Newspaper article The Canadian Press

US Beats Canada 9-1 in Softball Game Marking 40th Anniversary of Title IX

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

US Beats Canada 9-1 in Softball Game Marking 40th Anniversary of Title IX

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US beats Canada 9-1 in Title IX celebration game

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Canada dropped a 9-1 decision to the United States on Saturday in the first game of its 2012 softball season.

The game was held to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Title IX, the American law that guarantees equal rights for women's sports.

The U.S. scored five runs in the bottom of the second inning and added three more in the bottom of the fifth to earn the five-inning win.

Canada started the first inning on the right foot, as Toronto's Victoria Hayward forced a leadoff walk but was retired at second on a fielder's choice by Caitlin Lever.

Jenn Yee of North Delta, B.C., also drew a walk to put two runners on base, but Canada was unable to bring them in to score.

In the bottom half of the inning, Rhea Taylor hit a one-out single and stole second before scoring on a two-out single by Kaitlin Cochran, who was retired at second when she tried to stretch her hit into a double.

After Canada went down in order in the second, the Americans strung some hits together and took advantage of some passed balls to put five runs on the board and take an early 6-0 lead. …

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