ISF Worlds - Game 1
Thursday, June 24, 2010
(Photo credit: Venezuelan Softball Federation and the ISF XII Women's World Championship Organizing Committee)
(Caracas, Venezuela) The Canadian Women’s National Team was one of the last team to step on the field at the ISF XII Women’s World Championship in Caracas, and after a short delay to the beginning of the game, went on to blank Cuba by a score of 6-0.
Canada took an early lead, as Sheena Lawrick (Calgary, AB) drove in Caitlin Lever (Buffalo, New York) to open the scoring. Canada seemed poised to score in the second after a leadoff triple, but was unable to push that runner in to score.
'There is always that stress, you have to try to make good contact until the ball finds a place for us to produce' said Lawrick.
In the fourth inning, Canada took advantage of an error, and pinch-runner Evelyne Pare (Ile-Perrot, QC) raced in to score on another hit by Sheena Lawrick, who later scored on a hit by Jen Salling (Port Coquitlam, BC) to increase Canada’s lead to 3-0. Canada would go on to add two more runs in the fifth, and Jen Yee (North Delta, BC) sealed the victory with a solo homerun in the seventh.
The Canadian offence produced five runs (three earned) on eight hits off Cuban starting pitcher Anisley Lopez, who was relieved by Yusmeri Pacheco. Lawrick was 4-for-4 at the plate, while Melanie Matthews (Surrey, BC) and Jen Salling each had a pair. Yee and Kaleigh Rafter (Guelph, ON) each chipped in with a hit as well.
Danielle Lawrie (Langley, BC) turned in a dominant performance in the pitcher’s circle by keeping Cuba off balance all night long, ending the night with 13 strikeouts. She fired a seven inning one-hitter, walking two batters.
'We know that when facing a team like Cuba, we are dealing with players of great quality and who are highly competitive, but we expected a positive result because we have a good group and obviously the goal is to reach the Top 3.' stated Team Canada Pitching Coach Rob Guenter (Victoria, BC) following the win.
Canada will have a busy day of action on Friday, as they will take on Chinese Taipei at 11:30am EDT before facing Argentina at 7:30pm.
Wednesday’s scores included Japan overpowering Argentina 13-1, while the host Venezuela team defeated the Dominican Republic by a score of 2-1.
On Day 2, China blanked Botswana 12-0 before narrowly losing to the United States 1-0, Great Britain shut out South Africa 3-0, Japan beat Chinese Taipei 5-0, New Zealand took an 8-1 victory over Botswana, Argentina got by South Africa 4-3, Czech Republic took an 8-4 decision over the Dominican Republic, the Netherlands edged Great Britain 5-4 and Venezuela defeated Australia 4-1.
Canada 6 vs. Cuba 0: Box Score
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