Team Canada's Jennifer Yee tries to beat out a throw to first against Australia.

VIDEO: Canada loses to Australia in Bronze medal match

Team Australia beat Team Canada, 7-0, on Monday night to grab bronze at the 2012 Canadian Open Fastpitch International Championship.

Another Canadian Open, another fourth place finish for the national women’s softball team.

While the team has said their main focus is next week’s ISF World Championships in Whitehorse, Team Canada lost its second straight bronze medal match to Team Australia, this one by a final score of 7-0.

Canada never really threatened in the game, and it was called after six innings.

For Australia, pitchers Justine Smethurst and Aimee Murch shared the load, throwing three innings each. For Canada, Madison Schreyer started the game and took the loss, allowing five runs in the fourth inning. Jocelyn Cater allowed two runs in almost two innings work, and Karissa Hovinga finished the game.

Australia’s Jodie Stevenson had three RBI in three at bats, and Verity Long-Droppert had a triple and two RBI.

In her only game of the tournament for Canada, outfielder Caitlin Lever went 2-for-3 at the plate. Canada’s offense was largely nonexistent against Australia, but Joey Lye finished her strong tournament, finishing with a .409 average through seven games.

Canada travels to Whitehorse for the World Championships, which runs July 13-22.

“We’re in a good spot going into next week,” said third base Megan Timph on Saturday. “Our ultimate goal is the World Championships, so we’re just trying to stay in the process… keep working on the little things to get better and hopefully it’ll pay off.”

“I think we’re definitely optimistic,” said Canada’s second base Jennifer Yee. “As long as we peak at the right time at Worlds, then it’ll be good.”

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