10 December 2011
Aussie Pride beat Brazil last night in a tight encounter that most Softball fans failed to predict. Brazil held the Pride scoreless for 6 innings and it was only after some timely tactical changes by Head Coach, Paula McGovern that the Pride got runs on the board.
The Pride had 4 hits and scored 3 runs in the top of the 7th innings to win the game. The final result was 3-0 but the Brazilian team should be commended for matching the powerful Aussie lineup, picking up 5 hits and keeping the Pride’s hit total to only 7 single base hits.
Jemma Freegard lead the offense for the Aussie Pride with 2 hits, however it was the bats of Jess Meyer, Ella Ross, Marina Walker and Lana Tye with runners on that were the most important for the Pride. These 4 players each came up with clutch hits with runners in scoring position, which really proved the difference in the end. On the mound, Ellen Roberts stuck to the team game plan and was very effective for the Pride. In 5 innings, Roberts struck out 5 hitters, had 1 walk and gave up 3 hits. Georgia Casey shut down the Brazilian line up in the final 2 innings.
McGovern was satisfied with the win and believed that when the girls started to play basic fundamental Softball, that’s when they gained ascendency over a spirited Brazilian team.
Aussie Pride’s next opponent is Japan who will be their toughest test in Pool B. The Japanese style of play is disciplined and uncompromising and the Aussies will have to be on their game from the first pitch. These 2 teams are the only undefeated teams in Pool B, and Japan has also come off a tough match, only beating Chinese Taipai 1-0 last night. Japan disposed of Argentina on the first day of the competition 10-0.
McGovern is confident her team will do the job today. When asked what the key was to success against the Japanese team, she simply states, "good basics wins games".
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