2020 olympics softball teams

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By Erica Ayala

The last time softball was in the Olympics Beyoncé and Jay-Z were newlyweds and Sex and the City 1 was in movie theaters. Since the Beijing Olympics, the field has dropped from eight teams to six for the Tokyo Games. Despite the year absence, there are seven returning Olympians competing in Tokyo. 

Japan &#; the defending Olympic champions &#; return their battery Ueno Yukiko (pitcher) and Yukiko Mine (catcher), as well as outfielder and captain Yamada Eri

From the United States, pitchers Monica Abbott and Cat Osterman will return to the circle after winning a silver medal in (Osterman also competed in , claiming gold). Australian infielder Stacey Porter and Canadian pitcher Danielle Lawrie also competed in and will return to their respective teams in Tokyo. 

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It&#;s a great time for softball to return to the Olympics. The Women&#;s College World Series (WCWS) was the most-watched ever, averaging 1,, viewers per ESPN. The opening day quadruple header pulled the most views (,) since the opening day of the WCWS. That said, softball won&#;t be contested at the Paris Olympics, though the sport could make a reappearance at the Los Angeles Games.

We may not know what the long-term future holds for softball but we do know there are bound to be exciting performances by familiar faces and up-and-coming stars. Here are the most important things you need to know about the field of six before Australia takes on Japan Tuesday at pm ET on NBCSN (TV schedule and live stream link here). 

Olympic Softball Tournament Format

Each team will play each other once in the opening round. The top two teams will progress to the gold medal game, while the third and fourth-ranked teams will play for bronze. Games will consist of seven innings with extra innings played until one team has outscored the other at the completion of the inning.

Tiebreakers for the win-loss record will be the head-to-head game, followed by runs allowed in the opening round. In the event two or more teams are tied, the federation with the lowest runs against record will be granted the higher rank.

Get to Know the Softball Teams Competing in Tokyo

United States &#; Olympic Softball Roster

The heavy favorites for gold in Tokyo qualified by defeating Japan at the Women’s Softball World Championship. Kelsey Stewart, who will make her Olympic debut in Tokyo, cracked a screamer down the third-base line to score two runs in the bottom of the 10th. 

WSBC World Rank: 1st

Olympic Record: 3 gold medals (, , ), 1 silver ()

  • Pitchers: 14 &#; Monica Abbott, 3 &#; Ally Carda, 21 &#; Rachel Garcia, 38 &#; Cat Osterman
  • Catchers: 34 &#; Dejah Mulipola, 1 &#; Aubree Munro 
  • Infielders: 2 &#; Ali Aguilar, 20 &#; Valerie Arioto, 99 &#; Delaney Spaulding 
  • Outfielders: 8 &#; Haylie McCleney, 16 &#; Michelle Moultrie, 9 &#; Janie Reed 
  • Utilities: 4 &#; Amanda Chidester, 48 &#; Bubba Nickles, 7 &#; Kelsey Stewart

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Japan &#; Olympic Softball Roster

Although the hosts will not have an arena full of fans supporting them, the Japanese are more than capable of earning a top-two finish in the opening round and punching their ticket straight to the gold medal game. Head coach Utsugi Reika is the only woman head coach among the Olympic Softball field. She earned silver (Sydney, ) and bronze (Athens, ) medals as a member of the Japanese National Softball Team. 

WSBC World Rank: 2nd

Olympic Record: 1 gold (), 1 silver (), 1 bronze (), did not medal in

  • Pitchers: 17 &#; Ueno Yukiko 27 &#; Goto Miu 16 &#; Fujita Yamato
  • Catchers: 25 &#; Agatsuma Haruka  21 &#; Kiyohara Nayu 1 &#; Mine Yukiyo
  • Infielders: 12 &#; Atsumi Mana , 4 &#; Ichiguchi Yuka, 10 &#; Kawabata Hitomi , 14 &#; Naito Minori, 5 &#; Yamamoto Yu
  • Outfielders: 8 &#; Harada Nodoka, 9 &#; Mori Sayaka, 11 &#; Yamada Eri, 2 &#; Yamazaki Saki

Canada &#; Olympic Softball Roster

Canada qualified as the runners-up in the Olympic Qualifiers. Veterans like pitcher Danielle Lawrie and outfielder Victoria Hayward will be the anchors looking to push the Canadians into medal contention in Tokyo.

