Before Opening Ceremonies

Gilbert and Canadian softball team split first two games 

Softball made its return to the Olympics on Wednesday and Team Canada, including Saskatoon outfielder and pitcher Jenny Gilbert, celebrated the occasion with a 4-0 win over Mexico in their first round robin game. 

A pair of RBIs in the first inning gave the red and white an early 2-0 lead. Single RBIs in the third and fourth innings increased Canada’s lead to four, where it would remain for the rest of the game. 

Defensively, Canada limited the Mexicans to two hits in the game, had six strikeouts and prohibited those runners who did get on base from advancing past second base. 

Unfortunately, Canada wasn’t able to continue their winning ways in their second game, dropping a close 1-0 game to the United States on Wednesday evening. 

Neither team managed to make it around the bases in the first four innings, but a hit to right field in the top of the fifth inning brought home a runner for the United States to give the team a 1-0 lead. 

Canada came close to scoring in the sixth inning with two outs and runners on both the second and third bases, but a strikeout ended the inning. In the bottom of the seventh and final inning, the Americans secured their victory with three straight outs —one strikeout, a grounded out and a pop up— to end the game. 

The Canadians are now 1-1 in the standings, sitting tied for third place with Australia, behind the United States and Japan, which are both 2-0, and ahead of the 0-2 Mexican and Italian teams. 

All six teams will play each other in round robin play. At the end of that stage, the top two teams will advance to the gold medal final, while the third and fourth place teams will battle for bronze.  

Next up for Canada will be the Australians on Friday, July 23 at 7 p.m. (SK time). You can stream the game live on CBC Gem

Read more about both of Canada’s games at softball.ca

Olympic/Paralympic Notes: The Opening Ceremony will be Friday morning at 5 a.m. (SK time) and can be streamed on CBC Gem or watched live on CBC, all TSN networks, as well as Sportsnet and Sportsnet One…Melfort’s Julie Kozun was selected as one of 11 players to represent Canada in women’s sitting volleyball at the Tokyo Paralympics…Brisbane, Australia was selected as the host for the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games.  

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