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August 5, 2017
Chidester plates four runs as Womenâs National Team bests Curacao 14-0 in four innings
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic â Team USAâs bats continued to stay hot as the USA Softball Womenâs National Team (WNT) picked up a 14-0 (four innings) win over Curacao at the Pan American Championship. The U.S. combined for 11 hits in their early morning matchup, including home runs from Valerie Arioto (Pleasanton, Calif.) and Ali Aguilar (Orangevale, Calif.), while Ally Carda (Elk Grove, Calif.) and Danielle OâToole (Upland, Calif.) combined for a no-hitter.
âWake up and hit, thatâs what the team did today,â said Head Coach Ken Eriksen. âAfter a late night and Opening Ceremony, for us to come out today with no pregame batting practice and knock out a bunch of hits was pretty impressive to me. You have to give a lot of credit to Ally for knocking out the first inning and giving our team a chance to score in the first inning.â
Carda brought the heat in the top of the first, retiring three batters with a strikeout despite a one out, hit batter. The U.S. put five runs up on the board in the bottom of the first with the help of two home runs. Michelle Moultrie (Jacksonville, Fla.) picked up the first RBI of the game after singling to right field to bring home Haylie McCleney (Morris, Ala.). Moultrie would come around to score off a misplayed ball that allowed Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) to reach safely and advance to third. With one runner on, Arioto sent the ball out of the park on a 1-2 pitch to plate two runs, and Aguilar followed suit with a solo home run to make it a 5-0, U.S. lead.
The Red, White and Blue would add to that lead in the bottom of the second inning. Tacking on two runs in their at-bat, McCleney led off with a triple and Kelsey Stewart (Wichita, Kan.) was hit by a pitch to put runners on the corners. Two batters later, Chidester doubled on a line drive to left field to extend the lead to 7-0.
Seven more runs crossed the plate in the bottom of the third inning. A single from Jazmyn Jackson (San Jose, Calif.) brought Hannah Flippen (San Diego, Calif.) home and a fielding error on the right fielder allowed Jackson to advance to second base. With a runner in scoring position, McCleney singled to make it a nine run lead. The bases would become loaded after a single from Delaney Spaulding (Rancho Cucamonga, Calf.) and a walk to Moultrie. Chidester picked up another pair of RBI with a hard hit ball to left field, and Arioto drove another ball to left field to bring in another run. A sac fly from Aguilar pushed across another U.S. run and a double from Flippen gave Team USA a 14-run edge over Curacao.
Needing just three outs to end the game via run-rule, OâToole entered the circle in relief for Carda and dished out three ground outs to give Team USA the 14-0 (four innings) win.
Chidester led the U.S. offense, going 2-for-3 with four RBI and two runs scored while Arioto also had a 2-for-3 showing with three RBI and two runs scored. Carda earned the win in the circle, pitching three complete innings with six strikeouts and no hits while OâToole pitched the final frame.
Up next for the USA Softball WNT is a 6:30 p.m. ET contest against Peru tomorrow evening. Fans can watch Team USA throughout the tournament with live streaming through InternetTV for an $11.95 (USD) subscription. Live stats will also be available for fans to follow along through USASoftball.com.
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