It was an uphill battle out the gates for The Bahamas’ national women’s softball team on Thursday night against Canada as they were unable to get on the scoreboard at the 2019 Pan American Softball Championships in Surrey, British Columbia, Canada.
Team Bahamas fell to Canada 18-0 and finished the game with a one-hitter in Group A action. Catcher and third baseman Altavia Hall spoiled Canada’s pitcher Eujenna Caira’s chance at a no-hitter in the bottom of the second inning. Hall got a single with a hit to the right side of the field.
Hall finished the night 1-for-2.
After scoring four runs in the first inning, they scored 10 runs in the top of the third inning. That ensured that The Bahamas had a very slim chance of coming back.
Canada’s great pitching and fielding gave only two Bahamians two at-bats – Hall and third baseman and first baseman Larikah Russell.
The Bahamas deployed three pitchers to get out of the hole with Thela Johnson, Ramona Hanna and Brendia Ferguson.
Johnson coughed up five runs, Hanna gave up nine runs and Ferguson relieved four runs. They combined for 18 hits.
Caira was the winning pitcher. Hanna was tagged as the losing pitcher.
Leading the way offensively for Canada was left fielder Erika Polidori. She went 3-for-4, scored three runs and finished with four runs batted in. She also had three singles in the win.
Canada is ranked number three in the world. Earlier in the week, Team Bahamas played Guatemala, Cuba and Puerto Rico. They fell 9-4 to Guatemala on Sunday night. On Monday night they were shut out by Cuba 13-0. Puerto Rico made light work of them with a 13-0 victory.
The host nation remained perfect in the first round in Group A.
The Bahamas won by default over Argentina, the 25th-ranked team, on Wednesday night.
In the placement games yesterday afternoon, Team Bahamas played against the Dominican Republic at 5 p.m. That score was not available at press time.
The Bahamas came into the competition as the 39th-ranked team. They are the second lowest ranked team behind the British Virgin Islands, which is ranked 57.
The best female softballers from 12 countries across North America, South America and the Caribbean are competing for the Olympic dream in Surrey. The World Baseball Softball Confederation has sanctioned the event.
The Bahamas has lost contention for a spot at the 2020 Olympic Games. Six teams will now play in the Super Round for a chance at being the top two teams that will qualify for the 2020 Olympics. The top two teams will join host nation Japan and the United States as four of the six nations to be qualified for Tokyo 2020.
The tournament wraps up tomorrow.