TOKYO (NBC News) --- The opening ceremony at the Olympics is Friday, but the Tokyo games are actually underway now.
That includes the U.S.A. and Italy Softball Team facing off Tuesday.
Italy's team is ranked 9th in the world.
Pitching in her third Olympics after a 13-year wait, Cat Osterman delivered a vintage performance on the rubber to get the U.S. softball team off to a victorious start against Italy.
Team U.S.A. beats Italy 2-0!
U.S.A's next game is against Canada Wednesday at 8 p.m.
Softball is truly back as an Olympic event for the first time since 2008.