USA Softball drops their first game in the Canadian Open a 5 0 decision to Japan
CITY –The USA Softball Women’s National Team found themselves on the losing
side for the first time in the 2013 Canadian Open Fastpitch International
Championship on Sunday the Amateur Softball Association (ASA) of America and
USA Softball announced today. The Americans dropped a 5-0 decision to Japan and
now must move on to play Monday at 7 p.m. CT against the winner of a Canada vs
Australia matchup taking place later in the evening on Sunday. The winner of
Monday’s game will move on to face Japan for the tournament championship at 9:30
p.m. CT on Monday.
dominated from the start in USA’s Sunday night matchup with Japan. Aside from a
Misa Okubo single in the top of the second, both teams failed to get anything
going offensively through the first three innings of play. Another three up,
three down inning for Team USA in the top of the fourth preserved the scoreless
game entering Japans fourth at-bat.
biggest scoring threat came at that point in the game came in the bottom of the
fourth when back-to-back Japan singles were followed by an intentional walk to
load the bases. The rally prompted a pitching change for Team USA as Cheridan
Hawkins (Anderson, Calif.) entered the circle and managed two straight outs to
end the threat.
top of the fifth, Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) lead off with a base hit
that ended any hopes of a third straight Yukiko Ueno no hitter. Two batters
later, Nicole Hudson (Webb City, Mo.) singled for the second USA hit of the
game and gave the Americans runners on the corners but Rhea Taylor (Buford,
Ga.) was picked off at third to end any chances of a USA run coming in the
bottom of the fifth, Japan exploded for five runs off of four hits and a USA
error to open up the game. When the dust settled and the inning came to a close,
Team USA found themselves trailing 5-0.
the huge Japan scoring run, the sixth inning resumed to a pitching duel with
both teams failing to record a hit. The Americans found themselves in need of
five runs in the top of the seventh if they wanted to extend the game any
further but two strikeouts and a fly out dashed any chances and Team USA fell
to Japan 5-0.
the lose, the Americans move to 6-1 in the Canadian Open Fastpitch
International Championship and will now face the winner of Canada and Australia
who played later in the evening on Sunday. The elimination game will take place
at 7 p.m. CT on Monday. You can follow all of the action live by visiting