ISF V JUNIOR WOMEN'S WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

LOCATION: Normal, Illinois (USA)
DATES: June 24-July 1, 1995
PARTICIPATING COUNTRIES (14): Argentina, Australia, Canada, China, Chinese Taipei, Italy, Japan, Korea, Netherlands, New Zealand, Philippines, Russia, USA, U.S. Virgin Islands

 

Rank
Team
Round Robin
Playoffs
Total
1
USA
13-0
2-0
15-0
2
Japan
10-3
2-1
12-4
3
Australia
11-2
0-2
11-4
4
Chinese Taipei
11-2
0-1
11-3
5
Canada
9-4
9-4
6
China
8-5
8-5
7
Netherlands
7-6
7-6
8
New Zealand
7-6
7-6
9
Italy
5-8
5-8
10
Argentina
4-6
4-6
11
Korea
3-10
3-10
12
Russia
2-11
2-11
13
Philippines
1-12
1-12
14
U.S. Virgin Islands
0-13
0-13

 

Bracket Playoffs
USA 10, Australia 0 (6 innings)
Japan 1, Chinese Taipei 0

Bronze Medal Game
Japan 5, Australia 0

Gold Medal Game
USA 3, Japan 0

 

USA JR. GIRLS BEST IN WORLD
Defeat Japan 3-0 In Finals To Complete 15-0 Sweep of Shutouts

The USA Softball Junior Girls National Team put together three runs on six hits and a string of key defensive plays to beat Japan 3-0 and go undefeated to win the 1995 ISF Junior Girls World Championship July 1, 1995. The USA faced a similar situation in the 1991 championship in which they lost to Japan in the final.


"The situation was brought to our attention and we didn't want a repeat this season. Our team played great throughout and we're excited that this time we were the ones on the platform receiving the gold medal," said (infielder) Christine Ambrosi.


Many consider this USA team to be the best ever. During the tournament, USA players set three new all-time tournament records. Stacey Nuveman set the record for home runs with three and RBI with 18. Teammate Kim Gutridge established a batting average record at .588 (10-for-17).


The team also set two offensive records for most base hits (146) and home runs (13). Shortstop Nina Lindenberg led the attack with 19 hits. The USA also set a record for most strikeouts with 151, paced by Christa Williams, who had 71.


In the final, after three scoreless innings, USA shortstop Lindenberg grabbed a 2-1 pitch and drove it over the left field bleachers to give the USA a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.


Japan threats in the fourth and fifth innings were thwarted by the defensive play of USA catcher Kellie Wiginton, who ran down Miyo Yamamoto of Japan in a squeeze play in the fourth inning and picked off Aya Okatana who was attempting to steal second base in the top of the fifth inning. After a pitching change by Japan in the fifth, the USA's Toni Mascarenas delivered a single to deep left field and moved to second on a walk by teammate Wiginton.


A single by Ambrosi scored Mascarenas. Wiginton then scored on a single by Christa Saindon, but Ambrosi was out on a tag at the plate. Japan showed life in the top of the sixth when their first two batters reached base on a walk and a fielder's choice. USA pitcher Christa Williams combined two strikeouts with a ground out to first to get out of the inning.


With a 3-0 lead in the top of the seventh, the USA allowed a lead-off single, but followed with a strikeout and a pick-off by Wiginton of a Japan runner who attempted to steal second. With the count 3 and 2, Williams struck out the next batter to end the inning and the contest.


The USA ended the tournament with a perfect 15-0 record, including 15 shutouts. The USA's unscored upon string was also a tournament record."This is a great group of young athletes. They did everything we asked them to do. Whenever we needed a hit, our offense provided it. When we needed a strikeout, our pitchers came through. I couldn't be prouder of this team," said USA head coach Margie Wright.

Team
123
456
7
R
H
E
Japan
000
000
0
0
3
1
USA
000
120
x
3
6
0
Juri Takayama, Megumi Jone (5), Masami,Sekiguchi (6) and Miyo Yamada. Christa Williams and Kellie Wiginton. W - Williams,L - Takayama. HR USA: Nina Lindenberg.

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


(This article appeared in the July/August 1995 edition of World Softball magazine, Volume 25, Number 4.)

 

 

 

 

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