Canada’s softball team dropped a 1-0 extra-innings decision to Japan on Sunday, and the competition came with some controversy. The loss also meant the Canadians lost any hope of having fun with for gold within the Tokyo Olympics. Team USA and Japan are now self-discipline to compete for first self-discipline in softball’s return to the Games.
The already prolonged game went longer than anticipated when Canadian coach Stamp Smith pulled his team off the sphere within the fifth inning, protesting the umpire’s obvious decision to now not let Team Canada swap pitchers. The game used to be paused whereas Smith filed a formal protest with the World Baseball Softball Confederation.
Smith obtained the pause consequence he wished. When play resumed, Danielle Lawrie took over within the circle in relief of Jenna Caira, who Smith had originally tried to interchange before his protest.
Caira had solely are available in one day of the fourth inning – taking on for starter Sara Groenewegen – but she tranquil managed to retire four of the 5 batters she confronted before Lawrie stuffed in.
Lawrie, the pitcher on the coronary heart of the protest, is a two-time Olympian and obtained an NCAA championship with the Washington Huskies on the 2009 Ladies folks’s College World Sequence. Following the delay, she pitched two floor outs on three throws to abet the game scoreless.
While Smith obtained his methodology in changing pitchers, it used to be within the wreck Japan who had the closing laugh, pulling out the one-bustle victory to clinch its scheme within the gold-medal game. The Canadians, in its assign, like to make a selection for a berth within the bronze medal game against either Australia or Mexico. Canada will play its closing round-robin game of the Olympics against Italy on Monday.
The United States will play Japan for gold after beating Australia, 2-1. That game wasn’t without excitement of its bear, with the American citizens coming from late for a recede-off receive over the Aussies.
Team USA had given up their first bustle within the Olympics and like been on the verge of shedding their first game before Amanda Chidester took to the plate with two runners in scoring self-discipline within the bottom of the eighth inning and laced a success up the center to power in each and each runs.
The U.S. and Japan will play Monday within the closing game of the round-robin before the gold medal game, scheduled for 7: 00 a.m. ET on Tuesday.