XVI Women's Softball World Championship

02/08/2018 - 12/08/2018

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XVI Women's Softball World Championship - Official Payoff

Japan opens Softball World Championship with no-hitter and walk-off home run over Italy

02/08/2018

Japan is off to the start they were looking for in the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship 2018, with a 9-0 victory over Italy to officially kick off the global tournament.

A three-run home run by left fielder Saki Yamazaki off Italy reliever Alice Nicolini ended the game in the bottom of the sixth — ahead of the reguation seven innings.

Japan led from start to finish, starting and ending the contest with home runs.

Center fielder Eri Yamada blasted a home run to left field on Greta Cecchetti’s first pitch.

The hosts broke the score open in the bottom of the third, taking full advantage of a couple of errors by the Italian defense.

Japan star pitcher Yukiko Ueno didn’t allow a hit to Italy.