Canadian softball team wins bronze, makes history
A 3-2 victory over Mexico on Day 4 earned the Canadian softball team, including Saskatoon’s Jenny Gilbert, a bronze medal — the country’s first in the sport at the Olympics.
Emma Entzminger got Canada on the board in the second inning, scoring a pair of RBIs to give the red and white a 2-0 lead. Mexico then added a single in the third inning to cut the lead to one.
After a scoreless fourth inning, Canada and Mexico each picked up a single in the fifth to make the score 3-2. That score carried through to the seventh inning, where three quick outs —one ground out and two strikeouts— secured the victory for the Canadians.
Canadian pitcher Danielle Lawrie —who recorded the win in the bronze-medal game— and infielder Jennifer Salling retired from the national team following the game. Both played for Canada at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, the last time the sport was included in the Games.
Softball has been included in the Olympics five times and was selected as a feature sport for Japan for 2020 Tokyo. It will not be a part of the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris.
Read more on softball.ca
Olympic/Paralympic notes: Read the full Day 4 recap at Olympic.ca…Janine Beckie, who has ties to Saskatchewan, and the women’s Canadian soccer team will take on Brazil in the quarterfinals…Regina soccer official received her second assignment at the Olympics …Regina’s Frank Gaudet has been selected as a coach for the Canadian Paralympic badminton team for Tokyo…Canada won four medals on Day 4, bronze in softball, Maude Charron won gold in women’s 64-kilogram weightlifting, Kylie Masse won silver in women’s 100-metre backstroke and Catherine Beauchemin-Pinard won bronze in the women’s judo 63-kilogram division.