Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Softball – Girls – Opening Spherical – United States v Canada – Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium – Fukushima, Japan – July 22, 2021. Monica Abbott of the US in motion. REUTERS/Jorge Silva
July 22, 2021
By Paresh Dave
FUKUSHIMA, Japan (Reuters) -Hosts Japan walked off in an extra-innings victory towards Mexico on their ace’s thirty ninth birthday and the second day of softball on the Tokyo Video games, becoming a member of the US at 2-0 within the standings.
Mexico twice tied the sport, together with within the seventh inning when Japan’s ace Yukiko Ueno was three outs away from a whole sport and second-straight profitable begin earlier than a dropped ball by her heart fielder let in a run.
Japan reliever Miu Goto managed to flee loaded bases with out surrendering a run within the prime of the eighth. Her workforce mate Mana Atsumi drove in Eri Yamada, who began at second base beneath extra-innings guidelines, for the 3-2 win within the backside half.
Goto stated desirous to ship Ueno a birthday win helped in shutting Mexico’s rally, and slugger Yamato Fujita described a homer she hit as a gift for Ueno.
Elsewhere, U.S. pitcher Monica Abbott dominated from the begin to lead her workforce to a 1-0 victory over Canada.
For seven innings, Canadian batters chased pitches off the plate and didn’t make contact on 116 km per hour (72 mile per hour) tosses from one of many sport’s quickest throwers and a five-time Japanese league most useful participant.
Abbott returned to the identical spot on the bench with a toothful grin after her first six dazzling frames. She towelled sweat off her arms, positioned a chilly pack on the again of her neck and sipped fluids from her pink water bottle. The routine paid off.
Abbott struck out 9 in all and gave up one hit. After recording the sport’s closing out, the 1.91-metre (6-foot, 3-inch) left-hander wrapped her arms round catcher Aubree Munro.
“For us to carry down a troublesome offence and let the defence work, it felt actually good,” Munro stated afterwards.
U.S. heart fielder Haylie McCleney scored the lone run after getting on base with a bloop single.
McCleney additionally threw out pinch runner Joey Lye to stop her from scoring on a double to proper heart.
A couple of minutes of drizzle within the first innings of Japan’s sport pressured gamers to hurry gear beneath tents. Play was not stopped.
Italy and Australia had been scoreless to begin the day’s closing sport as scant rain returned.
Canada and Mexico stand at 1-1 within the event. 4 out of the six groups advance to medal video games.
(Reporting by Paresh Dave; Modifying Simon Cameron-Moore, Shri Navaratnam, Lincoln Feast and Kim Coghill)