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Softball Canada – (Surrey, B.C.) The Canadian Women’s National Team lost its first game of the Canada Cup International Softball Championship, dropping a 6-2 decision to the emerging team from the Philippines. The Philippines were able to score two runs in each of the second, third and fourth innings, while Canada left eight runners on base in the loss.
 
The Philippines put some pressure on early in the top of the first, getting a leadoff walk and a single with the runners advancing on a sacrifice bunt. However, the next batter ground out to first followed by a strikeout to leave both runners stranded in scoring position. Kelsey Jenkins (Delta, B.C.) led off the bottom of the inning with a single for Canada and was sacrificed to second, but a strikeout and a pop out ended the inning. The Philippines opened the scoring with a pair of runs in the top of the second on a two-run homerun, and Canada got one of those runs back on a run-scoring single by Larissa Franklin (Maple Ridge, B.C.).
 
In the top of the third, the Philippines struck again with a two-run single, while Canada responded with one run when Erika Polidori (Brantford, Ont.) and Holly Speers (Surrey, B.C.) drew two-out walks before Victoria Hayward (Toronto, Ont.) singled to score Polidori. Kaleigh Rafter (Guelph, Ont.) followed that up with a single to center, but Speers was thrown out at the plate trying to score from second. The Philippines did not let up, scoring two more runs on a pair of RBI singles in the top half of the fourth. Canada got a leadoff single by Natalie Wideman (Mississauga, Ont.) but she was quickly erased on a double play, and Franklin hit a two-out single and advanced to second on an error but the next batter flied out to left.
 
After the Philippines were sit down in order in the top of the fifth, Canada got a leadoff double by Joey Lye (Toronto, Ont.) and she was sacrificed to third, but a pair of ground outs to second base stopped her from crossing the plate. Carey-Leigh Vyse (Ohsweken, Ont.) drew a one-out walk followed by a single by Wideman in the bottom of the sixth, but a pair of ground outs ended the inning with Canada trailing 6-2 after six inning of play. The Philippines managed a paire of simples but was unable to add to its lead, and Canada went down in order in the end of the inning to sinish the game.
 
Box Score: Canada 2 vs. Philippines 6
 
Hayward and Franklin each registered a pair of singles and drove in a run for Canada, with Lye contributing a double. Rafter had a single, a walk and a run scored, with other hits going to Jenkins, Vyse and Wideman. Sara Groenewegen (Surrey, B.C.) took the loss in the pitcher’s circle, allowing six runs on eight hits and two walks and striking out three. Karissa Hovinga(Edmonton, Alta.) pitched three innings of scoreless relief, allowing two hits and striking out two.
 
Team Canada (0-1) will return to action tomorrow when they square off with Chinese Taipei at 7:00pm PDT. Pakistan will be unable to compete in the tournament due to travel issues.

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