Cleveland, OH (July 19, 2019)—The Cleveland Comets pull off an impressive comeback win against the Eagles thanks to a gigantic grand slam from former Buckeye, Emily Clark.
The Comets got off to a hot start in the bottom of the first. After earning a walk, Tori Vidales scored on a clutch two-out triple, hit by Lilli Piper. Piper later advanced to home on the following at bat thanks to a passed ball.
After cruising for 3 innings in the circle, Taylor McQuillin ran into trouble in the 4th. Kendall Veach led off the inning with a homerun to left field. Later in the inning, Xu Yi brought the game to a tie, scoring Ren Min on a two out single up the middle.
Veach came up big again in the top of 5thdriving in Victoria Draper on a well placed single up the middle, giving the Eagles a 3-2 lead.
With two outs in the bottom of the 5ththe Comets needed to rally. Vidales got things started with a single up the middle, followed by a line drive to left by Piper. The bases were loaded after Chelsea Gonzales was hit by a pitch on the next at-bat. Clark stepped up to the plate with the game on the line and delivered in the biggest way, driving a 3-1 fastball over the right field fence, giving the Comets a 6-3 lead.
Cheyanne Tarango and Sierra Hyland locked things down in the circle the rest of the way for the Comets, keeping the final score at 6-3, giving the Comets a win in game 1 of the series.
The Comets and Eagles will have a doubleheader on Saturday with game one beginning at 4:05 PM ET/3:05 CT.
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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