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USA Softball Crushes Great Britain to Remain Perfect at the ISF Women's World Championship
HAARLEM, Netherlands – Despite a seven-hour rain delay, the USA Softball Women’s National Team managed to top Great Britain 11-0 (four innings) at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Women’s World Championship on Monday.
The game, originally scheduled for 3 p.m., didn’t start until 10 p.m., but the USA pitching was still dominant as Sara Nevins (Pinellas Park, Fla.) and Jaclyn Traina (Naples, Fla.) combined to face the minimum number of batters possible in the four inning game.
Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) stood out among a successful group of USA batters on Monday. Batting second in the lineup, Stewart was 2-3 with three runs scored to pace the USA hitters. Samantha Fischer (Simi Valley, Calif.) showed the previous day was no accident as she recorded her second home run in as many days.
Following Fischer’s three-run shot in the bottom of the first Jessica Moore (Sutter, Calif.) doubled to center field to score Taylor Hoagland (Flower Mound, Texas) and Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) giving Team USA a 5-0 lead after one inning.
Great Britain’s Amy Moore singled to the pitcher for the team’s first hit of the game in the top of the second but was thrown out attempting to steal second by USA catcher Jessica Plaza (Huntington Beach, Calif.) during the next at-bat for the third out.
After reaching on a single to the pitcher, Stewart scored a sixth USA run in the bottom of the second on a passed ball.
Another three up, three down inning for Nevins and the USA defense in the third preserved the 6-0 lead entering the bottom of the inning. Despite getting two quick outs, Team USA went on a run to match their first inning effort. A Moultrie double along with four walks and three Great Britain errors resulted in five more USA runs to the push the lead to 11-0 after three innings of play.
Needing just three outs to secure the run-rule, Traina entered the close out the game in the top of the fourth. Two ground outs sandwiched a strike out and that was the game as the USA Women moved to 4-0 in pool play at the World Championship.
The American’s finished the game with seven hits, walked eight times and struck out four times. They will next face fellow unbeaten Australia at 5:30 p.m. (10:30 a.m. CDT) on Tuesday for the outright lead in Pool B. Live streaming and live stats are available via www.USASoftball.com throughout the ISF World Championship. Log on and follow Team USA as they seek a tenth World Championship Gold.
**courtesy of ASA/USA Softball