SURREY, B.C., Canada – Just two days after the General Tire World Cup of Softball, the USA Softball Women’s National Team rebounded from its title-game defeat with a 4-1 rally against the California A’s in game one of the Canadian Open Fast Pitch International Championship Tuesday as former Cal players clocked in time on both teams.
The A’s jumped on the board in the top of the first with a homer by Michigan’s Lyndsay Doyle, and the Eagles’ bats were stifled until the bottom of the second. Tennessee’s Raven Chavanne used a leadoff single to get on base before Golden Bear Valerie Arioto walked, putting two runners on. A groundout by Michigan’s Amanda Chidester set both runners in scoring position. Arizona State’s Amber Freeman doubled, tying the game on Chavanne’s run before Arioto crossed the plate to nab the 2-1 lead.
Arioto moved to the circle in the top of the fifth to relieve starting pitcher Cheridan Hawkins (Oregon), finishing 0-for-2 offensively with a walk and a run scored. She pitched 1.1 innings in the circle, allowing one hit while striking out three batters.
Cal’s Lindsey Ziegenhirt did not enter the lineup for the Eagles in Tuesday’s win, but across the diamond in the opposite dugout, her longtime batterymate Jolene Henderson was also wrapped up in the game as a coach for the A’s.
The Eagles will meet Japan for the third time in less than a week Wednesday night beginning at 9 p.m. PT in game two of the Canadian Open.