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Japan's Yamato Fujita held Team USA without a hit for the first five innings. Photo: Ina Fried/Axios

Despite failing to get a hit for the first five innings, the U.S. women's Olympic softball team managed to tie Japan in the sixth inning and win 2-1 in the seventh, thanks to a walk-off home run from Kelsey Stewart.

Why it matters: The same two teams, which were undefeated headed into Monday's game, will meet in the gold medal match scheduled for Tuesday evening Tokyo time.

Yes, but: There is rain in the forecast, so the medal games could be postponed.

Between the lines: As has been the case throughout the tournament, hits and runs were hard to come by for the U.S. squad, which trailed throughout the game after Japan scored a run in the first inning on a passed ball.

The big picture: Softball is back in the Olympics after a 12-year absence, but isn't set to be part of the 2024 Games in Paris.

  • Its future for the Los Angeles Olympics four years later is uncertain.

What they're saying: "It was like something you dream about as a little kid," Stewart said at a press conference after the game. "A home run at the Olympics, let alone a walk-off."

  • "So today when I went up to the plate, I was just trying to get comfortable and I was lucky that the ball was like a beach ball today," she said. "I had a good day."

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Aug 28, 2021 - Sports

American swimmer Jessica Long wins 25th career Paralympics gold medal

American gold medalist Jessica Long during the medal ceremony after winning the Women's 200m individual medley SM8 final at the Tokyo Paralympic Games on Saturday. Photo: Buda Mendes/Getty Images

American swimmer Jessica Long has won her 25th Paralympic gold medal —triumphing in the 200-meter individual medley SM8 at the Tokyo Games on Saturday.

The big picture: The win marks the bi-lateral amputee's fourth-straight Paralympic Games gold medal in her signature event. Long was 12 years old when she won her first three Paralympic golds, at the 2004 Athens Games.

Aug 31, 2021 - Sports

U.S. Army vet Shawn Morelli rides to gold at Tokyo Paralympics

Team USA's Shawn Morelli at the Izu Velodrome in Izu, Japan, on Aug. 25. Photo: Kiyoshi Ota/Getty Images

U.S. Army veteran Shawn Morelli added to her Tokyo Paralympic Games medal count, when the defending champion won the women's cycling time trial C4 on Tuesday morning Japan time.

The big picture: Morelli won Team USA's first medal of the Tokyo Paralympics, with her silver medal performance in the women's C4 3000-meter individual pursuit last week. Morelli took up cycling three years after she lost her sight in her left eye in a 2007 Afghanistan bomb blast, which also left her with neck and nerve damage.

"An embarrassment": Biden condemns Border Patrol for using horses to deter Haitian migrants

President Biden speaking from the White House on Sept. 24. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

President Biden on Friday condemned Border Patrol officers for using horses to deter Haitian immigrants from an encampment under the international bridge earlier this week but took responsibility for the actions and said an investigation is underway.

Why it matters: Photos of patrol officers charging their horses at immigrants prompted criticism of the Biden administration's handling of the crisis at the border.