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Softball Canada – (Surrey, B.C.) The Canadian Women’s National Team got in the win column with a big 14-2 win in four innings over Chinese Taipei at the Canada Cup International Softball Championship. Team Canada pounded out 12 hits including a grand slam by Kelsey Jenkins (Delta, B.C.) and three hits from Holly Speers (Surrey, B.C.), while Jenna Caira (Toronto, Ont.) picked up the win in her return to the Women’s National Team after sitting out the 2016 season.
 
Team Canada struck first in the top of the first inning when Joey Lye (Toronto, Ont.) hit a one-out single and advanced on a single by Speers before both scored on a double by Victoria Hayward (Toronto, Ont.) as Canada took an early 2-0 lead. The red and white then sent 12 batters to the plate in the second, scoring eight runs to take a commanding 10-0 lead. Kaleigh Rafter(Guelph, Ont.) got things started by fouling off six straight pitches before earning a walk, and after a pop out to the pitcher, Natalie Wideman(Mississauga, Ont.) reached on an error followed by a walk to Larissa Franklin(Maple Ridge, B.C.) before Jenkins stepped up and cracked a grand slam. Lye followed up with a walk and scored on a double by Erika Polidori (Brantford, Ont.), who crossed the plate herself on another double by Speers. Following a walk, Speers scored on an error before Carey-Leigh Vyse (Ohseweken, Ont.) lifted a pitch to right for a sacrifice fly for the eighth run of the inning. Chinese Taipei took advantage of a single and an error to score a run on a sacrifice fly in the bottom of the frame.
 
After Canada was retired on order in the third, Chinese Taipei hit a solo homerun for its second run of the game to reduce the lead to 10-2, but Canada put the game away with another four runs in the fourth. Sarah Chow (Victoria, B.C.) reached on an error to start the inning, advanced to second on a wild pitch and to third on a single by Speers before scoring on a sacrifice fly to left by Hayward. Vyse singled to score Speers from second, followed by singles by Wideman and Franklin to load the bases before Jenkins and Lye hit back-to-back RBI singles. Caira retired Chinese Taipei in order in the bottom of the inning to finish the game on the run rule.
 
Box Score: Canada 14 vs. Chinese Taipei 2
 
Jenkins led the offensive explosion with a grand slam, a single and five runs batted in, while Speers went three-for-three with a double, two singles, an RBI and three runs scored. Lye contributed two singles, a run batted in, a walk and two runs, with Hayward hitting a double and a sacrifice fly to drive in three runs. Polidori doubled in a run, and Canada’s other hits went to Vyse, Wideman and Franklin. Caira allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, striking out six batters in four innings.
 
Earlier in the day, the Canadian Junior Women’s National Team dropped a 13-2 game to No. 16 Venezuela, and was later shut out 7-0 by No. 4 Australia – both Senior National Team. For their part, the Canadian Women’s Elite Team dropped a tight 4-2 decision to No. 7 Puerto Rico.
 
With their first round games complete, Team Canada and Canada Elite both finished second in their respective pools and will move on to the Championship round robin, both competing in a pool with Australia and Japan. Meanwhile, the Junior Women’s National finished third and will compete in the Placement round robin in a group with the Quebec Rebelles and U21 Team BC.
 
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