THUNDER BAY, Ontario – USA Baseball’s Women’s National Team was unable to overcome an early deficit in its series finale with Canada on Monday afternoon at Baseball Central in Thunder Bay, Ontario, as it suffered an 8-4 loss.
Despite the setback in the final game, the United States managed to clinch the series and finish with a 3-2 record, while Canada closed out the week with a 2-3 ledger.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- Canada plated eight runs on as many hits and an error in the first inning, and proved to be all it needed to secure the win over the U.S. With the bases loaded on one out, the squad managed to string together six base hits in seven at bats to score the eight runs.
- After four scoreless innings, the Stars and Stripes made a four-run surge in the sixth on four hits to cut its deficit in half. Kelsie Whitmore started the inning with a single through the left side, and then scored on Jade Gortarez’s double up the right field line to put her team on the board. After Gortarez moved to third on a groundout and Anna Kimbrell drew a walk, Jillian Albayati’s pinch-hit RBI single to center field followed by Alex Hugo’s two-run double to center field brought the other three runs across.
- The U.S. looked to force extra innings in the seventh by putting a runner in scoring position after Kelsie Whitmore reached on a hit-by-pitch and stole second, but a fly out to left field ended the threat.
- Kelsie Whitmore and Jade Gortarez tallied two hits each in the contest, while Alex Hugo drove in a team-best two runs batted in.
- Kelsie Whitmore was charged with the loss after surrendering eight earned runs in two innings pitched, while Canada’s Allison Schroder was credited with the win after tossing six complete innings and tallying five strikeouts.
- USA’s Marti Sementelli and Meggie Meidlinger combined to yield just two hits in four shutout innings of relief.
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