WSBC World Rank: 3rd

Olympic Record: Best finish was 4th in

  • Pitchers: 29 &#; Jenna Caira, 17 &#; Sara Groenewegen, 15 &#; Danielle Lawrie, 38 &#; Lauren Regula
  • Catchers: 55 &#; Kaleigh Rafter, 2 &#; Natalie Wideman
  • Infielders: 19 &#; Emma Entzminger, 1 &#; Kelsey Harshman, 14 &#; Janet Leung, 7 &#; Jenn Salling
  • Outfielders: 26 &#; Larissa Franklin, 25 &#; Jennifer Gilbert, 8 &#; Victoria Hayward, 3 &#; Erika Polidori
  • Utility: 5 &#; Joey Lye

Mexico &#; Olympic Softball Roster

Mexico are the new kids on the block but have already proved they are a contender by going undefeated in the Olympic Qualifiers. Pitcher Dallas Escobedo struck out 20 batters in 11 total innings to help Team Mexico earn a spot in the Tokyo Games. 

WSBC World Rank: 5th

Olympic Record: First Olympics

  • Pitchers: 12 &#; Dallas Escobedo 89 &#; Sierra Hyland, 18 &#; Taylor McQuillin 3 &#; Danielle O’Toole
  • Catchers: 22 &#; Brittany Cervantes, 13 &#; Sashel Palacios 
  • Infielders: 11 &#; Chelsea Gonzales, 2 &#; Sydney Romero, 20 &#; Amanda Sanchez, 17 &#; Anissa Urtez 8 &#; Victoria Vidales 
  • Outfielders: 23 &#; Stefania Aradillas, 5 &#; Suzannah Brookshire, 17 &#; Tatyana Forbes, 10 &#; Nicole Rangel

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Australia &#; Olympic Softball Roster

Despite winning a medal in every Olympics to-date, Australia has fallen in the world rankings. Two-time Olympian Stacey Porter is confident her team has done on and off the field and believes Australia will be a medal contender at the close of the round robin stage.

WSBC World Rank: 8th

Olympic Record: Silver (), Bronze (, )

  • Pitchers: 32 &#; Kaia Parnaby, 54 &#; Gabbie Plain, 6 &#; Ellen Roberts, 14 &#; Tarni Stepto
  • Catchers: 22 &#; Belinda White
  • Infielders: 4 &#; Stacey McManus, 44 &#; Leah Parry, 16 &#; Stacey Porter, 2 &#; Clare Warwick
  • Outfielders: 17 &#; Leigh Godfrey, 1 &#; Jade Wall
  • Utilities: 47 &#; Michelle Cox, 25 &#; Chelsea Forkin, 31 &#; Rachel Lack, 65 &#; Taylah Tsitsikronis

Italy &#; Olympic Softball Roster

Italy has the potential to be one of the more exciting teams in the tournament. Listed as a utility player, Erika Piancastelli was phenomenal in her first Athletes Unlimited season. She hit in with 15 RBI in 17 hits. Wins over Canada and Australia in the opening round will put Italy in position to advance to the medal round.

WSBC World Rank: 9th

Olympic Record: Best finish was 5th in the Games

  • Pitchers: 7 &#; Ilaria CaccimaniI, 18 &#; Greta Cecchetti, 5 &#; Alexia Lacatena
  • Infielders: 26 &#; Emily Patricia Carosone, 12 &#; Amanda Fama, 8 &#; Andrea Marie Filler, 27 &#; Giulia Metaxia Koutsoyanopulos, 14 &#; Giulia Longhi
  • Outfielders: 22 &#; Andrea Howard, 4 &#; Fabrizia Marrone, 23 &#; Beatrice Ricchi, 21 &#; Laura Vigna
  • Utilities: 15 &#; Elisa Cecchetti, 19 &#; Marta Gasparotto, 20 &#; Erika Piancastelli

Olympic Softball Schedule

Softball Games on Tuesday, July 20,

  • Japan vs. Australia: Japan won

  • USA vs. Italy: USA won

Softball Games on Wednesday, July 21,

  • Mexico vs. Canada: Canada won

  • USA vs. Canada (8pm ET on NBCSN, live stream link here)

  • Mexico vs. Japan (11pm ET on NBCSN, live stream link here)

The full Olympic softball schedule can be found here.

The NBC Olympics research team contributed to this report.

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Tokyo Olympics softball score: Team USA falls to Japan as hosts capture second consecutive gold medal

Thirteen years after the Japanese women's softball national team achieved their biggest victory when they took down Team USA in the gold medal game at the Olympics, they returned to the Tokyo Olympics and won the gold medal again. 

