Two USA teams score big at Border Battle V and World Cup of Softball
OKLAHOMA CITY – Both the USA Softball
Women’s National Team and the Men’s Slow Pitch National Team collected wins
today at the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America Hall of Fame Stadium
as both squads collected wins via the run-rule. For the men, a 25-10 win
over Team Canada and a 32-16 win over the Futures Slow Pitch National Team
secured bragging rights as the Border Battle V and Slow Pitch Showdown
champion. For the women, Team USA got a solid pitching performance from
Sara Nevins to shut out the Canadian National Team, 7-0, in a run-rule Thursday
evening at the World Cup of Softball VII.
Battle V – Canada 10 USA 25 (five innings)
USA secured it’s fourth victory at the battle of the border against the Canadian
Men’s Slow Pitch National Team. The Red, White and Blue collected their
25 runs via 25 hits, while Canada was held to 14 hits.
long ball was heavily utilized by the U.S. as Bryson Baker (Magalia, Calif.),
Johnny McCraw (Lake Wylie, S.C.), Travis Clark (Kenosha, Wis.), Brian Wegman
(Hamilton, Ohio), Brett Helmer (Cicero, N.Y.), Kevin Filby (Cardington, Ohio)
and Lee Powers each collected one home run while Robert Blackburn (Indian
Trail, N.C.) knocked out two.
USA shut down the Canadians in the first inning before opening their offensive
power early in the bottom of the first. With two runners on, Filby
utilized the long ball and put the U.S. up to an early 3-0 lead. Canada
would respond with four runs in the top of the second with a solo shot and a
U.S. men would add another six in the bottom of the second off a string of hits
from Rick Baker (West Harrison, Ind.) and Jeff Hall (Gastonia, N.C.), while
Wegman, B. Baker sent two out of the park, putting the U.S. lead to 9-4.
utilized two home runs in the top of the third to plate another three
runs. Powers, B. Baker, Wegman punched in a total of four runs for the
U.S., while Helmer and Blackburn each plated two to push Team USA’s lead in the
bottom of the third to 17-7. Two more runs were added by Canada in the
top of the fourth via a triple and a single. Powers quickly responded in
the bottom of the inning with a two run shot over the fence, a miscue by the
defense plated a run and McCraw brought home three to push the score to 23-9.
In the final inning of the game, Team Canada collected their final run of the game
with a sac-fly. Needing only two runs and having six home runs available
for the game, the U.S. secured a run-rule victory with a pair of home runs from
Blackburn and Clark.
game, which was live on ESPN3.com, will be
re-aired Saturday, July 13 at 11 a.m. CT on ESPN. Box scores can be found
Pitch Showdown – USA Futures 16 Team USA 32 (five innings)
In the second annual Slow Pitch Showdown in Oklahoma City, the
Men’s National Team dethroned the Futures squad as they collected a 32-16 (five
inning) run-rule, their second of the day. Live on ESPN3 (and re-airing Sunday
at 2 p.m. CT), the Futures team jumped out early at 2-0 lead in the first
inning before the National team responded with a seven run second inning to
take the lead.
For the National team , Wegman racked up six RBI on four hits for
the Men's National team. He homered in the second and twice in the fifth
innings. For the Futures team, Scott Zaciewski (Toledo, Ohio) led the
team with four RBI, going 2-for-3 with one home run.
It was an offensive game as both squads tallied 48 runs off of 48
hits The Futures team accounted for 17 hits, including 16 RBI. The Men’s
National Team collected their 32 runs off of 31 hits, punching in 31 RBI.
game, which was live on ESPN3.com, will be re-aired
Sunday, July 14 at 2 p.m. CT on ESPN. Box scores can be found at www.USASoftball.com.
Tire World Cup of Softball
7 Canada 0 (six innings)
Team USA opened up the General Tire
World Cup of Softball with a six-inning, run rule victory over Canada.
Sara Nevins (Pineallas Park, Fla.) pitched six innings, allowing just two hits
and one walk. She struck out six before giving way to Jessica Moore (Sutter,
Calif.) for the final inning.
Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.)
kick started the scoring with a two-RBI single in the first inning. Team USA
stretched the lead out to 4-0 in the second when Raven Chavanne (Thousand Oaks,
Calif.) scored after Lauren Chamberlain (Trabuco Canyon, Calif.) reached on an
error and Lauren Gibson (Pasadena, Md.) scored on a successful double steal
Half of Team USA’s eight hits came in
those first two innings. Canadian starting pitcher Jenna Caira settled down
after allowing the four runs and held Team USA to no hits in her final two
innings pitched. Caira yielded to Sara Plourde in the fifth who allowed three
runs on four hits and one walk.
Lindsey Zigenhirt (Elk Grove, Calif.)
reached on a walk in the sixth and scored on a single from Taylor Hoagland
(Flower Mound, Texas). Gibson belted her first home run of the tournament to
give Team USA 1 7-0 lead. Moore came on in the bottom of the sixth and held the
Canadians scoreless to secure the run-rule victory.
Victoria Haywood and Joey Lye
registered Canada’s only hits, while Kelsey Haberl was the only other base
runner for Team Canada on the evening.
Japan 3, Australia 2
Team Japan scored two runs in the top
of the first and added a single run in the fourth to defeat Australia 3-2 on
Yuki Hayashi led the Japanese team
with a 2-for-3 showing at the plate. Misato Kawano, Rei Nishiyama and Rie
Nagaoshi scored the three runs for Team Japan. Yukiko Ueno went the distance in
the circle, allowing the two runs on nine hits. She struck out seven.
Jodie Bowering went 2-for-4 with a run
scored for the Australians, while Leigh Godfrey scored the other run. Aimee
Murch picked up the loss in the circle, allowing two runs on four hits.
along with the entire General Tire World Cup of Softball by visiting USASoftball.com,
where live stats, streaming and game times can be found.