June 22, 2007
ENSCHEDE, Netherlands - The weather delayed the U.S. Junior National Team's opener at the VIII ISF Junior World Softball Championships for one day, but once the Americans were allowed to take the field on Friday in Enschede, Netherlands, the offense pounded out 10 hits and a pair of U.S. hurlers combined on a one-hitter as the Red, White & Blue routed Puerto Rico, 11-0 (5 inn.). Tennessee's Tiffany Huff ripped a single to right field in the third inning to go 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored to assist the Team USA assault.
A pair of two-out walks issued by Puerto Rico pitcher Kimberly Diaz to U.S. players Gionna DiSalvatore and Maggie Viefhaus in the bottom of the first opened the door for the Americans to jump on the scoreboard first. Shortstop Monica Harrison drove a single through the left side of the infield to bring DiSalvatore home for a 1-0 advantage.
With U.S. starter Donna Kerr (3 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 7 K) in firm control from the circle over the first three innings, the Red, White & Blue erupted for three tallies in the second and six more in the third to nab a 10-0 advantage. UT's Huff opened the attack in the second frame with a lead-off walk before being removed in favor of pinch runner Alissa Haber. She promptly swiped second and eventually moved to third as a walk to catcher Rosey Neill and a single to second base by Neena Bryant loaded the bases with no one out. An RBI groundout by center fielder Katie Schroeder made it 2-0, and a triple down the right field line from left fielder Brittany Lastrapes plated a pair for a four-run lead.
After designated player Bianca Meija was struck by a Diaz offering to open the third frame, Huff singled to advance the runner all the way to third. A Neill triple to right center cashed in both runners as Team USA raced in front 6-0. Bryant singled through the right side for another RBI and a 7-0 lead bringing an end to the day in the circle for Puerto Rico hurler Diaz. Her replacement Kaylyn Camacho didn't fare much better against the U.S. offense by allowing four earned runs on four hits over two innings of work. A two-RBI double from Viefhaus and an RBI single off the bat of pinch hitter Ashley Hansen ended the damage as the Americans improved the score to 10-0 through three innings.
DiSalvatore completed the Red, White & Blue offensive attack with an RBI single in the bottom of the fourth to make it 11-0. Team USA reliever Megan Langenfeld pitched the last two frames in relief of Kerr and allowed just one hit, a two-out, fifth-inning single from Puerto Rican first baseman Lisandra Berrios, to complete the dominating opener.
Due to Thursday's rain-out, the U.S. Junior National Team will be forced to play twice on Friday. After downing Puerto Rico in the morning, the Americans are preparing to face a difficult Australia squad at 2 p.m. ET.
Event organizers are attempting a live webcast of some of the games through the official event website http://www.wksoftbaljunioren2007.nl/home-en. For more information including live statistics, please visit the Junior Women's World Championship page through USA Softball at www.usasoftball.org. Updates on Huff and the U.S. squad will be posted at www.utladyvols.com as they become available.
|U.S. Schedule at the VIII ISF Junior Women's World Championship|
|Pool B Action|
|Friday, June 22||U.S. vs. Puerto Rico||U.S., 11-0 (5)|
|Friday, June 22||U.S. vs. Australia||2 p.m. ET|
|Saturday, June 23||U.S. vs. Canada||10:30 a.m. ET|
|Sunday, June 24||U.S. vs. Botswana||6:30 a.m. ET|
|Monday, June 25||U.S. vs. Argentina||10:30 a.m. ET|
|Tuesday, June 26||U.S. vs. Russia||11:30 a.m. ET|
|Wednesday, June 27||U.S. vs. Italy||1 p.m. ET|
|Thursday, June 28 through Saturday, June 30|
|***Enschede, Netherlands is six hours ahead of the Eastern Time Zone|