Photo credit: Aldrin Capulong, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Daytona Beach, Florida (June 25, 2019)—The Beijing Shougang Eagles are playing fantastic softball and against competition that means a little bit more. Tuesday’s victory over the Aussie Peppers marked the third straight win for the Eagles over one of their future Olympic Qualifier opponents.
With the Olympic Qualifier taking place in late September these matchups will and have shown how these two teams matchup. Game three of the six game series was different from the doubleheader yesterday but concluded with the same result, an Eagles win. The Park Planet of the Game was #22 Ping Fan who came into relief in the fourth inning and was spectacular in her appearance only allowing two hits.
The Peppers tried to get going early, scoring one run in the top of the first inning but Beijing was unfazed. The Eagles then answered quickly in the bottom of the second, when second baseman Li Qi drove in shortstop Li Huan. The game remained tied until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Eagles scored two. Chen Jia continued her success at the plate with an RBI double that scored Xu Jia. Another run would cross the plate on a wild pitch from relief pitcher Nicole Newman that scored Li Qi.
Both starting pitchers were knocked out the game in the third inning. Starter Tarni Stepto who also went 0 for 3 from the plate had two strikeouts. Eagles starter Zhao Xinxing allowed only one earned run with three strikeouts.
The Eagles will continue their homestand as they host the Aussie Peppers June 26th for another doubleheader starting at 5pm EST and 7:30pm EST. 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.”
Final: Peppers-2 Eagles- 3
Winning Pitcher #22 Ping Fan
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.