Photo credit: Michele Meyers, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Daytona Beach, Florida—The Cleveland Comets and the Beijing Shougang Eagles had to wait to get their series underway due to rain on Wednesday. They finally got the chance Thursday with a Doubleheader. Game 1 was an all-out pitcher’s duel in Daytona Beach. Game 2 was a one-sided victory for the team from northern Ohio.
Randi Rupp and Wang Lan stole the show in Game 1. The Park Planet Player of the Game Wang Lan and the winning pitcher threw a complete game shutout to earn the Eagles their 2nd victory of the season. The lone run came way of Eagles catcher Xi Kailin RBI double scoring 3rd basemen Lu Ying of Beijing.
Game 2 was a different story. The Comets jumped on the Eagles early and didn’t let up. The Comets scored 1 in the 2nd, 1 in the 5th and 3 in the 6th. The 3 runs scored in the 6th inning was the backbreaker. They were scored via a fielding error and then 2-run homer from Park Planet Player of the Game Anissa Urtez.
The Eagle and Comets will continue their series tomorrow June 21st with first pitch being at 6:35pm. Tickets are available at www.beijingeagles.com and daytonatortugas.com, 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: Comets- 0 Eagles-1
— Winning Pitcher No. 30 Wong Lan
Game 2 Final: Comets- 5 Eagles-0
— Winning Pitcher No. 77 Cheyanne Tarango
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.