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Japan Women’s National Softball Team Became a Champion, Following Women’s Soccer Team -7-0 Victory versus the USA

Japan Women’s National Softball Team Became a Champion, Following Women’s Soccer Team -7-0 Victory versus the USA

Team Japan at Softball Canada Cup

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 ‘The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship’ was held at Softball City (2201-148th St., Surrey) near Vancouver on July 17th. Japan women’s national softball team beat the USA 7-0 at the final and became a champion.

 Team Japan defeated 4-3 the USA at the semifinal held in the morning on the same day and advanced to the final. It kept drizzling at the game. Ueno pitched well, allowing 2 hits and having 10 strikeouts. She got much support from the offense, 10 hits, 1 home run. They raised scores one after another.

 Team Japan coach Reika Utsugi shows her pleasure, ‘Players’ feelings were bound together in good condition at morning semifinal and we won the match. We could keep good atmosphere at the final. We heard the news about Japan women’s national soccer team during the match and their victory encouraged us. I wanted to give all Japanese a good feeling as much as possible for Japan women’s team by doing our best in foreign countries. I’m really glad that we became a champion.’

 Team Japan Picher Yukiko Ueno won ‘Best Picher.’ Yu Yamamoto, who hit home run at the final, won ‘MVP.’ They always call out in a loud voice and write their autograph for fans in a friendly manner. They gave a favorable impression to local citizens and student teams who participated in the Championship this time. They made a circle after their victory and offered silent prayers for Japan. Their attitude was strongly applauded at the stadium.

 Team Japan will move to USA after the Championship and participate in USA World Cup held in Oklahoma City from the 18th.

(Translated by Hiroko Shioda)

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