Australian softballers celebrate the Tokyo Olympic 2020 qualification

Australia’s softball team booked their place at next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo defeating China 9-3 in the last game of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier in Shanghai. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Softball can get Olympic Softball Tickets online.

It’s a fifth Olympic Games for the Australian team, with head coach Bob Harrow’s side way too strong for a gallant Chinese outfit at the Shanghai Sports Training Center A pair of double plays in the first two innings set the scene with Australia producing three double plays in total.

Australian softballers celebrate the Tokyo Olympic 2020 qualification
Australian softballers celebrate the Tokyo Olympic 2020 qualification

Chen Jia had initially led off with a single while Li Qi was hit by a pitch but a hard grounder to second base served a 4-6-3 double play for Australia. China continued to make inroads thanks to a single from Yan Siyu, but Australia delivered a five-run rally to take the lead which they would not relinquish.  

“It’s an awesome feeling,” Harrow said. It has been the longest week, but the players got their reward at the end of it with their hard work. It is simply great to be back at the Olympics after a 12-year wait. We have a great history in the Olympics, having won one silver and three bronze medals. I am aware the competition in Tokyo is going to be much tougher with higher-ranked teams, but we ourselves are going for the gold.”

Australia is the sixth and final qualifier for the tournament at Tokyo Olympic 2020 when the sport will be appearing on the Olympic program for the first time since Beijing 2008.

Australian softballers celebrate the Tokyo Olympic 2020 qualification

They join hosts Japan world champions the United States and Italy Mexico and Canada who qualified in earlier regional tournaments.  Australia’s captain Stacey Porter was overwhelmed at the result.

“I waited for 12 years to return to the Olympics and it is so rewarding to be back at the Tokyo Olympics,” she said.  Having won a bronze at the Athens 2004 Olympics and the silver in Beijing 2008 I am looking forward to the gold medal in Tokyo. It is not going to be easy, but we are determined to emerge tops this time around. I may be 38, but I am far from quitting the game.”

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Australia and China continue to unbeaten at Asia/Oceania softball qualifier for Tokyo Olympic 2020

Hosts China and Australia both made it two victories from two at the Asia/Oceania softball qualifier for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Chinese beat Philippines 8-3 in Group A at Shanghai Chongming Sports Training Center but did things the hard way for the second game in a row. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Softball can get Olympic Softball Tickets online.

It was the Philippines who drew first blood, racing into a 3-0 lead before the Chinese turned things around. New Zealand also opened up a 3-0 advantage against the hosts yesterday before also losing 8-3. Lu Ying hit a grand slam home run for China as they fought back impressively today and ensured qualification for the super round phase.

Australia and China continue to unbeaten at Asia/Oceania softball qualifier for Tokyo Olympic 2020
Australia and China continue to unbeaten at Asia/Oceania softball qualifier for Tokyo Olympic 2020

“I thought the game against New Zealand was enough and we showed character and confidence to come back to win,” said China’s Coach Corey Myers. But to go through it again today was nerve wrecking.”

New Zealand bounced back from their opening defeat by seeing off South Korea 5-1 in the group’s other game. They will now face the Philippines, who thrashed the Koreans 10-1 on day one in the last batch of group fixtures tomorrow to see who joins the Chinese in the super round.

In Group B, Australia backed up their 5-1 win over Chinese Taipei yesterday by easing past Indonesia 8-0 inside five innings. Chinese Taipei, the highest-ranked side at the event at number six in the world recovered with a 7-0 win over Hong Kong, who had pipped Indonesia 6-5 yesterday.

Australia and China continue to unbeaten at Asia/Oceania softball qualifier for Tokyo Olympic 2020
Australia and China continue to unbeaten at Asia/Oceania softball qualifier for Tokyo Olympic 2020

Australia will win the group and advance to the super round with a 100 percent record should they beat Hong Kong tomorrow. The Taiwanese will meet Indonesia and will be favorites to win and also go through. Results from the group phase carry over to the super round where teams play the two qualifiers from the other group.

The side topping the pile will qualify for Tokyo Olympic 2020 where both baseball and softball are returning to the Olympic programmer following their axing after Beijing 2008. They will complete a six-team line-up in Tokyo which so far includes hosts Japan world champions the United States America’s qualifiers Canada and Mexico and European qualifiers Italy.

