USA Wins in Softball

By: By JEFF LATZKE, AP Sports Writer
By: By JEFF LATZKE, AP Sports Writer

United States 7, Canada 0, 6 innings
July 15, 2007

AP - Jul 15, 3:39 pm EDT
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) -- Jennie Finch had her Ace. And now, the U.S. softball team has its ace back at full strength.

Fourteen months after giving birth to her first child, Finch threw a three-hitter in her longest outing of the year as the United States advanced to the championship game of the World Cup of Softball with a 7-0 win against Canada on Sunday.

Finch (1-0) struck out eight in six innings and extended her scoreless streak to 19 1-3 innings.

"I haven't felt this good in a long time," said Finch, whose son, Ace, was born in May 2006. "It's been a long year of hard work in the weight room and on the field trying to get back."

Crystl Bustos and Natasha Watley hit two-run home runs to get the American offense started, and Finch pitched the U.S. to its 21st consecutive victory.

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