U.S. ad­vances to world fi­nal

Richmond Times-Dispatch Weekend - - SCOREBOARD -

Pitcher Rachel Gar­cia drove in the win­ning run in the eighth in­ning to lift the United States to a 4-3 win over Ja­pan and into the fi­nal of the women’s world cham­pi­onship in Makuhari, Ja­pan. It also gave the Amer­i­cans a chance to qual­ify for the Olympics.

With a run­ner on third base, Gar­cia hit a line drive to the gap in left-cen­ter field to seal the win. The de­fend­ing cham­pi­ons will face ei­ther Ja­pan or Canada in Sun­day’s fi­nal of a tour­na­ment that dou­bles as a qual­i­fier for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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