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This morning I was lucky to get tickets to the USA-Japan softball game. And it was intense! My seat was next to Monica Abbot’s father which made it even more gut wrenching. (Monica Abbot pitched for the US in this game.)

Monica Abott pitched almost 9 complete innings in todays game vs. Japan. USA won 4-1.

Monica Abott pitched almost 9 complete innings in today's game vs. Japan. USA won 4-1.

Crystl Bustos solidified the US win with a three-run home run in the ninth inning.

Crystl Bustos solidified the US win with a three-run home run in the top of the ninth inning.

The game was 0-0 after seven innings, so it went into softball’s version of overtime. Play continues, and the last batter out from the previous inning starts on second base to advance the offensive play.

Innings seven and eight remained scoreless, and then USA turned it on. Natasha Watley, who started on second base, motored around the field and scored on a hit by Caitlin Lowe. Then Crystl Bustos hit a home run, earning three more runs. The US crowd LOVES Bustos. They yell “BOOOOOOOOO-stus… BOOOOOOOOO-stus” when she’s up to bat.

This win advances Team USA into the gold-silver match-up and guarantees them a medal in the Games. The final softball game is on Thursday.

Go team!

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