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China has winning start at Asia/Oceania Olympic 2020 softball qualifier

Hosts China survived an early scare before beating New Zealand 8-3 in their opening match of the Asia/Oceania softball qualifier for Tokyo 2020. The Kiwis, who performed a haka before the game, raced into a surprise 3-0 lead against the world number eight side who many consider tournament favorites. Olympic Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Softball can get Olympic Softball Tickets online.

“It is not the best way to chalk a win, but I am glad we recovered from the early deficit to get back into the game,” China’s American coach Corey Myers said.

China has winning start at Asia/Oceania Olympic 2020 softball qualifier
China has winning start at Asia/Oceania Olympic 2020 softball qualifier

“We have tougher games ahead, and in a way, I am glad we had to come from behind to win because it will serve us well for our remaining tough games. The players showed good character to get back into the game despite having some defensive issues in the early stages. In the end, it was a great start to the tournament, but we have to keep on improving.”

China’s play was riddled with defensive mistakes but they turned things around, with five runs in the bottom of the sixth. The other match in Group A at the Shanghai Chongming Sports Training Center saw the Philippines thrash South Korea 10-1.

In Group B, Chinese Taipei, the highest-ranked side at the event at number six in the world, were beaten 5-1 by world number seven Australia. There was also success for Hong Kong, who piped Indonesia 6-5. The top two teams from each group qualify for the super round phase where results will carry over.

China has winning start at Asia/Oceania Olympic 2020 softball qualifier
China has winning start at Asia/Oceania Olympic 2020 softball qualifier

Only the winners of the event will qualify for Tokyo 2020, where both baseball and softball are returning to the Olympic program following their axing after Beijing 2008. They will complete a six-team line-up in Tokyo which so far includes hosts Japan, world champions the United States, America’s qualifiers Canada and Mexico and European qualifiers Italy.

The World Baseball Softball Confederation event continues tomorrow. In Group A China takes on the Philippines with South Korea playing New Zealand while Australia will lock horns with Indonesia in Group B where Chinese Taipei faces Hong Kong.

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Canada book place at Tokyo Olympics 2020 softball tournament after Brazil victory

Hosts Canada eased past Brazil 7-0 to book their Tokyo Olympic 2020 spot at the World Baseball Softball Confederation Softball Americas Olympic qualifier. The clash with the South Americans at Softball City in Surrey was a straight shoot-out to decide who would take the second spot available at the Games from the event after Mexico booked their place yesterday. Olympic Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympic Softball can get Olympic Softball Tickets online.

In the end, it was a comfortable win for the home side who completed victory inside five innings as the super round phase of the tournament concluded. Beijing 2008 Olympian Kaleigh Rafter sealed the success with a walk-off home run to send Canada to their fifth Olympic Games.

Canada book place at Tokyo Olympics 2020 softball tournament after Brazil victory
Canada book place at Tokyo Olympics 2020 softball tournament after Brazil victory

“The reality is that for most of the players it probably will be the only opportunity to go to the Olympics, so I think it’s especially sweet for them,” said Canada’s head coach Mark Smith. 

And for the older ones, it is the chance to go back and make right the experience they had 12 years ago that didn’t go the way they hoped. I know how hard they’ve worked I know the time they’ve put in and I know the personal sacrifices they’ve made. We have proved ourselves to be legitimately one of the top powers in the world. 

“And our stats this week proved that, we have given up only two runs in the tournament, and that two runs cost us a ball game but when you look at our stats offensively defensively they have proven that they are as good as anybody in the world.”

Canada book place at Tokyo Olympics 2020 softball tournament after Brazil victory
Canada book place at Tokyo Olympics 2020 softball tournament after Brazil victory

Mexico, who beat Canada 2-1 yesterday to book their Tokyo Olympic 2020 spot was confirmed as tournament winners as they beat Cuba 7-0 to top the super round group. The win meant they ended the event with a 100 percent record. Puerto Rico beat Venezuela 4-1 in a battle between two already eliminated sides.

Women’s softball, as well as men’s baseball, will return to the Olympic stage in Tokyo after the sports were axed following Beijing 2008. However, they have not been put forward for inclusion in Paris 2024. Canada lost in the semi-finals in Beijing and has never reached the podium.

Hosts Japan world champions the United States and European qualifiers Italy has also confirmed their Olympic spots next year. One more place is available through the Asia-Oceania qualifier which begins in Shanghai on September 24.

