Daytona Beach, Florida (July 31, 2019) —The final home game of the year for the Eagles started out as a pitchers duel in Daytona Beach. USSSA Pride starter Jessica Burroughs and Eagles starter Wang Lan traded scoreless innings through five innings.
In the sixth inning trouble struck Wang Lan as found ball laced through her legs that earned Kelly Kretschman a single to get on base for Jessica Warren. Three pitches later Warren hit a deep fly ball to left field that squeaked over the 220 fence and gave the Pride a 2-0 lead.
In the bottom of the sixth inning Jessica Burroughs retired the two batters before allowing a single to Xu Jia. The single ended Burroughs night who finished with two strikeouts and surrendered three hits. Megan Good came into relief and went on to retire the final batter in the sixth.
The Eagles came firing back in the bottom of the seventh inning when Xi Kailin singled to lead off the inning. Yan Siyu then came up and moved over Kailin to second base on a fielder’s choice. Then the game tying run was put on after Good walked shortstop Li Huan. Megan Good then shut the door on the comeback effort striking out the last two batters to close out the ballgame and give the Pride the 2-0 victory on the road.
The Rip-it Player of the Game was Jessica Warren yet again as she hit the go-ahead 2-run shot. Warren who hit a homer in last night’s contest has now won back to back Rip-it Player of the Game.
The final stat line for Eagles starting pitcher Wang Lan was 7 innings, 4 strikeouts while only allowing 2 earned runs. The Eagles just weren’t able to get over the hump and give Beijing’s ace any run support.
The Eagles will play their final series on the road in Chicago against the Bandits starting August at 8:00m EST . Fans can watch NPF games live by visiting profastpitch.com and clicking “Watch NPF.”
Final: Pride 2 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.