The United States blanked Italy 2-0 in their softball debut at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, with impeccable work from pitcher Cat Osterman.
Double Olympic medalist with the United States, winner of a gold medal in Athens-2004 and a silver medal in Beijing-2008, Osterman barely allowed one hit in six innings, in which he guillotined nine opponents.
Thus the victory (1-0) was scored, preserved by her longtime ally in the North American team, Monica Abbott, who took the last inning with three strikeouts.
The first run came in the fourth inning with an producing hit from Michelle Moultrie.
Their connection brought home Valeri Arioto, who had hit base with an infield single.
And in the fifth act Janie Reed extended the gap with a sacrifice fly that allowed Aubree Munro to score.
In the early hours, the hosts of Japan, champions in Beijing-2008, defeated Australia 8-1 in five chapters. The Mexico-Canada game will close the agenda this Wednesday in softball.
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