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2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup: Japan Wins Third Title in a Row

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

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2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup: USA and Japan to Meet in Finals

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

Championship 5pm
USA vs Japan

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2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup: Canada Blows Lead but Makes Comeback Against USA

The 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup continues this week in Canada. Host Canada has continued to stay unbeaten taking down the #2 world ranked USA 15-9 on Day 4.

In one of the most interesting games so far Canada blew a 8-1 lead in the final inning as the USA scored 7 runs to force extra innings. However, the American pitching staff imploded in extra innings throwing wild pitch after wild pitch to allow Canada to score 7 runs on only 1 hit in the top of the 8th inning.

Day 3 Scores:
Netherlands 3, Chinese Taipei 17 (5)
Venezuela 11, Cuba 5
Australia 4, Canada 5
Japan 2, USA 5

Day4 Scores:
Cuba 0, Japan 10
Venezuela 2, Chinese Taipei 4
Netherlands 11, Australia 13
Canada 15, USA 9 (8)

2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup Standings:
1. Canada 4-0
2. Chinese Taipei 3-2
3. USA 3-1
4. Japan 3-1
5. Australia 2-2
6. Venezuela 1-2
7. Netherlands 0-4
8. Cuba 0-4

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Women’s Baseball World Cup: USA Rallies for a Win; Japan Routes Netherlands

EDMONTON, Canada – The 2012 Women’s Baseball World Cup continued in Edmonton with some exciting action.

USA 11, Australia 8

The USA came back from a 7-2 deficit to take the victory. They scored 2 runs in the 4th, 5th, and 6th innings to tie the game at 8 heading into the last inning. In the top of the 7th, the American squad completed the comeback by scoring 3 runs to take their 2nd victory of the tournament. The loss drops Australia to 1-1.

Tamara Holmes drove in 2 runs going 2-for-3 for the USA. Caitlin Everett added another 2 RBI going 2-for-4 to help in the US comeback. USA starter Marti Sementelli had a bad outing going 2.1 innings allowing 7 runs. Stacy Piagno pitched 4.2 innings of relief to pick up the win.

Tahnee Lovering had a good game for Australia at the plate going 2-for-3 with 2 doubles and 2 RBI. Maddison Lenard took the loss in relief.

Japan 21, Netherlands 0 (5)

The defending champion Japan blew out The Netherlands in their first game of the tournament. Tomomi Nishi drove in 4 runs going 2-for-2 as the Japanese hitters pounded out 18 hits.

All but one hitter for Japan hot at least 1 hit. Every batter scored one run with many batters having multiple hits or runs scored.

Chinese Taipei 6, Cuba 3

Cuba dropped their 2nd straight game as Chinese Taipei evened their record at 1-1 with a 6-3 win.

Wen Ching Hsieh pitched well to get the win going 5 innings allowing only 2 runs (1 ER) on 4 hits. Nai Chia Chen got the save tossing 2 innings of relief. Yu Han Liu drove in a run going 2-for-3 to lead the Chinese Taipei team at the plate.

Canada 14, Venezuela 2 (5)

Canada improved to 2-0 with a blow out win over Venezuela. Stephanie Savoie (3-for-3/3 RBI), Rebecca Hartley (2-for-3/3 RBI), and Brandi Wall (1-for-4/3 RBI) all had big days for Canada at the plate. Autumn Mills pitched 4 innings giving up 2 runs (1 ER) to earn the win for Canada.

Women’s Baseball World Cup Standings:

1. Canada 2-0
2. USA 2-0
3. Australia 1-1
4. Chinese Taipei 1-1
5. Japan 1-0
6. Netherlands 0-2
7. Cuba 0-2
8. Venezuela 0-1

The round 1 round-robin continues through Friday August 17th with the semi-finals and finals on August 18th and 19th.

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Women’s Baseball World Cup: Canada has successful Opening in Edmonton

Host beat Chinese Taipei in Slugfest under the Lights at Telus Field

Box score

Host Canada had a perfect start into the V Women’s Baseball World Cup, dispatching Chinese Taipei 12-2 on Friday evening. The Maple Leafs countered an early lead of the Asians with five runs in the first two frames and put the game in the books with seven combined runs in the fourth and fifth. Meagan Cornelssen drove in three, Nicole Luchanski scored three times.

