- Associated Press - Sunday, July 24, 2011

OKLAHOMA CITY — Stacy May-Johnson hit a grand slam, Christi Orgeron had a three-run double in a 10-run fourth inning, and the United States advanced to the World Cup of Softball championship game by beating Great Britain 10-0 Sunday.

The U.S. will face either 2008 Olympic gold medalist Japan or Canada, which beat the Americans 4-3 on Saturday.

Orgeron broke a scoreless tie with a double that hopped to the wall in left field and cleared the bases, and the Americans (4-1) didn’t let up until the game had ended because of the mercy rule.

“This team has that potential to at any moment just completely bust the game open,” Orgeron said. “It could be anyone in the lineup, one through nine. This team has an incredible amount of talent.”

Just after Michelle Moultrie made a highlight-reel diving catch in left field to finish the top of the fourth, the American offense came alive.

All of the Olympians from the Americans’ most dominant era are gone now, replaced by players with little to no international experience - and some only halfway through college. The U.S. lost three out of four to Japan, including the championship game, at the Canada Cup, and also lost to Canada at this World Cup.



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