Canadian softball team triumphs over Australia, improves to 2-1
Australia scored a single run in the top of the first inning, but it was the only time they made their way back successfully to home plate as Canada won Friday’s softball game 7-1.
The red and white put their bats to good use in the bottom of the first inning, picking up three runs, to take an early 3-1 lead. They followed that up with another three runs in the second inning to increase their lead to 6-1.
Canada scored their final run of the game in the fourth inning.
On the defensive side, Canada recorded six strikeouts to Australia’s one and held the team from down under to six hits. Saskatoon outfielder Jenny Gilbert recorded two put outs in the game.
With the win, Canada improves to a 2-1 record and sole possession of third place in the rankings. Next up, they’ll face 3-0 Japan on Saturday at 11:30 p.m. (SK time), which can be watched on CBC Gem. They’ll end round robin play on Sunday night with against Italy.
Read more about the game at softball.ca.
Olympic/Paralympic notes…Read the full Canadian Day 1 recap at Olympic.ca… CTV Regina reporter Claire Hanna debuted as a play-by-play commentator for women’s beach volleyball… Janine Beckie, whose parents lived in Saskatchewan, scored both Canadian goals in the teams 2-1 win over Chile… the first medals of the Games were awarded on Friday in women’s 10-metre rifle during a self-serve ceremony…Saskatchewan coach Lisa Borgerson and her athlete Lynda Kiejko will compete on Saturday in women’s 10-metre air pistol, beginning at 6 p.m. (SK time) on CBC Gem.