While the final score indicates a lopsided affair, it didn’t look that way in the first. Chinese Taipei opened the contest by scoring twice in the top half of the first thanks to a triple by Hsiao Mei Chen and a single by Yu Han Liu. Canada however answered right away, turning the score around thanks to a bases clearing double by Meagan Cornelssen in the bottom half. Consecutive singles by Stephanie Savoie and Katherine Psota extended the gap in the second to 5-2. Canada put seven more runs on the board in the fourth and the fifth to end the game on ten-run rule. Eight different players collected hits, three of them three apiece.

On the mound Psota allowed two runs on seven hits in four innings to pick up the win. Vanessa Riopel closed it out. Hsiao Chien Wang gave up nine hits, seven runs and a base on balls in 3 1/3 frames, taking the loss for Chinese Taipei.

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Women’s Baseball World Cup: USA Shuts Out Netherlands

United States cruise to an easy Win to open V IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup in Edmonton

Box score

The United States opened the V IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup at Telus Field in Edmonton, Canada on Friday morning with a 10-0 shutout over the Netherlands. The American squad won in five innings, led by pitchers Kristin Caldwell and Kayla Bufardeci, who hold their counterparts to just one hit in the game. The US offense scored in each of the five innings to provide plenty run support.

Caldwell was the story of the game. The right-hander issued no hits, no runs or any walk in four scoreless innings facing just one batter over the minimum. Bufardeci gave up the lone Dutch hit to Letticia Lokken-Horstman in the fifth, but closed out the shutout.

At the plate Tamara Holmes opened the scoring in the first, driving in two with a single to center, giving Team USA an early 2-0 lead. They added runs in each of the five innings played, winning due to ten-run mercy rule. Caitlin Everett and Malaika Underwood also drove in two runs apiece. Natalie Land and Jill Barrett scored twice. Donna Hartman took the loss for the Dutch.

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Selected Games at V Women’s Baseball World Cup to be broadcast live on YouTube

Production Team of the Japan Girls Professional Baseball League to stream nine games from Edmonton

The International Baseball Federation announces that nine games at the upcoming V IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup in Edmonton, Canada will be broadcasted live on YouTube. A production team of the Japan Girls Professional Baseball League will stream all nine games with Japanese participation on their YouTube Channel at www.youtube.com/user/girlsprobaseball.

The V Women’s Baseball World Cup will start on Friday, August 10 and will run through Sunday, August 19. Games will be played at Telus Field and John Fry Park in Edmonton, Canada. Japan is the defending champion. Also playing in the tournament are Australia, Canada, Chinese Taipei, Cuba, the Netherlands, Venezuela and the United States.

Schedule of streamed Games:

  • August 11, 2012 13:30 Netherlands – Japan
  • August 12, 2012 19:30 USA – Japan
  • August 13, 2012 11:00 Japan – Cuba
  • August 14, 2012 15:00 Japan – Chinese Taipei
  • August 15, 2012 11:00 Venezuela – Japan
  • August 16, 2012 15:00 Japan – Australia
  • August 17, 2012 19:30 Japan – Canada

(Live Games in Final Round to be announced later)

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Women’s Baseball: Japan Takes home Gold

Japan won their second consecutive IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup with a convincing 13-3 win against Australia. Japan jumped out to a 9 run lead in the bottom of the first and tallied 11 hits on the day. Defensively Japan restricted Australia’s offense with solid pitching performances from starter Yukari Isozaki and reliever Ayami Sato. Shimura, Rokkaku, and Takashima each had 2 hits, while leadoff hitter Nakano drew 3 walks. Gaynor and Rawlings each had two hits for Australia. This is the first medal for Australia in the event, having collected 4th place in all previous events.

In the Bronze medal game, Team USA defeated Venezuela 15-5 in 6 innings.

The All Tournament Team was also named along with category leaders and MVP.

