Women’s World Cup - Day One

The first day is complete of the baseball World Cup for women. Below is a summary of the results.

Japan 14 Australia 0

The defending champions were not given much of a challenge in their opener. Minami Yano started and went three innings, giving up three hits before yielding to the bullpen for the last two innings. Miki Atsugase went a perfect 3 for 3 from her number two perch to lead the offense. Japan ran away with the game with a 12 run second inning, Akiko Shimura with the big hit in the inning, a 3-run double. The listed attendance for the game was 8,500, a pretty good turnout to watch the locals play.

United States 9 Taiwan 0

Sarah Hudek pitched five innings of one hit ball to lead the United States in their opener. A six run fifth gave them a cushion and Hudek yielded to Clarisa Navarro to throw the last two innings. Malaika Underwood stole four bases and scored three times in the victory. She also hit the only extra base hit in the game, a double.

Canada 11 Netherlands 0

Canada scored all 11 runs in the first inning and used it to win their opener. Heidi Northcutt tossed four innings of shutout, no hit ball to get the win. Katherin Psota delivered two 2-run singles for four RBIs in the first inning outburst. Nine of the 13 hits for Canada were in the opening frame. The Netherlands did not get any hits in their five innings at bat.

Venezuela 5 Hong Kong 4

Venezuela rallied after two were out taking advantage of the wildness of the Hong Kong pitchers. One walk and three hit batswomen allowed the game winning run to score in the seventh inning. Yik Shan Hung almost went the distance for Hong Kong, but after hitting her second batter of the inning and fourth of the game she was relieved by Hei Ting Lau who plunked the very first hitter she faced to score the game winning run. Patricia Segovia was a perfect 2 for 2 with two runs driven in. She was the second girl hit by a pitch in the seventh inning. Daniela Daniel drove in the game winning run after being the third girl in the inning hit by a pitch. Dayvis Cazorla got credit for the win with her one inning of shutout ball.

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