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Former Gators Softball player Kelsey Stewart powers Team U.S.A. to victory

Stewart’s walk-off home run improves Team U.S.A. to 5-0 in Olympic play
United States' Kelsey Stewart watches her hit during a softball game against Italy at the...
United States' Kelsey Stewart watches her hit during a softball game against Italy at the Fukushima Azuma Baseball Stadium at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Wednesday, July 21, 2021, in Fukushima, Japan. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)(Jae C. Hong | AP)
Published: Jul. 25, 2021 at 11:44 PM EDT
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TOKYO, Japan. (WCJB) - Through four games of Olympic competition, Team U.S.A. hadn’t lost a single contest. And thanks to Kelsey Stewart, they avoided their first defeat Sunday night.

With the game tied at 1-1, against Japan, entering the bottom of the 7th, Stewart stepped to the plate as the leadoff hitter.

After a couple pitches in the at-bat, Stewart swatted a ball at the letters out to right field. The Japanese fielder kept pedaling back, back, back, and made a leaping attempt to catch the ball, but it was too far beyond her glove.

Stewart’s solo home run won the game for her team and improved the U.S.A. to 5-0 in pool play.

Their showdown with Japan was a preview of the gold medal game, which will see these two teams square off again.

The gold medal contest takes place 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on Tuesday.

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