OKLAHOMA CITY — The U.S. nearly rallied in the bottom of the seventh, but Raven Chavanne was thrown out trying to stretch a single into a double, which proved big when Gibson followed with a two-out double to left-center field.
“Japan is a very good team — offensively, defensively and pitching, of course,” Gibson said. “We obviously have some things to work on. But offensively, I felt we attacked really well.”
Eriksen said he wasn’t as bothered by surrendering seven runs as one might expect.
“Did they out-crush us? No,” he said. “Did they move the ball and the ball found the holes? How many jam-job base hits did we give up? You have to realize, that’s bad luck sometimes. There’s nothing you can do about it. The softball gods weren’t with you tonight. But man, you battled back. There was a relentless drive of trying to get back to seven. Every time they scored, we responded.”