2014 Women's Baseball World Cup
The 2014 Women's Baseball World Cup was the sixth Women's Baseball World Cup. It was held in September 2014 in Miyazaki, Miyazaki, Japan. Competing nations were Australia, Taiwan, Japan, the USA, Canada, Hong Kong, the Netherlands and Venezuela (Hong Kong replacing Cuba from 2012). See 2014 Women's Baseball World Cup rosters for roster information.
Round One Games
Canada starts off with a romp as Heidi Northcott and Cindy Saavedra combine on a no-hitter (walking four) while Marijke van Veen gives up nine runs and retires only one. 1B Kate Psota has two 2-run singles in the first-inning as Canada sends 17 batters to the plate in that opening frame.
Hong Kong nearly won in its return to the Women's World Cup. They gave up a run in the second as Yik-Shan Hung walked DH Nidia Pineda, RF Leonela Reyes and C Neydemar Guzman and allowed a sacrifice fly to 3B Patricia Segovia. In the top of the third, Hong Kong went ahead against Keila Aranguren. LF Hoi-Lam Poon bunted into an Aranguren error and stole second. C Tsz-Chin Lau walked and they pulled off a double steal. A throwing error by Aranguren let Poon score the tying run. After a ground-out, SS Hei-Ting Lau walked. 3B Woon-Yee Cheuk singled for a 2-1 lead. With two outs, 1B Kit-Ling Yeung hit into a two-run error by 1B Johana Perez for a 4-1 edge.
Venezuela began their comeback in the bottom of the third. LF Migreyli Angulo doubled with two out. Pineda singled and a delayed double steal made it 4-2. Reyes singled in Pineda for a 4-3 game. In the 4th, Venezuela loaded the bases but Pineda popped up to end the threat; they were hampered by two outs on the bases that inning. In the 5th, Guzman reached on a one-out error by Poon and stole second. Johana Perez walked and Segovia singled in the tying run.
Hong Kong got two runners in scoring position in the 6th but Kerlys Perez (1 H, 0 R, 4 K in 3 1/3 IP) picked off CF Tan-Lee Cheung at second. They also threatened in the 7th by getting Tsz-Chin Lau to third but Hei-Tin Lau and Cheuk both grounded out against reliever Dayvis Carzola. In the bottom of the 7th, Johana Perez drew a two-out walk and Hung hit Segovia and SS Solmarys Brito. Hei-Tin Lau moved to the mound to relieve but hit backup RF Daniela Daniel to force in the losing run.
The US wins their opener with a mixture of youth and experience. 17-year-old Sarah Hudek allows only one hit in five shutout innings before Clarisa Navarro wraps up the whitewash while veteran 1B Malaika Underwood steals four bases (including home) and scores three runs and 40-year-old LF Tamara Holmes drives in two. CF Tara Harbert also steals home. Yu-Chen Hsu takes the defeat.
The hosts and defending champs open with a mercy-rule romp as Minami Yano (3 IP), Moemi Yoshii (1 IP) and Ayami Sato (1 IP) combine on a three-hitter for the 8,500 in attendance. Melinda Latimer walks six and gives up six runs in 1 1/3 IP. Japan's offense features big games from 3B Ayako Rokkaku (3 R), LF Akiko Shimura (3 RBI) and SS Miki Atsusage (3 for 3, BB).
The defending Bronze Medalists got a scare from Taiwan in a close game, before prevailing in extra innings. Taiwan SS Wen-Ching Hsieh opened with a single off Autumn Mills. 2B Chu-Yu Pan bunted a single but Hsieh was out trying for third. After a fly out, CF Chi Tseng singled and RF Hsiao-Mei Chen doubled for a 1-0 lead. Canada tied it in the third off Yu-Ying Hsieh. CF Veronika Boyd singled with one out and stole second; with two away, she scored on a hit by SS Bradi Wall.
