Day 5 of the XIV Women’s World Championship in Haarlem (The Netherlands) had a busy schedule. In the morning, the three games that were cancelled and postponed due to the rain were made up, followed by the original schedule for this day. That meant that six teams were to play two games today. Unfortunately, more rain fell today in the afternoon. That resulted in more delays, two suspended games and one cancelled and thus a postponed match-up.

Game 29: Canada vs. China, 2-0 [Box Score]

It was an early day for Canada and China, as they began their game at 8am. In the low-scoring, low-hitting game, Canada shut out China 2-0 to improved its record to 4-0. With this, Canada came alongside Japan in Group A to set up an interesting meeting between these two countries later in the day.

After its first six batters were retired in order, Canada opened the score in the third at-bat. Erika Polidori led off with a double, moved on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a following single by Larissa Franklin.

Chinese pitcher Qi Li then retired seven of the next eight batters again, but Canada still doubled its lead. In the sixth inning, lead-off hitter Joey Lye reached third base on an error and scored on an one-out pinch-single by Caitlin Lever.

Canadian pitcher Jenna Caira struck out six and gave up only one base hit. She took a perfect game into the fifth inning, but that was broken up when Dongmei Wei led off with a double. The Canadian lead then came into jeopardy when next batter Xue Sun reached on an error. However, two strike outs and a runner caught stealing kept China scoreless. Jenna Caira then retired the side in the sixth and walked a batter in the seventh, but secured the complete game victory.

W-Jenna Caira (1-0), L-Qi Li (1-1).

Game 31: Cuba vs. Puerto Rico, 3-1 [Box Score]

In another early morning game, starting at 9am, Cuba won 3-1 vs. Puerto Rico to improve its record to 3-1. With the loss, Puerto Rico is now 0-4.

It was Puerto Rico that opened the score in the first inning. Lead-off hitter Aisha Figueroa reached on an error, stole second base and moved on a grounder, then scored when she was awarded home on an illegal pitch.

Puerto Rico failed to add more runs later in the game, leaving two runners in both the third and fifth inning. In the two at-bats, the team got runners on base with one out, but was unable to score, eventually stranding runners on second and third base, meaning four runners were left in scoring position.

Cuba, which had reached base only twice in the first four innings off of starter Lissette Garay, then turned the game around in its favor from the bottom of the fifth inning on. With one out, Maritza Toledo homered to tie the score and in the sixth, Cuba struck with two runs. Yuselys Acosta led off with a double, leading to a pitching change, then an error on a grounder by Diamela Puentes gave Cuba a 2-1 lead. A single by Leanneyi Gomez provided Cuba with an insurance run moments later. Winning pitcher Anisley Lopez then retired the side in the seventh inning to seal the victory and increasing Cuba’s chances of advancing to the play-offs.

W-Anisley Lopez (2-0), L-Lissette Garay (0-1).
HR-Maritza Toledo (CUB) (1).

Game 30: Chinese Taipei vs. Dominican Republic, 0-7 (6 inn.) [Box Score]

In the final make-up game from Monday’s schedule, Dominican Republic was very productive with eleven base hits en route to a 7-0 shutout win against Chinese Taipei. With the win, the Dominicans improved their record to 3-1, while Taipei was left 1-3 after this game.

Dominican Republic scored its first run in the second at-bat when Geraldina Feliz led off with a single and scored on a following double by Dharianna Familia.

The Taipei pitching then held its opponent scoreless in the next two innings, but the Dominican squad rallied for four runs on six consecutive singles in the fifth to take charge of the game. With one out, Maribel Pie singled and advanced on a wild pitch. Hereafter, Rosangela Rodriguez (RBI), Rosaury Perez, Geovanny Nunez, Geraldina Feliz (RBI) and Dharianna Familia (RBI) all singled to bring in three runs. In the meantime, two base runners were eliminated in a run-down trying to stretch their single into an extra-base hit. The second run-down enabled a runner to score the fourth run in this at-bat.

Two runs were added in the sixth inning, thanks to a single by Josefina Mercedes and a sacrifice fly (which turned into a double play) by Rosangela Rodriguez.

Chinese Taipei collected only four hits off of Rosaury Perez, who went the distance for Puerto Rico. The Asian team got several scoring opportunities, especially in the first three innings of the game in which it left five runners on base. After giving up a single with two outs in the third inning, Rosaury Perez retired the next ten batters in a row.

