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SOUTH SURREY — No. 1-ranked Japan pounded out 13 hits over three innings against three Australian pitchers Sunday and thrashed the squad from Down Under 14-2 to advance to Monday’s gold medal final of the Canada Cup International women’s softball tournament.

The Japanese, coming off a gold medal at the World Cup in Oklahoma City, have run roughshod over the opposition through eight games at Softball City. They have outscored their opponents by a combined score of 76-8.

The Aussies could get another shot at Japan in the final, but after losing twice now to the powerhouse Asian squad by a combined 24-2, you have to wonder how anxious they are to face Japan again.

Australia will play the winner of Sunday night’s Puerto Rico-Venezuela matchup late Monday afternoon, with the loser getting the bronze medal and the winner advancing to face the Japanese in the gold medal game.

Puerto Rico has given Japan the closest game at the Canada Cup, losing just 2-0 in a second round pool game on Saturday.