Aussie Spirit wins two out of seven against Japan

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Sunday, March 25, 2012

On Friday, the Aussie Spirit finished their test series against the Japan women's national softball team with a 6-5 victory, winning two out of seven games against the second ranked team in the world. The series had important implications for both teams as their coaches need to trim their rosters down from twenty to seventeen ahead of the World Championships later this year in Canada.

The last game of the series came down to Australia's final batter. The game was tied 5-5 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. Clare Warwick led off the inning with a double. Chelsea Forkin then grounded out but advanced Warwick to third. Brenda De Blaes then made a base hit. The Japanese attempted a throw home to prevent Warwick from scoring. In the run down to try to tag her out, the catcher made an error and overthrew the ball to the third baseman that allowed Warwick to score and end the game.

In the first two games of the series on Wednesday, Australia lost 3-2 and 5-3. On Thursday night, with several home runs having been scored on both sides, Australia lost both games to Japan by scores of 10-7 and 7-4. Friday night, Australia won the first game 5-3 and lost the second one 7-1.

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