Mejor Bateadora – Leading Hitter Ayako Rokkaku (Japón)

Lanzadora con mejor Promedio de Carreras Limpias Pitcher with Best Earned Runs Average Kasumi Noguchi (Japón)

Lanzadora con mejor promedio de Partidos Ganados/Perdidos Pitcher with Best Won/Loss Average Ayami Sato (Japón)

Bateadora con Más Carreras Impulsadas – Most Runs Batted In Katie Gaynor (Autralia)

Bateadora con Más Homeruns – Most Homeruns Tamara Holmes (USA)

Jugadora con Más Bases Robadas – Most Stolen Bases Dayana Bautista (Cuba)

Jugadora con Más Carreras Anotadas – Most Runs Scored Clarisa Navarro (USA)

Mejor Jugadora Defensiva – Outstanding Defensive Player Tara Herbert (USA)

Jugadora Más Valiosa – Most Valuable Player Ayako Rokkaku (Japan)


Lanzadora abridora – Best Starting Pitcher Ayami Sato (Japón)

Lanzadora de relevo – Best Relief Pitcher Laura Neads (Australia)

Receptora – Catcher Tomomi Nishi (Japón)

Primera base -First Basewoman Kate Psota (Canada)

Segunda base – Second Basewoman Lelis Gomez (Venezuela)

Tercera base – Third Basewoman Cristina Kreppold (Australia)

Interbase – Shortstop Jena Marston (USA)

3 Exteriores – 3 Outfielders Akiko Shimura (Japón) Tamara Holmes (USA) Leonel Reyes (Venezuela)
Bateadora Designada – Designated Hitter Kim McMillan (Australia)


Chinese Taipei
Puerto Rico
South Korea

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Women’s Baseball: Australia & Japan To Play For Gold

USA Vs Japan 1 – 6

Yui Shingu and Ayami Sato conceded only 1 run over the required 7 to set the stage for a 6 – 1 Japanese victory and in the process, book a ticket for the gold medal game. Helped by stellar defence in key situations, Japan was able to pitch and catch their way-out of key Team USA offensive situations. The game was locked at 1 through 6 until 2nd baseman and leadoff hitter Nakano scored on a single from 3rd baseman Rokkaku to give Japan the edge. Japan added 4 insurance runs in the bottom of the 6th. Tara Harbert and Jenna Marston both collected 2 hits for Team USA, Natsumi Nakano and Akiko Shimura scored twice each for Japan. Japan will face Australia for the Gold; While Team USA will battle Venezuela for the Bronze in tomorrow’s final day in Maracay, Venezuela.

Australia Vs Venezuela 12 – 2

Venezuela’s fairy tale run came to an end today at the hands of Australia 12-2. The final score was not a reflection of the quality of the game, or Venezuela’s run to the playoffs, considering their strong performances over the week of play. Australia pieced together 9 hits and capitalized on a number of errors and walks from the Venezuelan defence. Jacinda Barclay pitched the complete game for Australia, spreading 6 hits and 2 runs over 7 innings to keep the Venezuelan offense in check. Venezuela in their first IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup will have a chance to compete for Bronze against team USA tomorrow, while Australia will look to extend the Australian Baseball Federations already strong summer, competing for gold as did the Australian 18 and Under team at the IBAF World Championship in Thunder Bay earlier in July.

Placement Games

In other action, Canada defeated Cuba 5-1 to claim 5th place, Chinese Taipei defeated Puerto Rico 4-3 to collect 7th, while South Korea held off the Netherlands 11-4 to pick up 9th place.

Press Conference

Prior to the Venezuela – Australia game, IBAF President Riccardo Fraccari met with the press to thank the President of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, the President of the Venezuelan Olympic Committee Eduardo Alvarez, the Venezuelan Minister for Sport Hector Rodriguez Castro, and Venezuelan Baseball Federation President Edwin Zerpa for hosting the visiting teams and the IBAF, and setting the stage for bringing for the first time to Venezuela and South America the tournament.

“ It’s great to see over 15,000 fans at games, and over 100,000 fans for the tournament. These numbers show that Venezuela is a great baseball nation, and of course demonstrate the depth and rapid growth of Women’s baseball and our Women’s Baseball World Cup.”

