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Softball Canada – (Oklahoma City, Okla.) The Canadian Women’s National Softball Team kept its hot streak alive with a 3-0 win over Australia to win the bronze medal at the US World Cup of Softball XII. Team Canada secured a spot in the game with a tight 5-4 win in eight innings over Australia on Saturday, and in the teams’ second meeting in as many days, the bronze medal game was just as tight.
Australia looked to pounce on the Canadians in the top of the first by starting the game with a pair of singles. However, Canadian starting pitcher Karissa Hovinga (Edmonton, Alta.) settled in and got a line drive, a strikeout and a pop out on the infield to freeze the runners. Canada put similar pressure in the bottom of the first, as Joey Lye (Toronto, Ont.) hit a one-out single to center later followed by a two-out single on a hard ground ball off the pitcher by Jenn Salling (Port Coquitlam, B.C.) before Holly Speers (Surrey, B.C.) ripped a ball over the left field fence for a three-run homerun.
Both teams were retired in order in the second, and Clare Warwick managed a two-out single in the third but the next batter grounded out. In the bottom of the inning, Lye reached on an error followed by a walk to Erika Polidori (Brantford, Ont.) to put two runners on base, but the next batter lined a pitch to the shortstop who knocked the ball down and threw to third and over to second for a double play to get out of the inning. In the fourth, Australia got a leadoff single and tried to manufacture a run by sacrificing her to second and moving her over to third on a ground out to shortstop, but the next batter also grounded out as Hovinga kept Australia off the scoreboard. Canada got a two-out single from Kelsey Jenkins (Delta, B.C.) but the next batter grounded out to third.
The Australians once again got the leadoff runner on base – this time on an error – and sacrificed her over to second, but Hovinga notched a strikeout followed by a line out to second to get out of the inning. Larissa Franklin (Maple Ridge, B.C.) led off the bottom of the frame with an infield single followed by a sacrifice bunt by Victoria Hayward (Toronto, Ont.), but Franklin was thrown out trying to advance to third on the play. Australia went down in order in the sixth, while Canada got a two-out baserunner on an error but the next batter flew out. Australia put some pressure on in the top of the seventh by getting a pair of baserunners with one out on an error followed by a single, forcing Hovinga from the game as Sara Plourde (Baker Lake, N.B.) came in for the save. She struck out the first batter she faced and got the next batter to ground out back to her as Canada held on for the 3-0 win.
Box Score: Canada 3 vs. Australia 0
Speers’ three-run homerun in the first was all the offence Canada would need, with Lye, Salling, Jenkins and Franklin each contributing a single to round out Canada’s five hits. Hovinga was excellent in the pitcher’s circle to earn the win, allowing five hits and striking out six in six innings and a third. Plourde notched the save by recording one strikeout in two thirds of an inning.
Earlier in the day, Japan edged the United States 2-1 for the Gold medal victory.
Team Canada will travel to Surrey, B.C. on Monday in order to compete in the Canada Cup International Softball Championship, which is slated to begin on Tuesday with the Canadians squaring off against the Philippines at 6:00pm PDT.


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