Canada’s softball workforce fell 1-Zero to the top-ranked U.S. of their second sport of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games on Wednesday in a decent contest at Fukushima Stadium.
Canada, ranked No. three on this planet, was coming off a 4-Zero win over Mexico within the opening sport, whereas the U.S. defeated Italy 2-Zero in its opener.
Starting pitcher Monica Abbott led the Americans with 9 strikeouts whereas giving up only one hit.
Canada got here near tying the rating within the sixth inning when Abbott walked Jen Gilbert to open the inning, however pinch-runner Joey Lye was thrown out on the plate after Sara Groenewegen doubled. Groenewegen wound up on third, however Abbott ultimately ended the risk with a strikeout of Kelsey Harshman.
Despite the loss, Groenewegen’s inspirational story continued with one other chapter. The beginning pitcher took command early on, hanging out 4 batters whereas surrendering solely three hits as the sport remained scoreless by means of the primary two innings.
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Groenewegen battled her means again to the game after spending 10 days in a medically induced coma and practically dying from legionnaires’ illness in 2018.
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Jenna Caira changed Groenewegan to begin the third and put collectively consecutive clear innings, however the Americans received on the board within the fifth when Amanda Chidester lined a single to proper discipline that allowed Valerie Arioto to attain.
Lauren Bay-Regula got here in to pitch for Canada on the prime of fifth and helped her workforce escape the inning with the bases loaded.
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Groenewegen came back in as a pinch hitter in the sixth inning and found a way to solve Abbott. Groenewegen hit the ball to the back wall and made her way to third base, but Abbott then came through with her seventh strikeout to keep her team unscathed.
All six teams in the tournament will play each other once in the round-robin stage before the two top teams square off for the gold medal on July 27 at 7 a.m. ET.
Canada next faces Australia on Friday at 9 p.m. ET, while the U.S. will go up against Mexico on Saturday at 1:30 a.m. ET. Both games will be broadcast live on the CBC TV network and streamed live on CBC Gem, the CBC Olympics app and CBC Sports’ Tokyo 2020 website.
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