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BASEBALL: U.S. Women earns silver; falls 3-0 to Japan in IBAF Women’s World Cup final

BASEBALL: U.S. Women earns silver; falls 3-0 to Japan in IBAF Women’s World Cup final

August 20, 2012

~Digest JPN vs USA – USA vs Japan Japan national finals digest~

~U.S. has medaled in all five World Cups~

Team Japan

EDMONTON, Alberta — The USA Baseball Women’s National Team dropped a 3-0 decision to Japan in the championship game of the IBAF World Cup. Despite the loss, the U.S. returns home with a silver medal.

Tamara Holmes earned the award for the best batting average, hitting .679 (19-for-28) in the tournament. Additionally, she was named to the All-World Cup team.

The gold medal game featured a pitcher’s duel. Each team battled through a difficult inning, but it was Japan who came through with the two-out hit in the third inning to take a lead it would never relinquish.

Jennifer Hunter (1-1) took the loss after allowing three runs on five hits in 2 2/3 innings. She walked one and struck out two. The only runner allowed by Donna Williams in relief reached on an error. She struck out one in 3 1/3 innings of work.

Team USA had the early chance to jump on the board in the second inning. Bessie Noll led off the inning with a base hit and moved to second on a sacrifice bunt off the bat of Alexa Maldonado. Mackenzie Vandergeest and Natalie Land were each hit by a pitch to load the bases with two outs. Japan starter Yukari Isozaki got out of the jam with a strikeout to end the inning.

Japan capitalized on a third inning miscue to push across the only three runs of the game. With two outs, Hunter fanned Ayako Rokkaku but the ball got away and Rokkaku beat the throw to first to keep the inning alive.

Back-to-back base hits loaded the bases for Yuki Kawabata, who was plunked on the foot to drive in the first run of the game. Yukiko Kon followed with a two-run double to make it a 3-0 contest.

The U.S. tried to rally as it got runners on in three of the next four innings, but couldn’t find the big hit.

The Women’s National Team finished World Cup play with a 6-3 record. It kept its streak of medaling alive, finishing on the podium in all five IBAF Women’s World Cups.

“I want many people to realize that women are playing baseball,” said right-hander Yukari Isozaki, who threw a seven-hit shutout.

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Tournament Highlights

Ayako Rokkuku was named the tournament’s most outstanding defensive player.

Yukar Isozaki, who also pitched a complete game in Japan’s semifinal win over Australia Saturday, was named the tournament MVP.

Tamara Holmes of the U.S. finished as the tournament’s leading hitter, batting .679.

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JAPAN vs CANADA – Round 7 of Japanese representative JAPAN vs CANADA (Canada) IBAF Women’s Baseball World Cup 5th)

~OPENING CEREMONY~

USA Baseball announces Roster for Women’s Baseball World Cup

by USA Baseball

Monday, August 06, 2012

SALT LAKE CITY — With the IBAF World Cup in Edmonton, Alberta, just a couple of days away, the USA Women’s National Team finalized its 20-player roster on Wednesday night.

“I am really excited about this team we put together,” commented Manager Ruben Felix. “This is a gold-medal winning team and there is no reason we can’t bring home the gold.”

Eleven members of the Women’s National Team will be making their first-ever appearance for the Red, White and Blue. Malaika Underwood is the most seasoned veteran on the squad as she will be appearing in her fourth World Cup. Five others have appeared in two World Cups, while three more earned their second tour with the team.

The Women’s National Team will remain in Salt Lake City until Aug. 6 when they head North to Edmonton. There, it will make final preparations for the IBAF World Cup slated to begin on Aug. 10.

Felix will get his first look at the team on Friday night when Team USA will square off against the Aussie Stars for the first of two exhibition contests. The game will be played at Salt Lake City Community College with first pitch set for 9 p.m. (EST). Game two of the exhibition series with the Aussie Stars will take place Saturday afternoon beginning at 4 p.m. (EST).

Upon arrival in Edmonton, the squad will take part in two more exhibition games Aug. 7-8. On Aug. 7, the Women’s National Team will take on Australia followed by Canada on Aug. 8. Both games will be played at St. Albert University and are set for a 7:30 p.m. (EST) start.

The World Cup begins with pool play Aug. 10-17. First up for Team USA is The Netherlands (Aug. 10) followed by Australia (Aug. 11), Japan (Aug. 12), Canada (Aug. 13) and Cuba (Aug. 14). After an off day on Aug. 15, the Women’s National Team will resume play against Chinese Taipei (Aug. 16). Pool play wraps up with a contest against Venezuela on Aug. 17.

The top four teams from pool play will advance to the medal rounds beginning on Aug. 18 with the semifinals. The finals will be played on Aug. 19. All games will be played at either Telus Field or John Fry Park in Edmonton.

The Women’s National Team is managed by Ruben Felix. He is assisted by Jonathan Pollard, Jenny Dalton-Hill and Ed Kurakazu.

The USA Baseball Women’s National Team roster is as follows:
Veronica Alvarez, C, Miami Fla.
Jill Barrett, IF, Greenwood, Ark.
Kayla Bufardeci, IF/P, Castro Valley, Calif.
Kristin Caldwell, P, Bear, Del.
Samantha Cobb, IF, Garland, Texas
Caitlin Everett, OF, Sunnyvale, Texas
Tamara Holmes, OF, Albany, Calif.
Jennifer Hunter, P/IF, Tarpon Springs, Fla.
Anna Kimbrell, C/P, Fort Mill, S.C.
Natalie Land, IF, Mayo, Fla.
Alexa Maldonado, OF/P, Short Hills, N.J.
Clarisa Navarro, IF/P, La Joya, Texas
Bessie Noll, IF/P, Minneapolis, Minn.
Stacy Piagno, P/IF, St. Augustine, Fla.
Marti Sementelli, P, Sherman Oaks, Calif.
Michelle Snyder, IF, Wenatchee, Wash.
Ashley Sujkowski, P, Rossford, Ohio
Malaika Underwood, IF, San Diego, Calif.
Mackenzie Vandergeest, C, Newbury Park, Calif.
Donna Williams, C/P, Fremont, Calif.

Stories courtesy of usabaseball.com

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