The powerful American-Mexican couple that swept Olympic softball


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The powerful American-Mexican couple that swept Olympic softball

It’s a story you might remember sitting in your rocking chairs, side by side, 60 years from now. Regardless of future twists and turns in their history, there won’t be many nights like Wednesday for softball players Amanda Chidester and Anissa Urtez, who got engaged last fall.

With the chants of “Chiddy Chiddy Bang Bang” drowning out the cicadas at the Fukushima Azuma ballpark, and the US players pushing for their bats to pick up a productive rhythm at the Olympics, Chidester hit a two-out single and pitching in. 1-2 count to drive in Haylie McCleney, who scored the only run of the American team’s 1-0 win over Canada.

That hairline was the only offensive support starter Monica Abbott needed. The left-hander pitched a full game tolerating one hit and striking out nine opponents.

“Monica kept our offense safe throughout the game, keeping Canada out of scoring,” Chidester said. “It gave us a little more time to get the bats going.”

A few hours later, Urtez got over his fiancée. The prominent former University of Utah player hit the first home run in Mexican softball history … against none other than Japanese legend Yukiko Ueno.

And if that wasn’t enough, Urtez sentenced Ueno with an RBI single in the seventh inning, tying the score 2-2 and taking the game into extra innings. However, the Japanese team scored in the eighth to extend their positive record to 2-0.

“I can’t wait for this beautiful journey together,” Urtez wrote on her Instagram account last November when she announced her engagement to Chidester.

The journey continues this Saturday (1:30 am ET) when their sporting paths meet at the Yokohama Baseball Stadium. Chidester and Urtez will be on opposite sides when the United States (2-0) meets Mexico (0-2) in the continuation of the “all against all” round of the Olympic tournament.


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