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 pm, didn’t get started until 10 pm 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.
The Amateur Softball Association, founded in 1933, is the National Governing Body of softball in the United States and a member of the United States Olympic Committee. The ASA has become one of the nation’s largest sports organizations and now sanctions competition in every state through a network of 76 local associations. The ASA has grown from a few hundred teams in the early days to over 165,000 teams today, representing a membership of more than 2.5 million. For more information on the ASA, visit http://www.asasoftball.com/.
About USA Softball
USA Softball is the brand created, operated and owned by the ASA that links the USA Men’s, Women’s, Junior Boys’ and Junior Girls’ National Team programs together. USA Softball is responsible for training, equipping and promoting these four National Teams to compete in international and domestic competitions. The USA Softball Women’s National Team is one of the only two women’s sports involved in the Olympic movement to capture three consecutive gold medals at the Olympic Games since 1996. The U.S. women have also won nine World Championship titles including the last seven consecutive as well as claimed six World Cup of Softball titles. For more information about USA Softball, please visit http://www.usasoftball.com.
Headquartered in Plant City, Florida (USA), the ISF is a member of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), the world governing body for the sport which is recognized by the International Olympic Committee and SportAccord (formerly the General Association of International Sports Federations). Softball (women’s fast pitch) made its Olympic debut at the 1996 Games in Atlanta. There are 127 affiliated countries in the ISF and millions of participants in the sport worldwide.