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Monica Abbott shines as USA Softball defeats Canada 1-0


USA Softball captured its second-consecutive win of the Tokyo Games on Thursday, defeating Canada 1-0.

The United States didn’t get on the board until the fifth inning, when Amanda Chidester delivered an RBI single that scored Haylie McCleney and gave the Americans a 1-0 lead.

Monica Abbott came up clutch for the U.S., recording nine strikeouts to shut out Canada. The pitcher held a no-hitter up until the sixth inning, when she allowed Canada their lone hit of the game.

The hit nearly resulted in an equalizing run, but a swift defensive play from the U.S. kept Canada off the scoreboard.

The U.S. will play Mexico on Saturday in the team’s third game of the Olympics.