Japan defeated USA Softball in the gold medal game on Tuesday, The Americans entered the game with a perfect record in group play, and on Monday handed Japan its only loss, , on Kelsey Stewart's seventh-inning, walk-off home run. The Tokyo softball tournament concludes with Team USA walking away with the silver medal and Canada getting the bronze medal (the country's first in softball) after defeating Mexico, , earlier on Tuesday.

With the victory, Japan establishes itself as a softball powerhouse, joining its rival United States as the only two countries to have captured Olympic gold. With Team USA's silver medal, the country earns its fifth total medal in softball, the most of any nation.

  • USA def. China,
  • USA def. Japan,
  • USA def. Australia,
  • Japan def. USA,
  • Japan def. USA,

*Softball was not part of Olympics in and and will not be a part of the Summer Olympics in Paris.

In Tuesday's winner-take-all final, Japan's star pitcher Yukiko Ueno shined on the mound. Uneo, 39, was also the winning pitcher in She pitched six scoreless innings and held Team USA to just two hits while striking out five. Team USA had the combination of Cat Osterman, Monica Abbott and Ally Carda on the mound, but the trio wasn't enough to stop Japan from piecing together clutch hitting and two-out rallies.

Here are four takeaways from the gold medal game.

1. No offense but great defense from Team USA

Japan just absolutely stymied the U.S. offense in the gold medal game at Yokohama Stadium. The team finished with just three hits in the loss. It wasn't necessarily a huge shock to see Team USA's offense this quiet; throughout the Olympics round-robin play, the team had scored just nine runs on 27 hits with just one home run. Japan, meanwhile, scored 18 runs on 26 hits with six home runs.

On a positive note for the Americans, their defense was spectacular. There were plenty of textbook-perfect plays along with an incredible home run-robbing catch from Janie Reed. Here's this great two-out catch from outfielder Michelle Moultrie to keep the game scoreless in the second: 

In the third inning, Kelsey Stewart nabbed the lead runner at second base on a great play of a bunt from Japan:

And, the stunning catch from Reed, which robbed Japan of a two-run home run:

The catch is worthy of a closer look:

2. Yukiko Ueno adds to Olympics legend

Japan's year-old Yukiko Ueno was dominant once again on the international stage. In , Ueno pitched 28 innings ( pitches) in two days to lead her team to the top of the podium, and in , Ueno returned to form. In Tuesday's game, she retired eight straight batters and was settled into a rhythm long before the USA bats could get anything going. After Ueno gave up a leadoff single in the sixth inning, she departed the game only to return in the seventh to close out the victory by retiring the side in order. 

Entering the game, it seemed as if the only thing standing between Team USA and an avenging gold medal win was the legendary Uneo. Well, that turned out to be just the case. Now, included in Uneo's historic Olympics resume: two gold medals, the only seven-inning perfect game ( Athens), and a record (also set in ) that might never be broken of 15 1/3 consecutive innings without giving up a hit.

3. Osterman, Abbott's last go-around

Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott were two notable Olympic veterans on this year's Team USA roster. The pair of southpaws both were a part of the silver medal team, and Osterman was the last holdover from the gold medal team. Osterman, 38, and Abbott, 35, can be considered to be two of softball's greatest ambassadors, but Tokyo is presumably their final time on the Olympic stage.

4. Softball won't be back in Paris, hopeful for L.A.

Softball thrives on the Olympic stage, so it's a shame that the sport won't return at the next Games, the Paris Olympics. The organizing committee for Paris determined that they would not recommend baseball or softball; the pair of sports are viewed as one sport by the International Olympic Committee. Since neither baseball or softball are permanent Olympic fixtures, fans will have to wait seven more years until both are back. The expectation is that both sports will return in , when Los Angeles is the host for the Summer Games. Let the countdown begin.

Relive the USA-Japan gold medal game with our updates, highlights and analysis below.

Japan 2, USA 0 (Final)

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Japan wins the gold medal. Final score:




Janie Reed robs a home run and keeps this a two-run game. What a play,



Can Team USA manage back-to-back-to-back walk-off wins?


A double play ends the inning. Japan 2, USA 0. We're heading to the final inning.


One-out single from Reed to give Team USA runners on first and second. It's Amanda Chidester at the plate now. Chidester had the walk-off RBI single in the United States' victory over Australia on Sunday.


