EDMONTON, Canada – The United States and Japan advanced to the championship of the 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup. The USA avenged an earlier defeat to Canada earlier in the tournament by blowing them out 17-4 in the semis. Japan took down Australia 5-1 in their semi-final match to advance.
USA 17, Canada 4 (6)
Malaika Underwood went 5-for-5 with 3 doubles, a triple, 3 RBI, and 4 runs scored to lead the US offensively. The USA pounded out 16 hits in the offensive attack. Michelle Snyder (3-for-4, 2 RBI), Tamara Holmes (3-for-4, RBI), Alexa Maldonado (2-for-4, 3 RBI) were the big bats in the attack leading the USA to avenge a horrible loss earlier in the tournament to Canada.
Stacy Piagno (2-0) picked up her second win of the tournament pitching 5.2 innings allowing 4 runs (3 ER) on 5 hits. Autumn Mills (1-1) took the loss only lasting 2.1 innings giving up 7 runs on 6 hits.
Canada will face Australia for the bronze medal on Sunday August 19th.
Japan 4, Australia 1
The other semi-final match was a little less dramatic. Japan took a 3-1 lead after 3 innings and never looked back. They got a solid outing from Yukari Isozaki (2-0) who pitched all 7 innings allowing 1 run on 8 hits to earn the win. Iori Miura went 2-for-4 offensively driving in a run. Natsumi Nakano and Yuki Kawabata both chipped in with a RBI and 2 hits.
The win moves Japan’s record to 7-1 and into the championship.
In the round robin phase of the tournament, the USA defeated Japan 5-2 giving Japan their only loss of the tournament. They will face of again on Sunday night. Both teams are looking for their 3rd title. Japan has won the past 2 Women’s Baseball World Cups, and the USA won the first two played in 2004 and 2006. Japan has made the final in all 4 editions of the tournament.
The schedule for Sunday is as follows:
7th Place Game 10am
Cuba vs The Netherlands
5th Place Game 1pm
Chinese Taipei vs Venezuela
3rd Place Game 1pm
Canada vs Australia
USA vs Japan
Eric Bynum is Managing Editor here at BaseballdeWorld. He spent three years as an ESL teacher in South Korea, and is now working on his master's degree in history with a focus on baseball and WWII. He has played and/or written about baseball for the past 30 years and is an avid Atlanta Braves fan.