XVI Women's Softball World Championship

2018-08-02 - 2018-08-12

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Netherlands stuns Chinese Taipei with thrilling walk-off victory; USA keeps winning


Netherlands and USA came out with the victory this afternoon in NASPA Stadium. The European team defeated Chinese Taipei, while the defending world champions beat Philippines.

Netherlands 6-5 Chinese Taipei

Netherlands took its second win of the tournament in a breathtaking game, defeating Chinese Taipei, 6-5. The European champions scored the winning run in the bottom of the seventh on a fielding error by second base Feng-Chen Lin.

Chinese Taipei scored in the top of the first on an RBI double by Yi-Ting Yang that went all over the third base line. Nehterlands starter Eva Voortman retired the first two batters she faced, but then walked Miao-Yi Chen and surrendered a single to Szu-Shih Li, before Yang’s double. Chinese Taipei loaded the bases with another walk, but the lefty avoided more damage with a grounder to third base.

One inning later Voortman struggled with her control and surrendered three consecutive walks to open the inning. Head Coach Rosselini Francisca made a pitching change, sending Rebecca Soumeru to the circle, but the reliever served a 2-RBI single to Yi Yen to make it 3-0, with runners on the corners and still no outs. After that, Chen hit the ball deep to center field for a sac fly,

In the bottom of the third Netherlands tied the game with a four-run rally. Soclaina Van Gurp started it with a leadoff homer, and Maxime Van Dalen followed with a single through the middle. An-Ju Chiu replaced Chia-Chen Tsai in the circle, but she allowed two more singles to load the bases, and two outs later Dinet Oosting hit a single between third and short stop to produce two more, while the tying game scored on a throwing error in the same play.

Netherlands had a big chance to take the lead in the score in the bottom of the fifth, on a bases loaded, one out situation. But they couldn’t capitalize, with a grounder and a strike out, stranding three runners.

Chinese Taipei retook the lead in the top of the sixth with a sacrifice fly to center field by Li, to plate Yi Yeng, who had reached with an infield single.

Van Gurp doubled to center field, Van Dalen followed with a single, to put runners on the corners, and Damishah Charles hit a single to center field to tie the game at 5.

In the top of the seventh Feng-Chen Lin hit an opposite field single to leadoff the inning, and advanced with a sac bunt by Yi-Hsuan Su. But Soumeru escaped with an out at home plate on a grounder, and a fly to right field.

In the bottom of the seventh Su-Hua Lin retired the first two outs, but then Virginie Anneveld and Laura Wissink hit back to back singles, to put the potential winning run at second base.

Van Gurp, who had hitted 3 for 3 for the game, too her at bat, and hit a grounder to second base, but Feng-Chen Lin couldn’t field the ball, allowing Van Gurp to reach first, and mos importantly Anneveld to score from second to end the game.

Both teams mov now to 2-3 in the standings. Tomorrow the European champions will face Mexico at 12:30, and Chinese Taipei will play Philippines at the same time.

USA 12-0 Philippines

The winning streak continues for United States after a four-inning, 12-0 victory over Philippines, as they lead Group A with five victories.

USA scored in the four innings, including a five-run third inning, to secure the win. Haylie Mc Cleney and Aubree Munro homered, and collected 4 and 3 RBIs respectively.

Danielle O’Toole earned the shutout win, with 5 strikeouts, 1 walk and 2 hits. The losser was Mary Ann Antolihao, who lasted 1 inning and allowed 4 runs and 4 hits.

USA leads the Group A along with Puerto Rico, and tomorrow will face South Africa. In the other hand Philippines is 2-3, tied at fourth place, and tomorrow will play Chinese Taipei.