Canada beats Mexico to softball bronze

Canada won its first Olympic medal in softball beating Mexico 3-2.

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Canada won its first Olympic medal in softball, taking the bronze with a 3-2 victory over Mexico on Tuesday (27 July) at the Yokohama Stadium. Canada’s previous best finish was fourth place at Beijing 2008, the last time softball was an Olympic sport.

Danielle Lawrie, Kaleigh Rafter, Lauren Regula and Jenn Salling played in Beijing with Regula was also a competitor at Athens 2004.

Canada won behind 2 1/3 innings of scoreless, one-hit relief from Lawrie, the sister of former major leaguer Brett Lawrie.

Lawrie (1-1) relieved with runners at the corners in the fifth and retired Victoria Vidales on a groundout. Lawrie struck out four, fanning Brittany Cervantes to end it.

Kelsey Harshman broke a 2-2 tie in the fifth with a sacrifice fly for the Canadians, who went 4-2, finishing behind the US (5-0) and Japan (4-1).

In a game played in intermittent light rain, Emma Entzminger put Canada ahead with a two-run single in the second off Danielle O’Toole (0-2), but Mexico tied the score on RBI singles by Brittany Cervantes in the third off starter Sara Groenewegen and by Suzy Brookshire in the fifth against Jenna Caira.

No 9 hitter Janet Leung beat out an infield single to shortstop leading off the bottom half of the fifth and Victoria Hayward beat out a bunt single. Larissa Franklin sacrificed, and Harshman flied to left as Leung scored standing up as the throw was cut off.

The US and defending champion Japan play in the gold medal match later in the day in a rematch of the 2008 final.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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