July 15, 2013

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Team USA’s run at the World Cup of Softball ended with a silver medal after falling to Japan, 6-3, on Sunday night in the championship game. The U.S., which features Lauren Chamberlain and Destinee Martinez, went 3-2 at the event, with both losses coming to the Japanese National Team.

Neither Chamberlain nor Martinez started in the title game, though Martinez did come into the game to play center field in the fifth inning. She had one at-bat in the sixth inning but hit into an infield fly.

In the third-place game, Australia and junior Georgia Casey defeated Canada, 4-3, to take home the bronze medal.

Casey started as the designated player, hitting seventh in the lineup and going 0-4 at the plate. For the tournament, the junior-to-be was 2-11 with two runs scored and a walk.

Earlier on Sunday, the United States defeated Puerto Rico, 10-3, in five innings in order to reach the title game against Japan.

Chamberlain hit in the leadoff spot and was 1-2 with an RBI double in the third inning. Martinez also got the start and went 1-3 with a single. Her run in the bottom of the fifth proved to be the game-winner in a run-rule victory.

Japan 6, USA 3 (Box) | USA 10, PR 3 (Box) | AUS 4, CAN 3 (Box) | World Cup | Canadian Open

Playing in four of the five games, Chamberlain was 1-8 with an RBI double. She also drew two walks and stole a base. Martinez played in all five games and, like Chamberlain, collected one hit in eight at-bats while scoring one run.

Up next for Team USA is the Canadian Open Fastpitch Invitational in Surrey, British Columbia, July 16-22. The six-team event features the United States, Australia, Canada, China, Japan and Venezuela.