Mexico vs. Canada | Tokyo Olympics 2020: Softball Highlights | NBC Sports
FUKUSHIMA, Japan -- Monica Abbott pitched a one-hitter, center fielder Haylie McCleney and second baseman Ali Aguilar combined to throw out the potential tying run at the plate in the sixth inning and the United States beat Canada 1-0 on Thursday for a 2-0 start.
Abbott struck out nine, walked three and needed 102 pitches to throw the Americans' second consecutive one-hitter. Cat Osterman, at age 38 the Americans' senior player, struck out nine over six innings and Abbott struck out the side in the seventh to finish an opening 2-0 win over Italy on Wednesday.
Amanda Chidester hit an RBI single in the fifth off loser Jenna Caira that scored McCleney, who went 3 for 3 with a walk and has reached base seven times in the two games.
Trying to regain the gold medal they lost to Japan in 2008, the Americans are getting just enough offense. The U.S. was 1-for-8 with six strikeouts with runners in scoring position.
After a day off for the opening ceremony in Tokyo, the softball tournament resumes Saturday in Yokohama, …
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