USA beats Japan, claims Women’s Softball International Cup

USA beats Japan, claims Women’s Softball International Cup
08/07/2019

The USA Women’s Softball National Team came from behind yesterday to claim the second USA International Cup in a row, with a nail-biting win over Japan, 2-1, in the final of the WBSC-sanctioned tournament. The host team scored twice in the sixth inning to take the lead.

The USA Women’s Softball National Team came from behind yesterday to claim the second USA International Cup in a row, with a nail-biting win over Japan, 2-1, in the final of the WBSC-sanctioned event. The host team scored twice in the sixth inning to clinch the victory.

Cat Osterman, Ally Carda and Monica Abbot combined to pitch a two-hit game on a great outing for the pitching staff. However, in the top of the second inning, Japanese clean-up hitter Yu Yamamoto led off with a solo homer to left field off USA’s starting pitcher Osterman, to give the No. 2 team in the world the 1-0 lead.

USA had to wait till the bottom of the sixth inning to cross the plate. Young reliever Misaki Katsumata got into trouble early with a walk and a single and then surrendered an RBI single to Delaney Spaulding and a sac-fly to Hailey McCleney. The loss was charged to Katsumata in two innings of work (3 H, 2 R, 1 K, 2 BB).

With the score 2-1, Monica Abbot took the ball in the seventh and closed the door with a perfect inning to clinch the title.

Carda was awarded the win as she struck out 3 in 3 innings, with only 1 hit.

For the bronze medal, USA U-19 National Team defeated Scrap Yard Fast Pitch 8-0 and clinched the third place. The junior team is tunning-up for the U-19 Women’s Softball World Cup, to be held in Irvine, California, USA, from 10-17 August.

Final standings

1. USA (9-1)
2. Japan (8-2)
3. USA U-19 National Team (7-3)
4. Scrap Yard Fast Pitch (5-5)
5. Mexico (5-4)
6. China (4-5)
7. Puerto Rico (4-5)
8. Chinese Taipei (4-5)
9. Philippines (1-8)
10. Peru (0-9)