Japan, US off to 2-0 start as action wraps in Fukushima

Published July 24, 2021
JANET Leung of Canada reaches for the ball during the women’s softball opening-round match against the US at the Azuma Baseball Stadium.—Reuters
JANET Leung of Canada reaches for the ball during the women’s softball opening-round match against the US at the Azuma Baseball Stadium.—Reuters

FUKUSHIMA: Hosts Japan earned an extra-innings victory against Mexico on their ace’s 39th birthday and the second day of softball at the Tokyo Games, joining United States at 2-0 in the standings.

Australia later on Thursday defeated Italy, who dropped to 0-2 and have yet to score a run in the tournament.

Mexico, also 0-2, twice tied Japan, including in the seventh inning when a dropped ball by Japan’s center fielder let in a run and kept their ace Yukiko Ueno from a complete game and second-straight winning start.

Japan reliever Miu Goto escaped loaded bases in the top of the eighth, leaving her team mate Mana Atsumi to drive in Eri Yamada, who started at second base under extra-innings rules, for a 3-2 walkoff win.

Earlier on Wednesday, US pitcher Monica Abbott dominated Canada from the start.

For seven innings, Canadian batters chased pitches off the plate and failed to make contact on 116 km per hour tosses from one of the game’s fastest throwers and a five-time Japanese league most valuable player.

After recording the 1-0 victory’s final out, the 1.91-metre (6-foot, 3-inch) left-hander wrapped her arms around catcher Aubree Munro.

US center fielder Haylie McCleney scored the lone run after her bloop single, and she threw out pinch runner Joey Lye from right center to prevent a score.

Australia and Canada stand at 1-1. The top four after five round-robin games each advance to medal games.

The action moves south to Yokohama Stadium on Saturday after a break for the Olympics opening ceremony on Friday.

Published in Dawn, July 24th, 2021

Opinion

Hoping for miracles
Updated 26 Sep 2021

Hoping for miracles

Pakistan will be exposed to international recrimination if the Taliban revert to their old ways.

Editorial

Updated 26 Sep 2021

Intransigent Taliban

PRIME MINISTER Imran Khan has delivered an effective speech at the UN General Assembly session detailing the salient...
26 Sep 2021

Deadly misinformation

THE distinction between ‘fake’ and ‘authentic’ news is now a concept impossible to escape. In an...
26 Sep 2021

Covid arrests

THE unilateral decision taken by Karachi’s East Zone police to arrest citizens without Covid vaccination cards ...
25 Sep 2021

NAB controversy

THE completion of the four-year term of NAB chairman Javed Iqbal early next month has afforded Prime Minister Imran...
Cabinet ‘inclusivity’
Updated 25 Sep 2021

Cabinet ‘inclusivity’

Voices are being raised questioning when the much-hyped inclusivity the group had talked about will materialise.
25 Sep 2021

Quorum malady

LACK of quorum has become a chronic problem for the present National Assembly which is in the process of becoming a...