Canada advances into softball bronze-medal game
Canadian women’s softball team competed with the winner of the game between Australia and Mexico to find their spot on the Olympic podium.
Canada softball team will compete in the bronze medal match following its 8-1, six-inning mercy-rule against Italy on Monday.
Based on the latest rankings, Canada is in third place, Mexico is in 5th place and Australia is in 8th place. On Tuesday at midnight ET, Canada is going to face Mexico, the winner of the match between Mexico and Australia. Earlier Monday, Japan was defeated by the U.S., so they are going to face the hosts in a rematch for gold.
Canada softball team is now confident of playing for bronze medal. Sara Groenewegen and Jenna Caira who appeared in every game prior are resting. Victoria Hayward who is an outfielder was moved to a determined player for the game.
The sport’s rules
After the big victory at Yokohama Baseball Stadium, the entire 15-player made sure that they had got an extra inning of rest. Based on the rules, if a team manages to lead by seven at the conclusion of an inning, the game is considered over. That’s what the Canada softball team did after six against Italy.
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The five-game round robin at 3-2 was completed by the Canada Softball team with losses following by 1-0 scores in competing with Americans and Japan.
The strength of Canada softball team had always been pitching which was permitted for only four runs total, and even no more than once in one game.
Danielle Lawrie is 34 years old. She is former major leaguer Brett Lawrie’s sister. In the match against Italy, she got the starting approval and permitted four hits and one unearned run through three innings. Five in three hitless innings were fanned by Lauren Regula. All-star outfielder Jason Bay is her brother.
Lawrie credited Russ and Cheryl Lawrie, who are her parents
Lawrie said in her idea, the first thing that her parents and mostly her dad instilled when she was at a young age was that competitive piece, she explained that she had always competed with Brett, from doing the dishes to playing baseball.
She explained that they used to train a lot when she was a kid, and now that she is a mom she was not sure about putting her kids through that. But she also mentioned that all that training was the reason why she was there today. Those constant trainings made her the woman she is today. She said they used to go on camping trips and training at the crack. Getting up and training was something they would do at 8 a.m. So, she considered those little things that had been instilled in them, the reason for her success.
The early lead with a solo home run in the second inning was given to Canada by Jen Gilbert. Jen Gilbert was the right-fielder in the game and it was considered her first hit.
The moment when a Larissa Franklin double scored Hayward, another run in the third was added by Canada. It was Franklin’s first extra-base hit in Tokyo.
In the end, while Canada was scoring three unearned runs, Italy was cleared up. The second run of the game was driven by Franklin with a sacrifice fly. Jenn Salling who is the first baseman performed a run-scoring single. Despite losing the game, Italy found some joy. It was their first run in this tournament.
An RBI single was slapped by captain Erika Piancastelli to the center. This performance was accompanied by cheers and applause from the Italian players.
There is good hope for the return of Softball and baseball in Los Angeles, 4 years after the Paris Olympics in which they have already been scratched.