It is safe to say that the United Sates Women’s national team is absolutely dominating the competition during the 2012 World Cup of Softball.
Now, it’s Brazil’s turn to feel the wrath.
The fear the team causes in their foes is the result of the red, white and blue starting the tournament with four straight wins and remaining the only undefeated squad in the standings.
The American women are playing inspired softball, and the results on the field speak for themselves.
With Team USA beating Holland 2-1 to open Saturday and closing it out with a huge 9-0 blowout win over Team Canada, there is no doubt anymore about which team is favorite to win it all.
Where: Oklahoma City
When: Sunday, July 1 at 12 p.m. ET
Watch: ESPN 2
Live Stream: ESPN3
For more info on Team USA’s fight for a World Cup of Softball, check out the official website.
Players to Watch
Every great baseball or softball team needs one big bat right in the middle of the lineup that can change the face of the game with one swing.
First basewoman and designated hitter Valerie Arioto is Team USA’s softball Joey Votto.
With three home runs and six RBI in four games during the World Cup, Arioto has proven time and time again that she can not only hit for power, but she can do it with consistency. The .555 batting average over the first four games proves that.
As good as Brazil’s pitching has been, the only chance they have at stopping the American slugger would be to pitch around her. If she hits early, the Brazilians will be forced to do just that.
If Brazil does start pitching around Valerie Arioto, they will be playing into the Team USA idea of having a just as dangerous No. 5 hitter. That hitter would be infielder Samantha Fischer.
With a home run in the prelims, Fischer got her World Cup off to the right start and carried that momentum into the tournament games.
The star fielder’s .500 batting average, four RBI and home run have put the team in a position to win every game she plays. Expect to see plenty of Fischer Sunday.
Prediction: USA 6, Brazil 2
With an amazing combination of strength on the pitching staff and solid hitters, Team USA has made its way through playing the most consistent of all teams in the tournament. With that said, there is still room for improvement.
This Brazilian team is nothing to scoff at for the Americans, so this will be a great test of its confidence and if it has too much. As great as they are, Team USA will falter and fail if it starts underestimating teams.
After a hard-fought game, the US National team will walk away with a victory and continue to push for the ultimate prize: the World Cup of Softball.