Uneo is done after 5 scoreless innings. An incredible outing for the veteran whose hoping to get her second straight gold medal today.



Ueno closes out the fifth with a strikeout. Japan 2, USA 0.


A reminder, this is a seven-inning regulation game.


Team USA has a runner on second with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning.


Japan scores to make it A two-out RBI single from Fujita to score Yamamoto.


year-old left-hander Monica Abbott in to pitch for the US. She was a member of the silver medal team.



A lead-off single for Yamato Fujita started the fourth inning and she advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Another sac bunt pushed her to third before Carda surrendered a two-out walk to put Japan runners on first and third with two outs. Mana Atsumi knocked in Fujita on an RBI single to make it After Carda gave up Team USA's first earned run of the tournament, she ends the inning with a strikeout. Japan 1, USA 0.


Japan scores the first run of the game and takes a lead.


Carda manages to escape a two-on, two-out jam to prevent Japan from scoring in the third inning.



Ally Carda replaces Osterman in the third.


We're still scoreless after the 2nd inning. Both teams have come close to scoring, but solid defense on both sides has prevented any runs from crossing the plate.



For Team Japan, it's year-old veteran ace Yukiko Ueno taking the mound. She was the winning pitcher in


We're underway at Yokohama Stadium. year-old Cat Osterman is on the mound for Team USA. She's the last holdover from the gold medal team.


USA and Japan faced each other in the opening stage where Kelsey Stewart hit a walk-off home run against the Japanese team to keep the Americans unbeaten in Tokyo, and give Team USA the home field advantage for the gold medal game.


Team USA is looking for its fourth gold medal and first since In , Japan stunned Team USA when they ended the Americans' dominant run on the national stage. They lost after having won all the previous gold medals in softball, going all the way back to



Welcome to our coverage of the USA-Japan softball gold medal game. It's a rematch 13 years in the making.

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland - The sport of softball will kick off the Olympics with a special opener between the Australian Women's National Softball Team and home team Japan in Fukushima.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) and the Tokyo Organizing Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo ) revealed the official Olympic softball game schedule, which will open on July 22 at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium and close with the gold medal game on July 28 at Yokohama Baseball Stadium.

Australia and defending Olympic softball champions Japan will kick off the Tokyo Olympics on July 22, at am (all times Japan Standard Time - JST). This match will serve as the very first official Olympic competition of the Tokyo Games. 

In game two of the Olympic softball event, Italy and top-ranked USA will meet at noon. game three, which concludes the first day of competition, features Mexico and Canada at p.m. 

Spotlighting Fukushima’s recovery

The first six games of the Olympic softball competition will be played in Fukushima, a region that has been undergoing a continued regeneration following the Great East Japan Earthquake.

“We are humbled and honored that softball will open the Olympic Games Tokyo , and do so in a city that embodies, more than any other, sport’s unique power to unite and rebuild communities -- this will send a powerful message of Olympic values to all spectators around the world,” said WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari. “And today with the announcement of the schedule for softball’s return to the Olympic Games, the athletes will know the path to Olympic gold as they continue preparing to realise their Olympic dreams.” 

Road to Gold

All softball teams -- Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico and USA -- will play each other once in the Opening Round (round-robin) from July The top two teams in the Opening Round will play for gold, while the third- and fourth-place teams will compete for bronze.

The final three days (July ) of the round-robin will be played at Yokohama Baseball Stadium, where the medal matches will also take place. The gold medal game will be played on Tuesday, July 28 at p.m., while the bronze medal game will be held at p.m.

-- Courtesy of WBSC

Sours: https://nfca.org/divnews/intl/olympic-softball-schedule-announced

Softball at the Summer Olympics

Olympic softball tournament

Softball events at the Olympics

Softball was featured at the Summer Olympics in Tokyo for the first time since the Summer Olympics.[1] The tournament consisted of six teams. Baseball/softball was one of five sports added to the program of the Summer Olympics only.[2] The first six opening round games were played at Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium in an effort to highlight Fukushima's recovery from the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, while the remaining games were played at Yokohama Stadium.[3] Softball will not return in [4]

It was originally scheduled to be held in , but on 24 March , the Olympics were postponed to due to the COVID pandemic.[5] Because of this pandemic, the games were played behind closed doors.[6] The opening match of the event between Australia and Japan meant that for the first time since , the opening match of the summer Olympiad was not a football match.[7]

Competition format[edit]

