US Wins World Cup, Jennie Says Farewell


World Cup Title Marks Jennie Finch's Last Hurrah with Team USA


OKLAHOMA CITY  Maybe she didn’t start on the mound, but Jennie Finch got the satisfaction of playing first base in her final game with Team USA yesterday—a game that ended in a 5-1 win over Japan. It was the fourth consecutive World Cup title for the US.

Plenty of tears were shed following the emotional victory as Jennie headed for the sideline, arm-in-arm with her teammates. She left her cleats at home plate—the custom for retiring players—accompanied by husband Casey Daigle and four-year-old son Ace.

Monica Abbott earned the complete game victory for the Americans, striking out 10 while allowing one run on four hits.

Jennie got to pitch in the preceding game against the USA Futures National Team—a squad made up of players who did not make the National Team. She pitched a three-hit shutout.

Finch’s remarkable 10-year run with the US National Team resulted in a gold medal win at the 2004 Athens Olympics and a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.

Although she will never again don the Red, White & Blue uniform of Team USA, Jennie plans to continue playing pro ball with the Chicago Bandits through the end of August. Read more.

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