Us softball team faces Mexico at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics on Saturday, July 24, 2021 (7/24/21) at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium at Sabara, Fukushima, Japan. Fans can watch the sport for free of charge via an attempt of fuboTV. Six outs from her second Olympic no-hitter, Monica Abbott was clinging to a one-run lead when she walked Canada’s Jen Gilbert leading astray the sixth inning, and pinch-hitter Sara Groenewegen lined a 0-2 pitch to the right-center field gap.
Center fielder Haylie McCleney picked up the ball at the wall and fired to Ali Aguilar. The second sacker made an ideal one-hop throw to catcher Aubree Munro, who moved up the third-base line and swiped an append sliding pinch-runner Joey Lye for the out. “It’s fun to get on the mound to observe that,” Abbott said after her one-hitter led us over Canada 1-0 on Thursday within the first of three one-run softball games. “I don’t want to offer up successful like that, but, man oh man, it took tons of confidence in me on our defense.”
Amanda Chidester hit an RBI single within the fifth off loser Jenna Caira that scored McCleney, who went 3 for 3 with a walk and has reached base seven times in two games. Trying to regain the trophy it lost to Japan within 2008 final, the U.S. improved to 2-0. After each day off for the opening ceremony in Tokyo, the tournament shifts to Yokohama on Saturday.
Abbott, 6-foot-3 and slim, features a Randy Johnson-like reach that reduces her release point from the 43-foot rubber to about 37 feet from the plate. Pitching every week before her 36th birthday, she struck out nine, walked three and needed 102 pitches within the Americans’ second consecutive one-hitter. Cat Osterman, at age 38 the Americans’ senior player, struck out nine over six innings and Abbott struck out the side within the seventh to end Wednesday’s opening 2-0 convert Italy.
“Once you begin brooding about it, it always finishes up being choppy,” Abbott said of the no-hit bid. “So as soon because it popped into my head, I used to be like, no — no, no, no, no, no, don’t believe it.” Lye didn’t regret the green light. “I felt good rounding third,” she said. “We live to play another day.” Munro made sure to not obstruct the runner. “The turf makes it pretty easy,” Munro said. U.S. coach Ken Eriksen got goosebumps.
“That was the primary drill that we did in 2011 and what we do every single year on the primary day of practice,” he said. “That can win gold medals.” Groenewegen took third on the throw, but Abbott stranded pinch-runner, Janet Leung, when Victoria Heyward flew out and, after an intentional walk, Kelsey Harshman struck out. The U.S. was 1 for 8 with six strikeouts with runners in scoring position, but the 1 was enough.
McCleney popped one into short left with one call at the fifth. Janie Reed, whose husband, Jake, was designated for assignment by the l. a. Dodgers within the hours before the sport, sacrificed and Chidester — who is engaged to Mexican infielder Anissa Ortez — lined a 1-2 pitch on the surface corner to the other field into right.
There was a preseason intrasquad feel, each day after many officials attended the opener. The stadium, about 40 miles from the location of a 2011 atomic power plant disaster, was almost empty because fans were banned thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. there have been 30 media and officials within the stands and approximately a dozen photographers in the sector.
“We feel bad that the people of Fukushima weren’t ready to tell their story, that we weren’t ready to leave into the community to ascertain the story,” Eriksen said. “It’s really devastating to the people here to not really show the planet that Fukushima is back. It’s resilient. It’s a gorgeous place. It’s gorgeous. This venue is gorgeous at the bottom of the mountains.”