Fraccari also commented on Olympic Baseball and the IBAF, noting the IBAF is working closely to return baseball to the Olympic Games.

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Women’s Baseball: Venezuela Stuns USA

VENEZUELA – The Medal Contention Round continued at Jose Perez C. Stadium in Maracay Venezuela today with three important games. Australia and Cuba, both in must win situations had the morning game, Japan, recovering from their first loss of the tournament the previous day had Canada in the afternoon game while Venezuela faced fellow COPABE member Team USA in the night cap.

Venezuela put up 7 in the 5th to start an amazing comeback against Team USA in the final game of the day, remaining undefeated at 4-0 with the 7-6 victory. Team USA looked to be cruising, tempered by starter Martina Sementelli’s 4 scoreless innings while the offense put up 3 in the 2nd and 2 in the 4th. The damage came however in the 5th, with Venezuela capitalizing on erratic Team USA pitching and defense to take the lead. Venezuela’s Bullpen was able to restrict Team USA to only 1 run over the 5th, 6th and 7th for the save and win. Venezuela will play Japan tomorrow for the top seed, while Team USA, now 2-2 will face the tough Australian team in a must win situation.

Japan recovered from their defeat last night to Australia with a 6-2 win against Team Canada moving to 3-1 record, and with the victory assuring a place in the weekend’s medal games. Offensively Japan could only manage 2 hits, (1 from the starting 9) due to strong pitching from the Canadian staff led by starter Vanessa Riopel, proving the Japanese bats can be kept silent. Key errors however opened the door for Japan, and their disciplined approach to the game produced the 6 runs. Canada was able to deliver 7 hits, 3 from 1st baseman Kate Posta, however were not able to convert into runs. Canada, now 1-3, will face Cuba in a must win game in order to qualify for the medal games over the weekend.

Australia kept their medal game hopes alive with a tough 6–2 victory over Cuba moving to a record of 2-2 for the MCR. Scoring 4 in the first, Australia would not relinquish the lead for the entire game, restricting Cuba to only 2 hits and 2 runs, with solid performances from starter Sinead Flanigan and reliever Katherine Welsh. Offensively Kreppold, Mcann and Hamilton were the force, delivering 6 hits and 5 RBI’S on the day. Australia will face Team USA tomorrow in a game that will decide if they compete for a medal in the weekend’s games, while Cuba, now 0-4 will face Canada in the morning game.

The 4th and final spot for the medal games will be contested between Canada and Australia, with both teams statistically able to move on, while Venezuela, Japan and Team USA are qualified for the medal round.

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Venezuela Women Clips Australia

VENEZUELA – Lelis Gomez doubled home a pair of scores in a three-run second inning and Venezuela beat Australia 8-1 Tuesday in front of an estimated 10,000 spectators at the 2010 IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup.

Gomez, who went 3-for-3 at the plate, stroked singles in the first and fourth frames, and reached on a sacrifice bunt and crossed the plate in the sixth.

Australia got on the board in the third when Bronwyn Gell singled home Tahnee Lovering. However, the Aussies comeback attempt was foiled as reliever Yessica Meza worked out of a bases loaded jam with one down to limit the visitors to just a lone score.

The tournament host stretched the lead to 5-1 in the fourth on a two-run single by Leonel Reyes, and sealed the win with a three-run sixth highlighted by Nidia Pineda’s two-run base hit through the right side.

Meza (1-0) picked up the win with 2 1/3 scoreless innings while Diana Tovar tallied the final seven outs to earn the save.

Ayamo Sato and Mika Miyahara combined on a two-hit shutout to lead the reigning champion to a lopsided win against Puerto Rico. Sato (1-0) scattered a pair of hits and six strikeouts over four innings to notch the win. Yukiko Kon paced Japan with a 2-for-3 effort at the plate, and Megumi Miyazaki drove in two runs as Puerto Rican pitchers issued a whopping 11 free passes. Miyahara allowed just a lone walk in two strong relief frames to earn the save.

