Despite last inning heroics USA falls to Japan at General Tire World Cup
Team USA Cumulative Stats
CITY – Japan jumped out to an early 5-0 lead to down the United States 6-3
Sunday evening in the championship game of the General Tire World Cup of
Softball the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and USA Softball
announced today. The win marked Japan’s first at the event since 2005.
effort, hustle and fight from our girls was incredible,” said USA Head Coach
Ken Eriksen. “We still have some adjustments to make, but I’m excited for
our future. Fortunately for us we got to play two games against Japan and
get that experience that we needed.”
hitter Misato Kawano reached on a base hit and scored on a single from Yukiyo
Mine to give Japan the early 1-0 lead after a half inning. The Japanese added
four runs in the top of the second to extend the lead to 5-0.
one-out singles from Natsuko Ono and Nozomi Shimasaki gave Japan two runners
aboard. The pair came around to score on a single from Yuka Ighiguchi. Prior to
Ighiguchi’s s single, Kawano walked and then a single from Yuki Hayaghi
stretched the lead to 5-0 after two.
USA got one run back in the bottom of the second and another in the third.
Savarola (Arnold, Md.) reached on a one-out single for Team USA’s first hit of
the game in the second inning. Savarola scored on Michelle Moultrie’s
(Jacksonville, Fla.) base hit to trim Japan’s lead to 5-1. Lauren Gibson
(Pasadena, Md.) unleashed a home run to start the third inning to cut that lead
added an additional run in the fourth when Ighiguchi reached on a triple and
came around to score on a Hayaghi single to give the Japanese a 6-2 lead.
USA threatened in the fifth but left runners stranded at the corners to end the
inning. Savarola led off the sixth with a single and pinch hitter Nicole Hudson
(Webb City, Mo.) walked but an infield fly and pop out ended the frame.
USA retired Japan in the top of the seventh and kept the game alive as Nakano
gave up a single to Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) in the bottom half of
the inning. Chidester scored on a Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) double to
the gap in right to cut the lead in half to 6-3. Arioto reached third on a
throwing error and was stranded there to end the game.
think these past few games have shown that this team is full of fighters,” said
Chidester. “We’re such a young team and the fact that we never give up is
amazing. We come in and keep scoring down until the last inning.
We’re not going to give up and roll over to anyone. We just need to start
that from the beginning and start getting ahead at the start of the game
instead of falling behind.”
ended the game 3-for-4, while Ichiguchi, Hayashi and Mine all went 2-for-4 for
Japan. Moultrie and Savarola were the only Team USA players with multiple hits,
going 2-for-3 each.
Nakano earned the win in the circle in relief. Nakano pitched the game’s final
five innings for Japan after replacing Nana Okamura. Nakano gave up two runs on
five hits and three walks. Starter Nana Okamura lasted two innings, allowing
one run on three hits and one walk.
Moore (Sutter, Calif.) went 3.2 innings, giving up six runs on 10 hits and two
walks in the loss. Sara Nevins pitched the final 3.1 innings, holding Japan to
just two hits and one walk. She struck out six.
for the USA Women’s National Team is the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International
Championship in Surrey, B.C., Canada, slated for July 16-22. After that,
the women head to San Juan, Puerto Rico August 5-18 at an International
Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship/Pan American Games
Medal Game: Australia 4, Canada 3
took extra innings for a winner to be decided in the bronze medal game at the
General Tire World Cup of Softball. Australia, who came into the game
with a 1-3 record, upset the Canadian National Team to claim the bronze medal.
McManus, who has led the Aussies throughout the World Cup, went 1-for-4 on the
day. She finished the World Cup with a .417 batting average and six RBI.
Canada, Caitlin Lever and Jennifer Gilbert each went 2-for-4. Lever
collected two RBI while Gilbert punched in one run.
Parnaby earned the save for the Aussies in relief of Vanessa Stokes. She issued
three strike outs, five hits and three runs.
One: United States 10, Puerto Rico 3 (five innings)
USA rebounded from a 3-0 deficit to run-rule Puerto Rico, 10-3, Sunday
afternoon. Amber Freeman had two two-run home runs in the win as Team USA
advanced to the World Cup of Softball championship game.
highlighted a trio of Team USA players that went 2-for-3 on the day. Taylor
Thom added a solo shot and Kourtney Salvarola scored two runs and drove in
USA combined to score the 10 runs on 13 hits off three Puerto Rican pitchers.
Lissette Garay pitched 2.2 innings, allowing six runs on nine hits.
Arioto earned the win for Team USA in relief of Aimee Creger. Arioto held
Puerto Rico to no runs on just one hit. She struck out five.