ISF IV JUNIOR WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

LOCATION: Adelaide, Australia
DATES: April 20-27, 1991
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES (12): Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Czechoslovakia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, USA

FINAL STANDINGS

Team
W
L
Japan
12
2
USA
11
2
Australia
9
3
China
8
5
New Zealand
7
4
Chinese Taipei
6
5
Canada
5
6
Netherlands
5
6
Korea
3
8
Italy
3
8
Czechoslovakia
1
10
Philippines
0
11

SEMI-FINALS
China 1, Australia 0
USA 1, Japan 0
FINALS
Japan 3, China 0
GRAND FINAL
Japan 1, USA 0

GOLD MEDAL: Japan
SILVER MEDAL: United States
BRONZE MEDAL: China

JAPAN WINS!

ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA - Japan scored the run it needed. The USA had its chances but never capitalized, leaving eight runners stranded in eight innings.


And the only run was all Japan needed to win the fourth International Softball Federation Junior Women's World Fast Pitch Championship here April 27 in a field of twelve countries.


In winning its second Junior World Championship since 1981, Japan scored the game's only run in the top of the eighth inning off USA losing hurler Michele Collins, a freshman at the University of Virginia.


The run off Collins, pitching her third game in a row and bothered by a split finger, came when Chiki Kawasaki singled to open the inning and advanced to third on a wild throw and a passed ball. The run scored when USA right fielder Kathy Stahl, trying to get the tagging Kawasaki, overthrew home after catching a ball hit by Ikuko Fukita.


The USA, which had defeated Japan twice earlier in the tournament, didn't mount any kind of threat in the bottom of the eighth inning with three batters all flying out to right field.


The USA stranded eight runners in the game, including three in the first inning. The USA collected six hits with Kathi Evans having a pair. Collins gave up five hits, including two to Shiori Koseki.


Japan's winning pitcher was Kyoko Kobayashi, who hurled seven and one-third innings. Masa Tomita hurled the other two-thirds of an inning. It was the second Junior World Championship for Japan, having won the inaugural Junior World title in 1981 in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, edging the USA, 1-0.


China finished third and won the bronze medal, losing to Japan, 3-0. Host Australia was fourth.


(This article appeared in the June 1991 edition of World Softball magazine, Volume 21, Number 2.)

 

 

 

 

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