Nidia Pineda singled home Solmarys Brito with the winning run as Venezuela claim a tough win over Canada in a game that was suspended on Monday due to rain. Leonel Reyes drove in two scores with a pair of hits to make a winner out of reliever Kerlys Perez (1-0).

Wednesday, August 18
Pool C – USA vs. Canada
Pool C – Australia vs. Japan
Pool C – Cuba vs. Venezuela

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Women’s Baseball: USA Stops Puerto Rico

VENEZUELA – Six American pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout and Laura Watson drove in three runs to lead Team USA to a 9-0 triumph over Puerto Rico Monday in a Pool B matchup at the 2010 IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup. With the win, the U.S. completed the opening round of the international tournament with a 3-1 record.

Team USA parlayed a hit and four free passes into three first-inning scores. Watson walked with the bases loaded to put the Americans on the board before Sarah Gascon poked a two-run single to right field.

Watson lined a single up the middle to plate a pair of runs in the third, and Malaika Underwood added a two-run double with two down in the same frame to stretch the lead to 7-0. The U.S. tacked on a score one frame later on Anna Kimbrell’s RBI groundout, and finished off the decisive victory in the fifth on Wynne McCann’s run-scoring single. Ghazaleh Sailors (1-0) worked a 1-2-3 sixth to earn the win.

Stephanie Savoie highlighted a five-run opening frame with a two-run triple and Canada remained unbeaten with a blowout win against the Netherlands. Savoie, who doubled home a score in the second, finished the game 2-for-2 with three RBIs. Jennifer Gilroy and Marie Josee Tremblay drove in a pair of runs apiece, while Nicole Luchanski tallied three hits for the Maple Leafs. Martine Nadeau (1-0) tossed one-run ball over three frames to notch the win.

Melinda Latimer and Laura Neads combined on a three-hitter to help Australia blank Taiwan in a key Pool A clash. Latimer (1-0) struck out eight while limiting Taiwanese hitters to just a pair of hits and three walks in four solid innings. Neads collected the final nine outs to earn the save. Katie Gaynor drove in two runs while Bronwyn Gell, Shae Lillywhite and Christina Kreppold each added two hits for the Aussies.

Krystle Valliere and Yinoska Claudio drove in two runs each, and Maria Zayas limited the Koreans to just a pair of hits as Puerto Rico rolled to the runaway win. Ninoska Amaro posted three hits and crossed the plate three times, while Coraly Ortiz and Lisandra Berrios contributed two hits apiece for the South American squad. Zayas (1-0) scattered two hits and three walks with a trio of strikeouts over five strong innings.

Teng Wan-Yu threw six strong innings and Wang Ting and Cheng An-Ya tallied two RBIs apiece to help Taiwan crush the Netherlands. Wang Yin-Hsuan and Sung Shih-Han added two hits apiece for the Asian squad. Teng (1-0) allowed two hits and three walks en route to the win.

Rain halted the primetime Pool A clash pitting a pair of unbeaten teams in the third with the host nation leading 2-1 in front of an estimated 8,000 spectators. The game has been rescheduled for Tuesday morning.

Puerto Rico vs. Japan
Venezuela vs. Canada

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Women’s Baseball: USA Blanks Cuba

VENEZUELA – Martina Sementelli tossed a four-hit shutout and Malaika Underwood homered to lead Team USA past Cuba 5-0 Sunday in a Pool B matchup at the 2010 Women’s Baseball World Cup in Maracay. Sementelli (1-0) turned in a dominant seven-inning outing in which she issued just a lone walk while striking out nine.

Underwood drilled a full-count offering from Cuba starter Mabel Cuello (0-1) over the left field fence to to break a scoreless deadlock in the fifth. The Americans tacked on a pair of scores an inning later, and put the game out of reach in the seventh on run-scoring hits by Tamara Holmes and Wynne McCann.

Shortstop Jenna Marston led Team USA with three hits while Holmes, McCann and Clarisa Navarro added two hits apiece.

