MATSUYAMA, Japan – The Canadian Women's National Team suffered a setback at the III IBAF Women's Baseball World Cup as they would lose their second game of the tournament at the hands of Japan by a score of 12-2.
"This is far from over", quipped manager André Lachance. "We are not out of this tournament, we simply have to regroup and come back ready to play tomorrow."
"They hit the ball well tonight, we did not", added Jean-François Lacroix, Team Canada's pitching coach.
Canada came out swinging in the first inning; after one quick out, Marie-Josée Tremblay (St-Honoré, QC) hit a single, followed by a double by Ashley Stephenson (Mississauga, ON). Amanda Asay (Prince George, BC) ripped a single that plated both runners and gave Canada a 2-0.
That lead was short lived as Japan responded with three runs in the bottom of the first.
Canada was unable to get its offense in gear for the balance of the game and Japan had a big inning in the fifth, scoring eight runs to seal the win.
Team Canada will next face off with Korea at 12:30 pm local time on Tuesday, August 26.