The game remained a pitching duel at 1-1 until the 5th. With one out that inning, Wen-Ching Hsieh singled. Pan bunted her over, then 3B Ya-Ting Wen singled. Chi Tseng walked to load the bases. Hsiao-Mei Chen again came through, this time with a two-run single to right for a 3-0 lead; Hannah Martsen relieved Mills and ended the inning without further harm. In the 6th, though, Martesen struggled. DH Pin-Hsuan Yu doubled and was balked to third. Martensen hit C Shih-Yun Lee. LF Yung-Hsin Cheng doubled for a 4-1 lead. Martensen fanned Wen-Ching Hsieh. Pan bunted yet again, this time into a force at home. On a delayed double steal, Cheng stole home to make it 5-1. A double by Wen made it 6-1. After Martensen walked Chi Tseng, she was yanked in favor of Amanda Asay.
Canada came back in the bottom of the sixth against reliever Chiao-Yao Huang. C Stéphanie Savoie singled. With one out, LF Meagan Cornelssen walked. Huang then walked the next three batters as well: 3B Ashley Stephenson, DH Jennifer Gilroy and RF Kelsey Lalor. That pulled Canada within three. Boyd was retired on an infield fly, but 2B Nicole Luchanski singled in two more runs. Huang plunked Wall and Yu-Yin Hsieh returned to the mound (she had moved to SS at the start of the inning when Huang entered). Savoie singled in Luchanski and Lalor to put Canada ahead, 7-6.
Vanessa Riopel relieved Asay to open the 7th. SS Chia-Hui Yang singled; with two outs, she stole second. Backup LF Yu-Chen Hsu singled home Yang to tie it at 7. Hsieh held Canada to one hit in the bottom of the 7th (a double by backup DH Emma Carr) and the game went into extra innings. Taiwan scored once int he 8th when Chiao-Yun Huang (now at 1B) hit a sacrifice fly to score Yu-Yin Hsieh. In the bottom of the 8th, Canada answered as Wall singled home Lalor and Savoie singled in Boyd for a comeback win.
The Netherlands again got routed, but at least got some hits today. Marti Sementelli tossed a three-hitter while Ciska Welboren allowed 3 hits, 5 walks and 10 runs (6 earned) in 1 1/3 IP for the Dutch team. C Kendall Dawson had four RBI and backup 2B Stephanie Nicholson scored three runs.
In a second close game today, Australia edged Venezuela as the two teams both moved to 1-1. The Latina team scored first. In the top of the second, RF Daniela Daniel was plunked by Stephanie Gaynor and DH Nidia Pineda walked. C Neydemar Guzman hit into a force at second. Guzman stole second and a throwing error by Aussie catcher Tahnee Lovering scored Daniel. In the bottom of the second, Australia tied it against Josefina Cumana. CF Leigh Godfrey walked, was advanced on a grounder then was balked to third. RF Taylah Welch hit a sacrifice fly to even it at 1.
Australia went ahead in the third. LF Rachel Higgins walked and stole second, then SS Bronwyn Gell hit into an error by 3B Patricia Segovia. Gell was picked off, but Higgins scored during the rundown. The Emeralds tacked on another run in the 4th. With two outs, Lovering, Higgins, Gell and 2B Shae Lillywhite drew four consecutive walks from Cumana for a 3-1 lead.
Venezuela rallied to tie it in the 5th. With two outs, Segovia walked and 1B Johana Perez doubled. LF Leonela Reyes hit into a two-run error by Lillywhite. Venezuela came close to taking the lead in the 6th against reliever Jacinda Barclay. With two outs, Daniel walked and Pineda doubled her to third, but Guzman popped up.
Australia went ahead for good in the 6th. Lovering led off with a single. With one out, Gell singled as well. Lillywhite hit into a force at third, then a wild pitch advanced both runners. 3B Christina Kreppold was intentionally walked. Dayvis Cazorla relieved Cumana but allowed the game-losing single to DH Katie Gaynor. Venezuela got a one-out single in the 7th from backup 1B Yoselin Gimenez but Reyes lined into a 4-3 double play to end it. Barclay got the win in relief.
Nana Sasanuma, Risa Nakashima and Moemi Yoshii combined on a one-hitter, allowing only a third-inning single to 2B Tsz-Yan Leung. Ho-Ying Au tossed a hitless, scoreless 4th but four other Hong Kong hurlers combined to allow 19 hits in four innings on 12 hits and 14 walks. 3B Airi Hiraga was 3 for 3 with two walks and five runs, 2B Saki Kaneko 2 for 2 with three walks and four runs and 1B Yukiko Kon drove in five.
