Canada Cup - Playoff Game 1 and 2
Friday, July 18, 2008
Canada keeps rolling in playoff games at the Canada Cup
Erin McLean (Whitby, ON) started things off for the red and white with a homerun to left centerfield in the bottom of the first inning. After that, things were quiet up until the fourth inning when Jennifer Yee (North Delta, BC) drew a leadoff walk and was driven in on a homerun by Sheena Lawrick (Calgary, AB) to right field. Melanie Matthews (Surrey, BC) later drove in Megan Timpf (Port Dover, ON) to bring in the fourth Canadian run.
This was all the home side would need to secure the win. Lauren Bay Regula (Trail, BC) was in the pitchers circle for Canada and finished the game giving up just two hits and striking out fifteen Blast hitters. The final score was Canada 4, Absolute Blast 0.
In the second game of the day, Canada took on Chinese Taipei. The winner of this game would go through to the semi-final on Saturday night at 6:30pm PDT.
It was a bit of a bit of a quiet start for both teams, with the defense taking control early. In the third inning Canada led off with a hit by Caitlin Lever (Buffalo, New York) and then Erin Mclean, Jennifer Yee, Jennifer Salling (Port Coquitlam, BC) and Sheena Lawrick all followed suit to score three runs on the inning. After Taipei came back and scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the game at 3-3, Team Canada went back on the offensive. Melanie Matthews hit a leadoff homerun in the top of the fifth followed by a single by Mclean and homerun by Jennifer Salling to score another three runs. Not quite done yet, in the top of the seventh inning, Canada was able to send a couple more insurance runs across the plate with a single by Yee, a double by Salling to score Yee and then a single by Lawrick to score Salling.
Canada kept Taipei off the scoring sheet for the remainder of the game to take the 8-3 win. Danielle Lawrie (Langley, BC) went four innings giving up three hits while striking out four Taipei batters. Robin Mackin (Newmarket, ON) came in to pitch to the last twelve hitters.
Next up for Canada in the double elimination format, is a match-up of undefeated teams when Canada takes on Japan at 6:30pm PDT at Softball City. Live scoring for the game is available on the Canada Cup website at www.canadacup.com.
- Wendy Dobbin (Assistant Coach)
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