Garcia’s clutch ‘K’ secures Southwest win over Canada

Date Published: 
August 7, 2014

Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark : Canada’s Jenna Saulnier throws the heater past Southwest’s Marquel Rivera. Coastal Point photos • R. Chris Clark : Canada’s Jenna Saulnier throws the heater past Southwest’s Marquel Rivera. Bottom of the seventh. Bases loaded. Two strikes, two outs and a one-score game. That’s what the Softball World Series is all about, and that’s what the Senior League matchup between Canada (Victoria, British Columbia) and USA Southwest (Brownsville, Texas) came down to on Tuesday.

With her team up 5-4 and facing the ultimate pressure, Southwest pitcher Sabrina Garcia came through in the clutch with strike three to lock in the win. It was her eighth strikeout of the game.

“She has been in that situation before,” said Southwest manager Juan Rivera of Garcia’s impressive composure. “The confidence that she has in her backup, in her fielding, in her catcher is amazing. Like always, she always pulls out the win for us.”

Southwest took the lead in the first inning and would never trail in the game, as Garcia doubled to left field for an RBI, to give her team the early advantage. Canada would answer in the second inning and even the score, but a Doriana Alcalde RBI would score two runners for Southwest in the top of the third inning, to push the lead to 3-1.

Down 5-2 in the bottom of the fifth, Canada’s Jenna Saulnier brought her team within two with an RBI shot to centerfield that scored two runners and cut the lead to 5-4.

Canada wouldn’t threaten again until loading the bases in the bottom of the seventh, before Garcia ended the game with a strikeout.

“They’re tough as nails. They never gave up,” Rivera said, commending the Canadian squad. “Their bats — they all of a sudden woke up. This is the World Series, and every team is here for a reason.”