Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

July 14, 2013

Japan deals Team USA first loss in World Cup of Softball

OKLAHOMA CITY — On a night when plenty of bad things happened to the United States softball team, the good news for the Americans was this: they still control their own destiny in the eighth World Cup of Softball.

The U.S. surrendered its most runs ever in a game in a major international tournament and lost 7-4 to Japan on Saturday night, which allowed Japan to advance to tonight’s gold-medal game.

But if the Americans (2-1) beat Puerto Rico (0-3) this afternoon, they will get a rematch against Japan (3-1) for the gold medal, courtesy of a runs-allowed tiebreaker. But should the U.S. lose, Canada (3-1) will play Japan, with the U.S. relegated to the bronze-medal game against either Australia (1-3) or Puerto Rico.

Japan posted its second straight win over the U.S. in international play, having won 2-1 in the gold-medal game in last year’s world championships. The U.S. never had given up more than six runs in any game in any international tournament — that came in 1983, in a 16-6 win over Belize in the Pan American Games.

The U.S. hadn’t lost in the World Cup since falling 4-3 to Canada in 2011. But despite all those negative numbers, U.S. coach Ken Eriksen was upbeat, noting that the U.S. was competitive against Japan’s ace, Yukiko Ueno.

“I’m pretty excited, actually, the way we responded tonight,” Eriksen said. “Our pitching was a little awry. Our pitching was a very young tonight, in respect to maturity, how they approached the hitters and so forth.

“But the way our kids responded, showing they were not overmatched — anytime you get eight hits and four runs off the No. 1 pitcher in the world and move the ball as well as we did, I thought we played very, very well offensively. I thought we did some great things defensively. What you hope for is the maturation of the pitching. That’s a whole mental thing.”

Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0111web.jpg ‘Team behind the Team’

    For the second-straight year, the Claremore Zebra student training staff will be represented in the Oklahoma Coaches All-State games held in Tulsa.
    Meranda Golbek and Sarah Szcinski, a pair of 2014 Claremore High School graduates, earned All-State honors for their athletic training careers and will join two other student trainers from Jenks and Stillwater High School on the East squad.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Randi Davis tabbed Arkansas softball pitching coach

    Head coach Mike Larabee has announced the addition of Randi Davis as an assistant coach for the University of Arkansas softball team. In her new role, she will serve as the Razorbacks’ pitching coach.

    Davis brings 12 years of previous softball experience including coaching at the NCAA Division I and III levels and Gold level, private instruction and consulting with various universities.

    July 29, 2014

  • Razorback Football Kickoff Luncheon set for Aug. 22

    The University of Arkansas' sixth annual Razorback Football Kickoff Luncheon on Aug. 22 will be presented by URETEK Capital. The media sponsors for the event will be KNWA, KFTA/Fox24 and Magic 107.9.

    July 29, 2014

  • NCAA settles head-injury suit, will change rules

    The NCAA agreed Tuesday to settle a class-action head-injury lawsuit by creating a $70 million fund to diagnose thousands of current and former college athletes to determine if they suffered brain trauma playing football, hockey, soccer and other contact sports.

    July 29, 2014

  • MLB: Astros go 'home run' crazy in 7-3 win over A's

    After scoring six runs in the last four games, Houston's offense went on a homer spree.

    Chris Carter, Jason Castro, Marc Krauss and Matt Dominguez each hit a home run as the Houston Astros snapped a five-game skid with a 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics on Monday night.

    July 29, 2014

  • MLB: Santana strikes out 11, Braves edge Padres, 2-0

    Ervin Santana knew in the very first inning his slider would be tough to hit.

    It took a while to know if that would be good enough for a win.

    In the seventh, Evan Gattis finally came through.

    Gattis hit a tiebreaking homer off outfielder-turned-pitcher Jason Lane and that was all Santana and the Atlanta Braves needed, beating San Diego 2-0 on Monday for their third straight win.

    July 29, 2014

  • MLB: D-Backs top Reds in 15 innings

    As the game went one with no hint that either team was capable of scoring, Arizona catcher Miguel Montero became philosophical.

    ''I knew eventually it was going to go one way or the other,'' he said.

    Whenever it goes really long, the Diamondbacks always win.

    Nick Ahmed's RBI single with two outs in the 15th inning sent the Diamondbacks to a 2-1 victory over the Cincinnati Reds on Monday night and kept their franchise perfect when the innings pile up.

    July 29, 2014

  • MLB: Dodgers acquire 2B Barney from Cubs

    The Los Angeles Dodgers have acquired second baseman Darwin Barney in a trade with the Chicago Cubs.

    Barney won a Gold Glove in 2012 after tying the major league single-season record with 141 consecutive errorless games. But he was designated for assignment last Tuesday after hitting .230 with 16 RBIs in 72 games this season.

    July 29, 2014

  • MLB: Worley tosses 4-hitter, Pirates blank Giants, 5-0

    Except for about 30 friends and family in the stands, Sacramento native Vance Worley silenced the announced crowd of 41,794 at AT&T Park with the best performance of his career.

    Worley tossed a four-hitter for his first shutout, and the Pittsburgh Pirates pounded Madison Bumgarner early in a 5-0 win over the struggling Giants on Monday night.

    July 29, 2014