NORMAN, Okla. – For the second time this summer, former Sooner Destinee Martinez and the U.S. Women’s National Softball Team have claimed a tournament title.
After winning gold at the General Tire World Cup IX in July, the squad defeated Australia over the weekend in the championship game of Italian Softball Week in Azzano, Italy.
Martinez played in three of five games for the United States, which went 4-1 overall, and was 2-6 with a pair of singles and a run scored.
The Corona, Calif., native started for the U.S. in a tournament opening 7-3 win against Australia on August 7, but went 0-2 before being replaced by a pinch hitter.
Martinez then came off the bench later in the day against Italy, picking up pinch-hit single up the middle with two outs in the seventh inning of a 7-1 victory.
After sitting out a 3-2 loss to Australia, Martinez returned to the lineup to face the Italian squad once again on August 8. She popped out to second in her first plate appearance before singling to lead off the fourth. A stolen base and throwing error advanced Martinez to third where she scored the United States’ fifth run of the game on a sacrifice fly.
In the championship game, Martinez did not play, but the US claimed a 6-2 victory to win the tournament title.
In three tournaments so far this summer, Martinez and Team USA have captured first place twice. The only tournament in which they did not was a runner-up finish at the Canadian Open to Japan on July 21.
Martinez played in two of five games in Surrey, B.C., picking up two hits in six at-bats, scoring three runs, driving in three more and stealing a base.
Facing the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) All-Stars in the second game of the Canadian Open, Martinez went 1-3 with a run scored and run driven in. She reached on an error in the fifth before moving to third after a pair of fielder’s choices and coming home on an RBI single. One inning later, Martinez hit an RBI single of her own to give the US its winning margin of 5-0 over the NJCAA All-Stars.
Martinez’s other appearance came with a start in left field in a 9-2 win over Canada. She recorded a run-scoring single and came around to score one batter later in the third inning. Martinez ended up scoring the game-ending run in the fifth when she reached on an error, took second on a wild pitch, moved to third on a single and then scored on another single.
In 23 total games this summer, Martinez is hitting .280 (14-50) with a .333 on-base percentage and .340 slugging percentage. She has a double and triple with eight RBI, 17 runs scored, four walks and four stolen bases in as many attempts.
The final tournament of the summer for Martinez and the U.S. National Team comes August 15-24 at the International Softball Federation World Championship in Haarlem, Netherlands.