August 9: USA 2, Venezuela 0; USA 3, Canada1 --The Red, White and Blue completed the medal-round comeback, knocking off Canada, 3-1, in the championship finale -- two days after following to their North American rival by the same margin. After the Canadian squad knotted the score at one apiece in the top of the third, Team USA surged ahead with a run in the home half and another in the fourth to wrap up the team title. In earlier action, the U.S. squad battled past host Venezuela, 2-0,in front of a partial crowd, using RBI doubles in the first and second frames to gain the only advantage it would need. Senior Maggie Viefhaus started both contests at designated player and drove in the first tally vs. Canada ona second-inning sac fly. [Game 1 Boxscore|Championship Boxscore|Recap]
August 8: USA 15, Argentina 0 (5 inn.); USA 7, Cuba 0 (6 inn.) -- Team USA returned to familiar form in continued championship-round competition, picking up a shutout, double-header sweep over Argentina, 15-0, and Cuba, 7-0, to stay alive in the medal rounds. After a somewhat slow start with single runs in the second and third, the Red, White and Blue exploded in the late innings with 13 runs between the fourth and fifth frames against Argentina. Senior Nikki Nemitz earned the complete-game victory in the opener, striking out 10 while allowing just one hit -- a fifth-inning single. [Game 1 Boxscore|Game 2 Boxscore|Recap]
August 7: Canada 3, USA 1 -- The USA Softball Pan American team suffered its first loss of the event, falling to Canada, 3-1, in the first round of championship play. The teams tallied five hits apiece, but the Canadian squad did its damage with solo homers in the third and fourth innings. Senior Maggie Viefhaus made an appearance as a pinch runner. [Boxscore|Recap]
August 6: USA 7, Cuba 0 (6 inn.) -- Team USA wrapped up pool play with a perfect 9-0 record, rolling past previously unbeaten Cuba, 7-0, in six innings. The Red, White and Blue picked up the only advantage they would need with a four-run second inning before adding three tallies in the final two frames. Neither senior Maggie Viefhaus nor senior Nikki Nemitz appeared in the contest. [Boxscore|Recap]
August 5: USA 15, Belize 0 (4 inn.) -- The Red, White and Blue earned its eighth straight shutout victory, knocking off Belize 15-0, in four innings. Senior Nikki Nemitz made her second start of the Pan American Qualifier and was responsible for all outs through two innings with four strikeouts and two comebackers to the mound. Senior Maggie Viefhaus kicked off the fourth inning with a leadoff triple. [Boxscore| Recap]
August 4: USA 11, El Salvador 0 (5 inn.); USA 15, Dominican Republic 0 (4 inn.) -- Team USA continued to cruise through its international competition, picking up two more shutout, run-rule victories with an 11-0 win over El Salvador and 15-0 decision over Dominican Republic. Senior Maggie Viefhaus appeared in both contests, starting the first at designated player, but went 0-for-3 in the doubleheader. She was at the plate in game two when teammate Melissa Roth scored the game-ending tally on a wild pitch. [Game 1 Boxscore|Game 2 Boxscore|Recap|Photos]
August 3: USA 22, Panama 0 (3 inn.); USA 9, Antilles 0 (5 inn.) -- The U.S. squad posted back-to-back run-rule victories over Panama, 22-0, and Antilles, 9-0, in its first doubleheader action of the Pan American Qualifier. Senior Maggie Viefhaus, who earned playing time in the infield, appearing in third base in game one before moving over to second in the nightcap, went 1-for-5 with an RBI and a walk on the day. She drove in a second-inning tally against Panama with a double to left center. Senior pitcher Nikki Nemitz tossed a pair of no-hit innings in relief. [Game 1 Boxscore|Game 2 Boxscore|Recap|Photos]
August 2: USA 21, Ecuador 0 (3 inn.) -- Team USA secured its most dominant victory of the tournament in day-three action, dominating Ecuador, 21-0, inthree innings. All but U.S. player earned a hit in the effort, whilesenior third basemanMaggie Viefhaus went 2-for-2 with a walk, three runs and two RBI. Senior pitcher Nikki Nemitz all three batters faced inher third-inning relief appearance. [Boxscore| Recap|Photos]
August 1: USA 7, Brazil 0 (5 inn.) -- The Red, White and Blue used a pair of big innings to cruise past Brazil, 7-0, in five innings. Senior Maggie Viefhaus, who earned the start at designated player, tallied two of Team USA's nine hits with a pair of triples. Viefhaus drove home the game-winning run on a second-inning triple to centerfield and, in her next turn at the plate, kicked off Team USA's three-run fourth inning with a leadoff triple to left. [Boxscore|Recap|Photos]
July 31: USA 11, Colombia 0 (5 inn.) -- Behind the stellar pitching of senior Nikki Nemitz and Brandice Balschmiter, Team USA rolled to an 11-0, five-inning victory over Colombia in the opening day of play at the Pan Am Qualifier. The duo were perfect from the circle, with Nemitz earning the victory with the start, fanning one while allowing no runners on base through two innings. Senior Maggie Viefhaus, who started the game at designated player, went 1-for-2 from the plate, registering a first-inning double to left center to contribute to big six-run frame. [Boxscore|Recap]
The Wolverine Perspective
Sunday, August 2
We have won all three of our games we have played, beating Colombia 11-0 in 4 innings, Brazil 7-0 in 5 innings and Ecuador 21-0 in 3 innings. Maggie is on a hitting spree. She has hit three triples and has at least two hits in each game. Our pitching staff has yet to give up a hit or run, and we have only allowed two walks. Overall, we are playing great softball and enjoying the experience in Venezuela. We have many people that are vital parts to our team from our translators to our military escort/bodyguard, our police escorts and our bus driver. The girls and coaching staff are awesome, and they are making this time here even better!
Saturday, August 1
Hello! (or should I say Hola!)
Things are going well here. It is VERY different around here and not quite what I was expecting, but we have been improvising and having a lot of fun so far. We've played two games -- the first against Columbia, which we won 11-0. Nikki pitched awesome the two innings she was in -- a perfect two innings -- and I was the DP, going 1-for-2 with a double and HBP. It was a great first game and a great win for the USA!
The second game was against Brazil. It was another good win. Nikki didn't pitch, and I was in for DP again. I was 2-for-2 with two triples, which was pretty exciting! We ended up winning 7-0. We play tomorrow at 12:30 against Ecuador.
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