USA Softball remains unbeaten in Tokyo, narrowly defeating Australia 2-1 in extra innings. The team’s win over Australia secured the U.S. a place in Tuesday’s gold-medal game.
Team USA was down 1-0 in the bottom of the eighth, desperately in need of a run, when Amanda Chidester stepped up to the plate. Chidester delivered a two-run walk-off single to secure the U.S. a 2-1 win.
'@TeamUSA WALKS IT OFF!@chiddy3 with the base hit in extras to drive in two and move @USASoftball to 4-0 at the #TokyoOlympics! pic.twitter.com/CrLAyyFQuT— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 25, 2021
'@TeamUSA WALKS IT OFF!@chiddy3 with the base hit in extras to drive in two and move @USASoftball to 4-0 at the #TokyoOlympics! pic.twitter.com/CrLAyyFQuT
Monica Abbott had another stellar performance for the United States, pitching a 13-strikeout three-hitter to lead the team past Australia.
Team USA will face Japan, the host country, for the gold medal. The game will be a re-match of the 2008 Olympic final, when Japan upset the U.S. to claim the last gold medal before softball was removed from subsequent Olympic games.