We cover softball's road to the Tokyo 2020, now 2021 Olympic games featuring: USA, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Italy.
Japan Tops USA for Olympic Gold | Canada Earns Bronze
Jul 28, 2021Japan captured its second consecutive gold medal with a 2-0 win over the United States at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Yukiko Ueno provided six shutout innings and her squad scored single runs in the fourth and fifth innings to earn the shutout victory.
Walk-Off Win Over Australia Puts Team USA In Gold Medal Game
Jul 25, 2021For the fifth time in as many Olympics the sport has been played, the U.S. softball team will be playing for a gold medal.Amanda Chidester’s two-run, walk-off single in the bottom of the eighth inning propelled the U.S. past Australia 2-1 Sunday at Yokohama Baseball Stadium in Yokohama, Japan. Monica Abbott struck out 13 while allowing just three hits for the U.S., while Tarni Stepto scattered five hits for Australia.By virtue of winning its first four games of pool play, the top-ranked Americans clinched a shot at their fourth gold medal Tuesday. They will play either second-ranked Japan (3-0) or third-ranked Canada (2-1) — who play one another later Sunday — for gold. The format for these Olympics is the top two teams in pool play will battle for gold, while the third- and fourth-place teams vie for bronze.The U.S. wraps up pool play Monday against Japan, who beat the Americans 3-1 for the gold medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the last time softball was played in the Games.Offense has been hard to come by in the Olympics for the U.S. The same was true against Australia. Center fielder Haylie McCleney led off the bottom of the first inning with a triple to right field but was thrown out at the plate two batters later. The U.S. had two on with one out in the third, but a double play erased that threat. Two more runners reached in the fifth, but Australia got out of it unscathed.Abbott, one of two returning Olympians on the U.S. team (along with fellow pitcher Cat Osterman), had to work out of one jam, which came in the sixth inning. Australia put the first two runners on before Abbott got back-to-back pop outs. Abbott’s second walk of the inning loaded the bases, but she struck out pinch-hitter Michelle Cox for her 10th punchout of the game.With the score tied 0-0 the game moved to extra innings. In the top of the eighth — which started with a runner at second base — Abbott uncharacteristically walked three batters, forcing in a run. It was the first allowed by the U.S. in the Tokyo Olympics.With Ally Carda pinch-running at second to start the bottom of the inning, McCleney singled to shortstop and Janie Reed bunted the runners to second and third. Chidester then drilled the first pitch she saw from Stepto into the left-center gap, easily scoring Carda and McCleney and sending the U.S. to the gold-medal game.
Team USA Remains Undefeated After 1-0 Victory Over Canada
Jul 22, 2021TOKYO, Japan –– Behind the arm of Monica Abbott (Salinas, Calif.), the U.S. Olympic Softball Team edged past No. 3 Canada with a 1-0 shutout win in Game 2 of the Tokyo Olympic Games. Abbott tossed a complete-game shutout with nine strikeouts while limiting the Canada offense to one hit through seven innings. The U.S. offense combined for seven hits on the day with Amanda Chidester (Allen Park, Mich.) pushing their solo run across the plate in the top of fifth.
USA Softball Announces Exhibition Games For U.S. Women's National Team
Mar 4, 2021OKLAHOMA CITY – With less than five months until the Tokyo Olympic Games, USA Softball has added four exhibition contests for the U.S. Women’s National Team (WNT) in addition to the previously-announced three-game series against world-ranked No. 5 Mexico (March 8-10).
New Olympic Softball Schedule Announced For Tokyo 2021 Games
Jul 17, 2020Softball will have the honor of being the first event to take place at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games next year after the Organizing Committee unveiled today the details of the updated Olympic softball competition schedule following the unprecedented postponement of the Summer Games to 2021 as a consequence of the coronavirus pandemic.
Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games To Be Postponed To 2021
Mar 24, 2020UPDATED: March 24, 2020 The President of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), Thomas Bach, and the Prime Minister of Japan, Abe Shinzo, held a conference call this morning to discuss the constantly changing environment with regard to COVID-19 and the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.
Canada Will Not Send Athletes To 2020 Summer Olympics Games Due To COVID-19
Mar 23, 2020TORONTO (March 22, 2020) – The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Canadian Paralympic Committee (CPC), backed by their Athletes’ Commissions, National Sports Organizations and the Government of Canada, have made the difficult decision to not send Canadian teams to the Olympic and Paralympic Games in the summer of 2020.
Australia Qualified For 2020 Tokyo Olympics For Softball
Sep 28, 2019Australia punched their ticket to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 with a 9-3 victory over China, in the last game of the WBSC Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier held in Shanghai, China. The Australian team will participate in its fifth Olympic Games.
Team Mexico Women's Softball Advances To 2020 Olympics
Sep 1, 2019Mexico sealed today its qualification to the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, with a 2-1 victory over Canada, in front of a fully packed Softball City stadium. Dallas Escobedo went the distance, allowing only 3 hits with 9 strikeouts. Mexico joins Japan, USA and Italy as the fourth qualified nation to the six-team softball competition in Tokyo. It will be the first Olympic participation ever for the Mexican Softball National Team.
USA Wins Back-To-Back WBSC World Softball Championships
Aug 12, 2018USA are back-to-back World Softball Champions today in Chiba, Japan, after a memorable finale against the host team, in front of nearly 12,000 fans at ZOZO Marine Stadium. The American team defeated Japan, 7-6, on a walk-off single by Kelsey Stewart in the tenth inning, and went undefeated on the tournament. USA also secured a berth in the Olympic Tokyo 2020 Games.