Youthful Americans Defeat Japanese 6-4 in Finals


OKLAHOMA CITY  Team USA made amends (yet again) for its loss to Team Japan in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games by defeating a strong Japanese ballclub 6-4 in the finals of the World Cup of Softball VI. And they did it with a team of relative newbies, as the former Olympic athletes had earlier decided to withdraw from the National Team in favor of the National Pro Fastpitch league.

It was the fifth straight World Cup title for the Americans.

The game lived up to its billing as a matchup of the two premier women’s fastpitch teams in the world. Pitcher Jordan Taylor (Valencia, CA) made a strong showing for the US, striking out five and holding the Japanese to just two runs on three hits and a walk over 5.1 innings.

Team USA jumped out to an early 2-0 lead in the first inning; Japan would have to wait until the fifth to score a run.

The Americans seemed in control of the game going into the final inning with a 6-2 lead, but Japan came storming back to cut the lead to 6-4. At that point it appeared the relative youth and inexperience of the Americans might get the better of them, but they held on for the win.

The next stop for the US National Team is the Pan American Games, October 17-23, in Guadalajara, Mexico. The Red, White and Blue will be aiming for its tenth (and seventh consecutive) Pan American Games gold medal. Read more.