This is the full Day 3 recap of the WBSC U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup.
After group play, Canada, Japan, Puerto Rico, USA, Australia, China, Mexico and Chinese Taipei earned the right to compete for the World Title in the super round.
The day started in Irvine, California, with Group B games.
Japan used a six-run second at-bat to outscore Italy, 10-0 and finish first.
The Azzurre committed five defensive errors and went hitless against Mio Sakamoto.
Japan collected 11 hits, including a home run by catcher Haruka Sumitani
Australia needed only four innings to defeat South Africa, 11-0.
Starter Jorja Barrett went three innings, allowing just a two-out double in the third. Shinai Gibbons pitched the fourth.
Australia wasted no time in getting to South Africa’s starter Grivonne Rhoda. Second baseman Jenna Trim doubled over the head of centre fielder De Beer in the top of the first to break the score open.
Australia defeated Italy, 3-0, at the end of a very close and clinched a spot in the super round. A two-out single by Sasha Willems in the fourth broke the tie. Before that turning point, Italy had the best scoring chances.
Georgia Hood won the pitching duel against Alexia Lacatena
We now turn to Group C.
Puerto Rico completed the sweep of group play with an 11-0 win in four innings against Ireland.
Starter Ashley Rivera went three innings, allowing only one hit, a leadoff single to left fielder Frances Cunningham in the top of the third.
Ireland starter Madison Leonard kept Puerto Rico scoreless in the first, thanks to good command of her change-up, but didn’t survive the second.
China defeated Brasil, 3-1, and earned the second spot of the group in the super round.
Chai Yinan and Lju Jingya limited Brazil to five hits and the line up used RBIs by catcher Gui Yuanyuan and second baseman Lyu Murong.
This is what happened in Group A.
The Czech Republic made a huge step to third place as they beat Botswana, 11-0 in four innings.
Botswana committed six defensive errors that made life easier for the Czechs. Anna Zoulova limited the African offence to three hits and didn’t allow a walk.
Mexico secured second place with a 12-0 win against Botswana.
Mexico thrived on seven defensive errors and needed only eight hits to score 12 times.
Yeraldine Carrion and Yanina Trevno no-hit Botswana.
The USA defeated the Czech Republic, 8-0 in five innings.
The defending World Champions have completed group play without allowing a hit. The only runner that reached against the USA was in the first inning tonight on a defensive error.
The last part of this Day 3 recap is dedicated to Group D.
Canada defeated New Zealand, 10-3 in six innings, and finished group play undefeated.
New Zealand was quick to get on the scoreboard against starter Samantha Ryan and entered the fifth with a 3-1 lead. Then defence jeopardized New Zealand’s chances. Canada reversed the lead in the bottom of the fifth and broke the score open in the sixth.
Chinese Taipei was the last team to qualify for the super round. In the last game of group play, Chinese Taipei defeated the Netherlands, 9-0 in five innings.
Chen Ching Yu pitched a five-inning no-hitter and the offence combined 12 hits. First baseman Chen An Hsin went 2 for 3 with four RBIs.