WHITEHORSE, Yukon – University of Oregon sophomore-to-be Karissa Hovinga topped another world power Monday with her 8-1 win over Great Britain Monday for the Canadian National Team (3-1) in the International Softball Federation Women’s World Championships.
On Monday, the Ralston, Neb., product (2-0) pitched the first five innings, struck out three, walked two, allowed four hits, her one run allowed was earned, and 41 of her 58 pitches were strikes. Reliever Jocelyn Cater worked the final inning, struck out one, walked none, allowed one hit and no runs.
Altogether in the 10-day, 16-team tourney, Hovinga has made two starts and one relief appearance in the contests held at the Pepsi Softball Center.
Earlier in the weekend, Team Canada beat Mexico, 8-0, and Chinese Taipei, 6-0, and lost to Japan, 6-2.
In her first appearance – a Saturday start in the opener vs. Mexico - she pitched a scoreless opening five innings, allowed only three hits and no walks, struck out none, and 40 of her 59 pitches were for strikes. Cater worked the final two innings, struck out three, and allowed three hits and no walks.
She also pitched on Sunday in a 6-2 loss to Japan. In her final inning of relief she struck out one, walked one, allowed two hits, and her one run allowed was earned.
Other upcoming games in the opening round and playoff schedule follow (with Pacific Times listed)):
July 17: Canada vs. New Zealand (11:30am)
July 18: Canada vs. Australia (7 pm)
July 19: Canada vs. Italy (7 pm)
July 20: Playoff Round
July 21: Playoff Round
July 22: Medal Round
All games from the 13th edition of the event will be web-streamed for free and offer live scoring. The tournament website can be found at http://www.worldfastpitch2012.com , and other Canadian National Team information is available at the http://www.softball.ca website.
Hovinga is joined on the 17-person roster by Jenna Caira (Toronto, Ont.), Cater (Delta, B.C.) ,Erin Cumpstone (Saskatoon, Sask.), Jennifer Gilbert (Saskatoon, SK), Victoria Hayward (Toronto, Ont.), Sheena Lawrick (Calgary, Alb.), Danielle Lawrie (Langley, B.C.), Caitlin Lever (Buffalo, N.Y.), Joey Lye (Toronto, ON), Melanie Matthews (Surrey, B.C.), Kaleigh Rafter (Guelph, Ont.), Jennifer Salling (Port Coquitlam, B.C.), Carey-Leigh Thomas (Ohsweken, Ont.), Megan Timpf (Port Dover, Ont.), Natalie Wideman (Mississauga, Ont.), Jennifer Yee (North Delta, B.C.).
Duck head coach Mike White is also north of the border as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team in both events.
Team USA is seeking its 10th gold medal in the event (and would-be eighth straight). The Americans have opened the tourney with four wins over Venezuela (7-0), Czech Republic (10-0), Puerto Rico (13-0 (4) and South Africa (17-0 (3)).
More U.S. National Team stats and information are available at the www.usasoftball.com website, and a web stream and live stats are available at the http://www.worldfastpitch2012.com URL address.
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