Haber, Neill Help US to Junior Women's World Championship
June 30, 2007
Enschede, Netherlands - Stanford rising sophomores Alissa Haber and Rosey Neill helped the USA Softball Junior Women's National Team to become the new World Champions this week, as the team closed out a perfect 11 days with a 3-1 win over Japan today at the ISF Junior Women's World Championship at the Tex Town Complex in Enschede, Netherlands.
The championship game marked the USA's sixth consecutive time in the gold medal contest, winning in 1987 in Oklahoma City, Okla., 1995 in Normal. Ill., and now 2007 in Enschede, Netherlands. For the tournament, the Red, White and Blue outscored its opponents 88-4 and went 10-0.
In the team's opening game, an 11-0 win over Puerto Rico on June 22, Neill scored twice and picked up two RBI with a third inning triple. In an ensuing 6-0 win over Australia that day, Haber notched the game's first RBI with a sacrifice fly in the first inning and later scored a run. Both started in an extra-inning 5-1 win over Canada on June 23, and Neill went 2-for-4 in an 18-0 rout of Botswana on June 24. Haber scored in a 7-0 win over Argentina on June 25, and went 3-for-4 with two doubles in an 18-0 win over Russia a day later. Haber also notched a hit in the team's final pool play contest, an 11-0 win over Italy.
In the first medal round on June 28, the USA defeated Venezuela, 6-2, and Haber scored the team's key first run. In the first game against Japan, a 3-0 win on June 29, Haber led the offense for the Americans, going 3-for-4 with her third double of the tournament. In the championship game today, Haber went 2-for-3 and scored the team's third run.
Haber scored 10 runs for the USA over the course of the championships, and tallied 10 hits. Neill made six starts, and scored six runs on four hits.
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