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World Cup of Softball: An unfamiliar bobble

By Rhiannon Walker, Staff Writer, rwalker@opubco.com Published: July 12, 2013
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After Jessica Moore allowed her only hit of the game to Australia's Stacey McManus on Friday night, Team USA dropped the ball in the following at-bat.

Literally.

Michelle Cox hit a routine ground ball to Kourtney Salvarola, who then tried to softly lob it to Lauren Gibson at second base. Gibson turned to go for the tag, and the ball fell out of her glove.

Both McManus and Cox were safe on the play, and Team USA was given its only error of the evening.

“Me and coach (Ken) Eriksen were just saying it's gotta do with this is our first time really playing together,” Gibson said. “I'm used to having a shortstop at college that likes to throw missiles at me, and then Kourtey kind of just threw a soft one, so I was trying to get going, and I didn't realize how soft she had thrown it.”

‘THAT'S GOTTA HURT'

In the top of the fourth inning, Australia's Chelsea Forkin accidentally popped up a ball into the left side of her face. The Aussies' cleanup hitter immediately placed her hand on her face, and then took two minutes to recover from the shock.

The third-base coach came down the line to check on her, and the team doctor jogged out from the dugout to inspect her face.

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