The softball tournament featured a single round-robin of the six teams in which each team played one game against each other. The top two teams advanced to a gold medal game, while the third and fourth-placed teams qualified for the bronze medal game.[8][9] Rankings in the round-robin stage were determined by win/loss percentage, with additional tie-breakers on head-to-head record and goal differential, although these were not ultimately necessary.[10][11]


Main article: Softball at the Summer Olympics – Qualification

Six teams qualified, including Japan, which, as host nation, qualifies automatically. The United States team won the Women's Softball World Championship to qualify for the Olympics as world champions. The remaining four spots were allocated through three qualification tournaments: one spot for a Europe/Africa tournament, one spot for an Asia/Oceania tournament, and two spots for an Americas tournament.[12] Italy, Mexico, Canada, and Australia qualified by winning those tournaments.

Competition schedule[edit]


GSGroup stage BBronze medal match FGold medal match
Wed 21Thu 22Fri 23Sat 24Sun 25Mon 26Tue 27

Team squads[edit]

Main article: Softball at the Summer Olympics – Team squads

A total of six countries entered softball teams of 15 athletes each.


Group stage[edit]

The top two teams advanced to the gold medal match. The third and fourth-placed teams advanced to the bronze medal match.


Source: Tokyo and WBSC
(H) Host

21 July[edit]

Australia faced host nation and defending champion Japan in the first event of the Summer Olympics. Yukiko Ueno started for Japan and allowed a leadoff single to Michelle Cox. After a flyout, Ueno walked a batter and hit another, loading the bases. Taylah Tsitsikronis was hit by a pitch, scoring Cox and giving Australia a 1–0 lead. Kaia Parnaby started for Australia. In the bottom of the first, Yu Yamamoto tied the game for Japan on a two-out single to right field. Minori Naito broke the tie in the third inning on a two-run home run, and Japan led 5–1 in the fourth after another home run by Yamato Fujita. Tarni Stepto replaced Parnaby on the mound mid–inning, allowing a hit and sacrifice fly to give Japan a 6–1 lead. Miu Goto came in after Ueno allowed a one-out walk in the fifth inning and struck out Chelsea Forkin with the bases loaded to end Australia's threat. In the bottom of the fifth, Yu Yamamoto ended the game on a homer to center field, making it 8–1 and triggering the Olympics run-rule victory.[15][10]

The United States started veteran Cat Osterman on the mound, who struck out the first two batters before hitting Emily Carosone and inducing a pop out to end the first inning. Greta Cecchetti pitched for Italy. Haylie McCleney reached first on an error, but was out at second on a Janie Reed fielder's choice. Reed stole second and Valerie Arioto walked, but the Americans could not score. After four innings, Osterman had yet to allow a hit. In the bottom of the fourth, a walk, sacrifice bunt, and Michelle Moultrie single gave the United States a 1–0 lead. In the fifth, Andrea Filler singled for Italy's only hit, but they could not score. American catcher Aubree Munro singled in the sixth inning and reached second on an error, then a McCleney single left runners at first and third. Alexia Lacatena replaced Cecchetti, and the United States scored its second run on a Janie Reed sacrifice fly. In the seventh inning, Monica Abbott replaced Osterman and struck out the side to give the United States a 2–0 win.[16]

Facing Mexico's Dallas Escobedo, Victoria Hayward singled to lead off. A bunt single by Larissa Franklin and two more singles from Kaleigh Rafter and Jenn Salling gave Canada a 2–0 lead as Mexico came to bat. Three years after recovering from Legionnaires' disease, Sara Groenewegen started on the mound for Canada and retired the first six Mexican batters.[17] In the third inning, Salling added to Canada's lead with a solo home run to right field. In the fourth, Hayward singled again, stole second, moved to third on a ground out, and scored on a Kelsey Harshman single to make it 4–0 Canada. Jenna Caira replaced Groenewegen in the fifth, and Danielle Lawrie came on in the sixth for Canada and pitched the remainder of the game to record the save.[18]

22 July[edit]

Sara Groenewegen started for Canada after a loss to Japan the previous day. The Americans loaded the bases in the top of the first on a single by Haylie McCleney, a fielder's choice, a single by Amanda Chidester, and Ali Aguilarhit by a pitch. Groenewegen struck outMichelle Moultrie to end the inning. Monica Abbott started for the United States after recording a save the previous day. Through two innings, both pitchers recorded four strikeouts. Jenna Caira relieved Groenewegen in the third and retired six consecutive batters. In the top of the fifth, the Americans took the lead when Chidester singled to score McCleney. Abbott remained dominant, striking out nine and allowing just one hit in a complete game shutout.[19]

