WORLD CUP CHAMPIONSHIP
July 25 2011 Hall of Fame, OKC
Note: Vole 3 of World Cup photos is on www.spysoftball.org
Fifth place: Great Britain 6, Czech Republic 1
Third Place: Canada 4, Australia 1
First Place: USA vs Japan (8pm)
Great Britain 6, Czech Republic 1
Megan Brown vs Vendula Draha (Spy counted 60 people sans staff at first pitch)
Top 1st: One out, Jakesova walked; Jaklova singled; Rendlova sac fly, Jakesova scored. Pojerova out at 1st.
Bottom 1st: Yoshizawa singled; Thompson walked; Townsend doubled, rbi; Cooper struck out; Legendre intentionally walked; English singled to center, rbi; Kalinova relieved Draha; Morgan Parkerson lined out; Jones walked, rbi; Ali Parkerson fly. 3-1
Top 2: Pochobradska singled;Kriklanova sacrificed, Pochobradska injured sliding into 2nd; game halted to repair 2nd base. Lemberkova replaced the injured player. Borecka grounded to 3rd. Loudova walked. Top of the order, Petroskova hit into force at 3rd.
Bottom 2nd: Yoshizawa singled to right. Thompson singled up the middle. Townsend hit into a force at 3rd. Cooper line drive to 2nd; double play failed when shortstop couldn’t glove the relay. Legendre walked again, loading the bases. English, a .417 hitter, worked a 3-2, popped to short but the fielder dropped the ball, two runs scored. Morgan Parkerson grounded into right. GB 5-1.
Bottom 4th: Great Britain scored its sixth run. Thompson flied out to 2nd. Townsend, Cooper and Legendre (rbi) hit consecutive singles. 6-1.
Top 5th: Pojerova reached, forced at 2nd. Top 6th: Pojerova hbp; stranded.
Bottom 6th: Townsend doubled, was stranded. Tenth hit for GB.
Top 7th: Borecka hbp. Loudova hit into force at 2nd. Petraskova out. Jakesova flied to left, ending the game.
Great Britain takes fifth place in 2011 World Cup.
CANADA 4, AUSTRALIA 1
On Sunday night, a very aggressive Aussie offense deprived Canada of a chance to play the USA in the title game. Now, the long-time opponents compete for third place.
Top 1st: Two out, Porter, batting .429, singled to left center. Bowering walked. Forkin beat out a single to short, loading the bases. Stevenson struck out.
Bottom 1st: Canada down in order. Matthews flied out to left; Hayward grounded to short; Yee flied to left.
Top 2nd: DeBlaes put out at 1st. Wall out on batter’s interference. Long-Droppert hit back to the pitcher, Caira.
Bottom 2nd: Rafter lined hard to Porter at 3rd. McCallum fanned Haberl. Lye, batting a team-leading .571, walked. Timpf dropped a single over 3rd. Lopez fouled out to Porter.
Top 3rd: Godfrey blooped a single over 3rd. Out stealing. Warwick, second on the team with a .526 average, singled to center. Porter rapped a hit off the 3rd baseman, Timpf. Bowering flied out to right. Forkin, hitting .562, reached on an error at short. McManus, batting for Stevenson, outraced a hit to short, rbi, bases full. DeBlaes flied to left.
Bottom 3rd: Parnaby now pitching for Australia. Schwarz singled, but was forced at 2nd by Matthews. Hayward grounded out. Yee reached when her grounder bounced ast Bowering, Matthews scoring the tying run. Rafter flied deep to center. 1-1.
Top 4th: Australia down in order.
Bottom 4th: Haberl singled to short. Lye beat out a trickler to 3rd. Timpf ground out 5-3, advancing both runners. Justine Smethurst in to pitch for Australia. Lopez singled, pinch runner Gilbert scored. Schwarz bunted, Bowering fielded, threw to 1st, no one there, Lye scored, 3-1. Matthews reached on a fielder’s choice, the runners advanced on the error at short; Hayward reached, fielder’s choice, Lopez out at home. Still bases full. Yee struck out. 3-1 Canada. Six hits each.
Top 5th: Warwick struck out. Porter singled to center. Bowering struck out. Forkin at bat, Porter out stealing.
Bottom 5th: Rafter whiffed. Haberl flied to left. Lye singled to center. Timpf lined to right. Canada 3-1.
Top 6th: Forkin grounded to 3rd. McManus walked. DeBlaes lined into Yee at 2nd. Double play.
Bottom 6th: Lopez reached on an error by Porter at 3rd. Schwarz ground out. Matthews out at 1st, unassisted. Hayward singled to right, Lopez scored, 4-1. Australia changed pitchers again, Aimee Murch. Yee walked. Rafter struck out.
