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Through their first six games in Canada, the USA Junior team is undefeated having scored a total of 59 runs to their opponents' 0.  Tomorrow they play Australia.  
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Thanks for the update.
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Frank:  I spoke to a couple of the parents who are attending the games in Canada and they were both very surprised at how weak the competition is at the National level.  The one mom told me that playing these teams was like playing a 12U travel ball team.  Imagine how "fun" it is for the U.S.A college players to go to Canada and play these extremely weak teams.  The other mom told me her DD was embarrassed when it was over and was being interviewed like she just won a game at the College World Series.  Softball just hasn't grown enough in these other countries over the last 30 years.  Maybe it's time just to make this team a "name only" kind of thing and save the money it costs to tryout, travel, play in this tournament.  I don't know, but the international game as a whole is really weak, and the junior level specifically is BAD!  
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zone - That's what I was saying by noting the runs scored.  It appears that Japan, Canada, maybe Australia, and the USA are actually competitive.  Japan has great programs (corporate money) .  For the rest, it is spreading fastpitch worldwide and gaining experience (where we who are not USA or Japan  have to go to compete).     Frank
PS - For the kids playing for USA it is an experience in seeing the degree of competition worldwide, and perhaps an understanding why fastpitch is no longer an Olympic sport (from the view of other nations).  I do hope that they come away humbled and not feeling any degree of hubris.  There, given a different fate go I.  

PPS - I remember watching an international junior tournament held at Plant City, Florida years ago.  The pitchers for USA were Monica Abbot (first time I saw her) and a kid whose name I forget but who threw bee bees (fast, fast) for Southern Illinois.  Great kid.  The best competition came from South America then. My memory is shady, but I believe that Duran, Galindo, and that fine catcher from UCLA as well as Benji (sp?) - 2nd base  (one of my favorites) from UCLA played in that tournament.  She was a SOFTBALL player who played the game as it should be played. Met her briefly at that tourney as we walked away from the field.  Liked what I heard. Understood the game not only technically but just why it should be played at all. 
My favorite quote from that tourney came from the catcher from UCLA.  She said that Abbott threw hard, but the kid from Southern Illinois threw hard-hard. If I remember correctly, the kid from Southern Illinois was a pharmacy major.  Great kid - great family. I think she pitched for the Chicago Bandits in the Pro League.  Despite the disparity in talent, there is much to be gained on the social side of international tournaments. The Olympic Committee is very interested in medals. I personally don't think that the Olympic Committee has the same mindset as International Fastpitch.  

When, many moons ago, I pitched in an international men's tournament in Canada, a member of the Japanese team approached me and said, "Thank you.  You Canadians treat us very well".  I explained that I was from the USA, and he became bright eyed and asked, "Which one?".  I told him "New Jersey" and he excitedly exclaimed, "Ah, I have a good friend in Tallahassee.  He makes to me many letters".  And there it is - just two human beings exchanging misinformation about their nations.  Really a beautiful thing.  Fastpitch is just one more way of sharing our mutual humanity and understanding.  There are many others, but in my mind none that promote world understanding should be left out. 




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Taylor Paige-Stewart of Wisconsin has had a good tournament for New Zealand. She was the winning pitcher against Canada.
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UGASBFan - There are 3 catchers on Team USA and they rotate.  The Shireman kid from Texas is 3-3 and 2-2 in the two games she caught. That's not a bad batting average.   Frank
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Not bad at all for a player that some thought didn't deserve to be there. I hope she finds continued success.
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Congrats to the ladies for going to the Gold game. Too bad they couldn't pull it off. Seems strange to me that they could beat Japan earlier and then have Japan get the gold by beating them only once...odd format. Normally if one comes through the "loser's bracket" they have to win twice.

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What are the particulars for the gold medal game?    Frank
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Hi Frank. The rains came down on Sunday and with Japan leading 4-0 in the 6th, the game was called after 2 rain delays during the game.
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The United States came into the final as the only undefeated team in the tournament. The Americans hadn’t allowed a run in nine games and had blanked Japan 4-0 on Saturday night. Japan advanced to the final after beating Australia 9-2 earlier Sunday. The Australians took home the bronze medal.