Kellyn Mendoza connected for a go-ahead two-run single in the final inning and Venezuela rallied for a come-from-behind win against Taiwan in Pool A. Johana Perez added an insurance run to cap the three-run seventh for the tournament host. Diogcelis Guevara (1-0) allowed a hit and a walk while striking out four in 3 1/3 scoreless relief frames.

Katie Gaynor drove in four runs and Australia erupted for nine runs in the fourth en route to a lopsided win against the Netherlands. Gaynor went 2-for-4 with a two-run double in the opening frame, and singled home a pair of scores in the game-deciding fourth inning. Amy McCann tallied three RBIs for the Aussies while Natalie Rawlings and Kim McMillan drove in two runs each. Sinead Flanigan (1-0) scattered three hits and two runs over three frames to notch the win.

Tomomi Nishi homered and drove in four runs, and Ayako Imai and Kana Sakamoto combined on a two-hit shutout, as unbeaten Japan rolled past South Korea. Nishi clubbed a three-run drive in the second as the reigning World Cup champion plated 10 runs to settle the outcome early. Mami Kuroiwa collected three RBIs and Junko Arai plated two scores for the Pool B leaders. Imai (1-0) gave up just two hits in three innings to earn the win, and Sakamoto sealed the blowout win with a pair of perfect relief frames.

Virgen Vargas and Dayana Batista combined for six hits and drove in five runs to help Cuba rout Puerto Rico. Vargas finished the game 3-for-3 with three RBIs, while Batista scored twice and plated two runs with a trio of hits. Yaima Ramos (1-0) surrendered a lone run on three hits in five innings to claim the win.

Tamara Holmes went deep twice and collected six RBIs as Team USA used a pair of big innings to trounce South Korea. Holmes popped a grand slam to highlight a seven-run second, and added a two-run drive the following frame as the Americans plated nine more scores en route to the runaway win. Jenna Marston and Wynne McCann both drove in three runs apiece for the U.S. Loren Smith (1-0) worked three shutout innings to get the win before reliever Christin Sobeck finished the game with two hitless frames.

Monday, August 16
Pool A – Netherlands (0-2) vs. Canada (2-0)
Pool A – Taiwan (0-2) vs. Australia (1-1)
Pool B – Puerto Rico (0-1) vs. U.S.A. (2-1)
Pool B – South Korea (0-3) vs. Puerto Rico (0-1)
Pool A – Taiwan (0-2) vs. Netherlands (0-2)
Pool A – Canada (2-0) vs. Venezuela (2-0)

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Women’s Baseball: World Cup Resumes

VENEZUELA – The 2010 IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup is slated to resume play on Sunday after being suspended after a player from Hong Kong was struck in the leg by a stray bullet during a contest against the Netherlands on Friday night. The unindentified player underwent successful surgery and was stable and resting in a military medical facility, according to an International Baseball Federation press release.

Several teams (Canada, Australia, Taiwan, Cuba, Hong Kong, Netherlands and Venezuela) met with Venezuela’s vice-minister for sports on Friday and told tournament and IBAF officials that they would not step onto the field again until reviewing a government report on the incident, and approving a safety plan for the teams.

The United States, Japan, Puerto Rico and South Korea – all based in Maracay and not present during the shooting incident in a stadium at the Fort Tiuna military base – didn’t attend Friday’s emergency meeting but were present on Saturday.

South Korea vs. USA (Aviacion Stadium)
Puerto Rico vs. Cuba (Jose Perez C. Stadium)
Japan vs. South Korea (Aviacion Stadium)
Australia vs. Netherlands (Jose Perez C. Stadium)
Cuba vs. USA (Aviacion Stadium)
Taiwan vs. Venezuela (Jose Perez C. Stadium)

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Women’s Baseball: Japan Stops USA

VENEZUELA – Natsumi Nakano and Ayako Rokkaku combined to drive in five runs, and Yukari Isozaki tossed one-run ball over four solid innings, as Japan beat Team USA 5-1 Thursday at the 4th IBAF Women’s World Cup of Baseball at Jose Casanova Stadium in Maracay.

The Americans put the reigning World Cup champion in an early one-run hole. Jenna Marston led off the third with a bloop double to center, and moved to third on Clarisa Navarro’s sacrifice bunt. Jenny Dalton-Hill followed with a single up the middle to put the Red, White and Blue on the board.