W-Rosaury Perez (2-0), L-An Ju Chiu (0-1).

Game 33: Great Britain vs. Italy, 0-9 [Box Score]

With all games of Day 4 now in the books, the regular schedule of Day 5 got underway with only a 10-minute delay. In the originally scheduled first game of the fifth day, Italy shut out Great Britain 9-0 to improve their record to 3-2. With the loss, Great Britain is 0-5 and became the first team to officially be eliminated from the play-offs.

Italy collected 13 base hits, including three by Eva Trevisan, who has been a member of the Italian squad since 1996. The British defense contributed with seven errors, resulting in six unearned runs.

Italy opened the score in the second frame. With runners on second and third base and one out, Giulia Longhi singled in the first run. With the bases loaded and two outs, a single by Elisa Grifagno made it 2-0. The third run was added in the fourth inning when Irene Barone singled with two outs and went on to score on a throwing error.

While the 3-0 lead appeared to be enough for Italy, Great Britain got two opportunities to do something back. In the third inning, it got the bases loaded with two outs, but all runners stranded. In the fourth, the team got its first two batters to reach base. They advanced into scoring position with two outs, but this time a strikeout ended the British hope for a run.

Italy then decided the game definitively with a 6-run rally in the seventh inning. In that at-bat, Great Britain’s defense fell apart and made five errors, while Italy added three base hits. The highlight in the inning was a 2-run double by Ilaria Pino.

Debora Moretto went the distance for Italy and gave up only four base hits, two of them by Chiya Louie.

W-Debora Moretto (1-1), L-Carling Hare (0-4).

Game 34: New Zealand vs. Czech Republic, 7-2 [Box Score]

New Zealand won 7-3 vs. the Czech Republic – who now have lost its last two games. Both teams are 2-3.

New Zealand struck with three runs in the first inning off of 17-year old starter Veronika Peckova, who was the winning pitcher in two earlier games. Two hits and two errors contributed to the runs.

With two runners on base, an error on a grounder by Lara Andrews led to the first run, then a single by Katrina Nukunuku brought in two more runs to make it 3-0.

The Czechs answered with two runs in the top of the second inning, which got the first rain delay.

With the bases loaded and one out, a throwing error on a grounder by Lucie Petraskova accounted for the first run, while another runner was eliminated. Shortly thereafter, a single by Eliska Pojerova narrowed the deficit to 2-1.

New Zealand added single runs in the second and third at-bat to increase the lead to 5-2. In the second inning, Rebecca Bromhead led off with a home run and in the third, her sister Kyla Bromhead contributed with a sacrifice fly.

In the fifth Czech at-bat, the game was halted for a second rain delay with a 5-2 lead for New Zealand. When it resumed three hours and 37 minutes later, New Zealand added two more runs in the sixth inning. A pinch-hit single for Stacey Webber and a 2-out single by Danica Ferriso lifted the lead to 7-1. In the top of the seventh inning, Lucie Petraskova hit a lead-off home run, but that was to be the Czechs final run in this game.

W-Jennifer Feret (2-1), L-Veronika Peckova (2-1).
HRs-Rebecca Bromhead (NZL) (1), Lucie Petraskova (CZE) (1).

Game 35: Cuba vs. China, 0-2 [Box Score]

In its second game of the day, Cuba faced China and trailed 1-0 in the top of the second inning when the game was interrupted by rain. After the game resumed after a lengthy delay, China added a run and won 2-0. Winning pitcher Lan Wang dominated in the circle striking out 12 batters – the highest total by a pitcher so far during this event. She gave up only two base hits and allowed only two runners to reach second base.

China had opened the score in the first at-bat on a single down the left field line by Dongmei Wei, but also left three runners behind.

In the second inning, Jia Guo led off with a single before the rain struck. After a 4 hour and 2 minutes delay, the game resumed and the runner was forced out. Another force play-grounder followed by Jia Chen, who then stole second base and advanced on a throwing error. But she then got in a rundown and was eliminated to end the inning.

In the following innings, China got several more base runners, but was unable to score until the seventh inning. The Asian squad then added an insurance run when Huan Li singled and went on to score on a 2-run single by Xue Sun.

