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USA edges Canada in First Yukon Exhibition Game

Thursday, July 15th, 2010

(Whitehorse, YK) The Canadian Women’s National Softball Team
made things interesting in the bottom of the seventh inning,
but it was not enough as the United States held on for a 5-4
win in the first of two exhibition games in Whitehorse, Yukon.
The two teams will square off one last time on Wednesday night
at 6:30pm PDT.

The United States opened the scoring in the top of the second,
as Ashley Charters and Valerie Arioto started the inning with
singles. Charters scored on a single by Shawna Wright, and a
double steal set up USA with runners on second and third. Chelsea
Bramlett then hit a shallow fly ball that got just over the shortstop
to score both runners, giving the Americans a 3-0 lead.

Canada answered in the bottom of the third inning on a leadoff
homerun by Caitlin Lever (Buffalo, New York). Jenn Yee (North
Delta, BC) then walked and Jen Salling (Port Coquitlam, BC) later
singled to put runners on first and second with one out, but
the next two hitters struck out to end the threat.

The United States re-established the three-run lead in the top
half of the fifth, as Kaitlin Cochran singled and advanced to
second on an errant throw to first, and then scored on another
bad throw to second base following a base hit by Ashley Charters.

Canada responded with another run in the bottom of the sixth,
when Jen Salling led off with a double off the wall in right
field and scored on a single by Kaleigh Rafter (Guelph, ON) through
the left side of the infield. Canada managed to get two runners
on base, but was unable to bring them in to score.

After Team USA added another run on a two-out solo homerun by
Valerie Arioto in the top of the seventh, Canada fought back
in the bottom of the inning. Jenn Yee got things started with
a one-out double off the right field wall and scored on a two-run
homerun to centerfield off the bat of Sheena Lawrick (Calgary,
AB), cutting the lead to 5-4. After a strikeout, Kaleigh Rafter
forced a two-out walk, but American pitcher Angela Tincher struck
out the final batter to end the game.

Danielle Lawrie (Langley, BC) took the loss in the pitchers circle
for Canada, allowing five runs (four earned) on 11 hits, striking
out eight batters in the full seven innings. American starting
pitcher Blaire Luna allowed one run on two hits and five walks
with two strikeouts in two innings pitched, while Jordan Taylor
earned the win by pitching three and a third innings allowing
one run on three hits. Angela Tincher notched the save, allowing
two runs on two hits over an inning and two thirds.

Jen Salling and Kaleigh Rafter each had two hits for Canada,
while Caitlin Lever, Sheena Lawrick and Jenn Yee each contributed
with one.

The two teams will return to action on Wednesday at 6:30pm PDT
at the Pepsi Softball Centre in Whitehorse, YK.

Canada 4 vs. United States 5: Box score and Play-by-Play

USA Women Back on Top

Tuesday, July 6th, 2010

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The U.S. softball team regained it’s No.1 status in the world, with a decisive 7-0 win over Japan at the XII ISF Women’s Softball World Championships in Caracas, Venezuela. This is the team’s seventh straight title.

Standout performances include outfielder Alissa Haber (Newark, Calif.) who hit seven doubles and a triple with 20 RBI.

On the mound, Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas) allowed eight hits, two walks and two earned runs while striking out 34. Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif.), Eileen Canney (Paradise, Calif.) and Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif.) all went 2-0 in the tournament.

Players include: Chelsea Bramlett (Cordova, Tenn.); Ashley Charters (Beaverton, Ore.); Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif.); Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif.); Vicky Galindo (Union City, Calif.); Ashley Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.);

Ashley Holcombe (Fayetteville, Ga.); Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif.); Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif.); Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.); Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.); and Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo.).

Photos from 2010 Women’s ISF World Championships

Sunday, July 4th, 2010





Photos courtesy of Argenis Blanco.

Team America won the gold medal at the 12th Softball Women´s World Championship run-ahead-ruling Japan 7 – 0 in five innings at the tournament final game in the Independencia stadium in La Rinconada, which were crowded.


Canada wins Bronze medal at Women’s ISF Worlds

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Canada wins Bronze
Saturday, July 3, 2010

(Caracas, Venezuela) Many people would have counted Team Canada out on Thursday when they were trailing Australia 2-0 heading into the bottom of the seventh, but the red and white fought back by scoring three runs to win that game, and went on to beat China that evening by scoring one run in the bottom of the seventh to take the 1-0 victory. It was an incredible Canada day for the Women’s National Team, but they simply ran out of gas in the Bronze medal game against a rested Japan team by a score of 12-3.

