ISF Jr. Worlds - Game #5
Monday, December 12, 2011(Cape Town, South Africa) Canada`s Junior Women’s National Team shutout the host team South Africa by a score of 7-0 to improve its record to 4-1 at the ISF IX Junior Women’s World Championship. Canada plays China tomorrow at 5:00am EST in a game they need to win in their attempt to secure a top two placing and double-life for the playoff round.
Jocelyn Cater (Delta, BC) pitched her best game of the tournament to date as she threw a six inning no-hitter with 11 strikeouts and only walked one batter. Canada banged out 13 hits, including four runs batted in by Carey-Leigh Thomas (Ohsweken, ON), but ran into a South African team who played some inspired softball in front of a loud and enthusiastic crowd. South Africa made several key defensive plays to keep Canada off the scoreboard for the first two innings.
Victoria Hayward (Toronto, ON) led off the first with a slap single, but Canada could not advance her any further. In the second, Canada threatened as with one out, Shannon Davidson (Whitby, ON) singled to center with a soft liner and Kirsten Grant (Oakville, ON) drilled a single past the third base player to move Davidson over to second. Taylor Beck (Vancouver, BC) hit a hard ground ball that the shortstop made a nice play on to force Davidson out at third. Brigitte Aizprua (Terrebonne, QC) drew a walk to load the bases, but Hayward ended the inning with a fly out to center.
Cater struck out the side in the top of third before Canada finally got on the board in the bottom of the inning. Tessa Loewen (Abbotsford, BC) hit a slap single into left field and moved to second on a one-hopper by Erika Polidori (Brantford, ON) that the pitcher snared. Jennifer Gilbert (Saskatoon, SK) was safe on a drag bunt that moved Loewen to third and took second when South Africa left the base open after their throw to first. Carey-Leigh Thomas stepped up and drilled a line drive to deep right center field for a two-run double. Thomas was left on second as Davidson and Beck both flew out to end the inning.
Canada left another runner on base in the fourth as Aizprua singled up the middle with one out, but was thrown out at third trying to go first to third on a line drive slap single to left field by Loewen. In the fifth, Canada added two more runs as Polidori singled to center field and moved to third on a slap single by Gilbert. Polidori scored on a sacrifice fly to center by Thomas. Davidson then drove in Gilbert with a double to left center field that was almost caught by the South African center fielder who could not hold on to the ball when she hit the ground.
In the sixth, Canada added three runs to beat South Africa on the run rule. With one out, Hayward was safe on a slap single and took second on the throw back to the pitcher. Hayward scored on a slap single by Loewen. Polidori grounded to second to move Loewen to third base, and Gilbert was hit by a pitch. Gilbert tried to steal second and stopped when the ball was thrown to the base. Loewen scored on the throw and Gilbert ended up on second when South Africa misplayed the rundown. Thomas ended the game with her second hit and fourth run batted in of the game.
Thomas, Hayward, Loewen, Gilbert and Davidson each had two hits with singles going to Polidori, Grant and Aizprua.
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