EDMONTON, Canada – Japan won its third straight Women’s Baseball World Cup with a 3-0 win over the USA. Japan (3) and the USA (2) are the only winners of the tournament in its history.
Tournament Most Valuable Player Japanese pitcher Yukari Isozaki pitched a complete game for the second day in a row. She gave up 7 hits, 2 walks, and struck out 4 over 7 shutout innings to earn her third win of the tournament.
Japan scored all three of their runs in the 3rd inning. Japan loaded the bases against American starter Jennifer Hunter, who had given up only 1 hit prior to the championship game. She hit Yuki Kawabata allowing the first run to score before Yukiko Kon came through with a 2-RBI single to push the lead to 3-0.
Bessie Noll was the only American hitter with more than one hit going 2-for-3.
The win gives Japan its 3rd gold medal to go along with 2 silvers. The USA won its first silver to go along with 2 gold and 2 bronze medals.
Bronze Medal Game
Canada 17, Australia 13
Canada won its third bronze medal in a shootout with Australia as they pounded out 14 hits en route to the victory.
5th Place Game
Venezuela 6, Chinese Taipei 1
7th Place Game
Netherlands 10, Cuba 8
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.