Yukiko Ueno began the game on her 39th birthday,[20] while Danielle O'Toole started for Mexico. Yamato Fujita opened the scoring in the bottom of the second with a solo home run, her second of the tournament, to give Japan a 1–0 lead. Anissa Urtez tied the game for Mexico with a fifth inning solo home run to center field. Japan took a 2–1 lead when Haruka Agatsuma doubled in the bottom half of the fifth. Ueno remained in the game to start the seventh inning. Anissa Urtez hit a fly ball to center field which Eri Yamada dropped, scoring Suzy Brookshire and tying the game. Miu Goto relieved Ueno and escaped the jam. Japan could not score in the seventh, sending the game to extra innings. In the top of the eighth inning, Canada loaded the bases with no outs, but Moto struck out the side. Japan won in their half of the eighth when a Mana Atsumi bunt scored Eri.[21]

In the final game in Fukushima, Kaia Parnaby started for Australia, and Greta Cecchetti started for the Italians. In the bottom of the second, Taylah Tsitsikronis doubled to left field and advanced to third on a Tarni Stepto groundout. She scored when Jade Wall beat out an infield single to second base. Australia held the lead the rest of the game, with Ellen Roberts reliving Parnaby in the seventh with runners on first and second and striking out Marta Gasparotto to keep Australia's hopes for a medal alive.[22][23]

24 July[edit]

Australia and Canada began the second half of the group stage, now in Yokohama after the previous day's opening ceremony. Facing Sara Groenewegen, Australia loaded the bases in the first with no outs on a Leigh Godfrey single, Stacey Porterground rule double, and Taylah Tsitsikronis hit by pitch. They took a 1–0 lead when Jade Wall walked, but Groenewegen struck out the next two batters to end the threat. Canada, facing Ellen Roberts, responded with three runs in the first inning. Victoria Hayward scored when third baseman Stacey Porter threw Larissa Franklin's ground out past the first baseman, and Canada added two more runs on a ground rule double by Jenn Salling. Australia loaded the bases again in the top of the second. Jenna Caira replaced Groenewegen and escaped without allowing any runs. In the bottom of the second, a throwing error by Chelsea Forkin at first base plated another run for Canada, and they made it 6–1 after a ground rule double by Erika Polidori. Emma Entzminger knocked in another run in the fourth inning with the bases loaded to give Canada a 7–1 lead, with Lauren Regula pitching the seventh to end the game.[24]

Mexico sent Dallas Escobedo to the mound to try to secure Mexico's first tournament win, while the United States started Cat Osterman. Mexico got its only hit in the bottom of the second, when Victoria Vidales beat out an infield hit to the shortstop. In the top of the third, a leadoff walk and Haylie McCleney single saw Escobedo replaced by Danielle O'Toole, who got two outs and intentionally walked Valerie Arioto before Ali Aguilar singled to center field to give the United States a 2–0 lead. In the top of the sixth, Anissa Urtez threw out Arioto at home on a ground out, keeping the score close. Monica Abbott pitched a scoreless seventh inning to secure a third tournament win for the United States.[25]

Yamato Fujita, pitching for the first time in the tournament, started the game for Japan. She pitched two scoreless innings before allowing a double to Beatrice Ricchi and being relieved by Miu Goto, who struck out a batter and got two ground outs to escape the third inning. In the top of the fourth, third baseman Yu Yamamoto hit a two-run homer to give Japan a 2–0 lead. Fujita, batting next, hit a deep fly ball that Laura Vigna kept in the park. In the sixth inning, Fujita gave Japan three more runs on her third home run of the tournament. Moto, who struck out nine of 19 batters, pitched the remainder of the game to give Japan its third win.[26]

25 July[edit]

Monica Abbott started for the United States and recorded a scoreless first. Tarni Stepto, pitching for Australia, surrendered a leadoff triple to Haylie McCleney, who was thrown out at home two batters later by shortstop Clare Warwick on an Amanda Chidester fielder's choice. The teams traded quick innings until the top of the sixth, when Australia loaded the bases on Leigh Godfrey's single and walks from Stacey Porter and Jade Wall. Abbott struck out Michelle Cox to keep the game scoreless. With no score after seven innings, the game moved into extras. Belinda White, began the inning at second base, and moved to third on a Godfrey sacrifice bunt. Abbott intentionally walked Porter, then walked Taylah Tsitsikronis and Wall to give Australia a 1–0 lead. In the bottom half, McCleney singled and a Janie Reed sacrifice bunt left runners at second and third. Amanda Chidester won the game for the United States on a single to left field.[27]

