Canada Splits Pair of Games at Pan American Softball Championship

August 6, 2009

Maracay, VZ

August 6th, 2009
Canada Splits Pair of Games at Pan American SoftballChampionship 
(Maracay, Venezuela) – The Canadian Senior Women’s NationalTeam got the day off to a good start by defeating Argentina 7-0 to complete thegame that had been postponed last Friday, but then came out on the losing endof a 1-0 pitcher’s duel against the hosts from Venezuela. The game againstVenezuela was delayed by 3 ½ hours due to rain.
The morning game against Argentina began where it left offin the top of the fourth inning, with Argentina batting with two runners onbase and two outs. Jenna Caira (Toronto, ON) relieved Danielle Lawrie (Langley,BC) at this point and pitched 2 1/3 innings of shutout relief. Canada scoredtwo runs in the fourth to push the score to 6-0 as Caitlin Lever (Buffalo, NewYork) and Melanie Matthews (Surrey, BC) each singled and a third single by JennSalling (Port Coquitlam, BC) scored both runners. In the sixth, VictoriaHayward (Mountain View, California) reached on an error and scored on single byErin Cumpstone (Saskatoon, SK) to end the game on the run rule with Canadawinning 7-0.
In game two, monsoon rains delayed the start of the game for3 ½ hours, and when the game finally got underway around 11:00pm, a pitchingduel ensued between Danielle Lawrie and Venezuelan starter MariangeeBogado.  Lawrie allowed only two hits and had six strikeouts while Bogadoallowed three hits with six strikeouts. The only run of the game came in thefifth inning, as the leadoff batter for Venezuela was hit by a pitch and thesecond batter reached on a fielder’s choice. A single then scored the secondrunner to make the final score Venezuela 1, Canada 0.
The loss puts Canada in second place in their division witha 7-1 record while Venezuela moved into first at 8-0. Canada will play itsfinal round-robin game today against Jamaica (1-7) at 2:00pm EDT. The playoffround will begin on Friday as Canada will likely play the first place team inthe “A” division. The United States are leading that division at 8-0 withoutallowing a run to score (96 runs for, 0 against).
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Gilles LeBlanc
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Softball Canada
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