After a series of tight contests, the Aussie Spirit finally had a stress-free game as they easily accounted for Botswana in the XVI Women’s Softball World Championship in Japan.
The Aussie Spirit, ranked fourth in the world, jumped on the 33rd-ranked Botswana early and never let up, winning 14-0 in four innings in Ichihara City.
The victory gives Australia a 4-1 win-loss record, with two games remaining in pool play.
Having won three games in a row, they hope to continue the winning streak when they play Great Britain tomorrow night.
Game 5: Australia 14, Botswana 0
Tarni Stepto, the youngest member of the Aussie Spirit team, dominated Botswana from the start, pitching three innings and allowing just one base-runner while striking out five.
The Aussie Spirit offence feasted on Botswana pitching, collecting 12 hits. They also stole six bases and were helped by four Botswana fielding errors.
Outfielder Samantha Poole led the offensive charge with three hits, including a triple and a double, with three runs scored and four RBIs.
Infielder Clare Warwick had two hits and two RBIs, raising her batting average to .636 and making her the second-leading hitter in the tournament so far.
Catcher Carmelle Sorensen drove in two runs with two hits, including a double.
Chelsea Forkin also had two hits and scored two runs.
The other Aussie Spirit players to hit safely were Taylah Tsitsikronis with a triple, Melinda Weaver and Tamieka Whitefield.
Any chance of Botswana getting on the scoreboard in the final inning was snuffed out by relief pitcher Ameria Cudicio, who needed only nine pitches to retire the last three hitters in order.
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Aussie Spirit World Championship schedule:
Tuesday 6pm (7pm AEST): Australia vs Great Britain
Wednesday 7pm (8pm AEST): Australia vs Japan
Friday-Sunday: Medal rounds