Despite the loss, Canada accomplished what it set out to do by winning the Bronze medal at the event, which is the second Canadian Women’s medal in International Softball Federation (ISF) World Championship history. It also marked the first Women’s medal won by the Women’s National Team program, as the Silver medal in 1978 was won by the Doc Blues club team, which was the last club team to represent Canada at the World Championship.

After quick work by both pitchers in the first inning, Japan led off the second inning with a single and that runner advanced to second on a passed ball. The umpires gathered and called for a rain delay, which lasted two and a half hours. After the long break, Canadian pitcher Danielle Lawrie (Langley, BC) was able to notch the three outs without allowing a run to score.

However, Japan got to Lawrie early in the third, scoring three runs to chase her from the game before she could register an out. Jenna Caira (Toronto, ON) came on in relief in the pitcher’s circle, but the first batter she faced reached on an error, was sacrificed to second, moved up to third on a passed ball and scored on a double to the right-center field gap. Caira then struck out the next two hitters to close out the inning.

After Canada was retired in order, Japan added another run in the top of the fourth on a two-out single, a passed ball and an RBI single to increase the lead to 5-0. Canada showed life in the bottom of the inning, as Jenn Yee (North Delta, BC) cracked a one-out single up the middle, Sheena Lawrick (Calgary, AB) forced a walk, and Jen Salling (Port Coquitlam, BC) singled to center field to load the bases. Kaleigh Rafter (Guelph, ON) then hit a solid ground ball that was bobbled by the second baseman who recovered in time to throw Rafter out at first, but Yee was able to score from third. The next batter struck out, leaving runners on second and third with the score now 5-1.

Not to be outdone, Japan got that run right back. The leadoff hitter singled to left, but was retired on a fielder’s choice as Jill Russell (London, ON) threw the lead runner out at second. However, the other runner moved up on a passed ball, on scored on an error to restore the five-run lead.

Joey Lye (Toronto, ON) managed a one-out single through the right side in the bottom of the fifth, but was left stranded on second. Meanwhile, Japan kept pressuring and manufacturing runs, as they forced a one-out walk, the runner stole second, and scored on a single. Canada did not quit, as in the bottom of the sixth, Lawrick reached on an error, and Salling also reached base before Kaleigh Rafter drove a pitch to the right-center field gap to bring Lawrick in, but Salling was caught between third and home for an out, and the next batter was retired with the score now 7-2.

If their lead was not already big enough, Japan made sure Canada would not have any late inning heroics by scoring five more runs in the top of the seventh. A leadoff single followed by a double placed runners on second and third, and the next batter hit a sinking line drive to right field, which Joey Lye made an incredible dicing catch for the out but the runner on third scored easily on the tag. A single brought in another run, and the following hitter hit a solid ground ball to Jenn Yee at second that she blocked in front of her, but her throw to first was just late. The next batter promptly hit yet another RBI single, and a bloop hit fell in for another run, with an overthrow on the play at the plate allowing the 12th run in to score as Japan took a 12-2 lead into the bottom of the seventh.

Refusing to go away, Jill Russell reached on an error, was sacrificed to second by Lye, and scored on a single to left field by Melanie Matthews (Surrey, BC). That was all for Canada, as they fell by a 12-3 score.

Later in the night, the United States defeated Japan 7-0 to claim the Gold medal for the sixth consecutive time.

With the Bronze medal, Canada has now won ISF World Championship medals in three consecutive years, as the Junior Men won a Silver medal in Whitehorse, YK in 2008, the Men won a Bronze medal in Saskatoon, SK in 2009 and the Women have won Bronze in Caracas, Venezuela in 2010. The Junior Women’s National Team is set to participate in a Pan American Qualifier from August 6-15 in Bogota, Colombia.

Whitehorse will host the next ISF Women’s World Championship in 2012.

Canada 3 vs. Japan 12: Box Score


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Editor’s note: Next up:

Canada will next play host to the USA at the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship, July 7-11, in Surrey, B.C. and exhibition games in Whitehorse, Yukon, July 13-14.

USA Women are Golden at ISF Worlds

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Gold medal game:
Japan 0

Gold medalists, USA Softball (Photo from the ASA/USA Softball website)

Congratulations to the 2010 ISF Women’s World Champions: Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif.); Chelsea Bramlett (Cordova, Tenn.); Eileen Canney (Paradise, Calif.); Ashley Charters (Beaverton, Ore.); Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif.); Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif.); Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif.); Vicky Galindo (Union City, Calif.); Alissa Haber (Newark, Calif.); Ashley Hansen (Chandler, Ariz.); Ashley Holcombe (Fayetteville, Ga.); Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif.); Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif.); Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.); Cat Osterman (Houston,Texas); Natasha Watley (Irvine, Calif.) and Tammy Williams (Roscoe, Mo.).

