The United States softball team had an exciting run through the Olympics and their round robin program ended Monday with another heroic home run – this time from Kelsey Stewart.
Stewart hit the game-winning home run against Japan’s Yamato Fujita. The ball has just passed over the glove of right fielder Yuka Ichiguchi for the first American circuit of the tournament.
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“It’s like dreaming of being a little kid, hitting a home run at the Olympics, not to mention an outing,” said Stewart.
The United States won the game 2-1 and finished their game 5-0 and will have a rematch with Japan in the gold medal game.
Fujita was on a roll throughout the game until Stewart’s home run. She didn’t allow a hit until Haylie McCleney hit her to start the sixth inning.
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Janie Reed would hit an infield with a bouncer on second base. Valerie Arioto hit an RBI single with two strikeouts.
Ally Carda started the match on the mound. It was her first start during the Olympics as Cat Osterman and Monica Abbott started all the others. She allowed one run on five hits with nine strikeouts.
“Ally Carda has had tremendous success against them,” said US coach Ken Eriksen. “Ally was scheduled for this game as soon as the Olympic team was named because we knew the schedule. … If we had to win this game to get into the gold medal game, Ally Carda was going to get the ball anyway. “
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Japan’s only point came in the first set on a passed ball.
Tuesday’s gold medal game will be a rematch of the 2008 Olympics – the last time softball was a sport at the Games.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.