Olympic Roundup: Canada suffers softball setback; small presence at opening ceremony

Olympic Roundup: Canada suffers softball setback; small presence at opening ceremony

TOKYO — Sara Groenewegen's strong performance both on the mound and at the plate wasn't enough to help Canada overcome its softball rival from south of the border. Monica Abbott pitched a complete-game one-hitter, and the United States beat Canada 1-0 in Fukushima, Japan on Thursday in round-robin play in softball action at the 2020 Tokyo Games. Groenewegen pitched two shutout innings, allowing three hits, striking out four and walking one batter, while also supplying Canada's only hit of the game as a pinch-hitter in the sixth inning. "Obviously I hit it well, but sometimes that's not good enough because they make a good play,'' Groenewegen said. Canada is now 1-1 at the tournament after opening with a 4-0 win over Mexico on Wednesday. The Canadians next face Australia on Saturday. Four players remain on Canada's team from a crushing defeat to Australia at the 2008 Beijing Games that prevented Canada from earning a medal. Groenewegen, who was also dominant on the mound in the win over Mexico, is making her Olympic debut three years after spending roughly 10 days …
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