The defending World Champions USA made their debut in the U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup with a 15-0 win in four innings. UCLA’s Megan Faraimo proved literally unhittable for Mexico since she got all the 12 outs she needed on strikes.
The USA was quick to score against Yeraldine Carrion. Leadoff hitter Skylar Wallace tried unsuccessfully to bunt, then singled up the middle. She advanced on a ground out and reached third on a base hit by shortstop Marie Freed. When Freed tried to steal second, Mexico’s catcher threw to centre field and allowed the first run. The second came on a base hit by centre fielder Jayda Leighann.
Carrion got out of the inning on strikes, with an effective mix of off-speed pitches and rise balls.
There was only the USA on the field for the rest of the game Wallace doubled and went on to finish at 2 for 4 and three RBIs. Freed also enjoyed a multi-hit game. In the top of the second, her sharp comebacker to the pitching rubber forced Carrion to leave the game. Yanina Trevino took over for Mexico and struggled with control.
In the fourth, Mexico’s third pitcher Carolina Zamudo couldn’t stop the USA from scoring ten times and thus making it a game.