Canada’s Women Still Alive at ISF

ISF Worlds – Playoffs 1

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

From Al’s Fastball Twitter:

Team Canada defeats the Netherlands 6-1 to finish 2nd place in Pool A. Canada-USA playoff game tomorrow @ 3:30pm EDT!!

(Caracas, Venezuela) After finishing second place in Pool A with a 6-1 record, Team Canada took on the difficult task of facing the United States (7-0) in the second of four crossover games on Wednesday. Canada, who showed plenty of offence in the round-robin portion of the tournament, was unable to get much going against USA pitcher Monica Abbott, and the American bats took advantage of Canada’s pitching for a convincing 16-1 win.

As the first place team in Pool B, the United States chose to bat first, and they jumped all over Canadian starting pitcher Jenna Caira (Toronto, ON). The first three American hitters all reached to load the bases, before cleanup hitter Alissa Haber hit a double down the third base line to clear the bases. After Haber came in to score on a single by Ashley Charters to increase the lead to 4-0 with no outs, the red and white made a pitching change to Ashley Lanz (Winnipeg, MB) who looked solid in two starts in round-robin play. However, the first batter Lanz faced hit a comebacker that hit the pitcher in the hand, taking her out of the game. Tina Andreana (Oakville, ON) came to the pitcher’s circle next, and after giving up a walk to load the bases once again, she forced a fly out to left field and Melanie Matthews (Surrey, BC) was able to throw out the runner tagging from third at home to get out of the first inning.

After holding the Americans hitless in the second, Andreana ran into trouble in the third, walking two of the first three hitters and later allowing a bunt single to load the bases with two outs. Natasha Watley then hit a ground-rule double to the gap in right-center field to bring two runners in to score, increasing the lead to 6-0. After another walk loaded the bases once again, Jessica Mendoza drove a single to right field to plate two more runners.

Canada chipped away at the big lead in the bottom of the third by scoring one run. Heather Ebert (Rosthern, SK) was able to get Canada’s first hit of the game, driving a pitch up the middle into centerfield. Evelyne Pare (Ile-Perrot, QC) then moved her into scoring position with a slap out to third, and Melanie Matthews delivered a clutch two-out single to center to bring Ebert in to score.

However, the Americans went right back to work in the fourth, as Kaitlin Cochrane ripped a triple down the first base line, and Ashley Charters walked to start the inning. Charters moved up to second by tagging up on fly ball to the catcher behind the plate, and the next hitter grounded a fielder’s choice to Jenn Yee (North Delta, BC) at second, who made a nice play to cut the runner down at the plate for the second out. Watley then placed a perfect slap to shortstop for an RBI infield single, increasing the lead to 9-1.

The United States did not let up in the fifth, as they quickly got two runners on base with singles before Cochran hit an RBI single through the right side of the infield. Charters followed that up with an RBI single of her own to left field, and Jennie Finch blasted a three-run homerun to center. A walk and a double put runners on second and third, and with two outs, Jessica Mendoza drove both of them in to score with a single to center to round out the scoring.

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