Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Matthews Has Four RBIs as Canada Routes New Zealand 12-1 at World Softball

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Matthews Has Four RBIs as Canada Routes New Zealand 12-1 at World Softball

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Canada routes NZ 12-1 at world softball


WHITEHORSE - Melanie Matthews hit a home run and had four RBIs as Canada pounded New Zealand 12-1 in five innings at the ISF Women's World Championships on Tuesday.

The victory improved Canada's record to 4-1, its lone defeat coming in a 6-2 loss to Japan on Sunday night.

Jocelyn Cater of Delta, B.C., pitched all five innings while striking out nine. She gave up four hits and one run while walking four.

Matthews, Canada's veteran left fielder and lead-off hitter, started the game with a home run to right field, her third of the tournament.

Canada would add two more in the second, including an RBI single from Mississauga, Ont., native Natalie Wideman, who got the start at catcher.

After jumping out to a 7-0 lead against New Zealand in three innings, Canada added five more runs in the top of the fifth when Calgary's Sheena Lawrick hit a two-run homer to complete the rout.

Te Reo Powhiri Matautia singled to bring in New Zealand's lone run in the fifth.

Wideman made the most of her opportunity going 2-3 at the plate and driving in two runs.

"It was nice being behind the plate again," said the 20 year-old who also serves as a utility infielder. "I'm used to playing back there so it was good to be in my home again."

Canada will be tested by one of the top teams in the tournament when they face Australia on Wednesday night.

The Canadians will receive a boost for that game from the arrival of Danielle Lawrie, a star pitcher who up until this point has been playing with her Florida-based professional team.

"We've got Danielle coming into town and our pitching staff has been doing a good job of keeping runs off the board. Anyone could take the mound right now," said Caitlin Lever, who finished with three RBIs on Tuesday.

Lawrie, whose younger brother is Blue Jays third baseman Brett Lawrie, was named the U.S.A Softball National Collegiate Player of the Year in 2009 after leading the University of Washington to their first national championship.

She received the honour again in 2010. …

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