Oct. 15, 2003
NANJING , CHINA - The USA Junior Women's National Team improved to 4-0 in World Championship pool play with wins over Thailand and Canada on Oct. 15. UCLA freshman Lisa Dodd had an impressive day at the plate in both games, going 4-for-4 with three runs scored and four RBIs with two doubles against Thailand and following that performance with a 2-for-3 game with another double against Canada. Bruin sophomore Emily Zaplatosch had a team-high three RBIs against Canada.
In the day's first game, the USA Junior Women turned in a dominating 20-0 performance over Thailand . Unleashing their bats, the team connected for 22 hits while right handed pitcher Meagan Denny (Crowley, TX) advanced to 2-0 hurling a perfect game striking out all nine batters she faced.
Lasting just a quick sixty minutes, the USA took a 4-0 lead in the first with base hits from Caitlin Lowe, Norrelle Dickson and Lisa Dodd ( San Diego , CA ). A double down the left field line from Desiree Williams plated the fourth run of the inning to give the U.S. an early jump.
Lighting up the scoreboard, the Junior Women continued their power at the plate in the second inning with 11 runs and 13 hits. Triples from Dickson and UCLA freshman Jaisa Creps ( Valencia , CA ) along with doubles from Caitlin Benyi, Lowe, Dodd, and Emily Zaplatosch pushed the U.S. lead to 15-0. The inning was highlighted by a three run homerun to left center from Williams who finished the game at 3-for-3 with four RBI. The U.S. would go on to score five more runs in the bottom of the third inning ending the game due to the International mercy rule.
Ten players on the U.S. lineup contributed at least one hit while Dodd led all batters going 4-for-4 with four RBI. Lowe, who leads the team in Championship action hitting .875, went 3-for-3 while Jessica Gilmore (Fort Walton Beach, FL), Dickson, Zaplatosch, Holly Krzan (West Richland, WA) and Creps added two hits a piece.
Through three games played the U.S. had mercy ruled every game, outscored its opponents 35-1 and has averaged 13.6 hits per game. They are hitting team .569 and the pitching staff has allowed just one hit and has a combined 0.00 ERA.
In Team USA's second game of the day, Monica Abbott carried the USA Softball Junior Women's team to its fourth victory of the World Championship with a 5-0 victory over Canada . Perfect through five innings, Abbott retired 16 of the 22 batters she faced via strikeout and captured her first win of the tournament.
Taking a 1-0 lead in the second, Andrea Duran ( Selma , CA ) lined a single up the middle and later advanced into scoring position with a stolen base. Third baseman Norrelle Dickson ( Orange , CA ), hitting .571, plated Duran for the RBI with base hit through the middle to take the lead.
Looking to the bullpen in the fifth inning, the Canadians brought in relief pitcher Danielle Lawrie looking to stop the U.S. rally, but the Red, White and Blue proved otherwise. With two outs, catcher Emily Zaplatosch ( Scottsdale , AZ ) then blasted a 2-2 pitch to right center for a three run home run scoring Rinehart and Lowe taking the 5-0 USA advantage.
"I think having faced three different pitchers like we did tonight you have to go up there and focus," Zaplatosch said. "I was trying not to swing my hardest but just make contact and I feel like that is what I did."
One more run off a combination Lisa Dodd ( San Diego , CA ) single and Caitlin Benyi ( Scottsdale , AZ ) double to left center would lead to the eventual 6-0 U.S. victory.
Dodd and Dickson led all hitters each going 2-for-3 while Zaplatosch recorded three RBI. With the win, the U.S. continues undefeated in pool play outscoring its opponents 41-1 tallying its third shutout of the tournament. They are hitting a combined .510 and have totaled 50 hits in four games.
The U.S. Women will continue its road to the World Championship gold medal on October 16 when they face Chinese Taipei at 5 p.m.