VIERA –– Home runs were the name of the game today in Viera, Fla. as the U.S. offense erupted with a 16-0 (three innings) run-rule victory against Team Italy. It was a Tokyo Olympic Games preview as the contest pitted world-ranked No. 1 U.S. Women’s National Team (WNT) against No. 10 Italy, who are set to square off in Tokyo following the Olympic opener between No. 8 Australia and No. 2 Japan. A 13-run second inning followed by a three-run third inning from the U.S. offense would ignite Team USA’s run-rule victory, but the competition continued through eight innings with the scoreboard being cleared in the top of the fourth to allow both squads to continue their preparations for the Tokyo Olympic Games.
The U.S. offense stole the show in tonight’s contest with nearly every batter in the U.S. lineup recording a hit in the win while seven batters went yard. Leading the home run pact was Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.) with two long balls in her first game back in the offensive lineup while Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.), Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.) Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.), Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.), Janie Reed (Placentia, Calif.) and Hannah Flippen (San Diego, Calif.) each sent one out of the park.
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