In a matchup of winless teams, the Netherlands puts up a challenge after suffering two routs but still falls to Taiwan. CF Kyra van Genderen led off the game with a single off Chiao-Yun Huang. DH Esther Maliepaard bunted into a two-base error by Huang. RF Marije Filius singled for the first run of the Cup for the Orange. C Claudia Kranendonk then grounded into an error by SS Yu-Yin Hsieh and the Europeans were up 2-0. Huang settled down after that, allowing only two hits and no runs before leaving in the 5th. Relievers Wen-Cheng Hsieh and Chi Tseng were even sharper, fanning five of seven batters they faced.
The Netherlands made their early lead hold up well as Loes Asmus blanked Taiwan for the first four innings. Yu-Yin Hsieh opened the 5th by hitting into an error by 3B Famke Gildemacher then stole second. 3B Ya-Ting Wen doubled to make it 2-1. Asmus got the next three batters to preserve the lead for now. In the bottom of the 6th, Asmus plunked C Ya-Lin Wu with one out. Shih-Yun Lee pinch-ran and stole second. LF Yu-Chen Hsu, the #9 hitter, doubled in Lee with the tying run. Eddie Dix took out the fading Asmus and brought in Marijke van Veen. 2B Chun-Fang Chiu grounded into an error by 1B Jessica Kroeskop to put runners on the corners. Van Veen tossed a wild pitch to advance Chiu. Yu-Yin Hsieh hit a sacrifice fly to put Taiwan ahead then Wen singled in an insurance run. In the 7th, van Genderen singled with two outs off Tseng but Tseng fanned the other three batters that inning for a save.
The hosts improved to 3-0, outscoring the opposition 47-0, with their second straight one-hitter. 2B Leslie Gomez led off the game with a single but that was the lone hit allowed by Yukari Isozaki, Minami Yano and Ayami Sato. RF Ayumi Terabe scored three runs and LF Akiko Shimura drove in three in the romp.
In the Cup's first game to feature two Medalists from 2012, defending Silver Medalists US edged defending Bronze Medalist Canada. The start of the game was delayed about two hours due to rain. Canada started quickly against Stacy Piagno. 2B Nicole Luchanski singled, advanced on a grounder by SS Bradi Wall, took third on a wild pitch and scored on a fly to center by C Stéphanie Savoie. 1B Kate Psota walked and advanced on a wild pitch. LF Meagan Cornelssen singled, then Piagno balked home a run. A single by 3B Ashley Stephenson scored Cornelssen for a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the first, CF Tara Harbert drew a leadoff walk from Vanessa Riopel but was picked off. 2B Jenna Marston singled; with two outs, she stole second. DH Tamara Holmes hit into an error by Wall for a 3-1 score. The US tied it in the bottom of the third. With two outs, Riopel hit C Nichole Willis and Harbert. Marston singled to load the bases, then 1B Malaika Underwood singled to center to score Harbert and Willis and make it 3-3.
The US took its first lead in the bottom of the third. RF Sarah Hudek tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly by LF Samantha Cobb. They padded the lead in the 4th against Melissa Armstrong. Harbert singled and Marston walked. Armstrong retired #3 hitter Underwood and cleanup woman Holmes, but Hudek singled to center to plate Harbert for a 5-3 edge. The US tried a delayed double steal but Marston was out at home, Wall to Savoie.
Canada retook the lead in the 5th. With one away, Luchanski singled and stole second. Wall lined out, but Savoie drew a walk, as did Psota and Cornelssen to make it 5-4. Donna Williams relieved Piagno but her control was also poor, as she walked Stephenson to force in the tying run. PH Kelsey Lalor singled in Psota for a 6-5 lead, but RF Autumn Mills grounded out to avoid further harm for the US.
The US retook the lead in the 5th. Cobb singled and was bunted over by Gortarez. 3B Michelle Snyder doubled in Cobb to make it 6-6. Willis grounded Snyder to third. Amanda Asay relieved Armstrong but Harbert laid down a bunt single to score Snyder. Harbert stole second, then Asay threw a wild pitch. Marston walked and stole second. Underwood grounded out but the US now had a lead.
