July2013

With a 2-1 extra inning loss to Australia, USA Softball take third in the Canadian Open

July 23, 2013

Surrey, BC


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July 22, 2013

With a 2-1 extra inning loss to Australia, USA Softball take third in the Canadian Open

 

SURREY, BC

OKLAHOMA CITY –The USA Softball Women’s National Team took third place following a 2-1, 8-inning shootout with Australia in the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship on Monday the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball announced today. The loss eliminated Team USA from the tournament and propelled Australia into the finals to face Japan.

Pitching dominated the first half of the semifinal matchup on Monday night. USA’s Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) started in the circle and held Australia without a run for four innings of play. Unfortunately for the Americans, Kaia Parnaby of Australia had just as much success in the circle for Australia. Both teams managed base runners throughout the four innings but continued to come up short in the scoring category.

Finally in the top of the fifth, after back-to-back singles, Australia’s Godfrey picked up an RBI base hit that scored Weaver from third giving the Aussie’s a 1-0 lead. Team USA loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning but a double played followed by a strikeout ended any chances of them tying in the fifth.

Both teams reverted back to their old ways in the sixth inning going three up, three down.

Trailing by one in the top of the seventh, the Americans made quick work of Australia’s batters retiring the first three to the plate. In the bottom half of the inning, down to their last at-bat, Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks, Calif.) led off with a single and a Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) sac-bunt in the next at-bat gave USA a runner at second with Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuca Canyon, Calif.) stepping to the plate. With a full count, the power hitter blasted a base hit to centerfield well enough to bring the USA run around from second to score. USA had tied it at one and sent the contest to extra innings.

In the top of the eight, Australia’s McManus started at second per International Tie Breaker policy. A stolen third base quickly put her in position to score and that’s what she did on a Godfrey single giving Australia a 2-1 lead.

That score held to the bottom half of the inning and USA again found themselves in need of one run to keep the game alive. Lindsay Ziegenhirt (Elk Grove, Calif.) started the at-bat on second for Team USA and a Destinee Martinez (Corona, Calif.) single moved her around to third giving USA runners on the corners with just one out. Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) hit a grounder to shortstop in the next at-bat for the second out of the inning. Down to their last batter, Chamberlain stepped back to the plate needing hoping to duplicate her efforts from early in the fifth but on a 2-2 pitch, she popped up to shortstop for the final out.

With the lose, the Americans take third place in the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship and Australia moves on to play Japan in the finals later in the evening on Monday. Team USA will return home for a brief break before traveling to Puerto Rico in early August for an International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship/Pan American Games qualifying tournament.. You can follow all of the action live by visiting www.USASoftball.com.

About ASA


The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 200,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than three million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.

About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com/.

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