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December 12 - 15
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22 July 2012
Aussie Spirit beat China in an 8th innings tie breaker to advance to the Top 4 at the ISF XIII Women's World Championships in Yukon. In a sensational game of softball, Aussie Spirit hitter, Brenda De Blaes hit in Chelsea Forkin in the 4th to get her team the lead. The Chinese team hit back with a run in the 5th. Jodie Bowering hit a huge home run in the bottom of the 5th to give her team the lead. China struck bat with two runs in the 6th innings to take the lead. In the bottom of the 6th innings with two out, back to back singles from Brenda De Blaes and Melinda Weaver tie the game for the Aussie Spirit.
The game went to a 8th innings tie breaker where China scored a run. The Aussie Spirit started the bottom of the 8th with Leigh Godfrey on 2nd base. Clare Warwick bunted and the Chinese failed to get the lead runner who was advancing to third base. Chelsea Forkin was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Brenda De Blaes pops a ball over the shortstops head to score Gofrey and an error by the Chinese fielder allowed Warwick to score. Aussie Spirit win 5-4 and guarantee a Top 4 position.
Kaia Parnaby did a great job on the mound when she came on in the 6th innings with no one out and two runners on. Vanessa Stokes started the game well for the Aussie Spirit.
Next up for the Aussie Spirit is Canada today at approx 1pm AEST.
Photo Credit: Donkin Gook Photography
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