Medal Stand:

Gold – USA
Silver – Japan
Bronze – Canada

Medal Games Today in Women’s ISF World Championships

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

From the USA Softball website:

CARACAS, Venezuela – Cat Osterman (Houston, Texas) completed her first seven-inning game of the ISF World Championships, a one-hit, 12 strikeout performance, that helped lead USA Softball to a 4-0 defeat of Japan and a spot in the title game of the ISF Women’s Softball World Championship in Caracas, Venezuela. Looking to capture its ninth World title, USA Softball will face either Canada or Japan at 6:30 p.m. CT.

“This is definitely one of my better performances. I have had better but on this stage and at this time of the tournament, I think it’s the best performance I could throw,” said Osterman who earned the win at the 2006 World Championships. “I am no stranger to Japan and they are no stranger to me so I had to bring my best to the table. We did a good job at keeping them off balance and I am glad to get this win in the books.”

Making her third start, Osterman was tested for the first time of the World Championships. Rei Nishiyama reached on a walk and advanced to second when Yamada singled to first base. USA first baseman Jennie Finch (La Mirada, Calif.) dove to first for the out but Yamada was called safe. The runners would reach second and third on a wild pitch but two Osterman strikeouts left them stranded.

The U.S. took a 3-0 lead in the first inning with the team again capitalizing on a bases loaded opportunity. After today’s game, the United States is hitting .583 with bases loaded. Caitlin Lowe (Tustin, Calif.) began to set the table with a single down the middle. Jessica Mendoza (Camarillo, Calif.) drew her fifth walk of the tournament and Alissa Haber (Newark, Calif.) finished up the loading of the bases with a single to right field. Kaitlin Cochran (Yorba Linda, Calif.) reached on a fielder’s choice to first base. First baseman Shizuyo Hamamoto went for the out at home but over threw the catcher, allowing Lowe and Mendoza to score. A sac fly by Andrea Duran (Selma, Calif.) gave the U.S. one more run and an early 3-0 lead.

Japan’s one hit and the U.S.’s two hits in the first inning would be all the hits fans would see until the fifth when Lauren Lappin (Anaheim, Calif.) led off the inning with a double to left field. A sac bunt by Watley advanced Lappin to third. Lappin would go on to score the fourth run of the game when Mendoza hit a single to left field. Mendoza would be called out on the play at second. A groundout to pitcher accounted for the other out of the inning but the U.S. edged their lead to 4-0 going into the top of the sixth.

“You always like to come out early and put runs on the board first. I think we had a really good first inning. When you have the best in the world in the circle, with Cat, it doesn’t really get any better than that,” said Head Coach Jay Miller. “The defense made some great plays and Cat shut the door on them early, really setting the tone and giving a boost to the team.”
Japan brought in a new pitcher in the bottom of the sixth removing starting pitcher Sayuri Yamane who took the loss for Japan. She worked 5.0 innings with three strikeouts.

After allowing two to reach in the first, Osterman and the USA defense allowed no runners to reach until the seventh inning when Eri Yamada led off with a walk. Two fielder’s choices and a strikeout later, earned a win, working her first full game of the World Championships

In other tournament news, home team Venezuela was knocked out of the tournament by China in a 6-1 win. Canada avoided elimination in two games in the bottom of the seventh. Against Australia, Caitlin Lever hit a double in the bottom of the seventh. by Australia in the bottom of the seventh. Australia was leading 2-0 from the fourth inning on until the bottom of the seventh when Canada scored three runs for the win. Canada and China played in the nightcap with Canada scoring a run in the seventh off an RBI single by Sheena Lawrick to win the game.

Japan and Canada will compete in the bronze medal game at 3:30 p.m. CT and the winner of that game will advance to play the United States at 6:30 p.m. CT.
The game will be aired via webcast at

with live stats still yet to be determined. Complete coverage of the World Championships can be found at

Medal Games Friday at Women’s ISF World Championships

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Thursday’s results:

Japan 0

Canada 1
China 0

The walk off win in the 7th by Canada assures them of a medal.


Canada vs. Japan, loser gets bronze medal
USA v. winner of Canada/Japan, winner gold, loser silver

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USA Women reach the title game

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Stanford grads Mendoza, Haber, Lappin each record a hit for the Americans

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The United States’ women’s softball national team turned two hits, a walk and an error into three runs in the bottom of the first inning, all it would need as it turned out, in beating Japan, 4-0, in the semifinals of the ISF World Championships in Caracas, Venezuela on Thursday.

Stanford grads Jessica Mendoza and Alissa Haber were right in the middle of the rally, with Mendoza drawing a walk and Haber adding a single. Both players scored in the inning.

