7-8-10 Team Canada Defeats USA

TEAM CANADA DEFEATS USA
Written by SPY from Canadian play-by-play account

 Team Canada defeated the USA national team 4-3 in 9 innings Thursday night at the Canadian Fastpitch Tournament, the first of four games between the two teams at Softball City in Surrey BC.

Former Georgia Tech star Jennifer Yee homered for Canada off Jordan Taylor in the 1st.  The USA tied in the 2nd when Alissa Haber, the hitting star of the World Championship in Caracas, doubled and scored on Megan Langenfeld’s single, off Danielle Lawrie, the Canadian who was chosen USA player of the year (Washington) two years in succession.

In the 5th, Lawrie walked Kaitlin Cochran then struck out the side.  Blaire Luna of Texas pitched the 5th for the US team.

The USA stranded two, top 6th, when Haber struck out.  Luna set the Canadians down in order on three fly balls.

Canada had a scoring opportunity in the 7th when Victoria Hayward walked on four pitches and Melanie Matthews was hit by a pitch (the second batter hit by Luna) but Caitlin Lever flied out and Yee grounded out.

USA 8th: Jennifer Leles awarded 2nd,  advanced to 3rd on Brittany Lastrapes groundout; and scored on Shawna Wright’s fielder’s choice, 2-1 USA.  Ashley Charters walked; after Ashley Hansen struck out, Haber walked to load the bases.  Langenfeld hit into a fielder’s choice.

In the bottom, Jennifer Yee advanced to 3rd on Sheena Lawrick’s sacrifice; Jennifer Salling walked on four pitches by Luna; Kaleigh Rafter was intentionally walked to load the bases; Yee scored the tying run on Erin Cumpstone’s groundout to short; Riske flied out. 2-2.

USA 9th: With Langenfeld on 2nd, Cochran flied out to 1st, but Valerie Arioto walked on four pitches.  Langenfeld scored the go-ahead run on Leles grounder to short.  Molly Johnson went down on three strikes.  USA 3-2.

Canada 9th: with Leah Riske on 2nd, Joanne Leye walked on four Luna pitches.  Matthews singled loading the bases.  Riske out on Lever’s fielder’s choice.  Bases still loaded, Leye scored on Yee’s sacrifice fly.  Lawrick walked on four pitches.  Salling singled, Matthews scoring the winning run.

Lawrie pitched a 2-hitter for the win.

None of the USA Olympians are on the roster for the games in Canada.

Roster for Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship and exhibitions

Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.)
Chelsea Bramlett (Cordova, Tenn.)
Ashley Charters (Beaverton, Ore.)
Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Kenzie Fowler (Tucson, Ariz.)
Alissa Haber (Newark, Calif.)
Ashley Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.)
Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz.)
Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Blaire Luna (Austin, Texas)
Jenae Leles (Fair Oaks, Calif.)
Meagan May (Spring, Texas)
Lauren Schutzler (Monterey, Calif.)
Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif.)
Angela Tincher (Eagle Rock, Va.)
Shawna Wright (Lancaster, Calif.)

Nor are the Olympians, who will play in the World Cup in OKC, making the trip to Japan.  Like Canada, the Japan Cup roster features current and former US college stars from the national team’s larger roster.

Roster for the Japan Cup

Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.)
Chelsea Bramlett (Cordova, Tenn.)
Eileen Canney (Paradise, Calif.)
Ashley Charters (Beaverton, Ore.)
Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif.)
Kenzie Fowler (Tucson, Ariz.)
Alissa Haber (Newark, Calif.)
Ashley Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.)
Ashley Holcombe (Fayetteville, Ga.)
Molly Johnson (Tucson, Ariz.)
Megan Langenfeld (Bakersfield, Calif.)
Brittany Lastrapes (Laguna Niguel, Calif.)
Jenae Leles (Fair Oaks, Calif.)
Blaire Luna (Austin, Texas)
Jordan Taylor (Valencia, Calif.)
Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo.)

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