FUKUSHIMA, Japan, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - The Japanese hosts took a win in extra sets against the Mexico on the 39th anniversary of their ace and day two of softball at the Tokyo Games, joining the United States at 2-0 in the standings.
Australia beat Italy later Thursday, who fell to 0-2 and have yet to score a point in the tournament.
Mexico, also 0-2, equaled Japan twice, including in the seventh inning when a ball fell through the center of Japan the outfielder left a run and had kept his ace Yukiko Ueno of a full game and a second consecutive winning start.
Japanese reliever Miu Goto escaped the bases loaded into the top of the eighth, leaving teammate Mana Atsumi to lead Eri Yamada, who started at second base under extra innings rules, to a 3-2 win.
Goto said that wanting to give Ueno a birthday win helped shut down Mexi co, and slugger Yamato Fujita described a home run she hit as a gift for Ueno.
Early Wednesday, American pitcher Monica Abbott dominated Canada from the start.
For seven innings, the Canadian batters chasedthrows off the plate and failed to make contact at 116 km / h (72 miles per hour) of the throws of one of the games 'fastest pitchers and a MVP in the game. Japanese league five times.
In a routine that paid off, Abbott returned to the same spot on the bench with a big 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 drank liquids from her pink water bottle.
Afterwards Having recorded the 1-0 victory final, the 1.91-meter (6-foot, 3-inch) southpaw wrapped her arms around receiver Aubree Munro.
" For us to maintain a tough attack and let the defense work, that was really good, "Munro said afterwards.
American center Haylie McCleneyscored the only run after her single bloop, and she threw pinch runner Joey Lye from center-right to prevent a score.
In the sixth inning of the 1-0 defeat against Australia, Italian Giulia Longhi drummed two balls against a l bench on the sidelines of the stadium without spectators. Longhi said she hopes the pace will bring together a rally like it has for the team before. It was not, however, and a pair of Groundouts left a runner stranded at second.
Australia and Canada rank at 1-1. The top four after five round robin games each qualify for the medal games.
One-third of the lights at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium were necessary at the end of the game against Australia, because the gray skies never went out. The action moves southto Yokohama Stadium on Saturday after a break for the Olymp ICS opening ceremony on Friday. Reporting by Paresh Dave; Edition of Lincoln Feast, Kim Coghill and Hugh Lawson
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