Shireman, USA Junior National Team improves to 2-0 at ISF X Junior World Championship
BRAMPTON, Ontario - Texas rising sophomore Erin Shireman and the 2013 USA Softball Junior Women's National Team improved to 2-0 in pool play at the International Softball Federation X Junior Women's World Championship (JWWC) Tuesday with a 13-0 victory in four innings over the Czech Republic.
It is the Americans' second-straight four-inning run-rule win after topping Great Britain 10-0 on Monday. Shireman has not appeared in either of the contests.
Team USA was led on offense Tuesday by Mysha Sataraka, who went two-for-two with two home runs. Kelsey Stewart and Emily Crane also played a big role in the win, combining for five hits in five at-bats, four runs batted in and four scored.
The Americans took a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first on an RBI single from Crane and a two-run single off the bat of Lee Ann Spivey.
In the second, a double play left the bases clear and two outs, but Stewart and Crane tallied consecutive singles to bring Sataraka to the plate. Sataraka, who walked in her first at-bat, connected for the USA's first home run of the JWWC, pushing the advantage to 6-0.
A seven-run outburst in the bottom of the third put the game out of reach. Spivey started the third with a triple and Andrea Hawkins followed with an infield single to put runners on the corners. Both came home on an Alison Aguilar two-run double for an 8-0 edge. A Stewart RBI single delivered the ninth run and Crane plated two with another single. Satarake capped the scoring with her second long ball of the afternoon, a two-run blast for the 13-0 final.
Winning pitcher Erica Nunn tossed three complete innings, struck out eight and did not allow a hit. Jailyn Ford entered in the fourth inning to finish the game, collecting two strikeouts without surrendering a hit.
Team USA plays its first doubleheader of the JWWC Wednesday, taking on Puerto Rico at 3:30 p.m. CT before facing the host country Canada at 6:30 p.m. CT.
Monday, July 1 USA 10 Great Britain 0 (four innings)
Tuesday, July 2 USA 13 Czech Republic 0 (four innings)
Wednesday, July 3 USA vs. Puerto Rico - 3:30 p.m. & USA vs. Canada - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, July 4 USA vs. Korea - 8:30 a.m. & USA vs. New Zealand - 11:30 a.m.
Friday, July 5 - Sunday, July 7 Playoff games