The game was scoreless through four innings. The Japanese put two runners on with one out in the fifth and Mayuki Okuda cashed them in with a solid single up the middle. One batter later Chiharu Aoki hammered a pitch from American starter Cheridan Hawkins over the centre-field fence. The Americans loaded the bases in the bottom of the inning but Japanese starter Kana Nakano got out of the jam by striking out Kelsey Stewart.

The game was halted due to rain in the top of the sixth and resumed after a delay of more than 2 ½ hours. The teams finished the inning before the rains came again. The American players became part of the grounds crew trying to get field playable again but officials called the game and awarded the championship to the Japanese, who had the lost the previous two championship games to the Americans.


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Thanks !  Too bad that it rained, but the Japanese program is very good.  I see that Hawkins started both the win and loss against Japan.  She is excellent I think.     Frank
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zone - That's what I was saying by noting the runs scored.  It appears that Japan, Canada, maybe Australia, and the USA are actually competitive.  Japan has great programs (corporate money) .  For the rest, it is spreading fastpitch worldwide and gaining experience (where we who are not USA or Japan  have to go to compete).     Frank
PS - For the kids playing for USA it is an experience in seeing the degree of competition worldwide, and perhaps an understanding why fastpitch is no longer an Olympic sport (from the view of other nations).  I do hope that they come away humbled and not feeling any degree of hubris.  There, given a different fate go I.  

PPS - I remember watching an international junior tournament held at Plant City, Florida years ago.  The pitchers for USA were Monica Abbot (first time I saw her) and a kid whose name I forget but who threw bee bees (fast, fast) for Southern Illinois.  Great kid.  The best competition came from South America then. My memory is shady, but I believe that Duran, Galindo, and that fine catcher from UCLA as well as Benji (sp?) - 2nd base  (one of my favorites) from UCLA played in that tournament.  She was a SOFTBALL player who played the game as it should be played. Met her briefly at that tourney as we walked away from the field.  Liked what I heard. Understood the game not only technically but just why it should be played at all. 
My favorite quote from that tourney came from the catcher from UCLA.  She said that Abbott threw hard, but the kid from Southern Illinois threw hard-hard. If I remember correctly, the kid from Southern Illinois was a pharmacy major.  Great kid - great family. I think she pitched for the Chicago Bandits in the Pro League.  Despite the disparity in talent, there is much to be gained on the social side of international tournaments. The Olympic Committee is very interested in medals. I personally don't think that the Olympic Committee has the same mindset as International Fastpitch.  

When, many moons ago, I pitched in an international men's tournament in Canada, a member of the Japanese team approached me and said, "Thank you.  You Canadians treat us very well".  I explained that I was from the USA, and he became bright eyed and asked, "Which one?".  I told him "New Jersey" and he excitedly exclaimed, "Ah, I have a good friend in Tallahassee.  He makes to me many letters".  And there it is - just two human beings exchanging misinformation about their nations.  Really a beautiful thing.  Fastpitch is just one more way of sharing our mutual humanity and understanding.  There are many others, but in my mind none that promote world understanding should be left out. 





Frank, the hard throwing kid you are talking of was Amy Harre...threw in the 72-74 range and pitched for Southern Illinois University. Amy was an amazing person and threw seeds! She also picked the name of my travel ball team "Southern Force" and also picked out the colors, pastel teal and purple if i remember (what we will do for a great pitcher, right?)which I quickly changed to orange, blue and black like Florida when she was gone but what an amazing kid and and I am glad you remember her! She is from Nashville, IL which is a great farm community and produced many great athletes in many sports....Jen Doering of SIU Carbondale and Kristin Schnake of  UGA, in softball to name a couple.  She has a younger cousin Shea Harre that is a great hitter and will start at SIUC in the fall. GG

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GG - Amy Harre it is.  As for her being a great person, I couldn't agree more.  She also could really bring it.  Didn't she throw for the Bandits in the pro league?  I had the pleasure of talking with her Mom for a spell at the ballpark, and the spple didn't fall far from that fine tree.  Nice lady.     Frank
PS - Did Amy do anything with that pharmacy major?

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"Do not try to teach pigs to sing. It will frustrate you and infuriate the pigs who will unite in anger against you, and you will never achieve singing your song". Dr. Petersen
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