Pan American Championship - Playoff #2
Friday, August 13, 2010
(Bogota, Colombia) The Canadian Junior Women`s National Softball Team has qualified for the 2011 ISF Junior Women’s World Championship in South Africa with a hard fought 2-0 win over the Dominican Republic. Canada is guaranteed a top five finish which qualifies them for the event in South Africa. Canada will now play Brazil at noon EDT on Saturday, with the winner guaranteeing itself a medal. The United States and Puerto Rico will play in the undefeated game with the loser playing the winner of the Canada-Brazil game.
Canada got by the Dominican Republic and their 66mph pitcher with some timely hitting and a great pitching performance by Karissa Hovinga (La Vista, Nebraska) as she fired a two-hit shutout with eight strikeouts. Hovinga got into trouble in the second. With runners on second and third, a ball got by catcher Erika Polidori (Brantford, ON) and she was able to retrieve the ball and flip it to Hovinga at home for the second out of the inning. Hovinga then got a pop out to short to end the threat.
Canada got on the board in the first inning when Victoria Hayward (Mountain View, California) walked, advanced to third on two passed balls and scored when a Brigitte Aizprua (Terrebonne, QC) grounder to third was thrown in the dirt and got by the first baseman. Canada got an insurance run in the sixth when Natalie Wideman (Mississauga, ON) singled to right field and pinch-runner Tessa Loewen (Abbotsford, BC) moved to second on a walk to Corinne Brookhuis (East York, ON). After Kristy Noble (Uxbridge, ON) flew out to centerfield, Polidori hit a grounder to third and Loewen moved to third as Brookhuis was forced out at second. Jennifer Gilbert (Mckinney, Texas) responded with a sharp single to left to score Loewen. Hovinga closed things out in the seventh to preserve the win.
Gilbert led Canada’s six-hit attack with two hits. Hayward, Wideman, Noble and Polidori each added singles. Canada left nine runners on base in the game.
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