DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 13, 2018) – The Beijing Eagles rebounded after last night’s loss to capture a 3-0 win over the Cleveland Comets on Wednesday night. The win improves Beijing to 10-8 on the year, while Cleveland falls to 1-10.
The Eagles broke the scoreless tie in the bottom of the fourth, plating three runs to take a 3-0 lead. Three singles loaded the bases with one out and Xu Jia hit a sacrifice fly to score Yang Huiqi with the game’s first run. Xi Kailin followed that with a clutch two-run pinch-hit single to put Beijing ahead 3-0.
Those runs would prove to be more than enough support for Allie Walljasper, who was nearly untouchable on this night. In her second career start, Walljasper went the distance, giving up just one hit and one walk while striking out seven to improve to 2-0. She only allowed a Comet to reach third base once, and only two Comets made it to scoring position all night. Walljasper was named the Vaultz Lock It Up Player of the Game for her stellar outing.
Kailin went 1-for-1 with two RBIs for the Eagles, while Xu Jia was 1-for-2 with an RBI. Chen Jia was 2-for-3 with a double and Ren Min finished 2-for-3 with a run scored.
Devin Brown (0-5) took the loss for the Comets, allowing three runs on seven hits in 3.2 innings of work. Ping Fan was effective in relief, tossing 2.1 shutout innings with just two hits allowed.
Chloe Miller had the lone hit of the night for Cleveland, going 1-for-3, while Jade Rhodes was 0-for-2 with a walk.
The Eagles and Comets will meet again tomorrow night, Thursday, June 14, to continue this six-game series in Daytona Beach. First pitch tomorrow is slated for 7 p.m.
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 Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets, and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.