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Five teams keep on unbeaten at Tokyo Olympics 2020 America’s softball qualifier

Five teams remain unbeaten after day two of the World Baseball Softball Confederation Softball Americas Olympic qualifier in Canada. Ten sides have gathered at Softball City in Surrey in a bid to earn one of two places available at next year’s Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympics Softball can get Olympics Softball Tickets online.

Hosts Canada, Puerto Rico, Brazil, Mexico, and Venezuela all sit on two victories from two as the second round of group matches were played. The Canadians were awarded a 7-0 walkover against Argentina who has dropped out of the competition.

Five teams keep on unbeaten at Tokyo Olympics 2020 America’s softball qualifier
Five teams keep on unbeaten at Tokyo Olympics 2020 America’s softball qualifier

Puerto Rico is on the same record as the hosts as they also registered a second win by thumping Guatemala 13-0. Cuba thrashed 17-0 by Canada on day one, got off the mark as they subjected The Bahamas to a second defeat with a 13-0 win.

They now join Guatemala on a record of one win, one defeat. In Group B Brazil defeated Peru 5-0 to claim their second win as Mexico did likewise with a 9-1 success over the Dominican Republic.

Venezuela also has a 100 percent record after a 7-0 walkover win against the British Virgin Islands, who have forfeited their participation. There is clear daylight in Group B already as today’s defeated teams have now all lost twice. Group play will continue in Surrey tomorrow.

Five teams keep on unbeaten at Tokyo Olympics 2020 America’s softball qualifier
Five teams keep on unbeaten at Tokyo Olympics 2020 America’s softball qualifier

Canada will play Guatemala in Group A with Puerto Rico meets the Bahamas, while Cuba will be given a walkover against Argentina. In Group B Brazil meet Venezuela and Peru play the Dominican Republic with Mexico gaining a walkover against the British Virgin Islands.

The top three in each group will reach the super round where results will carry over with the top two from this qualifying for Tokyo Olympics 2020. Women’s softball as well as men’s baseball, is returning to the Games in Japan’s capital after being axed following Beijing 2008. World champions the United States have already qualified for the Olympics so they are not competing in Surrey.

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Canada among unbeaten quartet at Tokyo Olympics 2020 America’s softball qualifier

Four teams remain unbeaten after the third round of group stage fixtures at the World Baseball Softball Confederation Softball Americas Olympic qualifier in Canada. The host nation Puerto Rico, Brazil and Mexico all sit on a record of three victories and no defeats at Softball City in Surrey as the race to reach Tokyo Olympics 2020 continues. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympics Softball in Olympics 2020 can get Olympics Softball Tickets online.

In Group A, Danielle Lawrie and Jenna Caira pitched a perfect game with eight strikeouts in four innings as Canada thrashed Guatemala 19-0. Puerto Rico was similarly dominant as they saw off The Bahamas 13-0. The group’s other game saw Cuba awarded a 7-0 walkover against Argentina as the South Americans have dropped out of the tournament.

Canada among unbeaten quartet at Tokyo Olympics 2020 America’s softball qualifier
Canada among unbeaten quartet at Tokyo Olympics 2020 America’s softball qualifier

They move to a record of two victories and one defeat to sit just behind the top two. Guatemala has one win and two defeats with The Bahamas yet to get off the mark. In Group B, Brazil kept its 100 percent start intact as they pipped Venezuela, who also had a perfect record before today 2-1.

Mariana Ribeiro scored a double in the sixth inning as the Brazilians came from behind. Mexico’s third win was guaranteed as they were due to face the British Virgin Islands, who have also forfeited their place at the event. As with Cuba, they were awarded a 7-0 walkover.

The group’s other game saw Peru beat Dominican Republic 6-1 to move to a record of one victory and two defeats. The Dominican Republic is yet to register a victory group play will continue in Surrey tomorrow.

Canada among unbeaten quartet at Tokyo Olympics 2020 America’s softball qualifier
Canada among unbeaten quartet at Tokyo Olympics 2020 America’s softball qualifier

Canada will meet Puerto Rico in Group A in a battle between the two unbeaten sides, with Cuba taking on Guatemala. The Bahamas will be given their first victory as they will receive a walkover against Argentina. In Group B, Brazil meets the Dominican Republic with Mexico playing Venezuela.

Peru will be given a walkover against the British Virgin Islands. The top three in each group will reach the super round, where results will carry over with the top two from this qualifying for Tokyo Olympics 2020.