The game saw two rare interference calls in a brief span. In the bottom of the fourth inning, Katia Coello led off with a walk for Cuba, but then was ruled out for interfering with a fielder. Moments later in the top of fifth inning, a interference led to a double play. Lead-off hitter Huan Li reached on an error, then was forced out on a grounder by Ying Lu, but the latter was also ruled out when the preceding runner interfered.

W-Lan Wang (1-2), L-Yilian Tornes (1-1).

Game 36: Puerto Rico vs. Russia, 1-2 [Box Score]

Russia won 2-1 vs. Puerto Rico, which suffered its fifth loss and therefore was eliminated from the top 4. Russia is now 2-3 and still has a possibility to reach the play-offs.

Russia struck early, scoring its runs in the second and third inning. With one out in the second, Irina Ilyashenko reached on an error, then scored on a single by Olga Yakovleva.

The second run was added in the third at-bat. Tatiana Sorokina led off with a single, moved on a sacrifice bunt and scored on a following single by Daria Semenova.

After stranding two runners in the second inning, Puerto Rico got one run back in the third. Elicia D’Orazio led off with a single, advanced on a sac-bunt and scored on a 2-out double by Sahvanna Jaquish, whose temporary runner then was left behind.

Both teams got more runners on base in the remainder of the game, but no runs were added. Russia left runners on first and second base in the fifth, while Puerto Rico stranded runners on second and third base in the bottom of the fifth.

Russian starter Daria Shembereva struck out six in six innings and gave up four hits. Her reliever Ekaterina Eronina gave up a 2-out single in the seventh.

Centerfielder Daria Semenova then prevented Puerto Rico from scoring the tying run by catching a game-ending line drive by Dayanira Diaz.

W-Daria Shembereva (1-2), L-Karla Claudio (0-1), SV-Ekaterina Eronina (1).

Game 37: Chinese Taipei vs. Botswana, 9-0 (4 ½ inn.) [Box Score]

Chinese Taipei shut out Botswana 9-0 on eleven base hits, while two pitchers gave up only two hits to the African representative in this year’s World Championship. The two teams remain in contention for a spot in the top-4 of Group B.

Taipei scored its first run in the first at-bat on a wild pitch, then rallied for six runs in the third inning. The Asian squad registered five hits in this inning. The first of them, a double by Hsueh Mei Lu, brought in the first run and triggered the rally. Later in the at-bat, Feng Chen Lin singled in another run and loaded the bases, then Yu Han Liu followed with a 2-run single. Meng Ting Lai contributed with a sacrifice fly and Hsiang Yun Wang added an RBI-single to increase the lead to 7-0.

A bases loaded walk for Feng Chen Lin and a single down the left field line by Yu Han Liu accounted for two more runs in the fourth to make it a 9-0 score.

For Botswana, Bonolo Molefhe led off the game with a single, but was caught stealing. In the third, Tshepo Letsholo walked and Keabetswe Mhotsha singled with one out, but a strike out then led to a double play. The final six Botswana batters in the game were then retired in order.

W-Hui Lin Chung (2-0), L-Wangu Gondo (0-1).

Game 38: Australia vs. USA

The game between Australia and the United States – the unbeaten leaders in Group B – started at 10pm. Team USA struck with three runs in the second inning with two outs. Lauren Gibson then homered and later Kellie Fox singled in a run, following by an RBI triple by Haylie McCleney. A double by Samantha Fischer in the third inning made it 4-0. However, with one out in the top of the fourth inning, a brief, but heavy rain shower blanked the field and concluded the action for the day. The game will resume on Wednesday morning at 9am local time.

Game 39: Japan vs. Canada

Another important game was played at the same time. Japan and Canada, who share first place in Group A with a 4-0 record, started their match-up 20 minutes after the Australia vs. USA game began. But this confrontation also fell to the rain. Japan opened the score in the second inning, thanks to a single by Haruna Sakamoto. With Japan leading 1-0, the game went into a rain delay as the bottom of the fourth inning was about to begin. This game also resumes on Wednesday morning at 9am.

Game 40: Dominican Republic vs. Netherlands

The game between the Dominican Republic and host Netherlands, which probably would have started around midnight, was scrubbed due to the rain. This game is now tentatively scheduled to start at 10am on Wednesday morning.