On the final day of competition at Toronto 2015, Canada’s women’s softball team beat the USA 4-2 to win the gold medal.
After seven innings of play (the regulation length of a softball game), the score was still locked at 0-0. That meant extra innings would be needed to determine the gold medallist.
Canada came out gunning in the top of the 8th, scoring four runs to take the lead. The USA tried to make it interesting in the bottom of the inning, scoring two runs to cut it to 4-2. However, they were unable to do much more than that, handing the Canadians the 4-2 win and the gold medal.
Canadian starter Sara Groenewegen pitched a complete game to secure the win. She went 8.0 innings only giving up six hits and two walks while striking out six, including the final batter of the game.
Left fielder Erika Polidori led the way offensively, going 3-for-4 with one RBI. Also chipping in RBIs were right fielder Joey Lye and Jennifer Salling. The other Canadian run was scored on a throwing error by the USA.
This is the Canadian women’s eighth Pan Am medal in softball, but only their second gold. The other gold came at the 1983 Pan Am Games in Caracas, Venezuela. Prior to Sunday’s win, the Canadians had finished second to the USA at the last four Pan Am Games (Guadalajara 2011, Rio 2007, Santo Domingo 2003, and Winnipeg 1999).