SANTA CLARA, Calif. -- Kathy Arendsen of Stratford, Conn., pitched her second perfect game of the year in leading the United States women's team to a 3-0 victory over Canada and Peter Brown of Bakersfield, Calif., pitched a four-hit shutout in leading America's No. 2 men's team to a 3-0 victory over No. 1 in softball Sunday, completing a six-gold medal day for the host country on the final day of World Games I.
The United States also swept four events in racquetball and two more in casting to finish the Games, featuring 16 non-Olympic sports, with 37 golds, 35 silvers and 23 bronze, easily outstripping the field of 58 countries. Italy finished a distant second with seven golds, 14 silvers and 18 bronze, while Korea won the second most gold medals -- nine, all in taekwondo. The Republic of China made a cameo appearance, competing only in badminton, and won four of the five golds.
Arendsen and Brown brought the Games to a finish on a high note.
Arendsen, a member of the famed Raybestos Brakettes of Stratford but a native of Holland, Mich., struck out 16 batters, 13 of the last 14, for her fourth victory without a loss in World Games. It was her 12th no-hitter of the year and her 30th career perfect game counting four years of college competition.
Brown, picked up Wednesday by the No. 2 team -- Guanella Brothers of Santa Rosa, Calif. -- as insurance, struck out a more modest seven batters for his second Games victory in three decisions. Guanella Brothers was a last-minute addition to the Games, too, after Mexico decided not to compete. The U.S. No. 1 team was Peterbilt of Seattle, Wash. Canada finished third in the men's division while the Bahamas took third in the women's.
Steve Rajeff of San Francisco won both the single and double handed multiplier distance casting to run his Games gold total to four and tie Juergen Kolenda of West Germany, who won four golds in fin swimming, for individual honors.
Arendsen competed last week in the National Sports Festival at Syracuse, N.Y., and in the fall, she will begin a coaching career in softball and women's basketball at the University of Connecticut at Storrs.
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'To beat teams of world-wide caliber is tremendous,' Arendsen said. 'I was really pumped up for this last game. My hope is that softball will be added to the Olympic Games and that I will get a chance to compete.'
A capacity crowd of 1,300 turned out to see the women's final and there was a full house on hand for the racquetball finals, which the United States dominated, winning both singles and both doubles matches.
The team of Karen Borga-Mary Ann Clues defeated the team of Mirjam Wielhessen-Dineke Kool of Holland 21-13, 21-9 for the women's doubles title, while Mark Malowitz and Jeff Kwartler beat Raul Canales and Federico Alvarez of Mexico 21-7, 18-21, 15-1 for the men's doubles gold. Mexico was third in women's doubles and West Germany was third in the men's.
In the singles, both all-American finals, Ed Andrews beat Mark Martino 21-19, 21-5 for the men's title, while Cindy Baxter beat Barbara Faulkenberry 21-6, 18-21, 15-2 for the women's title.
Betsy Massie won the women's singles bronze for a U.S. sweep, while Martin Padilla of Mexico took the men's bronze.