OKLAHOMA CITY » Jennie Finch is closing out her international softball career as a champion.
Caitlin Lowe had a two-run triple, and the United States beat Japan 5-1 last night to win its fourth straight World Cup of Softball title in Finch’s final game in red, white and blue.
Finch was pulled with two outs in the seventh and received a standing ovation as she headed into the dugout, stopping momentarily to wave to the crowd.
At 29, Finch decided to give up softball so she could spend more time with her family despite still being able to play at the highest level. She didn’t allow a run in 18 2/3 innings at the World Cup.
Finch’s teammates mobbed around her in a group hug after the final out.
"My career has been way more than I possibly ever could have dreamt of …, " Finch said.