U.S. routs Brazil, reaches final

Updated: July 1, 2012, 11:43 PM ET
Associated Press

OKLAHOMA CITY -- After the United States completed a perfect run through round-robin play at the World Cup of Softball, coach Ken Eriksen came up to rookie Amanda Chidester bearing gifts: a lineup card and the ball from her first international hit.

And what a hit it was.

Chidester belted a grand slam, Chelsea Thomas allowed two hits in a five-inning shutout and the U.S. beat Brazil 9-0 on Sunday.

It was the second straight run-rule victory for the Americans (5-0), who will play ...

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