They left it until late in the game, but the Aussie Spirit eventually came out on top with a hard-fought win over Venezuela in Game Two of the Softball World Cup in Oklahoma City.
The eventual 6-1 score suggests a comfortable win, but it was anything but as the Spirit trailed 1-0 through four innings before tying the game in the fifth on a Stacey McManus groundout, which scored Carmelle Sorensen.
The tied scoreline didn’t last long, as the Spirit turned on the power in the sixth inning. Chelsea Forkin led off with a single and advanced to second on Erin Thras’ groundout. After an intentional walk to Rachel Lack, Sorensen walked to load the bases.
Clare Warwick broke the tie with a line drive to left field that scored two runs and put the Spirit in front for the first time.
Stacey Porter then capped off a great inning for Australia by launching a three-run homer to centre field. It was Porter’s second hit of the game after a single in the fifth inning.
Pitchers Justine Smethurst and Kaia Parnaby were effective for the Spirit, allowing just five hits and no earned runs between them. Each had four strikeouts.
Venezuela’s only run was unearned, scored on an RBI double by Yaicey Sojo in the third inning.
The Spirit hope to maintain their unbeaten record when they take on New Zealand tomorrow.