Cardinal grad Lauren Lappin led off the fifth with a double and eventually scored on Mendoza’s single.

Stanford junior Ashley Hansen came on as a defensive replacement late in the game.

Cat Osterman did the rest, throwing a one-hitter with two walks and 12 strikeouts.

“It was a team effort,” Osterman said. “The offense came through early and I had to be at the top of my game because Japan is a great game.”

China and Canada were scheduled to play a later semifinal, with that winner facing Japan on Friday in the double elimination tournament.

“We’ve played every team that’s left so we’ll be ready,” Osterman said. “Everybody who came before us made the championship game and we know that’s what is expected of us.”

The U.S. plays the survivor on Friday for the World Championship.

“We’re ready for anybody,” American shortstop Natasha Watley said. “I hope we come out and put everything together.”

Women’s ISF World Championships Down to 6 teams

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Dutch & Taipei Eliminated; Final Six Move to Second-Last Day

Six Teams Remain:
Venezuela v. China
Canada v. Australia
Japan v. USA

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CARACAS, VENEZUELA — The International Softball Federation’s XII Women’s World Championship being played here hit the playoff stage today with three of the four games being decided by a combined total of just four runs and one of them having needed an extra inning.

The results today set things up for tomorrow’s second-last day and also eliminated two teams, adding to the eight that didn’t make it to the playoffs.

Coming off of a perfect round robin performance (7-0 won-lost record), Japan continued their winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Venezuela, who had gone 6-1.

USA (7-0) exploded offensively in a victory over Canada (6-1 in round robin play), 16-1.

Fourth-seeded China (4-3) from Pool B eliminated the number three seed from Pool A, Chinese Taipei (5-2), with an eight-inning 1-0 victory.

And Pool B 3-seed Australia (5-2) eliminated Pool A 4-seed (4-3) the Netherlands, 3-2.

Tomorrow (all times local to Caracas) Venezuela will play China at 1pm with the loser going home. Canada will take on Australia at 3pm in another game that will see the losing team eliminated. Japan and USA will go head-to-head at 5pm with the winner going directly to Friday’s gold medal game (the loser will go to Friday’s “bronze medal game”). Thursday at 7pm the Venezuela-China winner will face the Canada-Australia winner.

Japan’s victory today came courtesy of a two-run fourth inning against losing pitcher Mariangee Bogado, who threw a complete game but struck out only one batter while walking three and hitting two batters. One of the walks and both hit batsmen came in that fourth inning.

Winning pitcher Mika Someya went the distance for Japan, striking out eight and allowing just three hits.

Next up came the Canada-U.S. game that got out of hand quickly.

The Americans sent nine batters to the plate in the first inning alone, scoring four runs, as Canada went through three pitchers.

Jenna Caira got the start but was pulled in favor of Ashley Lanz, who promptly left the game after getting hit on her pitching hand with a batted ball. Tina Andreana came in to go the rest of the way, but the game lasted just five innings under the ISF’s run-ahead rule.

The teams played a scoreless second inning before Team USA put up four more runs in the top of the third, this time sending ten batters to the plate.

Canada responded with their only run of the game in the bottom half of the inning, but then the red, white, and blue blew the game wide open. After a single tally in the top of the fourth, the reigning ISF women’s world champions scored seven times in the top of the fifth, including a three-run home run by Jennie Finch, her third home run of the tournament.

After that it was just a matter of winning pitcher Monica Abbott setting the Canadians down, 1, 2, 3 in the bottom of the inning to close things out.

Abbott finished with five strikeouts and no walks. Designated player Katie Cochran went 3-for-4 with a single, double, and triple.

China and Chinese Taipei went through regulation (seven innings) scoreless before Jia Guo hit a one out single to center field to score Yuan Wang in the eighth inning of a game that at times had very light rain.

Chinese Taipei had just four hits while the winners doubled that total. Each team used two pitchers with Li Qi and Lan Wang striking out four and walking no Taipei batters.

In the nightcap, Australia scored all three of its runs in their first at-bat and Justine Smethurst turned in a complete-game, seven strikeout performance to stay alive in the world championship chase. The Aussies were the bronze medalists at the last edition of this event (2006).

Tracey Mosley led the way offensively, going 2-for-3 at the plate.

Lindsey Meadows took the loss for the Netherlands, pitching all six innings. Her team got both of their runs in the top of the third inning but couldn’t overcome Smethurst and the Australia defense.

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USA v. Japan in Women’s ISF World

Thursday, July 1st, 2010

Team USA set to play Japan at 4:30 CT today at the Women’s World Championship in Caracas, Venezuela.