The Japan national women’s team showed why they are ranked number 1 in the world by taking home the 2016 International Down Under Series trophy.
Japan manufactured 2 unearned runs in the 3rd inning and then shut down the Aussie Green offence allowing only 2 hits in the 2-0 win Sunday afternoon. Japan only allowed 10 runs in the 7 games they played. Aussie Gold finished the tournament strongly with a 4-2 win over New Zealand to claim 3rd place.
Earlier in the day, Aussie Gold’s bats came alive in a 5-0 win over Aussie Green. Aussie veterans, Stacey Porter, Brenda DeBlaes and Stacey McManus, each had two hits in the game. Amber Johnson and Ellen Roberts shut down the Aussie Green attack allowing only 3 hits. Japan completed their round robin part of the tournament with a 10-0 over New Zealand.
Individual award winners
Player of the Grand Final – Nayu Kiyohara (Japan)
Best Pitcher – Jocelyn McCallum (Australia Gold)
Best Batter – Stacey McManus (Australia Gold)
Most Valuable Player – Yuka Ichiguchi (Japan)
Aussie Spirit will host the Japan Toyota Red Terriers in the Invitational Down Under Series, 19-21 February
at Blacktown International Sportspark. For tickets and for more information, click here
The Saturday night games between Japan and Aussie Gold will be broadcast on Fox Sports, 25 and 26 February. Check TV listings for the time in your area.