In the top of the 6th, Luchanski was hit by a pitch with one out. After another rain delay, Team Canada players came out to help clean off the field, sponging water off the dirt infield, raking and drying. The crowd of 1,053 applauded the Canadians for their volunteer efforts. Bessie Noll replaced Williams on the mound after the delay and Wall greeted her with a single. Noll walked Savoie on a full count. Luchanski remained a key producer by hitting into a Noll error to make it 7-7. Psota walked to load the bases. Noll recovered to fan Cornelssen and retire Stephenson in the clutch.
Asay retired Holmes and Hudek in the bottom of the 6th. She hit Cobb, but Cobb was thrown out trying to steal. Canada had a good scoring chance in the 7th. Lalor had a leadoff walk, CF Veronika Boyd a one-out walk and Wall a two-out walk but Noll retired Savoie to end the threat. Gortarez opened the bottom of the 7th with a single off veteran Asay. Snyder bunted Gortarez over. PH Kendall Dawson singled to put runners on the corners. Kelsie Whitmore ran for Dawson and stole second. Harbert grounded in Gortarez with the winning run to end an exciting game.
After being rained out a day earlier, Australia's batters rained down on Hong Kong with 17 runs in the first, the first 18 hitters all reaching successfully before a double play and an out finally ended it. Neither Hei-Ting Lau or Yee-Wan Lam retired a batter; Ho-Ying Au, the third hurler, finally got some outs. 2B Shae Lillywhite had five RBI, RF/3B Laura Neads 4 runs, LF Amy McCann 3 runs and 4 RBI, DH Natalie Rawlings 3 runs, 4 RBI and a homer shy of the cycle but the best day came from C Tahnee Lovering (4 H, 5 R, 6 RBI). Taylah Welch got the win.
Round Two Games
The lone European entry started strong but faded late and wound up with a loss to the lone South American squad. The Netherlands went ahead in the third off Keila Aranguren, who fanned eight in a two-hitter. 1B Susanne van Kampen opened the third with a single. LF Paulieke Breukers bunted into an error by Aranguren and both runners advanced on a grounder. DH Esther Maliepaard grounded out, scoring van Kampen, but 2B Thari Diefenbach grounded out to prevent further damage.
Marijke van Veen shut out Venezuela for four innings (2 H, 2 BB). In the 5th, though, she faded. SS Yoselin Gimenez walked and was bunted over by LF Leonela Reyes. CF Daniela Daniel grounded Gimenez to third then 1B Johana Perez singled her in. Ciska Welboren relieved but hit DH Nidia Pineda. Maaike Haak then relieved and also hit a batter but retired 3B Patricia Segovia on a liner to end it.
Venezuela broke the tie in the bottom of the 6th. RF Ofelia Arrieche hit into an error by 3B Loes Asmus. Asmus relieved Haak and Arrieche but made a throwing error on a pickoff attempt, sending Arrieche to third. SS Solmarys Brito hit into an error by new 3B Famke Gildemacher to put Venezuela ahead. Gimenez laid down a bunt hit. Reyes had a squeeze bunt for a 3-1 lead. Asmus walked Daniel. The Netherlands tried Anouk Vergunst on the mound but she threw two wild pitches to make it 4-1. Johana Perez walked on a full count then Pineda singled in Daniel. Vergunst threw two more wild pitches in between an out to make it 6-1 before Segovia flew out.
The US got its first challenge but still remained unbeaten going into its match with defending champion Japan. Australia's Brittany Hepburn and America's Donna Williams traded goose eggs for three. In the 4th, Williams hit 3B Christina Kreppold and walked 1B Katie Gaynor then threw consecutive wild pitches to make it 1-0. DH Natalie Rawlings hit into a 3-6-2 double play. After two more walks, the wild Williams was relieved by Clarisa Navarro. Navarro (2/3 IP), Marti Sementelli (2/3 IP) and Sarah Hudek (2 IP) did not allow a hit or run the rest of the way.
In the bottom of the 4th, the US got to Hepburn. Hudek (then playing RF) walked and was bunted over by LF Samantha Cobb. C Kendall Dawson was hit but 3B Michelle Snyder whiffed on a full count. SS Jade Gortarez hit a clutch double to left to score Hudek and a wild pitch made it 2-1.
