2020 Tokyo Olympics: Watch Team USA Softball Player Janie Reed Make Jaw-Dropping Over-the-Fence Catch

by Joe Rutland

Amazing catches are made in crucial times by big-time players. Team USA softball player Janie Reed did it in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Reed made a catch that’ll be talked about for a long time to come. It was in the women’s softball final against host team Japan.

In the top of the seventh inning down 2-0 to Japan, the Japanese batter was down in the count 1-2. She slams a ball toward left field. It looks like it’s going to be a home run, but Reed had other ideas.

Take a look at this amazing effort from Reed for Team USA at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

While that catch will go down in Team USA as one for the books, Japan was able to pull out the 2-0 victory in an article from CBS Sports. Japan won the gold medal while Team USA settled for the silver medal.

Canada won the bronze after beating Mexico 3-2 earlier on Tuesday.

For Japan, it marks yet another big upset victory over the Americans. Back in the 2008 Olympics, they scored their biggest win to that date by beating Team USA. The 2020 Tokyo Olympics were good for the Japan women’s softball team.

Team USA beat Japan 2-1 on Sunday to reach the gold-medal game. But they were not able to repeat their victorious ways on Tuesday. It also probably marked the end of the Olympic road for Cat Osterman, who was a veteran player on this Olympic team.

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While Team USA takes solace in its softball silver medal, the 2020 Tokyo Olympics turned quite golden for 17-year-old swimming sensation Lydia Jacoby.

Jacoby, who hails from Alaska, won the gold in the women’s 100-meters breaststroke on Monday in 1:04.95. Jacoby was followed by Tatjana Schoenmaker from South Africa, who was .27 of a second back, for the silver medal. Fellow Team USA member Lilly King, who was favored entering the race, took bronze, finishing .59 of a second behind Jacoby.

During a recent interview with Alaska News Source, Jacoby said she was lifting weights in her garage and running with ice cleats while training. Those ideas popped up while also dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“My dad and I were able to build a squat cage for me,” she said. “That was really helpful.”

Next year, Jacoby will be swimming collegiately for the University of Texas. It’s recognized as one of the best swim programs in the United States.

“For me, picking a fast swim school was important,” Jacoby said. She explained that if she’s putting in that much work every week, then she wants to be trained and coached by the best. “And that’s where I could do that,” she said.