Japan answered back with four scores in the fourth to take the lead for good. A walk sandwiched between two singles loaded the sacks, and Nakano and Rokkaku both delivered clutch two-run doubles.

Rokkaku, who went 3-for-3 with a trio of RBIs, made the score 5-1 in the sixth with a well-executed bunt single. Japan outhit the United States, 13-7, and tallied five extra-base hits.

Veronica Alvarez and Nichole Holt opened the bottom of the same inning with back-to-back singles for Team USA. However, reliever Kasumi Noguchi sat down the next three hitters on flyouts to end the would-be rally.

Nidia Pineda homered and Venezuela used a marathon 12-run opening frame to rout the Netherlands. Pineda, who was 2-for-3 with three RBIs, drilled a two-run drive in the third off Dutch starter Thari Diefenbach (0-1).

First basewoman Johana Perez drove in four runs on three hits for the host nation, which had six players who tallied at least two hits apiece.

Dutch centerfielder Tessa Heeres doubled home a pair of scores to highlight a three-run second for a squad making their first appearance in an elite international tournament.

Cheng An-Ya scored four rund and collected three RBIs to help Taiwan pound Hong Kong in a battle of Asian squads. Lee Shih-Yun drove in two scores in a four-run first, and the Taiwanese settled the outcome with a seven-run second highlighted by a pair of two-run hits off the bats of Wang Ting and Tsai Hsing-Yeh.

Hong Kong shortstop Lau Tsz Chin drove in the lone score for the visitors with a one-out triple off Taiwanese reliever Chou Pei-Hsuan.

Taiwan starter Hsieh Yu-Ying (1-0) worked three perfect innings with two strikeouts to earn the win.

Canada snapped a 1-1 deadlock with a five-run fifth en route to a tournament-opening win against Australia. Autum Mills (1-0) picked up the win for the Canadians, which finished third at the 2004 and 2006 Women’s World Cups, and took the silver medal in 2008.

Jacinda Barclay (0-1) was charged with the setback for an Aussie squad that won the championship at the Women’s World Series in St. Petersburg in 2002.

The Cubans erased an 8-1 deficit with a 10-run fourth, and added 10 more scores over the next two frames to claim a blowout win over South Korea. Liacnis Rodriguez (1-0) earned the improbable win for Cuba, while Kim Su Jin (0-1) was pinned with the loss.


Thursday, August 12
Pool A – Chinese Taipei 17, Hong Kong 1
Pool A – Canada 6, Australia 1
Pool A – Venezuela 20, Netherlands 4
Pool B – Cuba 21, South Korea 9
Pool B – Japan 5, USA 1

Friday, August 13
Pool A – Chinese Taipei (1-0) vs. Canada (1-0)
Pool A – Netherlands (0-1) vs. Hong Kong (0-1)
Pool A – Australia (0-1) vs. Venezuela (1-0)
Pool B – Japan (1-0) vs. Cuba (1-0)
Pool B – South Korea (0-1) vs. Puerto Rico (0-0)

Official Women’s World Cup of Baseball website

Photo courtesy of Oswaldo Rodriguez/IBAF

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USA Women’s Baseball World Cup Team

UNITED STATES – USA Baseball announced the Women’s National Team 20-player roster Thursday evening, which will compete in the upcoming 2010 International Baseball Federation (IBAF) World Cup. Nine players from the 2008 bronze-medal winning squad have been selected to represent the U.S. in Venezuela, Aug. 12-22.

Team USA is led by pitcher Marti Sementelli (Sherman Oaks, Calif.), who was named the Top Pitcher of the 2008 World Cup in Japan after collecting two wins and holding the opposition to two runs on eight hits. The right-hander recorded a team-high five strikeouts in 12 innings while posting a 1.50 ERA in tournament action. Also returning is infielder Malaika Underwood (San Diego, Calif.), who will make her third appearance for the red, white and blue. Underwood, a member of the 2006 and 2008 teams was voted Top Second Baseman two years ago and was also honored for recording the most RBIs in the tournament with 12.