Japan returned to Yukiko Ueno to start its fourth tournament game, while Canada started Sara Groenewegen. Groenewegen pitched three innings, allowing three hits and striking out two before Jenna Caira took over through the fourth. After Haruka Agatsuma walked and Mana Atsumi grounded out, Danielle Lawrie came in to pitch for Canada and recorded two ground outs to escape unharmed. Ueno, meanwhile, allowed four hits and struck out four batters in six innings; Miu Goto took over in the seventh and struck out the side. In the bottom of the seventh, Eri Yamada singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. After pinch-hitter Sayaka Mori reached first on an error by shortstop Janet Leung, Lawrie intentionally walked Nodoka Harada and induced a line out from Yuka Ichiguchi to end Japan's threat and send the game to extra innings. In the top of the eighth, Moto again struck out the side. Japan began the eighth with Minori Naito at second base, and she advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt. Canada intentionally walked two batters to load the bases; Japan sent Hitomi Kawabata to third to run for Naito. Yamada ended the game by singling to center, plating Kawabata.[28] With the win, Japan qualified for the gold medal match. Canada's loss sent the United States to the gold medal match as well to face Japan.[29]

Dallas Escobedo and Greta Cecchetti each started their third game of the tournament for Mexico and Italy, respectively. Mexico opened the scoring when Chelsea Gonzales doubled to send Suzy Brookshire home. They added another run in the third with a Sydney Romero solo home run. After a two-run homer in the fifth by Anissa Urtez made it 4–0, Italy relieved Cecchetti on the mound with Alexia Lacatena, who immediately allowed a Brittany Cervantes solo home run. Escobedo, who surrendered her first and only hit in the sixth to Laura Vigna, completed the game by striking out Giulia Longhi.[30] It was Mexico's first win in the Olympic Games and kept them in the running for the bronze medal match.[31]

26 July[edit]

Japan faced the United States in a preview of the gold medal game to follow. Ally Carda started for the Americans in her first tournament pitching appearance. In the top of the first, Saki Yamazaki reached safely on an error by Kelsey Stewart and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Hitomi Kawabata’s single left runners at the corners, and Yamazaki scored an unearned run on a passed ball by Aubree Munro, giving Japan a 1–0 lead. Yamato Fujita, pitching for Japan, held the United States scoreless for 5⅓ innings, while Carda struck out the side in the second and held Japan at bay through the fifth. Cat Osterman relieved Carda in the sixth, striking out two batters. In the bottom of the sixth, Haylie McCleney and Janie Reed singled. After a fielder’s choice advanced McCleney, Val Arioto tied the game with a single to left field. Ali Aguilar walked to load the bases, but Delaney Spaulding flied out to end the inning. Monica Abbott pitched a perfect top of the seventh, preserving the tie. Facing Fujita in the bottom of the seventh, Kelsey Stewart ended the game with a home run to right field.[32]

Greta Cecchetti started for Italy, looking for its first win in the tournament. Lauren Regula started for Canada, awaiting the results of Mexico–Australia to determine their bronze medal match opponent. In the top of the second, Jenn Gilbert hit a home run to left-center field—her first tournament hit—to put Canada in front 1–0. In the third, Joey Lye tripled to the right field corner and tried to score on the next play, but was thrown out at home by Giulia Longhi on a fielder's choice. Canada increased its lead to 2–0 when Larissa Franklin doubled with two outs to plate Victoria Hayward. In the bottom of the third, Erika Piancastelli singled to center, scoring Laura Vigna for Italy's first and only run of the tournament. Alexia Lacatena relieved Cecchetti in the fifth inning, and Canada added to its lead on a sacrifice fly from Franklin and a single by Jenn Salling, who later scored when a throwing error from Lacatena allowed Erika Polidori to reach safely. In the sixth, Hayward doubled to center field to add two more runs. Another sacrifice fly from Franklin made it 8–1 Canada. Italy could not score in the bottom of the sixth, and the game ended on the Olympics run-ahead rule.[33][34]

