KFC World Cup V - Game #1
Thursday, July 22, 2010(Oklahoma City, OK) The Canadian Women’s National Softball Team faced a tough challenge in their opening game of the KFC World Cup of Softball V in Oklahoma City, taking on the reigning World Champions, the United States. American pitcher Monica Abbott fired a two-hitter at the Canadians, while her teammates gave her a three-run lead to work with before she stepped foot in the pitcher’s circle, leading to a 9-0 USA win in six innings.
The United States opened the scoring right off the bat in the top of the first inning. Natasha Watley led off with a single, stole second and advanced to third on a groundout before scoring on a double to right center field by Jessica Mendoza. Jennie Finch, who announced that she will retire from softball following the event, then launched a two-run homerun to left to give the Americans a quick 3-0 lead.
Abbott was at the top of her game, striking out all nine batters she faced over the first three innings, while the United States added a run on a solo homerun by Kaitlin Cochran to right field to increase the lead to 4-0. In the bottom half of the fourth, Melanie Matthews (Surrey, BC) led off with a single and was sacrificed to second by Caitlin Lever (Buffalo, New York), but Abbott struck out the next two hitters to keep Canada off the scoreboard.
After a quick fifth inning in which both pitchers retired the three batters they faced in order, Canadian starting pitcher Danielle Lawrie (Langley, BC) started the sixth by hitting Andrea Duran, who moved up to second on a groundout and scored on an error, as Ashley Charters advanced to second on the error. Vicky Galindo then hit a fly ball to right field, and Charters raced in to score after a bad throw to the infield. After a single by Natasha Watley, Ashley Lanz (Winnipeg, MB) came on in relief of Lawrie, and allowed a single to Caitlin Lowe, followed by a three-run homerun to Jessica Mendoza, as the Americans took control of the game with a 9-0 lead.
Erin Cumpstone (Saskatoon, SK) was able to produce Canada’s second hit of the game in the bottom half of the sixth, but the red and white was unable to produce any runs, ending the game after six innings on the run rule.
Monica Abbott was sensational in the pitcher’s circle, striking out 16 batters over six innings while only allowing two hits. Danielle Lawrie allowed seven runs (four earned) over five and two third innings with five strikeouts for Canada. Lanz allowed two unearned runs on two hits and recorded the final out.
Canada will return to action tomorrow, as they will take on the USA Futures National Team at 4:00pm EDT, followed by Japan at 10:00pm EDT. Both games can be watched on webcast at http://asa.video4ever.net/index.htm, while live scoring will also be available on USA Softball’s GameTracker. Check the Softball Canada website shortly prior to game time at www.softball.ca to follow the game.
Canada 0 vs. United States 9: GameTracker
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