Daytona Beach, Florida (June 26, 2019)— The Aussie Peppers finally ended their losing streak in Game one in Wednesday’s doubleheader in Daytona Beach. A much needed victory for the Peppers that was short lived.
In game one of the doubleheaders the Eagles fell victim of their poor fielding. Three costly errors in the top of the fifth allowed three runs that put the Eagles in a 4-0 hole. Then the Park Planet Player of the Game, Stacey Porter came to bat in the top of the sixth. Porter, belted a solo homerun that would be the tone setter for the rest of the game. The Eagles fought back in the bottom of the sixth but only mustered two runs.
Other bright spots for the Peppers included Justine Smethurst’s first win of the 2019 NPF season. Smethurst got the job done coming in for starter Ellen Roberts who exited after 3 innings. Mim Cudicio came in and got the job done in the seventh inning in a non-save situation.
Game two of the doubleheader saw the Eagles jump on the Peppers early just like the first three games of the series.
Kendall Veach jump-started game two of the doubleheader with a fly ball that just squeaked over the wall for a 3-run homer in the bottom of the first inning. The homer by the Park Planet Player of the Game scored leadoff batter Chen Jia and Victoria Draper.
Another run would come across the plate after Xu Jia RBI double in the bottom of the third that scored Xi Kailin. The trouble in third ended Ellen Roberts night in circle as Coley Ries entered the ballgame with one out in the third.
Angel Bunner again dominated the game going once again seven innings and notching nine strikeouts. The win also Bunner’s second of the series.
The Peppers and Eagles will conclude their series tomorrow June 27th starting at 10:35am EST. Tickets are available at www.beijingeagles.com and www.milb.com/daytona, or by calling the Tortugas’ ticket office at 386-257-3172. Fans can watch NPF games live by visiting profastpitch.com and clicking “Watch NPF.”
Game 1 Final: Peppers- 5 Eagles-2
Game 2 Final: Eagles- 4 Peppers- 1
ABOUT Beijing Shougang Eagles
The Beijing Shougang Eagles are a women’s professional softball team. Established in May 2017, the team began play in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) during the 2017 season. Managed by Chinese Softball Association, the Eagles’ roster is mainly populated with players from the China women’s national softball team as a means to gain professional experience against the highest levels of fastpitch play, in anticipation of softball’s return to the Olympics in 2020.
About National Pro Fastpitch (NPF)
National Pro Fastpitch (NPF), an Official Development Partner of Major League Baseball since 2004, provides elite female athletes with an opportunity to pursue a professional career in fastpitch softball beyond their collegiate and amateur success. The NPF affiliate teams consist of the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Pride. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada, China, and Mexico, and represent the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.