Facing Kaia Parnaby, Mexico opened the scoring in the second when Suzy Brookshire tripled to left field to plate Brittany Cervantes, who later scored on a single from Tori Vidales. In the fourth inning, Vidales doubled to score Tatyana Forbes, who had run for Cervantes after she singled to open the inning. Gabbie Plain came in to replace Parnaby. Chelsea Gonzales singled to score Vidales, and Mexico led 4–0. Mexico would load the bases again but Ellen Roberts, relieving Plain, induced a ground out from Nicole Rangel to limit further damage. In the sixth inning, Jade Wall connected for a solo home run to make it 4–1. Escobedo completed the game with a perfect seventh to send Mexico to the bronze medal game.[35][36]

Final stage[edit]

Bronze medal match[edit]

Gold medal match[edit]

See also[edit]


External links[edit]

Sours: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Softball_at_the__Summer_Olympics

Teams softball 2020 olympics

Team USA Olympic softball schedule, scores: Tokyo Olympics TV schedule, live stream, times, standings

Team USA has punched a ticket to the softball gold medal Game at the Tokyo Olympics. Team USA will face Japan on Tuesday for gold. The two teams also met on Sunday in their final group stage game. Team USA was a winner to cap off a perfect record during the group stage.

Baseball and softball are making their return to the Olympics for the first time since Both sports were added as a one-time return for the Tokyo Games. Baseball and softball won't be included in the Paris Olympics, but it's likely they'll return for the Los Angeles Olympics. In Tokyo, the Olympic softball tournament kicked off on July 21 and will run through July Team USA entered as favorites. The baseball competition takes place July 28 to Aug. 7.

The USA softball squad entered the tournament ranked as the world No. 1. Host country Japan is No. 2, while it's No. 3 Canada, No. 5 Mexico, No. 8 Australia and No. 9 Italy rounding out the remainder of the field. The Americans began their quest for the fourth Olympic gold medal in softball history with a win against Italy on July

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Team USA earned the silver medal at the Beijing Games when they fell to Japan, Japan's upset put an end to the American dominance in softball. The U.S. softball team had outscored opponents and won two gold medals during their game Olympic winning streak ( overall record in , overall record in ) prior to their loss in the final. In , the U.S. defeated Japan in the gold medal game,

The woman roster will include two notable Olympic veterans in year-old left-hander Cat Osterman (the last holdover from the gold medal team) and year-old left-hander Monica Abbott (member of silver medal team). Osterman and Abbott combined to throw every pitch for the United States in the final.

Among the other headliners are year-old Rachel Garcia, a right-hander from UCLA and and 's USA Softball Collegiate Player of the Year. Garcia led the Bruins to the College World Series championship, where she was named the Most Outstanding Player.

The Olympic softball rules and regulations include player rosters and seven-inning regulation games. There will be two first-base bags to avoid collisions (dedicated bag added inside the running lane) and a second clock implemented between pitches. In softball, a designated player will be allowed and there will be extra-inning tiebreakers the (inning will start will a runner on second base) as well as a mercy rule (15 or more runs in the third inning, plus in the fourth, seven-plus in the fifth and sixth). The official ball for the tournament will be the Mizuno , inch softball. 

Below you'll find the complete and TV listings. First and second place in the group will reach the final. Every game on NBCSN, CNBC and USA can be streamed via fuboTV (Try for free). 

Standings: Group stage

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Group stage schedule

(All times U.S./Eastern)

Tuesday, July 20
Japan 8, Australia 1
United States 2, Italy 0

Wednesday, July 21
Canada 4, Mexico 0
United States 1, Canada 0
Japan 3, Mexico 2

Thursday, July 22
Australia 1, Italy 0

Friday, July 23
Canada 7, Australia 1

Saturday, July 24
United States 2, Mexico 0
Japan 5, Italy 0
United States 2, Australia 1

Sunday, July 25
Japan 1, Canada 0
Mexico 5, Italy 0
United States 2, Japan 1

Monday, July 26 
Canada 8, Italy 1
Mexico 4, Australia 1

Bronze medal game

Tuesday, July 27
Mexico vs. Canada, 12 a.m. (CNBC)

Gold medal game  

Tuesday, July 27
United States vs. Japan, 7 a.m. (NBCSN)

Sours: https://www.cbssports.com/olympics/news/team-usa-olympic-softball-schedule-scorestokyo-olympics-tv-schedule-live-stream-times-standings/
Japan unveils Olympic softball roster for Tokyo 2020

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