JULY 3 SPY UPDATE
JUNIOR WOMEN WIN TWO
USA adds two more wins in World Championship play over Puerto Rico and Canada
Brampton, Ont. — The defending World Championship Gold Medal winning team moved to 4-0 on Wednesday evening with two victories from the Brampton Fairgrounds Ballpark the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. A 15-0 (three inning) decision over Puerto Rico and 4-0 win over host country Canada put the U.S. as the strong favorite for the No. 1 seed with two games left in pool play action.
The U.S. pitching staff continues to stifle its opponents, allowing just three hits and no runs in 18 innings of work. Outscoring opponents 42-0, the U.S. is batting .524 as a team and has a .915 slugging percentage.
“It was a long day for the girls,” said Head Coach Tairia Flowers. “We came out and hit the ball and our pitchers gave great performances today. Jailyn in the first game did extremely well and Cheridan threw a one-hitter against a good Canadian squad. We can’t ask for anything more from our girls.”
GAME 1 – USA 15 Puerto Rico 0 (three innings)
The U.S. recorded its third run-rule victory of the International Softball Federation (ISF) X Junior Women’s World Championship (JWWC) with a 15-0 (three inning) win over Puerto Rico. It was an strong offensive outing for the Red, White and Blue as the U.S. combined for three home runs, including a grand slam by Lauren Young (Anaheim, Calif.). Jailyn Ford (Hot Springs, Va.) earned her first victory in the JWWC, pitching all three innings and issuing five strikeouts.
Puerto Rico’s Elicia Doracio started the game off with a single and advanced to second on a stolen base, but a fly out to left field and two straight strikeouts ended the only threat by the Puerto Rican offense.
The U.S. started the first inning with a triple by Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) and Sierra Romero (Murrieta, Calif.) followed with a single to score Stewart. A single by Mysha Sataraka (Honolulu, Hawaii) and a walk to Emily Crane (Troy, Mo.) brought up Young, who cleared the bases with a grand slam.
Up 5-0, the U.S. continued to bring the heat as an additional three runs scored before Sataraka cleared the bases again for her third three-run home run of the JWWC. With the three-run blast, the U.S. entered the second inning up 11-0.
Erin Shireman (Pearland, Texas) started the second inning with a single and was brought home after Sierra Lawrence (Snellville, Ga.) connected for a single. The U.S. would add another run via a single by Stewart before being retired to enter the third inning.
Ford continued her dominance in the circle in the third inning. With a groundout to Young and two consecutive strikeouts, Team USA needed two runs to force the run-rule in the bottom of the third.
Crane started off the inning with a walk, but a popup by Young failed to advance the runner to second. Shireman sent a long ball over the centerfield fence to end the game at 15-0.
GAME 2 – USA 4 Canada 0
In game two, Cheridan Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.) threw a one-hitter as the U.S. grabbed a 4-0 victory in front of a strong Canadian crowd. The U.S. tallied four runs throughout the game thanks to Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.), Stewart and Sataraka, who each had one hit.
It took a while for the offense to get rolling as both squads failed to produce a base runner until the third inning. Young and Danica Mercado (Temecula, Calif.) started the bottom of the third with back-to-back up the middle singles. McCleney hit a shot to the outfield, bringing in Young and Mercado and giving the U.S. a 2-0 lead. McCleney advanced to third on a wild pitch and was brought home via a Stewart sac-fly.
It was a pitcher’s duel in the fourth and fifth inning as both teams were retired in order. Canada made things interesting in the top of the sixth as Holly Spears sent a ball up the middle to gain Canada’s first base runner of the game. C. Hawkins and the U.S. defense quickly responded with a strikeout and popup to left field to end the Canadian threat early.
“Our defense did an outstanding job today,” said C. Hawkins. “They really had my back and they gave me a lot of confidence to throw better. Once our hitters made the adjustments we needed to make we started to produce and they did a great job.”
The bats came alive again in the sixth inning for Team USA as they added an additional run to push their lead to 4-0. A leadoff triple from Stewart, her second of the day, sparked the team wearing blue and Sataraka then punched her 12 RBI of the JWWC when she hit an RBI single to plate Stewart.
C. Hawkins earned her second victory at the JWWC, pitching all seven innings for the Red, White and Blue. She only gave up one hit while issuing eight strikeouts.
The U.S. will close out round-robin action on Thursday (July 4) when they take the field at 9:30 a.m. (EST) against Korea and 12:30 p.m. (EST) against New Zealand. Live stats for all USA games and live streaming will be available via USASoftball.com.
NPF COMETS DEFEAT BANDITS
ROSEMONT, Ill. – The Chicago Bandits welcomed the NY/NJ Comets to the Ballpark at Rosemont for the first time in franchise history after the Comets inherited all rights to the Carolina Diamond’s players after folding last season. The Comets took game one of the four-game series, 5-3, breaking their eight game losing streak, while handing the Bandits just their fourth loss of the season.
Mel Dumezich (1-2, 2.14 ERA) made her third start in the circle for the Bandits, giving up five runs off five hits and striking out four in three and third innings pitched. Angel Bunner (1-3, 5.45 ERA) earned her first win of the season, giving up three runs off six hits and striking out three.
The Comets got off to a fast start, scoring a run in the first after drawing a leadoff walk to open the game. NY/NJ took advantage of the runner as Bianca Mejia’s single scored the first run and giving the Comets the momentum for the remainder of the game.
NY/NJ tacked on two more runs in the third after Samie Garcia opened the inning with a single and Angie Quiocho’s homerun gave the Comets a 3-0 advantage. Despite a single and steal from Wiggins, the Bandits continued to be held scoreless through the third, trailing 3-0.
The Comets plated two more runs in the fourth after back-to-back singles and back-to-back walks scored a run, increasing the lead to 4-0. Michelle Gascoigne entered the game to pitch for the Bandits with one out in the inning and the bases loaded. Mejia’s pop up allowed another runner to tag up and score, but the Bandits turned a double play to end the inning down 5-0.
The Bandits showed a little life in the fifth, plating three runs off three hits. Kimi Pohlman singled and Vicky Galindo was hit by pitch to put a pair of runners on for Brittany Cervantes whose single to right scored both runners. Cervantes was brought home off Kristen Butler’s single as the Bandits trailed 5-3.
The Comets loaded the bases in the sixth but a hit back to Gascoigne was turned into a double play to end the inning and keep the Bandits within two runs.
Despite a 1-2-3 seventh inning by the Bandits, the Comets struck right back with defense of their own and did not allow a hit in the bottom of the seventh. The game ended with a final score of 5-3.
The second game of the series is tomorrow, Thursday, July 4 at the Ballpark at Rosemont. First pitch is set for 2:05 P.M.
-Tonight’s attendance was 868
-RBIs by Mejia, Quiocho, and Kamekona helped the Comets end their eight game losing streak
-Bunner recorded her first career win
SHOUT OUT FOR WALTER PETTUS
Among the many benefits of the Boulder tournament is the opportunity to renew long-time acquaintances. Walter W. Pettus, long-time coach of the Richmond VA Diamonds, and many time state highschool champion is back at Boulder. Diamonds won’t win a championship here, but Walter’s teams are noted for having a few prize recruits each season, like Paige Mitchell, a rising junior shortstop who throws right, bats left. Walter was inducted into the Central Virginia ASA Hall of Fame last November. The numerous contests between his Diamonds and Tommy Orndorf’s Shamrocks are well remembered.