“Being a first-time coach in the women’s program, I was a bit apprehensive of what the overall talent level would be when I came to Cary,” said head coach Don Freeman. “I knew we would have very good players and I was extremely pleased with the depth we had. And because of that depth, it made it difficult to choose the national team because there were so many who were in contention. All the girls worked extremely hard and were very competitive, working through tiring circumstances such as heat and injuries. Their determination was incredible. Due to the fact that they were so competitive, I have high expectations that this team will put forth a very good effort the remainder of the practices here and then in Venezuela.”

Catcher Veronica Alvarez (Miami, Fla.) makes her second appearance for the U.S. and batted .750 with nine hits and four RBIs in 2008. Also returning is infielder Sarah Gascon (Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.), who hit .545 with six hits and four RBIs.

Pitching for Team USA in her second World Cup is Christin Sobeck (Alpena, Mich.), who hurled 1 1/3 shutout innings. Anna Kimbrell (Fort Mill, S.C.) pitched and played behind the plate for the U.S. in Japan, hitting .400 with two hits while pitching 6 1/3 innings. The right-hander struck out two while yielding two earned runs on six hits for a 2.84 ERA.

Also selected to the Women’s Team, was outfielder Lilly Jacobson (Reno, Nev.), a 2008 team member, who will be unable to travel to the World Cup due to injury.

Making their first appearances in IBAF World Cup action are three-time All-Americans, Laura Espinoza-Watson (Tucson, Ariz.) and Jenny Dalton-Hill (Lexington, Ky.). The duo played softball for the University of Arizona, where Dalton-Hill won three national titles while Espinoza-Watson collected two.

“I really think this team will be a well-rounded team,” said Freeman. “We have some outstanding defensive players. We have a talented assortment of power hitters and table-setters and I feel we will be as good as anybody on the mound. Putting those ingredients together, I think we can put together a sound team on the field and we’re going to be very difficult to beat.”

The roster was assembled following a four-day trials period that included three intra-squad games and practices at the USA Baseball National Training Complex (NTC). The U.S. is scheduled to face Australia’s “A” and “B” teams in a series of games at the NTC before traveling to Venezuela Tuesday, Aug. 10.

The Women’s National Team roster is as follows (name, position, hometown):

Veronica Alvarez, C/IF, Miami, Fla.
Karen Costes, OF/IF, Glastonbury, Conn.
Jenny Dalton-Hill, IF, Lexington, Ky.
Laura Espinoza-Watson, IF, Tucson, Ariz.
Sarah Gascon, IF/OF, Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif.
Tara Harbert, OF, Denver, Colo.
Alex Hebert, C/IF, Webster, N.Y.
Tamara Holmes, OF, Oakland, Calif.
Nicki Holt, OF, Camarillo, Calif.
Lindsay Horwitz, RHP, Gurnee, Ill.
*Lilly Jacobson, OF, Reno, Nev.
Anna Kimbrell, C/RHP, Fort Mill, S.C.
Jenna Marston, IF /RHP, St. Louis, Mo.
Wynne McCann, RHP/ IF, Gilbertsville, Pa.
Clarisa Navarro, IF/RHP, La Joya, Texas
Ghazaleh Sailors, IF /RHP, Santa Barbara, Calif.
Marti Sementelli, RHP, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Loren Smith, RHP, Tampa, Fla.
Christin Sobeck, RHP, Alpena, Mich.
Ashley Sujkowski, RHP/OF, Rossford, Ohio
Malaika Underwood, IF, San Diego, Calif.
*unable to travel due to injury

Don Freeman, Manager, Battle Ground, Wash.
Tim O’Brien, Pitching Coach, Columbia, Md.
Sandra Wente, Assistant Coach, Coolidge, Ariz.
Ed Kurakazu, Assistant Coach, Phoenix, Ariz.

Kristi Hall, Athletic Trainer, Raleigh, N.C.
Fumi Kimura, Press Officer, Irvine, Calif.

Photo courtesy of American Women’s Baseball Federation (AWBF)

Source: USA Baseball

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