Former relief pitcher for the Mexican national softball team and El Diamante High School alumna S. Hyland will always be an Olympian.
S. Hyland Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
On Tuesday, Mexico lost to Canada, 3-2, in the Olympic bronze medal game in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.
The third-place game saw Canada take an early 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning before a Mexico comeback knotted the score at two in the top of the fifth.
Kelsey Harshman’s game-winning sacrifice fly in the bottom of the fifth inning gave Canada the bronze medal.
In total, S. Hyland made two Olympic appearances, however he did not play in the bronze medal game.
On July 20 against Canada, S. Hyland made her Olympic debut, pitching the bottom of the sixth inning and causing a flyout in a 4-0 loss.
On July 24th, S. Hyland made her comeback against the USA. The former Miners star pitched 1 1/3 innings in relief during a 2-0 defeat.
Hitters Struggled to a.167 Average Against S. Hyland at The 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Japan beat the United States 2-0 in the gold medal game, giving them their second straight Olympic victory. Despite softball’s recent successful comeback to the Olympics (for the first time since the 2008 Beijing games), the sport will be absent from the 2024 Paris games.
The United States, Japan, Canada, Mexico, Australia, and Italy were the six teams who competed in this year’s Olympic softball competition.
Hyland, a four-time winner of the All-Tulare County Softball Player of the Year award, made history by becoming the first Olympian from the Cal Poly softball team.
The Miners won the Central Section Division I title in 2011 with the assistance of the 2013 El Diamante graduate. Hyland finished her career with the Miners in 2013, having hit 28 home runs and accumulating 959 strikeouts (as a pitcher) over the course of 101 victories.
Tulare’s Richard Torrez Jr. (boxing) and Redwood High School class of 2006 graduate Lauren Billys (triathlon) are the other two Olympians having Tulare County ties (equestrian).