Sunday, June 24, 2012 7:56 AM
June 23, 2012
(Oklahoma City, OK) The Canadian Women's National Team played its first game of the 2012 season and dropped a 9-1 decision to the United States at the Title IX 40th Anniversary Celebration Game in Oklahoma City. Team USA scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning and added three more in the bottom of the fifth to earn the five inning win.
Team Canada started the first inning on the right foot, as Victoria Hayward (Toronto, ON) forced a leadoff walk but was retired at second on a fielder's choice by Caitlin Lever (Buffalo, NY). Jenn Yee (North Delta, BC) also drew a walk to put two runners on base, but Canada was unable to bring them in to score. In the bottom half of the inning, Rhea Taylor hit a one-out single and stole second before scoring on a two-out single by Kaitlin Cochran, who was retired at second when she tried to stretch her hit into a double.
After Canada went down in order in the second, the Americans strung some hits together and took advantage of some passed balls to put five runs on the board and take an early 6-0 lead. The red and white would get one run back in the top of the third, as Hayward and Lever each hit singles before Yee drove in Hayward with a single of her own. However, the two next batters struck out to end the threat. In the bottom of the inning, Canadian pitcher Jocelyn Cater (Delta, BC) allowed a walk and a double, but was able to strand both runners on base. The following inning, she got two quick outs before allowing a double, a hit by pitch and a walk, but was once again able to get out of trouble by forcing a pop out to the catcher to leave the bases loaded.
Carey-Leigh Thomas (Ohsweken, ON), making her first appearance for the Senior team after representing Canada's Junior Women's National Team in 2011, led off the top of the fifth with a single and advanced to third, but Canada wasn't able to score her. In the bottom of the inning, Samantha Fischer hit a leadoff homerun for the United States, and after a walk and a single, Christine Orgeron scored both runners with a triple as the United States won the game 9-1 in five innings due to the run rule.
Jenna Caira (Toronto, ON) took the loss for Canada, allowing six runs on five hits and two walks in one inning and a third pitched. Cater came on in relief, throwing two and two thirds scoreless innings allowing two hits and two walks with three strikeouts. Karissa Hovinga (Edmonton, AB) pitched a third of an inning in the fifth, allowing three runs on three hits.
The game will air on TSN2 at 11:00pm CDT tonight (June 23).
Box Score and Play-by-Play: Canada 1 vs. United States 9
Both teams will be competing in the US World Cup of Softball VII in Oklahoma City this week, which will begin on Thursday, June 28th. Canada will open its tournament schedule with a game against the Netherlands at 11:30am CDT on Thursday.
Following the US World Cup of Softball VII, Team Canada will return home to Surrey, British Columbia where they will compete in the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship (July 4-9), followed by the ISF XIII Women's World Championship in Whitehorse, Yukon (July 13-22).
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