It is a story they could recall in side-by-side rocking chairs 60 years from now. Regardless of the twists and turns forward of them, there will not be many nights like Wednesday night time for Amanda Chidester and Anissa Urtez, who have been engaged to be married final fall.
With chants of “Chiddy Chiddy Bang Bang” drowning out the cicadas in Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium and with U.S. softball gamers urgent to get their bats going on the Tokyo Olympics, Chidester knocked a two-out single to proper on a 1-2 pitch to attain Haylie McCleney within the fifth inning of Workforce USA’s 1-0 win over Canada.
— Workforce USA (@TeamUSA) July 22, 2021
It was all starter Monica Abbott would want. She pitched a complete-game one-hitter and struck out 9.
“Monica gave our offense confidence all through the sport by preserving Canada off the board,” Chidester stated. “She gave us a little bit bit extra time to get our bats going.”
Hours later, Urtez one-upped her fiancée. The previous standout on the College of Utah hit the primary dwelling run in Mexico softball historical past — off none apart from Japanese legend Yukiko Ueno.
Historical past for Mexico!
— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 22, 2021
And if that weren’t sufficient, Urtez chased Ueno with an RBI single within the seventh that tied the sport 2-2 and despatched it into further innings. Japan, nevertheless, would go on to attain within the eighth to enhance to 2-0.
“I am unable to look forward to this lovely journey collectively,” Urtez wrote on Instagram in November when saying her engagement to Chidester.
The journey continues Saturday (1:30 a.m. ET), when their paths will cross at Yokohama Baseball Stadium. Chidester and Urtez might be on reverse sides when Workforce USA (2-0) takes on Mexico (0-2) as round-robin play continues.
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