CANADIAN OPEN FASTPITCH FRIDAY
Team Puerto Rico 3, New Zealand 1
Team Venezuela 4, Team Canada 5 (9)
Team Japan 11, Team Puerto Rico 1 (5)
Team USA 7, Team New Zealand 0 (5)
Team Canada 5, Team Australia 33
California A’s Team Canada BC
A’s won 1-0 on a solo shot by Melissa Davin
TEAM CANADA 5, TEAM VENEZUELA 4 (9)
Entering the bottom of the 7th, Canada trailed, but scored 2 runs to tie, 4-4. Top 9th: Ebert on 2nd as ITB runner. Timpf walked. Wideman struck out. Heyward singed, rbi, with what proved to be the winning run. Venezuela had 2 on, 2 out in the bottom, Jiminez drew a walk off Jenna Caira; loading the bases; Rivera flied to center.
USA 7, VENEZUELA 5 (5)
Top 1st: Venezuela down in order. Bottom: Cochran singled. Gibson reached on an error at short. SM Johnson reached on an infield hit. Fischer hit a sac fly to deep center. Arioto fanned. Chidester flied out to right. 1-0 USA. Top 2nd: Venezuela again down in order.Bottom: Shults flied to left. Orgeron fanned. Taylor reached on a two-out single, but Cochran grounded to short.
.Yop 3rd: Pitcher Stewart and two others retired; Traina now had 3 Ks. Bottom: Gibson led with SINGLE TO LEFT. Sm Johnson walked. Arioto jacked a 3-run homer to center. Chidester walked. Shults reached on an errorat 1st, the fielder trying for a force at 2nd but overthrew the bag. Taylor walked, but Cochran struck out.
T4: Venezuela _ nada. Bottom: Gibson doubled off the top of the wall, scored on SM OHNSON’S RBI. Fischer popped to the pitcher. Arioto slugged her second homer, a 2-run job. Chidester fanned. Shults struck out. Top 5th: superb play by Chidester at 3rd. 2 more hits and traina had a no-hitter. 7-0.
CANADA5, AUSTRALIA 3
Stacey Porter, led off the game with a walk, advanced on a sac by Godfrey, scored on a hit b Warwick. Bottom 1st. Bottom: Matthews opened with a single; but was stranded. Top 2nd: Weaver singled with two out, stranded. Bottom: Lawrick fanned; Thomas lined to right; Gilbert hit a liner over short; Natalie Wideway lined to short.
Top 3rd: StACEY Porter, the ageless one, drew her second walk. Godfrey grounded to 3rd, but Lye sidearmed the throw oast 2d. Warwick popped. Forkin grounded to short; but Porter scored on the groundout. Stevenson grounded out. Bottom: Hayward grounded to short, but got the hit despite a magnificent throw by shortstop Warwick. Bottom: two on, down 2-0, Lye struck out. Kara PARNABY relieved pitcher Jocelyn Cater. Jen Yee
Bottom 4th: Canada broke the ice. Bases loaded, Melanie Mtthews drove in 2 runs, tying the game. Bases reloaded, the very pro-Canadian crowd leaped to its feet when Jen Yee smacked a 2-run double, 4-2. Yee scored on an rbi by Lawrick. Canada now had a 5-2 lead, on 11 hits.
Top 5: Porter struck out. Godfrey singled through the hole. Warwick out 6-3. Forkin singled to right, driving Godfrey in with the third Aussie run. Bottom: Justine Smethurst pitching for AustrALia. Wideman singled. No Canadian scoring.
Top 6: Weaver hit a one-out single. White lined hard to Matthews in left. Long-Droppert singled to left. Porter, who has not hit one of her booming drives this tournament, flied out. BOTTOM: Lye out 4-3. Yee, who was an honored US collegian, singles to right. Rafter pops to 2nd. Lawrick walks. Thomas grounds to 2nd.
Top 7th: Down 5-3, Australia faces a different pitcher, Karissa Hovinga. Godfrey flied to center. Warwick singled up the middle. Forkin fans. Stevenson grounds to 1st,
Canada 5 runs, 13 hits. Australia 3 runs, 7hits. 11 stranded,
Two more games to go but it’s 9pm
Proud moment: the Team Japan coach, told me in better English than many Americans that she is a long-time reader of Spy.