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Women’s International Feature: Team Japan Playoff round begins see schedule on page 3

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Player Profile Amanda Chidester page 4






Showdown: Women’s Elite semifinal July 20

Club team defeats defending champions

California A’s upend Japan!

Mana Atsumi of Japan slides into second base while California A’s shortstop Nicole Matson waits for a throw. California defeated Japan 8-1. (Evan Seal/Surrey Leader photo)




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WORLD CHAMPIONS The current world champions, Japan is also the defending champion of the Scotia Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship. (Evan Seal/Surrey Leader photo)

Japan will defend Canadian Open title Currently ranked number one in the world, reigning Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch champions Team Japan are back and ready to defend their title at Softball City against some of the top teams in the world.

Chiharu Aoki, Haruka Agatsuma and Yukiko Ueno.


Team Japan has won this tournament two years in a row, last year having beat out world number two, Team USA, in a dramatic eight-inning game. Immediately following last year’s Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship, Team Japan went on to defeat Team USA to win the 2012 ISF Women’s World Championship in Whitehorse.

This year’s team will showcase many young softball stars that are new to the National Team, as well as returning players. Key players to watch this year include Nana Okamura , Kana Nakano, Miki Kozono,

At age 15, Okamura is the youngest player ever to have been selected to the Japan Women’s National Team. Along with star pitcher Ueno, she is selected as an Athlete Ambassador for the World Baseball Softball Confederation 2020 Olympic Bid. Ueno is one of the most decorated athletes in Japan’s softball history, having received honours both professionally and internationally. She became the first pitcher ever to produce a perfect game at the Olympics, against China in Athens, and she also helped her team to a gold medal at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. Fact: Team Japan always enters the field with a bow, starts playing with a bow and ends with a bow.

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Friday, July 12th ■ It’s Opening Day of the 2013 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship at Softball City. Saturday, July 13th ■ Women’s Elite Championship division play begins at Softball City. ■ It’s Opening Day of the 2013 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship at Cloverdale Athletic Park and Sunnyside Park. Monday, July 15th  ■ The Showcase Select C hampionship Game on Diamond 2 begins at 3:30 p.m., followed by the Showcase Select Awards Presentation. ■ Watch the Futures Select Championship Game on Diamond 2 at 6:30 p.m., followed by the Futures Select Awards Presentation. Tuesday, July 16th ■ Team Canada takes on China-Nanjing for their first game in the Women’s International Division on Diamond 1 at 6:30 p.m. ■ It’s Boy’s Night Out at the ballpark! Catch some local boys softball games at Diamond 2 at Softball City, 6:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Wednesday, July 17th  ■ Join the Celebration of Softball! The Parade of Athletes begins at 5:30 p.m. on Diamond 1 at Softball City. ■ Team Canada vs. Team Australia at 7 p.m. at Softball City. Thursday, July 18th ■ Visit Team Canada for their autograph signing, taking place after their 6:30 p.m. game vs. Team Japan at Softball City. Friday, July 19th ■ The Women’s Elite All Star Awards take place at 5:30 p.m. on Diamond 1. ■ Team Canada vs. Team USA, 6:30 p.m. at Softball City. Saturday, July 20th Don’t miss the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch Women’s International All Star Awards on Diamond 1 at 6 p.m.


Sunday, July 21st • ■ The Showcase Gold Championship Game will be held on Diamond 2 at 1:30 p.m., followed by the Showcase Gold Awards Presentation. ■ The Futures Gold Championship Game is on Diamond 2 at 4 p.m. followed by Futures Gold Awards. ■ The Women’s Elite Championship Game is set for Diamond 1 at 4 p.m., followed by the Women’s Elite Awards Presentation.


games to watch:

Today’s Schedule: SATURDAY, July 20

PARKS: SBC - Softball City, CAP - Cloverdale Athletic Park, SP - Sunnyside Park.

Monday, July 22nd ■ The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch Women’s International Championship Game happens on Diamond 1 at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Women’s International Awards Presentation.

Are you wondering what’s happening on the field when you’re somewhere else? View scores, statistics, and the live-updated Game Live system from Pointstreak scoring technologies online at

Tia Tsang (6) of the Richmond Islanders ’98 just misses a tag on an Abbotsford Outlaws ’97 baserunner during a Futures Gold game at Softball City. (Evan Seal/Surrey Leader photo)





Japan crushed by California A’s The California A’s got their second win in as many days Thursday afternoon, and it was a big one – a convincing 8-1 victory over the reigning world-champions from Japan. The California pitching duo of Kim Bruins – who started the game – and Paige Parker held the high-powered Japanese squad to just two hits in the six-inning contest. Japan’s only run came in the top of the second inning when Yukiyo Mine walked, advanced to second base on a fielder’s choice and scored on a single by Rie Nagayoshi. The A’s replied in the bottom half of the inning with three runs – thanks largely to three walks and one batter who was hit by a pitch – and added two more runs in the third inning off a Danielle Henderson two-run home run. California tagged one run in the fourth and two in the sixth before the game was over. Catcher Mandy Ogle had three RBIs for the victorious Californians, while Lyndsay Doyle went three-for-three at the plate.

Team Canada handed its first loss Team Canada was handed its first loss of the Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship Thursday night, while Japan picked up its first win, as Canada lost 8-3 to the the twotime defending women’s international division champions. Canada jumped to an early lead against Japan – who were playing their second game of the day – in the second inning, when, with the bases loaded, Vicky Rumph walked, Erika Polidori and Joey Lye each singled, and Victoria Heyward smashed a triple to right-centre field to give the host country a 3-0 lead. The lead lasted only an inning, however. In the bottom of the third, Yuka Ichiguchi led off for Japan with a single, and scored one batter later when outfielder Misato Kawano, who doubled and later crossed the plate herself on a wild pitch. Later in the inning, Japan’s Yukiya Mine hit a two-RBI double and later scored to take a 5-3 lead. Japan added another run in the fifth – Kawano hit a triple and scored on a wild pitch – and two more in the sixth inning to secure the win. Through the first three days of the women’s international tournament, Canada sits tied for second place with the California A’s, though the A’s (2-2) have played one more game than the Canadian squad, who sport a 2-1 win-loss mark.

Brielle McCullough of the Saskatoon Scotiabank Selects heads to first base during a Futures Gold game at the 2013 Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship at Cloverdale Athletic Park. The Futures Gold division continues its playoff round today, with the final set for 4 p.m. tomorrow afternoon. (Boaz Joseph/Surrey Leader photo)

Player profile: Amanda Chidester Chidester carried a big bat for the Michigan Wolverines, and the infielder from Allen Park, Michigan hopes to do the same with the United States national team. In four seasons at the University of Michigan, Chidester was a two-time Big Ten Player of the year and finished her career ranked second in RBIs and grand slams, fourth in slugging percentage, and fifth in home runs. Chidester was named to the national team in June of last season, and was part of the U.S.A. team which won the 2012 World Cup of Softball in Oklahoma. At last week’s 2013 World Cup, also in Oklahoma, Chidester was one of four Americans to play in all five games, and hit .333 with a double, a home run and two RBIs.

Fast facts: Did you know....? A runner will not be out if she leaves the base after a pitch! A player can leave her base as soon as the ball leaves the pitchers hand. Did you know....? There are upwards of 80 teams participating at the Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship this year! Did you know....? The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship is the largest fastpitch sporting tournament in Canada? Did you know....? The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship has 80-100 umpires from around the world. Did you know....? The Scotiabank Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship has 5,000 hotel room stays directly relating to the championship.

July 20, 2013  

Section X of the July 20, 2013 edition of the Surrey North Delta Leader