U.S. defeats Australia and sets gold medal rematch with Japan


Yokohama, Japan — The United States has just given up on its first run, two outs away from losing for the first time in an Olympic softball tournament.

Amanda Chidester carried two runners on the plate and hit the ball into the left fielder.

“In my head, I remembered,’Score! Score 2! Score 2! Score 2!'” “When I got up and everyone was stepping into me, I was like,” I did it! ” “

Pinch runners Ally Carda and Haylie McCleney came across the plate in Chidester’s eight-time single, with the United States winning a 2-1 pulsing victory over Australia on Sunday and rematching defending champion Japan in the gold medal game on Tuesday.

Monica Abbott (2–0) abandoned her earned run with a complete game of 126 pitches, hitting 13 and throwing 3 batters, Jadewall walking 8 pitches and loading the bass to the top of 8 pitches. .. Automatic runner.

Pinch runner Ally Carda came in second as an automatic runner in the lower half, and lead-off batter McClenny played infield hits on a 1-0 pitch against Tarni Stepto (0–1). McClenny hit two hoppers to make Clare Warwick a shortstop. Claire Warwick was able to step in before throwing and get on the base for the fourth time in the game. She had a batting average of .727 (11 to 8) and reached 13 at bats in 15 at-bats.

Jake Reed’s wife, Jake Reed, a major league relief player, made her fourth sacrifice in the tournament, placing runners in second and third place.

“Give me a strike, and I’ll do it,” recalled Chidester thinking for himself.

She swung at the pitch of the outer half of the plate and sharply passed the diving warwick. Wall picked up the ball two steps into the outfield grass and pushed it home, but first baseman Tyra Chichicolinis cut the throw as Carda and McClenny stood up.

Chidester took an additional base and slipped into second place in case the previous runner was thrown out. When she appeared, she saw her teammates running on the field to celebrate.

“Wow! Incredible softball,” said Abbott. “There are many tense moments, but you live for these moments. You like to compete in these moments.”

Abbott walked six batters, two of whom deliberately walked. Her ERA is 0.00, she saves twice, and she has 17 innings, 4 hits, 28 strikeouts, and 9 walks. Abbott improved to 5-0 in his Olympic career.

The United States and Japan (both 4–0) will play in a gold medal game on Monday in a match that will only determine the final team bat, after scoring just seven runs in four games. This is the fifth straight win for Americans.

“We are throwing fire and ice now. They are throwing the ball really, really well,” said US coach Ken Eriksen, referring to the nicknames of Abbott and Cat Osterman. rice field.

Abbott escaped the full-base jam for the sixth time.

Australia advanced in 8th place after auto-runner Belinda White came in 3rd at the expense of Leigh Godfrey. Stacey Porter deliberately made a second walk, Taylor Chichicronis walked, Chelsea Fokin made a third strike, and Wall fouled a 3-2 pitch before taking the inside pitch. She drove in three of four Australian runs in the tournament.

McClenny’s one triple was wasted as the United States dropped 0-6 in the scoring position eight times ago and dropped 3:31 at the Olympics. The team combined eight hits, with six tournament nations hitting .192 at .564 OPS throughout the 12 games, and Major League Baseball .241 and .720 OPS looked solid.

Abbott, who turns 36 on Wednesday, and Osterman, 38, are the last remaining players on the team who lost 3: 1 to Japan in the 2008 Beijing gold medal game.

“Hopefully, return to the plane to cross the Pacific Ocean undefeated,” Eriksen said.

Japan 1, Canada 0

Eri Yamada selected former major leaguer Brett Lawrie’s 34-year-old sister Danielle Lawrie (0–1) to win her eighth victory over Canada (2–2).

Miu Goto (3–0) hit six straight batters for the relief of Yukiko Ueno, who allowed four hits in six innings.

Japan loaded the base in the 7th inning after Yamada took out the ball from the glove with a single-pinch hitter Sayaka Mori due to a one-out error by shortstop Janet Leung. After deliberately walking walks, Yoshika Ichiguchi lined up in 2nd place and Minori Naito appeared.

Yu Yamamoto sacrificed Naito, an automatic runner, from 8th to 3rd place, and intentionally walked Yamada. The Japanese 37-year-old captain arranged the singles in the center.

When the referee prevented Canadian manager Mark Smith from bringing in Raleigh, the match was delayed by about 14 minutes in the bottom of the fifth inning, saying it was a violation of the substitution rules. Smith protested and the World Baseball Softball Confederation Commission ruled in favor of Canada.

Mexico 5, Italy 0

Dajas Escobedo (1–2) did not allow a hit until Laura Vina hit a single with two outs in the sixth inning. Escobed threw one batter and 102 batters with four strikeouts, no walks, and two batters.

Chelsea Gonzalez double-hits RBI for the second time, Sydney Romeo hits a solo home run for the third time, and Anissa Ultes hits Greta Thunberg with a two-run home run for the fifth time, the tournament’s second home run (0–3). I chased. Brittany Cervantes welcomed Alexia La Catena at another Homer.

Mexico (1–3) won the first Olympic victory. Italy (0–4) is above 13–0.

Will graves