The United States softball team won a thrilling 1-0 victory over Canada on Thursday at the Tokyo Olympics.
The Americans were leading 1-0 in the sixth inning when Monica Abbott sold Jen Gilbert early in the period. Sara Groenewegen walked over to the plate and fielded a pitch down the field to the center right.
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Haylie McCleney lined up the ball and threw it to outfielder Ali Aguilar. She shot the ball towards receiver Aubree Munro, who hit pinch runner Joey Lye at home plate.
The incredible game took Canada’s breath away and helped the United States to victory.
“It’s fun to be on the mound to watch this,” Abbott said. “I don’t want to give up a shot like this, but, man, oh man, it took a lot of self-confidence to defend ourselves.” “
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Abbott took the win and allowed just one hit.
US coach Ken Eriksen said the relay drill was one of the first the team did in training.
“It was the first exercise we did in 2011 and what we do every year on the first day of training,” he said.
Amanda Chidester’s RBI single in the fifth inning against Jenna Caira was all the United States needed to win.
the The United States is chasing a gold medal after losing to Japan in softball’s final gold medal game at the 2008 Olympics.
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The United States has Mexico next on its schedule, scheduled for Saturday.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.