World Championship Game one: Mexico 2, Australia 0.
The Aussie Spirit came up agonisingly short against a top-class Mexican pitcher in the first game of the Softball World Championship in Canada.
Mexico won 2-0 with a home run in the first extra inning after scores were deadlocked at 0-0 in the regulation seven innings.
A classic pitchers’ duel featured Australia’s Kaia Parnaby and Mexican Dallas Escobedo, who were both at the top of their game in a great exhibition of pitching.
Unfortunately for the Spirit, it was Escobedo who came out on top, after infielder Victoria Vidales launched a two-run homer in the top of the eighth inning for what turned out to be the only score of the game.
For the previous seven innings Parnaby held the Mexicans in check, allowing just six hits and one walk, while striking out 11 in an impressive performance.
But the Spirit offence could not get anything going against Escobedo, who struck out 16 and walked none while allowing just three hits.
Three Australian batters — Brenda De Blaes, Chelsea Forkin and Clare Warwick — had hits, all of them doubles. But each was left stranded as Escobedo made quality pitches.
Australia will try to put aside their disappointment and take on Switzerland in their next game on Sunday morning Australian time.