The Moore American

Sports

July 17, 2013

Japan dethrones United States in World Cup

OKLAHOMA CITY — The United States showed on Sunday that it had some of the best players in the world on the squad when it squared off with Japan in the championship of the World Cup of Softball.

And Japan showed it had the best team in the world.

The Japanese cruised to a 6-3 victory over the United States, taking a commanding lead early and never allowing the Americans to seriously threaten. It was the second time in as many days that they took control early against the United States on their way to a resounding victory. It was the first time since 2005, when Japan won in the first World Cup, that the United States had not won the event.

“We brought a pretty young team that had not a lot expected of them, so they were not very tight,” Japan coach Reika Utsugi said through a translator. “There was no pressure for us. I absolutely think we’ll be meeting each other again at the world championships next year.”

In Sunday’s game, the Japanese got on the board immediately when Yukiyo Mine hit a hard grounder to second base that Lauren Gibson grabbed on a diving stop but wasn’t able to make the throw in time. That hit scored Misato Kawano and put Japan on the board first.

It was just the beginning. After the United States put two runners in scoring position in the bottom half of the inning before back-to-back strikeouts ended the threat, Japan took advantage, with some help from a questionable call.

The Japanese loaded the bases with two outs for Yuka Ichiguchi, who hit a short fly ball to left field. Rhea Taylor sprinted in for the ball and slid on her knees as she tried to make the catch. It appeared initially that she caught it, but the ball bounced off of her glove and toward third base, allowing two runners to score. As the ball rolled, third baseman Raven Chavanne picked it up and appeared to easily tag out the runner, but she was ruled safe at third and extended the inning.

Text Only
Sports
  • Notepad: Sooners add depth to vital positions

    By his own estimation, Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops thought 16 returning or projected starters were not in uniform for Saturday’s Red-White Game.

    April 16, 2014

  • Moore boys off to solid start on pitch in 2014

    The Moore boys soccer team has been playing at an impressive start to the season. That included winning its first five contest of t

    April 16, 2014

  • Sooners For N7 a hit

    Whitney Wofford has faced some tough competition as a part of the Oklahoma tennis team. However, on April 9, Wofford may have take

    April 16, 2014

  • Former Jaguars coach gets HOF nod

    After being out of coaching for a few years, Carole Carter didn’t know if it was going to happen. TO be chosen into the coaching hall of fame was something she had hoped for, but didn’t know if it would actually take place.

    April 16, 2014

  • Defense shows up in spring game

    Fans want to see offense in spring games, and there were a lot of devotees at Oklahoma’s Red-White Game on Saturday. If 43,500 in a

    April 16, 2014

  • Lynch leads MACU to split with Lady Rams

    OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Mid-America Christian University Lady Evangels split with the Texas Wesleyan Lady Rams Saturday at Jack Allen

    April 9, 2014

  • On the Lookout

    Midway through the 2014 season, it looks like No. 2 Westmoore has a chance to claim another slowpitch softball crown to add to the 10 the program has racked up since 1991.

    April 9, 2014

  • Moore track Jaguars win Ken Hogan Invite

    The Westmoore boys ran away with the team title Friday at the Ken Hogan Invitational Track Meet. It racked up 153 points, which was 10.5 more than second place Moore, which had 142.50.

    April 9, 2014 1 Photo

  • Bigger, taller backs and receivers for OU

    All teams go through changes from season to season. The seeds of the one Oklahoma’s offense is going through, however, were planted much earlier. Think back to the end of the 2012 season.

    April 9, 2014

  • Mayor’s Cups stays in Edmond

    Edmond took home the annual Mayor’s Cup Saturday after winning two of the three games played between the schools in Moore and Edmond at the Bricktown Ballpark.

    April 9, 2014

Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide