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Richardson's 2nd homer sparks U.S. rout of Dutch

For young and old alike, it was another easy night at the Olympics for the U.S. softball team.

Dot Richardson, the oldest member of the squad at 34, hit a three-run homer Monday and 18-year-old Christa Williams, the youngest player on the team, pitched a two-hitter in a 9-0 victory over the Netherlands.

The Americans, gold-medal favorites in the new Olympic sport, have outscored their two opponents 19-0.

Richardson homered in the second straight game, and Williams struck out 10 and walked two. She didn't allow a runner on after the second, retiring 16 of the last 17 batters. Richardson's homer capped a five-run second.

Sheila Cornell also hit a three-run homer for the Americans.

The Dutch are 0-2 in the eight-team, round-robin tournament.

In other games, China upset Japan 3-0, Australia beat Taiwan 4-0, and Canada defeated Puerto Rico 4-0.

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