DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (June 12, 2018) – After enduring a 2.5-hour weather delay that pushed the first pitch back to 9:30 p.m., the Cleveland Comets battled back from an early deficit to defeat the Beijing Eagles, 4-1, giving Cleveland the franchise’s first victory. The win moves the Comets to 1-9, while the Eagles drop to 9-8.
The Eagles got on the board first in the bottom of the second thanks to a strong two-out rally. Xu Qianwen and Xu Jia each singled with two outs to load the bases, setting up Liu Li Li to come through with a two-out RBI single to score Li Huan with the game’s first run, giving Beijing a 1-0 lead after two innings of play.
The lead remained intact until the top of the fourth when Alexa Peterson launched the first pitch of the inning over the fence in left-center field to knot things up at 1-1. Jade Rhodes doubled on the very next pitch, and two batters later, Chloe Miller doubled her home to put the Comets ahead, 2-1.
Cleveland tacked on a pair of insurance runs in the seventh on a two-out, two-run single from Peterson to stretch its lead to 4-1, which would prove to be the final score.
Peterson was named the Vaultz Lock It Up Player of the Game after going 4-for-4 with a home run and three RBIs. Shellie Robinson and Liu Fei Fei each recorded a hit and a run scored, while Chloe Miller had a double and an RBI for Cleveland.
Gretchen Aucoin got the win to move to 1-0 on the year, tossing four innings, allowing one run on five hits, walking three and striking out two. Devin Brown was effective in relief, throwing two scoreless innings with just one walk allowed, and Randi Rupp notched her first save with a scoreless seventh, allowing just a single.
Liu Li Li had a base hit and the lone Beijing RBI, while Li Huan had a single and scored the lone run for the Eagles.
Zhao Xinxing took the loss to fall to 1-1 on the year, giving up two runs on three hits in three innings of work, walking one and striking out four. Angel Bunner pitched 3.2 innings of relief, allowing two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts.
These same two teams will meet again tomorrow night, Wednesday, June 13, 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.

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