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Tuesday, July 26, 2011

USA Beats Japanese Women in Softball Final

Team USA wins the 2011 Women's World Cup of Softtball.
The United States extracted some revenge against Japan for the stunning loss in the 2011 Women's World Cup Soccer on Monday evening.

The US Women's softball team beat Japan on July 25, 2011 in the 2011 World Cup Final of Softball, 6-4 to claim its 5th consecutive championship. However, to be fair, Japan did beat the US at the 2008 Olympics to capture the gold medal.

This time, however, at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA,  the US squad also got some payback against Japan for a softball loss earlier this past month in the championship game of the Canadian Open softball tourney.

“It's great to have payback,” exclaimed US third baseman Taylor Hoagland, whose two-run homer in the sixth inning proved to be the difference in the game.

The USA's Jordan Taylor had a three-hit pitching performance through 5-1/3 innings and got the win, while Chlesea Thomas got the last five outs for the save. But it wasn't easy. 

Ricketts, who won two games in World Cup play, gave up a two-out triple to Japan's Yamoda Eri (surname first) in the 7th and last inning, but then caught a pop-up from Okuba Misa to end the game and begin the celebrations for the U.S.

In the third place game held earlier, Canada beat Australia 4-1. The day before, if Canada had been able to defeat Australia, it would have been playing Japan in the finals. Oh, Canada. Still, Canadian pitcher Jennifer Caira went seven innings and gave up an unearned run.

Well done USA - and better luck next time Japan, Canada and Australia. 

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