Women’s softball, as well as men’s baseball, is returning to the Games in Japan’s capital after being axed following Beijing 2008. World champions the United States has already qualified for the Olympics so they are not competing in Surrey.

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Canada target Tokyo 2020 ticket at WBSC Olympics Softball Americas Qualifier

Canada, Puerto Rico and Mexico are vying for Tokyo Olympics 2020 when the World Softball Confederation (WBSC) Olympic Americas Qualifier tournament begins in Surrey in British Colombia tomorrow. Fans who want to watch the live-action of Olympics Softball can get Olympics Softball Tickets online.

Hosts Canada is the highest-ranked in the tournament which involves 12 teams and offers two tickets to the Olympic Games. Canada took the bronze medal at the 2018 WBSC Women’s World Championship in Japan, having also finished third in 2016.

Softball Canada President Kevin Quinn said. “We are really excited about the chance to host this Olympic Qualifier; we thank the WBSC for the opportunity. Our host organizing committee led by Greg Timm is an experienced group that focuses on both the player and fan experience.”

CBC Sports and FloSports have been awarded exclusive broadcasting rights for the qualifying tournament. If Canada reaches the Super Round game next Saturday, August 31, CBC Sports’ weekly show Road to the Olympics will air the match while also exclusively live-streaming 24 tournament matches.

Canada target Tokyo 2020 ticket at WBSC Olympics Softball Americas Qualifier
Canada Olympics Softball Team

WBSC chairman Tommy Velazquez said. “Millions of people in the Americas and around the world will be able to watch all the games of the Softball Americas Qualifier building anticipation of softball’s historic return at the Olympics Games Tokyo 2020.”

Japan, as the host nation, and the 2018 world champions the United States have already secured two of the six berths in Tokyo. Italy was the third country to qualify for the Olympic tournament when they defeated Britain in the Europe/Africa Qualifier in July.

The final ticket will be contested in the Asia/Oceania Qualifier in China at the end of September. He America’s tournament will conclude on Sunday, September 1. In the US, the streaming and on-demand sports programming platform FloSports will provide live coverage of the Olympic Qualifier event.

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Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Italy beating Great Britain in final of Softball Europe/Africa Cup

Italy has reached the Tokyo 2020 Olympics after beating Britain 5-0 in the final of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) Europe/Africa Qualifier. They become the third nation to reach the Games joining the United States and hosts Japan next summer after a comfortable victory in Utrecht in the Netherlands. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympics Softball can get Olympics Softball Tickets online.

It completes a superb double for the Italians after they won their 11th Women’s European Softball Championship title. Starting pitcher Greta Cecchetti was an unresolved force today for Italy, throwing a shutout game in 99 pitches with 13 strikes and only two hits.

Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Italy beating Great Britain in final of Softball Europe/Africa Cup
Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Italy beating Great Britain in final of Softball Europe/Africa Cup

The Italians are the third of six qualifiers for the return of softball to the Olympics two teams will progress from the Americas Qualifier that will take place in Surrey Canada. The other will come from the Asia/Oceania Qualifier in Shanghai China.

Earlier, European Championship runners-up the Netherlands secured third place in the Europe/Africa Qualifier by defeating the Czech Republic 7-0. In front of a massive crowd, Great Britain and Italy faced off again three weeks after the European Championship. Greta Cecchetti and Georgina Warrick were the starting pitchers.

Italy took the lead in the first inning. Amanda Fama was hit by a pitch with one out Emily Carosone singled. Later Emily Piancastelli plated Fama from third with a single to right field. Then, Ricchi reached first on a fielder’s choice. In the action, the British defense made a throwing error so Carson could score the 2-0 lead.

Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Italy beating Great Britain in final of Softball Europe/Africa Cup
Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Italy beating Great Britain in final of Softball Europe/Africa Cup

The Italian team extended the lead between the third and the fourth frame. With one out Carosone doubled to left field. Then Beatrice Ricchi plated pinch-runner Fabrizia Marrone with a two bases hit. In the fourth inning, Andrea Howard singled Pinch hitter Alessandra Rotondo reached on a fielder’s choice while Howard was out on second. Lunghi flew out but Fama had a base hit later Vigna singled to make the score 5-0.

Great Britain tried to back into the game but it couldn’t. Greta Cecchetti was outstanding from the circle, pitching a shutout game with 13 strikeouts and only 2 hits allowed. On the other side, Georgia Corrick took the loss.

