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Jessica Plaza and the U.S. Junior National Team went 8-1 in Canada.
Plaza, USA Take Silver
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 07/08/2013

STANFORD, Calif. – The U.S. Junior National Team, featuring Stanford sophomore Jessica Plaza, finished as the runner-up at the International Softball Federation (ISF) Junior Women’s World Championship, Sunday, falling to Japan 4-0 in the gold medal game.

Overall, the United States went 8-1 in the tournament. The Red, White and Blue posted six run-rule victories and shut out its opponents in the first eight games. The U.S. outscored its opposition 70-4 in the nine games overall. Sunday’s gold medal game was called in the top of the seventh inning due to the inclement weather after two rain delays halted play.

“My experience from the Junior National Team was life changing,” said Plaza. “It is something that I will cherish and have with me for the rest of my life. My teammates are now lifelong friends and I am so blessed to have had this opportunity to see and experience different cultures. I got to play with a great group of  girls and for an awesome coaching staff, and having the opportunity to wear USA across my chest was an honor.”

Plaza played in six of the nine games for the U.S. at catcher. She finished with three walks, two runs scored, three RBI and a home run. Her breakout game came in a 7-0 five-inning win over Australia. The Huntington Beach, Calif., native hit a two-run homer and also drove in a run on a sacrifice fly to lead all players.

USA will now turn its sights toward the 2015 ISF Junior Women’s World Championships, which are scheduled to be held in Oklahoma City, Okla. at the ASA Hall of Fame Complex.


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