The hits came hard and often as the Aussie Spirit crushed Great Britain in the XVI Women’s Softball World Championship in Narita City, Japan.
Rain fell heavily before and during the game, making conditions tough. But the Aussie Spirit players did not seem to be affected, playing flawless defence.
The 11-0 win was the fourth in a row for the Australians, who now have a 5-1 win-loss record and sit in second place in the Pool B standings.
The Aussie Spirit have been in fine form but face their toughest challenge when they take on top-placed Japan on Wednesday night at 8pm AEST.
Game Six: Australia 11, Great Britain 0
Strong hitting throughout the lineup, coupled with dominant pitching, is usually a recipe for success.
And so it proved for the Aussie Spirit, who overwhelmed Great Britain 11-0 in Narita City.
Every player in the Australian starting line-up had at least one base hit or RBI as the Spirit a racked up 12 hits between them and ended the game after five innings.
Leading the offensive charge was Taylah Tsitsikronis, who had three hits, including a home run, plus three RBIs and three runs scored.
Clare Warwick had two hits, including a double and three RBIs, giving her an extraordinary batting average for the tournament of .643.
Jade Wall also had two hits, both for extra bases, and scored two runs.
Stacey Porter, who had been relatively subdued in this tournament as opposing pitchers were reluctant to throw her strikes, also had a home run, plus two walks and two RBIs.
While the offence was overpowering, so too was pitcher Kaia Parnaby, who continued her stellar form with another complete-game shutout.
Parnaby allowed only one base-runner, a single by Lauren Evans, and struck out seven in five dominant innings. She threw 80 pitches, 55 of them for strikes.
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Aussie Spirit World Championship schedule:
Wednesday 7pm (8pm AEST): Australia vs Japan
Friday-Sunday: Medal rounds