Japan Cup Game Two: Australia 2, Chinese Taipei 1
A dominant pitching performance by Kaia Parnaby carried the Aussie Spirit to a hard-fought win over Chinese Taipei in the Japan Cup today.
Parnaby’s complete-game effort, combined with some timely hitting by Taylah Tsitsikronis and Stacey McManus, was enough to give the Spirit a 2-1 win.
The victory was a welcome bounce-back after the earlier defeat at the hands of the USA.
While Chinese Taipei is not as highly ranked as the USA, they proved a tough assignment for an Australian team looking to put some international wins on the board after a disappointing World Championship in Canada.
Parnaby, who had also started the earlier game, restricted Chinese Taipei to five hits, with five strikeouts and no walks. She threw 87 pitches, 60 of them for strikes.
Australia took the early lead when Tsitsikronis doubled to drive in Stacey Porter for the first run of the game in the first inning.
They doubled their lead in the second, when Sam Poole singled with one out, advanced to second on Tara Speakman’s groundout and scored on McManus’s hit.
After that, the game became a pitchers’ duel, with Parnaby in control but Australia unable to add to their score against starting pitcher Chiu An-ju and reliever Yachu Lee.
Chinese Taipei mounted a late challenge, with Fengcheng Lin hitting a double and being driven in by Chi Tseng. But with two runners on base, Parnaby secured the final two outs to ensure the win.
Australia’s next game is against Japan at noon on Saturday, with the final game on Sunday dependent on results.