Japan Takes Gold at the Brisbane International Softball Challenge

Japan Takes Gold at the Brisbane International Softball Challenge

Post by RFH » Mon, 20 Mar 2000 04:00:00


(article taken from Softball Australia Web Page)

OLYMPIC PREVIEW?

Japan took Gold at the Brisbane International Softball Challenge with a
*** 4-0 victory over the Australian Institute of Sport.

A three run homer in the top of the first by Noriko Yamaji was a devastating
blow from which the AIS never recovered. Many astute judges are tipping the
two teams to meet for the Gold medal in Sydney due to Japan's improvement
since the 1998 World Championships and Australia's outstanding depth.

AIS pitcher Tanya Harding started the match but was obviously feeling the
effects of last night's epic encounter against Australia. Nothing can be
taken away from Japan though as the pitch Yamaji dispatched over the fence
was a rise ball that was up out of the zone. Yamada went with the pitch in
an amazing display of batting artistry. A semi-warmed up Brooke Wilkins
entered the game and managed to halt the Japanese *** until the sixth
when Kazue Itoh lined a home run over center field. The AIS batters tried
valiantly to pull the margin back but were continually foiled by impressive
Japanese pitcher Ayumi Yamazaki. Yamazaki allowed only two hits to the AIS
and one walk in a disciplined pitching display.

Japan themselves only had three hits but as Australian third base Natalie
Titcume commented, "One hit at this level is all it takes to win a game."

Titcume is one of the believers that Japan will be very difficult to beat in
Sydney, "I class Japan as the most improved team in the world."

Japan's coach Taeko Utsugi was pleased with the victory but is not getting
to carried away. "The Australian's have split their squad for this
tournament so we know we have not beaten the best Australian team this
week."

One can not help but feel that Japan will be a major player in deciding the
medals at the Olympics after the impressive way they went about their
business this week. And while Australia's squad was split in two the
Japanese were without number one pitcher Juri Takayama.

As well as that Yamazaki took out the tournament's Best pitcher award
despite being listed as a catcher in the program?

For all the scores, articles, game highlights, recaps and upcoming
tournaments go to the Softball Australia Website at:

http://SportToday.org/

Click on 'International' tab under Competitions.

 
 
 

Japan Takes Gold at the Brisbane International Softball Challenge

Post by Rebelsa » Wed, 22 Mar 2000 04:00:00

OLYMPIC PREVIEW?
Japan 4  Australia 0
" Many astute judges are tipping the two teams to meet for the Gold medal in
Sydney due to Japans improvement since the 1998 World Championships and
Australias outstanding depth."
***********************************
Im thinking the rest of the softball "world" is already looking past the USA
team.  Are we too foolish to believe that the other teams know that some of our
better players will be watching in Sydney and not playing?  Seems the rest of
the world has no trouble seeing the selection problems.

 
 
 

Japan Takes Gold at the Brisbane International Softball Challenge

Post by yowas.. » Wed, 22 Mar 2000 04:00:00

Please name them.


Quote:

> OLYMPIC PREVIEW?
> Japan 4 Australia 0
> " Many astute judges are tipping the two teams to meet for the Gold
medal in
> Sydney due to Japans improvement since the 1998 World Championships
and
> Australias outstanding depth."
> ***********************************
> Im thinking the rest of the softball "world" is already looking past
the USA
> team. Are we too foolish to believe that the other teams know that
some of our
> better players will be watching in Sydney and not playing? Seems the
rest of
> the world has no trouble seeing the selection problems.

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Japan Takes Gold at the Brisbane International Softball Challenge

Post by saint.. » Wed, 22 Mar 2000 04:00:00


Quote:

> OLYMPIC PREVIEW?
> Japan 4 Australia 0
> " Many astute judges are tipping the two teams to meet for the Gold
medal in
> Sydney due to Japans improvement since the 1998 World
Championships and
> Australias outstanding depth."
> ***********************************
> Im thinking the rest of the softball "world" is already looking past
the USA
> team. Are we too foolish to believe that the other teams know that
some of our
> better players will be watching in Sydney and not playing? Seems the
rest of
> the world has no trouble seeing the selection problems.

What happened to Team USA since '96?  I was lucky enough to see them
play a double-header before the Olympics and they were truly awesome!
Has politics ruined our Olympic softball team?

Frank

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Japan Takes Gold at the Brisbane International Softball Challenge

Post by USASoftballGo » Thu, 23 Mar 2000 04:00:00

Quote:
>OLYMPIC PREVIEW?
>Japan 4  Australia 0
>" Many astute judges are tipping the two teams to meet for the Gold medal in
>Sydney due to Japans improvement since the 1998 World Championships and
>Australias outstanding depth."
>***********************************
>Im thinking the rest of the softball "world" is already looking past the USA
>team.  Are we too foolish to believe that the other teams know that some of
>our better players will be watching in Sydney and not playing?  Seems >the

rest of the world has no trouble seeing the selection problems.

Oh, c'mon!  Think about it... where did that article come from?  Australia
loses the game, so the Aussie softball spin doctors have to make it look like
they lost to their most formidable competition.  That's why that particular
line made it into their story.  Do you really think they'd want to admit they
lost to what is probably the Number 4 seed behind the USA, Australia and China?
 I'm sure they called the USA their toughest competitor after losing to our
team (which was minus Lisa Fernandez and Michelle Smith, by the way) at the
Olympic Cup last September.

I know it's fashionable to bash the selection process in this newsgroup, but
how many of you armchair quarterbacks have actually seen the Olympic team on
the field?  I have, and I can tell you that it's an excellent team that's only
going to get better, considering they're only in their third (non-consecutive)
week of training camp right now.  As they tour the country and start playing
together on an everyday basis this summer, watch for them to assert their
***, which I expect will continue all the way through September 26 in
Sydney!  

I can't wait to see what all the selection process hypocrites have to say after
Team USA wins the gold again... that is, if their feet aren't lodged too far
back in their mouths.

 
 
 

Japan Takes Gold at the Brisbane International Softball Challenge

Post by Jazzso » Thu, 23 Mar 2000 04:00:00

Quote:
>(USASoftballGold) writes>I know it's fashionable to bash the selection process

in this newsgroup, but
Quote:
>how many of you armchair quarterbacks have actually seen the Olympic team on
>the field?  I have, and I can tell you that it's an excellent team that's
>only
>going to get better, considering they're only in their third
>(non-consecutive)
>week of training camp right now.  As they tour the country and start playing
>together on an everyday basis this summer, watch for them to assert their
>***, which I expect will continue all the way through September 26 in
>Sydney!  

I have seen them play and they are very good. Could they lose to the Aussie's
and Japan.  YES!!!!!!.. Are they the odds on favorites?  Yes. Has the selection
committee acted with ethics and class over the years?  NO.  So bashing is both
correct and needed. Did they pick the right team. Maybe, unless you talk to
Scott. Did they pick the right leadership. NO and it could be their undoing.

Don