US beats Australia in softball, sets up gold medal rematch with Japan

The top-ranked Americans have scored just six runs in four games. They play Japan on Monday.

The United States had just given up its first run and was two outs away from losing for the first time in the Olympic softball tournament.

Amanda Chidester stepped up to the plate with two runners on and slapped the ball into left field.

“In my head, I’m like: Score! Score two! Score two! Score two!” she recalled. “When I got up and everyone was running out at me, I was like, We did it!”

Pinch-runner Ally Carda and Haylie McCleney came across the plate on

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