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Hawkins & Mercado Help USA Stake Silver in Jr. World Champs
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Release Date: 07/07/2013
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BRAMPTON, Ont. – University of Oregon freshmen Cheridan Hawkins and Danica Mercado capped action in the Softball Junior World Championships Sunday as Team USA lost to Japan, 4-0, in the gold medal game.

Thanks to a four-run fifth inning, Japan (9-1) turned the tables on Team USA (9-1) with an identically reverse score after USA won their prior meeting on Saturday.

The game ended one inning short of regulation after heavy rain and two delays prevented the seventh and final inning from being played.

“I’m proud of this team and how far they’ve come,” USA Head Coach Tairia Flowers said. “They have so much talent and personality and it showed during our time together.  For us to only give up runs in one inning out of the entire tournament, I think it says a lot for our team and what we’re capable of.  Unfortunately we fell short, but we fought back.  Up until the game was called, we were ready to compete and take the game back, but unfortunately that opportunity didn’t happen.”

Hawkins (4-1) gave up more than one hit for the first time in her five appearances of the tourney as Japan ended with eight in the contest.

In her 4.1-inning start, the Anderson, Calif., native struck out six, walked one, and hit one batter.

Erica Nunn finished the game, pitched 1.2 innings, struck out two, walked one, and allowed no hits or runs.

Mercado made her sixth start of the tournament, and the second baseman went 0-for-1, and reached base via a hit by pitch in the fifth inning.

Japan scored all of its runs in the fifth inning. The first two came after three straight singles, and were followed by a one-out two-run homer by Mayuki Okuda off of Hawkins.

The USA’s best chance to score came in the fifth inning when a walk, hit by pitch and walk loaded the bases with two outs, but a strikeout ended the inning.

An inning later, the Americans’ lone hit came from Emily Crane to open the sixth inning on a 2-2 count.

Japanese pitcher Kana Nakano pitched the six-inning complete game, struck out nine, walked three and hit two batters.

Sunday marked the USA's eighth appearance in the tournament’s championship game in as many editions, and included wins over China (1987) and Japan (1995, 2007, 2011), and losses to Japan (1991, 1999, 2003).

Last week in pool play, Team USA beat Great Britain (10-0 (4)), the Czech Republic (13-0 (4)), Puerto Rico (15-0 (3)), Canada (4-0), Korea (10-0 (4)) and New Zealand (7-0 (5)).

In playoff action over the weekend, the U.S. topped Australia (7-0 (5)) and Japan (4-0) on Friday and Saturday, respectively.

Overall for the trip, the U.S. owned a 70-4 scoring edge over its opposition, hit .443, and sported a 0.47 ERA.

In earlier games Sunday, Japan beat Australia, 9-1, and Mexico beat the Czech Republic, 5-2.

 

 

BOXSCORE

Japan 4 USA 0


                                 YTD                                   YTD
JPN                AB  R  H BI   AVG  USA                AB  R  H BI   AVG
R.Yamashita LF      4  1  1  0  .385  H.McCleney CF       2  0  0  0  .250
C.Enomoto CF        3  0  1  0  .231  K.Stewart DP        3  0  0  0  .200
M.Okuda SS          4  1  2  2  .385  E.Crane LF,RF       2  0  1  0  .556
C.Aoki 1B           3  1  1  2  .182  M.Sataraka 3B       2  0  0  0  .286
M.Naito DP          2  0  0  0  .100  S.Romero SS         3  0  0  0  .333
S.Someya 3B         3  0  1  0  .300  J.Plaza C           1  0  0  0  .167
H.Hirakawa RF       2  0  0  0  .000   A.Aguilar PR       0  0  0  0  .000
H.Agatsuma C        2  0  0  0  .286  L.Young 1B          2  0  0  0  .286
F.Matsumoto 2B      3  1  2  0  .444  S.Lawrence LF,RF    2  0  0  0  .200
                                      D.Mercado 2B        1  0  0  0  .286
                   26  4  8  4                           18  0  1  0

JPN                  0 0 0   0 4 0 -  4  8  0
USA                  0 0 0   0 0 0 -  0  1  1
HR--C.Aoki (1). RBI--M.Okuda  2 (5), C.Aoki  2 (3). HP--M.Naito (2),
H.Agatsuma (1), M.Sataraka (1), J.Plaza (1), D.Mercado (1). SH--C.Enomoto
(0), L.Young (0). E--D.Mercado (1).
LOB--JPN 8, USA 7.
                                                                YTD
                                 IP   H   R  ER  BB  SO  HR     ERA
 JPN
K.Nakano (W,2-0)                6.0   1   0   0   3   9   0    1.40
                                6     1   0   0   3   9   0
 USA
C.Hawkins (L,2-1)               4.1   8   4   4   0   6   1    1.79
E.Nunn                          1.2   0   0   0   1   2   0    0.00
                                6     8   4   4   1   8   1
HB--K.Nakano 3 (3), E.Nunn 2 (2). SO--R.Yamashita 3, C.Enomoto, M.Naito,
S.Someya, H.Agatsuma 2, K.Stewart 2, E.Crane, M.Sataraka, S.Romero 3,
J.Plaza, L.Young. BB--H.Hirakawa, H.McCleney, E.Crane, J.Plaza.
BF--K.Nakano 25 (61), C.Hawkins 22 (61), E.Nunn 8 (8). P-S--K.Nakano
106-59, C.Hawkins 67-57, E.Nunn 25-12.
T--5:02.  

Umpires: Plate Ump - Soenmex, Field Ump #1 - Houison, Field Ump #2 - Jeon, Field Ump #3 - Ortiz

 

 

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