KFC World Cup V - Game #4
Saturday, July 24, 2010
(Oklahoma City, OK) The Canadian Women’s National Team came into the day in desperate need of a win, and after looking flat for most of the game, woke up in the late innings to steal a 5-4 victory from the United States Futures National Team. The win was Team Canada’s first at the KFC World Cup of Softball V, as they currently sit in a tie with the Futures for third place with a 1-3 record.
The USA Futures opened the scoring in the top of the second inning, when Valerie Arioto walked to lead off the inning and scored on a two-run homerun by Shawna Wright. The following inning, the USA Futures added to that lead, as Lauren Schutzler hit a two-out double down the third base line and scored on a single by Megan Langenfeld, giving the Futures a 3-0 lead.
The red, white and blue kept rolling in the fourth, when Shawna Wright led off with a single, and pinch runner Jamia Reid stole second base and advanced to third on a bad throw to second. Molly Johnson then hit an RBI single to right center field to extend the lead to 4-0.
Canada finally got things going in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Melanie Matthews (Surrey, BC) hit a one-out triple down the third baseline, and Caitlin Lever (Buffalo, New York) reached on a drag bunt to the pitcher. Jenn Yee (North Delta, BC) then singled up the middle to drive in Matthews for Canada’s first run. Sheena Lawrick (Calgary, AB) followed that up with a single of her own to left field to score Lever from second, and Jen Salling (Port Coquitlam, BC) hit a single off the pitcher to load the bases. However, a force out at home and a lineout to shortstop stranded all three runners on base.
Heather Ebert (Rosthern, SK) kept things going in the bottom of the seventh inning by forcing a leadoff walk, and Evelyne Pare (Ile-Perrot, QC) reached on an error while attempting to sacrifice Ebert to second. Melanie Matthews then protected the plate with two strikes and ended up forcing a walk, loading the bases with nobody out. Caitlin Lever then did her job, driving a deep fly ball in foul territory to left field for a sacrifice fly to score Ebert from third. Jenn Yee then drove a double to the left-center field gap to score both Pare and Matthews, as Canada came all the way back for a walk off 5-4 win.
Canadian starting pitcher Ashley Lanz (Winnipeg MB) allowed four runs on six hits and two walks over four innings of work, while Tina Andreana (Oakville, ON) earned the win in relief, allowing only two hits over three innings of work. At the plate, Jen Salling had three singles, while Jenn Yee had a double and a single with three runs batted in. Melanie Matthews added a triple and a single, while Caitlin Lever and Sheena Lawrick each chipped in with a single.
Canada will face a tough challenge on Sunday, as they will take on the United States at 5:00pm EDT followed by Japan at 10:00pm EDT. The game between Canada and the United States can be seen on TSN at 11:30pm EDT (tape delay), while the game against Japan can be seen on webcast at http://asa.video4ever.net/index.htm. Live scoring for both games will also be available on USA Softball’s GameTracker. Check the Softball Canada at www.softball.ca to follow the game.
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