World Championship Game Two: Australia 12, Switzerland 0.
Two Australian pitchers combined for a no-hitter, and the offence turned up the power to give their the Spirit their first win of the 2016 World Championship in Surrey, British Columbia.
The Spirit demolished Switzerland 12-0 in four innings in a terrific bounce-back performance after a heartbreaking extra-inning loss to Mexico in the opening game.
Justine Smethurst and Jocelyn Jeloudev each pitched two innings without allowing a hit to shut the door on the Swiss offence.
The only baserunner the Spirit allowed was a walk from Smethurst, who struck out three. Jeloudev was even more impressive, striking out five of the six batters she faced.
After being shut out by Mexico a day earlier, the Aussie hitters wasted no time getting on the scoreboard against Swiss starting pitcher Irene Ulrich. Leadoff batter Stacey Porter worked the count full, then launched a home run for the Spirit’s first run of the tournament and an early lead.
After Clare Warwick walked, Brenda De Blaes homered to increase the lead. Taylah Tsitsikronis singled, Carmelle Sorensen walked and Stacey McManus singled to drive in a fourth run.
If the first inning was good, the second was even better for the Spirit. Georgia Blair led off with a triple, then scored on Warwick’s single. After Swiss shortstop Fabienne Baumgartner committed a run-scoring throwing error, Tsitsikronis hit a three-run homer. McManus then drew a walk and scored on Janice Blackman’s double to give the Spirit a 10-0 lead.
Swiss relief pitcher Adeline Glauser fared slightly better than starter Ulrich. Chelsea Forkin singled, Erin Thras and Tsitsikronis walked, then Sorensen singled to score two and make the lead an unassailable 12-0.
Once Jeloudev had shut down the Swiss offence in the top of the fourth inning, the game was over and the Spirit players celebrated their first win of the tournament.
They will try to make it back-to-back wins when they take on Serbia in Game Three on Monday morning Australian time.