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WHITEHORSE, Yukon Territory – University of Oregon sophomore-to-be Karissa Hovinga made a pair of weekend appearances for the Canadian National Team (2-1) in the International Softball Federation Women’s World Championships.
The Ralston, Neb., product (1-0) made both a start and relief appearance in the 16-team event that runs July 13-22 and hosted at the Pepsi Softball Center.
So far in the tourney, Canada has beaten Mexico, 8-0, and Chinese Taipei, 6-0, and lost to Japan, 6-2.
In her first appearance - Saturday’s start vs. Mexico - she pitched an opening scoreless five innings, allowed only three hits and no walks, struck out none, and 40 of her 59 pitches were for strikes. Reliever, Jenna Cater worked the final two innings, struck out three, and allowed three hits and no walks.
The Canadians scored their first run in the third inning, five more in the fourth, and two in the seventh and final inning.
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 follow (with Pacific Times listed)):
July 16: Canada vs. Great Britain (7 pm)
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.), Jocelyn 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.).
Hovinga was selected to the four-person pitching staff for the world team after she helped Team Canada place fourth in the recent Canada Open Fastpitch tournament near Vancouver.
She pitched in six of the team’s eight games over the course of six days, including a pair of impressive starts against Japan, the 2008 Olympic Gold Medalists.
In the first of those games, she pitched 5.0 innings, and gave up just one earned run on six hits and two walks (and twice escaped bases-loaded situations without giving up a run). In the second meeting, she worked 4.2 innings, struck out four, walked none, allowed six hits, and only one of her three runs allowed were earned.
Early in the tourney, she was credited with the win in the 8-1 decision over New Zealand (7/4/12, 3.0 IP complete game, 4 SO, 2 BB, 3 H, 1 ER).
Her other Canadian Open appearances were a pair of relief stints vs. Australia (7-0 loss in bronze medal game (7/9/12), 0.2 IP, 1 SO, 0H, 0 BB; 5-3 win (7/6/12), 1.0 IP, 1 SO, 1 H, 0 BB, 0 R), and a start vs. the USA (14-2 loss (7/7/12)), 3.0 IP, 2 SO, 2 BB, 6H, 5 ER);
Duck head coach Mike White has also been north of the border the past few weeks as an assistant coach for the U.S. National Team in both events.
The former ISC Hall of Fame pitcher helped the U.S. advance to the Canadian Open championship game before Japan narrowly won the gold medal, 4-2. In earlier tilts, the American squad won 5-4 over Venezuela; 7-0 over New Zealand; 8-0 over Puerto Rico; 7-0 over Australia; 14-2 over Canada; 4-3 over Japan; and 2-0 over Australia.
The past weekend in the World Championships, Team USA has is seeking its 10th gold medal in the event (and would-be eighth straight). The Americans opened the tourney with three wins over Venezuela (7-0), Czech Republic (10-0) and Puerto Rico (13-0 (4)).
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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