Australia had a chance in the 5th when Navarro walked SS Bronwyn Gell and Semntelli walked Kreppold then threw a wild pitch, but Katie Gaynor flew out to left. The US got some insurance in the 6th. Dawson was hit by Kim McMillan and Gortarez hit a one-out single. CF Tara Harbert hit into a force at second, then 2B Jenna Marston walked. McMillan then uncorked the game's third run-scoring wild pitch for the final tally.
2B Chu-Yu Pan, LF Yu-Chen Hsu and RF Hsiao-Mei Chen each score three in a rout; Hsu droves in 3 and Chen 4. Chi Tseng gets the win while Yan-Wa Ng is handed the loss. LF Tsz-Yan Leung scores three of Hong Kong's four runs.
DH Yukiko Kon drove in three, 2B Ayaka Deguchi scores three and Japan scores 7 runs off Canadian starter Daniella Matteucci in just two innings. Japan finally allows a run this Cup as 2012 MVP Yukari Isozaki allowed two unearned runs in the second on a Deguchi error and hits by DH Kelsey Lalor and RF Autumn Mills; Ayami Sato tosses three shutout relief frames.
Jessica Kroeskop walked the first seven batters (using 39 pitches) to put the Netherlands in a deep hole early before getting yanked; after that, the teams engaged in a slugfest with Hong Kong holding a 12-11 edge after the decisive first. Only Thari Diefenbach (NLD) and Ho-Ying Au (HKG) managed a scoreless inning each on the mound. Hong Kong finished with 14 walks, the Netherlands 9. Key hitters for the victors were C Tsz-Chin Lau (4 R, 4 RBI, 3 SB), 3B Woon-Yee Cheuk (4 RBI), SS Yik-Shan Hung (4 BB, 3 R), RF Tsz-Yan Leung (3 R) and CF Tan-Lee Cheung (3 R). LF Paulieke Breukers had no at-bats (3 BB, HBP) yet had two runs and two RBI for the Orange. Hong Kong won their first game in a Women's Baseball World Cup after going 0-17 previously while the Netherlands remained winless in 2014.
In the second and last extra-inning game of the tournament (both involving Canada), the Aussies win in a preview of the third/fourth place game. Australia loaded the bases in the first against Claire Eccles but RF Laura Neads lined out to end the threat. Canada had two runners in scoring position in the third but Maddison Lenard got 1B Kate Psota on a drive to left.
After Eccles shut out Australia for four innings, she was relieved in the 5th by Heather Healey. She got a quick two outs but DH Shae Lillywhite singled and took two bases on a pick-off error by Healey. 2B Natalie Rawlings then singled for a 1-0 lead for the Emeralds. The Canadians took the lead in the top of the 6th. SS Bradi Wall singled, as did DH Stéphanie Savoie and Psota to tie the game and put runners on the corners. PH Autumn Mills singled to make it four straight hits and a 2-1 Canadian lead, but Emma Carr (who pinch-ran for Psota) was caught stealing and Lenard retired 3B Ashley Stephenson. She hit C Jennifer Gilroy; Jacinda Barclay relieved Lenard and retired RF Kelsey Lalor on a fly.
Canada tried to put Australia away in the bottom of the 7th but SS Bronwyn Gell singled off Cindy Saavedra and was bunted over. Lillywhite singled her to third, then stole second. Rawlings drew a walk. 1B Katie Gaynor hit a sacrifice fly for a 2-2 tie. Canada opened the extra frame with 3 runs in the 8th, with the big hit being a two-run single by Savoie off reliever Lauren McGrath. Australia answered in the bottom of the 8th. With the IBAF Extra Innings Rule, they started with two runners aboard (as had Canada). Lillywhite singled against Saavedra, as did Rawlings for a 5-3 game. Gaynor hit into a 5-2-3 double play and Australia was down to their last out. 3B Taylah Welch singled to left to score Lillywhite and Rawlings to tie it again. Neads flew out to left to send the game to the 9th.
Canada began the 9th with Gilroy bunting the two runners over, but Lalor and CF Veronika Boyd both flew out against McGrath. In the bottom of the 9th, Melissa Armstrong entered as Canada's fourth hurler. LF Rachel Higgins reached on a fielder's choice and C Tahnee Lovering singled in Welch with the winning run.
Wall and Lillywhite both finished with four hits.
