Daytona Beach, Florida (July 26, 2019)—The Chicago Bandits and Beijing Shougang Eagles were scoreless until the last inning of play in Game 1 of Friday’s doubleheader. Starting pitchers, Wang Lan and Danielle O’Toole were tremendous in their outings. Lan and O’Toole both went the full distance but the difference was the top of the seventh inning.
The scoring in the seventh was commenced by a single by DJ Sanders that would cause an error which scored Jessica Scroggins. The backbreaker that put the game out of reach would be a 2-run homer by Katie Reed which plated DJ Sanders.
The Rip-it Player of the Game was Bandits starting pitcher, Danielle O’Toole. O’Toole, pitched a complete game shutout which included four strikeouts. Wang Lan went seven innings notching two strikeouts in the game.
Game 2 of the doubleheader was a different story. The USSSA Pride rolled on through town and notched their fourth straight win against the Beijing Shougang Eagles. The Pride prematurely ended the game on the eight-run rule after the fifth inning. The first inning started with a Brittany Cervantes RBI single that scored Sydney Romero. The second inning scoring was highlighted by Sydney Romero, a RBI Single that scored rookies Allexis Bennett and Keeli Milligan. The Pride then added another three runs in the 3rd inning that sealed the fate of the Eagles.
The Rip-it Player of the Game was Sydney Romero of the Pride who was 3 for 3 with 3 runs and 3 RBI’s. Starter Jolene Henderson pitched four innings without allowing a run and had three strikeouts. Jessica Burroughs closed out the game retiring all three batters and tallied one strikeout.
The Eagles and Pride will continue their series with Bandits tomorrow and Sunday in Stuart, FL as a part of NPF Babe Ruth Softball Beach Blast. The Eagles return home to Daytona Beach Monday and will play through Wednesday. Tickets are available at www.beijingeagles.com and www.daytonatortugas.com, or by calling the Tortugas’ ticket office at 386-257-3172. Fans can watch NPF games live by visiting www.profastpitch.com and clicking “Watch NPF.”
Final: Bandits 4 Eagles 0
Final: Pride 8 Eagles 0
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.