World Cup of Softball: Muffed catch in second inning costs U.S.

Two runs would score on the play to help Japan take a 2-0 lead.
BY RHIANNON WALKER, Staff Writer, rwalker@opubco.com Published: July 14, 2013
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‘IT JUST SLIPPED'

In the top of the second inning against Japan, Yuka Ichiguchi hit a standard pop up to left field.

Rhea Taylor of the U.S. came charging in to make the play on the left field line, but the ball slipped out of her glove on what would have been a sure out.

Instead, Natsuko Ono and Nozomi Shimasaki would round the bases and score.

That would put Japan up, 3-0, in the top of the second inning.

RULED SAFE AT THIRD

As Ono and Shimasaki made their way to home plate during the dropped pop up, Misato Kawano came running in from first base to take third.

From her knees, Taylor tossed the ball to Raven Chavanne, who appeared to tag out Kawano at the bag.

Chavanne looked to have possession of the ball and have her mitt in a position to tag Kawano before she slid into third, but Kawano was ruled safe on the play.

A few at bats later, Yuki Hayashi would hit a two-run single to put Japan up, 5-0, in the top of the second inning.

TRIPLE DOUBLE

Oklahoma's Lauren Chamberlain brought in Team USA's first run of the afternoon vs. Puerto Rico, and she also hit the first of three consecutive doubles for the team as well.

Kourtney Salvarola came up to bat next hit the second RBI double into deep right field to score Chamberlain and bring Team USA within one score of Puerto Rico. Taylor Hoagland then hit a sac bunt, to put Salvarola on second base.