Italy already qualified in Japan and the USA. The other 3 National Teams will be defined in the other two Qualifiers. Two teams will qualify from the Softball Americas Qualifier that will take place in Survey Canada. The last one will come from the Softball Asia/Oceania Qualifier that will be in Shanghai, China.

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Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Britain and hosts the Netherlands through to super round at WBSC Softball

Hosts Netherlands and Britain both made it two wins out of two in Group A to qualify for the super round of the World Baseball Softball Confederation Softball Europe/Africa Qualifier in Utrecht. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Softball can get Olympic Softball Tickets online.

Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Britain and hosts the Netherlands through to super round at WBSC Softball
Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Britain and hosts the Netherlands through to super round at WBSC Softball

Britain needed just three innings to beat South Africa 15-0 at Sports park de Paperclip, while the Dutch defeated Spain 7-0 later in the day. The two teams will face each other tomorrow to determine the winner of Group A. It will follow the match between Spain and South Africa, both of whom have been eliminated from the tournament. In Group B, Italy continued their perfect start with a 2-0 success over the Czech Republic.

The Italians scored the first point in the second inning with a Giulia Longhi double and they wrapped up victory in the sixth. It came after France had bounced back from their loss against the Czech Republic yesterday to overcome Botswana 11-2.

The outcome of Group B will be finalized tomorrow when Italy meets France and Botswana take on the Czechs. The top two teams will join Britain and the Netherlands in the super round, due to be held on Friday (July 26) and Saturday (July 27). The winner of that will gain a berth for next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Britain and hosts the Netherlands through to super round at WBSC Softball
Tokyo 2020 Qualifier: Britain and hosts the Netherlands through to super round at WBSC Softball

Great Britain’s women’s softball team has moved a step closer to qualification for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics Games. The side won all seven of their matches at the European Championship in the Czech Republic including 2-0 wins over the hosts on Wednesday.

Head coach Rachael Watkeys said. “That was the first mission accomplished.”

Great Britain will now move on to a six-team Europe/Africa Olympic Qualifier tournament from 23 July. Only one team from that will be among the six countries in Tokyo in 2020. In Ostrava at the European Championship, GB defeated Greece, Germany, Croatia, and Switzerland to top Group D in the first round. They then beat Ireland, the Czech Republic, and Spain in the second round to top Group E.

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The U.S. invites Romero for Olympic 2020 softball trials

Infielder Sydney Romero, who graduated from Oklahoma this spring with two NCAA championships, was among 30 softball players invited to try out for the U.S Olympic team that already has secured a spot at the Tokyo2020 Olympic Summer Games. Fans who want to watch the live competition of Olympic Softball Tickets can get Olympic Softball Tickets online.

Romero and her older sister Sierra Romero had previously said they intended to represent Mexico. Sierra Romero, the NCAA player of the year in 2016, has been sidelined since tearing her ACL in June. Fifteen players will be selected to represent Team USA in Olympic 2020 plus three replacement players who will play during a tour prior to the Olympics.

The U.S. invites Romero for Olympic 2020 softball trials
The U.S. invites Romero for Olympic 2020 softball trials

The U.S. trials roster also includes aces Monica Abbott and Cat Osterman who won silver medals with Team USA in 2008. Osterman 36 came out of retirement last October, hoping to get a chance to play for gold. She is the lone player on the U.S. trials roster who was with the gold medal-winning U.S team at the 2004 Olympics.

Softball will return to the Olympics for the first time since 2008 next summer but is not on the slate for Paris 2024 or beyond. The United States Italy and Japan already have qualified for the six-team Tokyo Olympic 2020 field.

Three players from reigning national champion UCLA were invited to the U.S trials hitter pitcher Rachel Garcia the reigning back to back player of the year infielder Bubba Nickles and pitcher

The U.S. invites Romero for Olympic 2020 softball trials

Megan Faraimo Four other active NCAA players were invited shortstop Sis Bates Washington pitcher Montana Fouts Alabama catcher Dejah Mulipola Arizona and outfielder Alyssa Palomino Cardoza Arizona.

Trials will be held Oct 1-6 at the USA Softball Hall of Fame Complex in Oklahoma City. Baseball and softball were not proposed by Paris 2024 organizers, and it remains to be seen what will happen for Los Angeles 2028. It appears that MLB players will not take part as it was in baseball’s previous Olympic appearances but two U.S. Olympic softball stars of the past are hoping to get back to the Games.

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