In a preview of the 5th/6th place game, Taiwan routed Venezuela, Chiao-Yun Huang getting the win and Maria Rincon (7 H, 6 R in 1 1/3 IP) the loss. 2B Chu-Yu Pan (3 for 3, BB, 2 2B, 4 R) and Hsiao-Mei Chen (4 RBI) led Taiwan's offense.
14,000 fans showed up for a match-up of the two unbeaten teams that would be meeting again in the Gold Medal game. This one was all about the pitching as Marti Sementelli held the potent Japanese attack to five hits in 4 2/3 IP and Samantha Cobb allowed one run in 1 1/3 relief innings. Nana Sasanuma (2 H in 5 IP), Moemi Yoshii (0 H in 2/3 IP), Risa Nakashima (0 H in 1/3 IP) and Minami Yano (1 H in 1 IP) teamed on a three-hit whitewash for Japan to prove even better. No US runner even reached third, while only two Japanese runners did. Japan got the game's lone score in the 4th. CF Iori Miura opened with a single off Sementelli and was bunted over by DH Yukiko Ishida. 1B Yuki Kawabata singled to put women on the corners. C Akane Nakamura then successfully pulled off a squeeze bunt to score Miura.
- 7th/8th place game
After beating Cuba for 7th place in 2012, the Netherlands placed last as they got shut out by Hong Kong (3 of the day's 4 games ended in shutouts). Yik-Shin Hang tossed a four-hitter, two of the hits coming from C Claudia Kranendonk for the win. Loes Asmus allowed only one more hit but four runs. In the second, DH Kit-Ying Yeung walked. CF Tan-Lee Cheung bunted into an error by 2B Thari Diefenbach. With one out, Asmus hit C Cho-Hei Wong to load the bases. 2B Ka-Man Law bunted into a two-run error by Asmus.
Hong Kong got their other runs in the third. RF Wai-Yee Cheung singled and stole second, then 3B Hei-Ting Lau singled her to third; Lau stole second as well. Asmus fanned Kit-Yung Yeung but Tan-Lee Cheung singled in one run. After another steal, a wild pitch by Asmus made it 4-0 Hong Kong. From there, neither Asmus nor Hang allowed another run.
- 5th/6th place game
Taiwan was outhit 7-3 but emerged with a shutout win for 5th place. 2B Chu-Yu Pan tripled off Josefina Cumana in the bottom of the first. With one out, RF Hsiao-Mei Chen singled her in. In the second, they got an insurance run. With one away, SS Yu-Yin Hsieh walked on a full count and Pan laid down a bunt single. They pulled off a double steal, then LF Wen-Cheng Hsieh walked. Nidia Pineda relieved Cumana and retired Chen. CF Chi Tseng drew a walk to force in a run but Pineda escaped further trouble.
Venezuela got runners on second and third in the 4th but again failed to score off Yu-Chen Hsu, who scattered 7 hits for a shutout. In the bottom of the 4th, Taiwan capped the scoring. Yu-Yin Hsieh walked and Pan hit into an error by Pineda. Wen-Ching Hsieh hit a sacrifice fly and Hsiao-Mei Chen grounded in Pan for a 4-0 lead. Venezuela loaded the bases in the 5th but Hsu escaped that jam. In the 7th, Venezuela again loaded the bases, this time with one out, but C Neydemar Guzman hit into a game-ending double play.
- Bronze Medal game
Australia won its second Medal ever at a Women's World Cup by coming back to beat Canada. Canada stormed out of the gate. SS Bradi Wall had a one-out single off Melinda Latimer then C Stéphanie Savoie hit into an error by 2B Natalie Rawlings, sending Wall to third. Savoie stole second then 1B Kate Psota hit a sacrifice fly. A single by LF Meagan Cornelssen scored Savoie for a 2-0 lead. She stole second and Latimer hit 3B Ashley Stephenson but DH Jennifer Gilroy flew out to end the rally.
Stephanie Gaynor relieved Latimer with two outs and one on in the second and shut down Canada the rest of the way, allowing only one hit in 5 1/3 (3 BB, 2 K). Australia's hitters had to do their share, though, to make her relief pitching worth it. Stephanie's aunt Katie Gaynor (1B) walked to open the bottom of the second. LF Taylah Welch also drew a four-pitch walk from Autumn Mills. Gaynor stole third. With one out, C Tahnee Lovering hit into a run-scoring force.