Top 7th: Two down, Godfrey kept hopes alive Down Under with a single to left center. Warwick grounded to 3rd.
Canada wins 4-1, and claims 3rd place. Australia is 4th.
Championship: USA vs Japan
UNITED STATES 6, JAPAN 4
The competition for the 2011 World Cup pits the two teams most observers predicted would meet in the final. After group play, the USA was #1 seed at 4-1. Japan was also 4-1 but backed into the Finals when Canada, also 4-1 but ahead of Japan on tie-breaker points, lost Sunday night to Australia. In group or pool play, the USA defeated Japan 8-4. However, Japan defeated the USA the previous week in the finals of the Canadian Open fast pitch championship.
One question immediately answered: Japan would not pitch Yukio Ueno, their reportedly injured ace. Makiko Fujiwara will pitch for Japan; Jordan Taylor for thr USA.
Top 1st: Japan: Yamada grounded to Hoagland at 2nd. Okubo struck out. Furuta grounded to 2nd.
Bottom 1st: USA: Michelle Moultrie, a .500 hitter when leading off, popped to the catcher. Rhea Taylor walked. Stacy May-Johnson, hitting .400 against RHP, with Taylor at 2nd (steal), drew a walk. Kaitlin Cochran on 3-2 walked, loading the bases, one out. Valerie Arioto, who has a grand slam in the Cup, worked 3-2, walked, rbi, 1-0. Brittany Schutte, sac fly to left, rbi. 2-0. Jenae Leles struck out, 3-2, stranding two..
Top 2nd: Yamamoto grounded to short. Suzuki lined out to Taylor in center. Nagayoshi grounded to Leles at 3rd
Bottom 2nd: Ashley Holcombe popped to short. Taylor Hoagland walked, caught stealing. Moultrie out on a sac bunt.
Top 3rd: Kageyama bounced to 1st. Watanabe struck out. Iwabuchi reached on a throwing error by Leles at 3rd. Yamada at bat, Iwabuchi out stealing.
Bottom 3rd: Taylor out on a bunt. SMJ hit back to the pitcher. Cochran tripled to right center, sparking the largest-of-the-day crowd to life. Arioto singled to right, scoring Cochran. 3-0. The second USA hit. Schutte hit back to the pitcher.
Top 4th: Yamada struck out. Okubo popped to short. Furuta struck out.
Bottom 4th: Leles popped to 2nd. Holcombe popped to short. Hoagland walked, but was thrown our trying to steal 2nd.
Top 5th: Yamamoto walked, stole 2nd. Suzuki reached on an error by Jordan Taylor. Nagayoshi grounded to short, the run scored. Kageyama walked. Iwabuchi fanned.
Bottom 5th: Moultrie singled off the pitcher’s glove. Moultrie stole 2nd. Taylor was 2-0 when replaced by Megan Langenfeld. Count 3-2, Langenfeld singled to left, Moultrie scoring. The unusual substitution paid off. Taylor back to center. SMJ flied to right. Cochran up. Taylor stole 2nd, the high throw by the catcher sailed into center, Taylor taking 3rd. On a 2-2 count, Cochran dribbled a pitch to 3rd, Taylor was tagged out. Arioto flied deep to center.
Top 6th: Yamada grounded to 3rd, slid into 1st, beating the throw. Okubo sacrificed. Furuta grounded to 2nd, but Hoagland threw the ball past 1st, Yamada scored, 4-2. Chelsea Thomas relieved Taylor. Yamamoto lined hard to Leles at 3rd. Suzuki out 4-3.
Bottom 6th: Schutte blooped a single into right. Leles lined out to right. Christi Orgeron, batting for Holcombe, flied to center. Japan changed pitchers, Hirahara. Hoagland jacked a 2-run homer. 6-2. Moultrie grounded to short.
Top 7th: Nagayoshi out 6-3. Hayashi, hitting for Kageyama, singled to center. Mine walked. Keilani Ricketts relieved Thomas. Mizoe struck out. Yamada at bat, Ricketts throwing 69 mph, flied out to left, but Moultrie dropped the ball, two runs scored. The fourth USA error. Okubo popped to Ricketts. Game over.
WP Taylor. LP Fujiwara. S Ricketts. The USA had 6 hits, but committed 4 errors. Japan had 4 hits.
The USA wins the 2011 World Cup.
The Road Ahead
This USA team, reportedly minus one ploayer whose contract has expired, will compete in October in the Pan American games in Guadalajara, for a berth in the 2012 World Championships in Whitehorse, the Yukon. However, Ronnie Isham, director of national teams, says tryouts will be held January 8-12 to pick the team which will compete at Whitehorse.