While the Opening Ceremony for the Tokyo Olympics took spot Friday, the U.S Olympic Softball squad is already connected a roll. After defeating Italy, 2-0, successful their archetypal contest, Team USA unopen retired Canada connected Thursday acknowledgment to a implicit game, one-hit show from seasoned pitcher Monica Abbott.
The Team USA Softball squad defeated Canada successful their 2nd crippled of the Tokyo Olympics. U.S. starting pitching remained ascendant arsenic starting pitcher Monica Abbott pitched done the 6th inning
Abbott and chap veteran Cat Osterman person dominated the planetary contention from the mound, lone allowing 2 hits combined successful opening circular play truthful far. Osterman struck retired 9 implicit six innings successful the archetypal game, and Abbott threw 9 strikeouts connected 102 pitches against Canada to unafraid the Americans’ 2nd consecutive one-hitter.
The dynamic duo volition present look a Mexico squad that astir upset big federation Japan Thursday. Mexico tied Japan doubly during the game, including the seventh inning aft Japan’s halfway fielder committed an error. As the crippled headed to other innings, Japan reliever Miu Goto was capable to flight the bases being loaded astatine the apical of the eighth, allowing her squad to unafraid a walk-off 3-2 triumph astatine Fukushima Azuma Stadium.
On the violative side, Team USA has lone scored 3 runs connected 12 hits successful their archetypal 2 games and has been held scoreless during each of the archetypal 3 innings of play. But facing a Mexico squad that allowed 4 runs successful the archetypal 4 innings of their opening-round nonaccomplishment to Canada, the Americans should person nary occupation getting the bats going aboriginal successful crippled 3. Haylie McCleney leads each players with a .800 batting mean and 4 hits, and Amanda Chidester ranks 3rd down Japan’s Minori Naito, with a .429 mean and 3 hits.
The U.S Olympic softball squad faces Mexico astatine 1:30 a.m. ET astatine the Yokohama Baseball Stadium.