Stephenson and Gilroy drew leadoff walks in the 4th but Gaynor retired RF Kelsey Lalor, CF Veronika Boyd and 2B Nicole Luchanski to escape harm. In the bottom of the fourth, Katie Gaynor had another leadoff walk but was caught stealing. Welch doubled but was stranded. In the bottom of the 5th, CF Leigh Godfrey doubled and scored on a one-out single by DH Shae Lillywhite to tie it. 3B Christina Kreppold walked but Rawlings hit into a 3-6-1 double play.
In the 7th, Wall was hit by a pitch with two outs and stole second, but All-Star C Savoie grounded out. In the bottom of the 7th, SS Bronwyn Gell singled off Mills. Godfrey hit into an error by Mills then Lillywhite bunted a single to load the bases. Vanessa Riopel relieved but walked Kreppold on five pitches to force in the winning run.
Godfrey became the first player to win a Medal in both the Women's Baseball World Cup and Softball World Championship.
- Gold Medal game
Japan won their fourth straight title, beating the US as in 2012. It was a fine pitching duel between Sarah Hudek and Ayami Sato. 1B Malaika Underwood and LF Tamara Holmes hit two-out singles against Sato in the first but Hudek's sharp grounder to short was cut off by Miki Atsugase for a force play. Atsugase drew a one-out walk from Hudek in the bottom of the first but was stranded.
Sato went 1-2-3 in the top of the second. RF Ayumi Terabe singled with two outs in the second but got not farther. US SS Jade Gortarez singled with two outs in the third for the US then Underwood flew out. In the bottom of the third, 2010 MVP/3B Ayako Rokkaku had a one-out single and was bunted over by Atsugase. CF Iori Miura grounded into an error by Gortarez for the game's first run, but Hudek picked off Miura to prevent further harm.
Hudek had a one-out single in the 4th and RF Samantha Cobb singled, but 3B Michelle Snyder hit into a 4-6-3 double play. In the bottom of the 4th, 1B Yuki Kawabata drew a one-out walk, but rain delayed the game 23 minutes at that point. DH Yukiko Kon lined to 2B Jenna Marston for another inning-ending double play. Sato had her second 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 5th.
Japan had their big inning in the bottom of the fifth. With one out, 2B Ayaka Deguchi walked. LF Akiko Shimura bunted and reached on a fielder's choice. Rokkaku grounded both runners over. Atsugase delivered a RBI single to center to make it 2-0. Atsugase stole second; a throwing error by C Kendall Dawson let Shimura score. Miura grounded out but it was now 3-0 Japan.
In the top of the 6th, Underwood singled with one out but Holmes hit into a twin killing, Deguchi making a diving stop on the grounder to begin the play. In the bottom of the 6th, Kawabata had a one-out single off Hudek and Terabe walked, but Deguchi was retired. The US had their last crack in the 7th. Hudek singled for her second hit but Sato retired Cobb on a fly, fanned Snyder and Marston grounded into a force to end it.
Leaders and Awards
- Most Valuable Player: Ayami Sato ( Japan)
- Outstanding Defensive Player: Jade Gortarez ( United States)
Leaders (prior to final day)
- Leading Hitter: .583, 7 H, 12 AB; Pin-Hsuan Yu ( Chinese Taipei)
- Pitcher with best ERA: 0.00, 7 IP, 0 ER; Nana Sasanuma ( Japan)
- Pitcher with best won-loss average: 1.000, 1 W, 0 L; Sarah Hudek ( United States)
- Most Runs Batted In: 11; Hsiao-Mei Chen ( Chinese Taipei)
- Most Home Runs: 0
- Most Stolen Bases: 7; Tsz-Yan Leung ( Hong Kong)
- Most Runs Scored: 9; Chu-Yu Pan ( Chinese Taipei)
|Starting Pitcher||Nana Sasanuma||Japan|
|Relief Pitcher||Sarah Hudek||United States|
|First Baseman||Malaika Underwood||United States|
|Second Baseman||Shae Lillywhite||Australia|
|Third Baseman||Ya-Ting Wen||Chinese Taipei|
|Hsiao-Mei Chen||Chinese Taipei|
|Designated Hitter||Nidia Pineda||Venezuela|