The Golden Horseshoe came up with the winning combination for Canada’s National Women’s Baseball Team on Tuesday. Burlington’s Kate Psota and Samantha Magalas and Grimsby’s Erin Forman made key plays in Canada’s opening 5-2 win over the defending champion United States team at the Women’s World Cup in Taipei, Taiwan.
Batting with two outs produced some clutch hitting for Canada which scored four of its runs on two-out hits for the bronze medal winners in the inaugural 2004 tournament in Edmonton.
Psota, who started the game in right field, broke a 2-2 tie with a two-out bases-loaded single in the bottom of the fourth inning to score Forman and Edmonton’s Nicole Luchanski.
The 20-year-old Psota then relieved starting and winning pitcher Martine Nadeau of Quebec City and picked up the save by tossing three scoreless innings. Nadeau gave up the only two U.S. runs behind five hits, a pair of strikeouts and one walk.
Geneviève Beauchamp of St. Jérome (Québec) plated Canada’s first two runs with a two-out double that brought home firstbasewoman Magalas and Melanie Harwood of Mississauga in the second inning.
American shortstop Keri Lemasters slapped an RBI-single to centre in the top of the third and the Americans tied the game on a wild pitch from Nadeau.
Psota stopped the U.S. threat and Canada added an insurance marker in the sixth inning to secure Canada’s win. Canada will look to improve to 2-0 at the World Cup when they face Cuba tomorrow at Tien-Mou Stadium in Taipei.
Also competing in the tournament are Cuba, Japan, Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Australia. The tournament finishes on August 6.