USA defeats Canada as Abbott hits nine

FUKUSHIMA: The United States took a 1-0 victory over Canada as American pitcher Monica Abbott dominated Canadian hitters on the start of day two of softball at the Tokyo Games.

For seven innings, the Canadian batters chased the pitches from home plate and failed to make contact on pitches 116 kilometers an hour from one of the fastest pitchers in the game and a player on the pitch. most useful of the Japanese league five times.

Abbott returned to the same spot on the bench with a toothy smile after his first six dazzling images. She wiped the sweat from her arms, placed a cold compress on the back of her neck, and sipped the fluids from her pink water bottle. Routine paid off.

Abbott struck out nine strikes, three balls on goals and allowed one hit.

After registering the final exit of the game, the 1.91-meter (6-foot-3) left-hander wrapped her arms around wide receiver Aubree Munro.

“For us to maintain a tough attack and let the defense work, that was really good,” Munro said afterwards.

The American center fell as Haylie McCleney hit on a single bloop and scored the only point.

McCleney also sent off pinch runner Joey Lye to prevent him from scoring on a brace from Sara Groenewegen at center-right.

Groenewegen, who returned after a four-innings without a hitting start on Wednesday, held the United States scoreless in the first two innings.

The second of five round robin days leaves the United States at 2-0 in the standings and Canada at 1-1. The top four out of six teams advance to the medal games. Japan took a 1-0 lead in Thursday’s second game, with a few minutes of drizzle in the opening innings forcing the players to scramble to the tents. The game has not been stopped.

Italy will face Australia later. The action ends on Friday for the opening ceremony of the Games. – Reuters

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