TEAM CANADA SHUTS OUT USA
At 1am ET, the Canadians had not published the details – which SPY will provide Saturday morning – but the Canada Fastpitch web site did post the line score.
Team Canada won 5-0, outhitting the USA 10-4.
Jenna Caira started for Canada; Angela Tincher for USA, with USA the home team.
Melanie Matthews and Sheena Lawrick walked top 1st, no score. Ashley Charters singled, the first of four USA hits.
The Canadians took a 3-0 lead in the 2nd. Jennifer Salling opened the inning with a home run. After Kaleigh Rafter struck out on three pitches, Leah Riske singled. Evelyne Pare reached on a fielder’s ch oice, Riske safe on an error by shortstop Ashley Hansen. The runners advanced on a groundout to Tincher by Victoria Hayward. Mathews singled in two runs.
The USA loaded the bases in the bottom half. Kaitlin Cochran singled; Megan Langenfeld walked on four pitches; Hansen struck out; Jenae Leles walked on four balls, filling the sacks. Shawna Wright struck out; Brittany Lastrapes grounded out to Caira.
Jennifer Yee walked and Rafter singled top 3rd, both were retired on force plays. In the bottom half, Lauren Schutzler struck out, Ashley Charters flied out, but Alissa Haber singled; Cochran walked; Langenfeld ground out.
Megan Langenfeld took the circle to start the 4th, and retired Team Canada in order, two on strikes. The USA also went down in order.
Caitlin Lever reached in the 5th on an error by Hansen, and stole 2nd. Yee walked on four pitches. The runners advanced on Lawrick’s sacrifice. Salling drew a four-pitch walk, again loading the bases. Lever scored on Rafter’s groundout, 4-0 Team Canada. In the bottom, Lastrapes, Schutzler and Charters went down in order.
Team Canada loaded the bases for the third time, top 6th. After Pare flied out, Victoria Hayward and Matthews singled. Lever was safe on Charter’s error at 2nd. Yee hit into a fielder’s choice, Hayward forced out at home. Lawrick looked at a third strike.
Team USA threatened bottom 6th. Haber and Cochran walked on four pitches each. Haber took 2nd on a passed ball, and 3rd on a wild pitch. Ashley Lanz relieved Caira and caught Langenfeld looking at a third strike. Hansen lined out to center, Cochran forced out at 1st, double play.
Salling opened the Canadian 7th with her second home run. 5-0. Rafter singled; after Riske flied out, Jillian Russell singled, pinch runner Joey Leye advancing to 2nd. Hayward forced Russell at 2nd; Matthews grounded out to 1st, stranding two.
Final USA at-bat: Leles was safe on shortstop Salling’s error. Chelsea Bramlett singled; Valerie Arioto came in to run for Leles. Lastrapes struck out; Leles was caught stealing 3rd. Lauren Schutzler looked at a third strike to end the game.
The teams play the third of a four-game set on Saturday at 7pm.