ks but had given up 7 hits; Keilani Ricketts relieved. Ricketts had been announced as the pitcher for Saturday against Japan. Jodie Stevenson, pinch-hitting for Belinda White singled to left, Forkin scoring the tying run. Long-Droppert, two on, one out, fanned for the second out. Jade Wall, pinch-hitting for Michelle Cox, grounded to 2nd.
Bottom 6th: Taylor grounded to 2nd. May-Johnson reached on an error on Porter at 3rd. Cochran, the USA cleanup hitter, grounded to 2nd. Schutte drew a pass. Arioto tripled past a diving left fielder, two runs scoring, USA 4-2. Taylor Hoagland dropped a single into short left center, the seventh USA hit. Arioto scored. 5-2. Thunderous applause from the home folks. Grieve at bat, Hoagland was out attempting to steal 3rd.
Top 7th: Australia, which suffered a late-inning loss to Japan earlier today, was down to three outs. Godfrey went down. Warwick grounded out to Gibson at 2nd, who made the throw on her knees. Porter who struck out her last 2 times at bat worked a 3-2 count and walked. Bowering grounded to 2nd but Gibson couldn’t make the force (hit). Two on, two out, USA put Chelsea Thomas in the circle. Forkin struck out, ending the game.
Ricketts, who won in relief, said afterwards she still expects to pitch against Japan at noon Saturday. Justine Smethurst pitched one inningk but gave up the three go-ahaed runs and took the loss.
Post-game, USA coach Ken Eriksen said he th0ught Taylor could finish — when she’s motivated and that rise ball is working, she’s a great pitcher — but said he went to Ricketts who he thought matched up better with the hitters coming up. Similarly, he wanted Thomas pitching to Forkin to get the last out. Taylor said her rise ball was workign better tonight — she recalled hanging a itch to Porter in a previous game which Porter belted over the fence. Ricketts alternated between a rise and curve.
Several players said the crowd support, the nest so far, was “awesome.”