The United States won a place in the finals of the World Softball Championship in Lower Hutt, New Zealand on Saturday (7 February).
SV & GV U.S. batter caught by Ken Bates (2 shots)
SV Pitcher pitching .. batter runs to first base (3 shots)
SV Rennie Petrie preparing to bat, bats and caught out. U.S. all out (3 shots)
SV Canada in to bat .. player caught (third one to go out) (2 shots)
SCU Carl Walker preparing to bat for U.S. and then hits a home run, then congratulated by team mates (5 shots)
SV & GV McMillan preparing to bat for Canada, and hits a foul (3 shots)
SV Pitcher prepares to pitch; Canadian player caught on 2nd base (3 shots)
The United States won its way to the final of the World Softball Championship by beating Canada on Saturday. The eight-day tournament began in Lower Hutt in New Zealand on January the thirty-first. Here is a report on the U.S.-Canadian game, from the New Zealand Broadcasting Council.
Pitch off, Hard to hit that one. It went right down the middle .. a beautiful take by Ken Bates, a lovely catch by Ken Bates. Very sloppy play by Canada. And they're not given the out. Sloppy play by both Landers and first baseman, Pete Songhurst. Songhurst did not get back to that base as quickly as he should have. Rennie Petrie, who walked last time. Both fouls, a nice catch taken by Pete Songhurst. That dismisses the Americans. Picked up beautifully by Rennie Petrie on first base. Delivered by Bobby Yoder to make the third out. Carl Walker, another of softball's big hitters. A lot of pressure on Pete Landers now. One down. Top of the six Gets wood to it. It's over Ken Sates. It's an automatic home run. That could win the game. He'll be laughing. Jim McMillan. Foul, strike two, ball one. What looks to be like another winning game unless Jim McMillan can get the big hit. It's hit, he is taken at second base. The ball game is all over. The United States goes straight to the grand final.
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Background: The United States won a place in the finals of the World Softball Championship in Lower Hutt, New Zealand on Saturday (7 February).
The game was won on an automatic home run by Carl Walker and it meant a defeat for Canada.
The tournament began on 30 January and ran until 8 February. It had caused numerous protests because South Africa was one of the teams taking part. Three people were arrested in one demonstration on the opening day.
Mexico and the Philippines withdrew from the event because of the South Africans' presence and Tanzanian authorities cancelled a trip to New Zealand by world 1,500 metres record holder, Filbert Bayi and other athletes.
There were also objections from some quarters to the presence of Taiwan.
Other countries to take part were Japan and Guam.