Canadian Wild take finale and series against the Peppers
Marion, IL (July 25, 2019) – The Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois clinched a series win against the Aussie Peppers of Minnesota with a 4-1 victory in the finale on Thursday night from Rent One Park.
The Peppers opened the scoring in the first with Leigh Godfrey singling to open the inning and then Rachel Lack reached on an error by the Pitcher, Karissa Hovinga. After Chelsea Forkin popped out, Jade Wall flew out for the second out, but got the ball deep enough that Godfrey was able to score from third.
The Wild scored all of the runs they would need for the victory the bottom of the fourth. After Shianne Brannan grounded out to begin the inning, the Wild got four straight hits to score all four of their runs in the game. Larissa Franklin hit one on a line to right field, followed by a single from Kaleigh Rafter that put runners on second and third. Franklin then scrambled home when Joey Lye bounced a single to the pitcher. Victoria Hayward got in on the action next, with a two-run triple after the Pepper’s center fielder misjudged her line drive. Kelsey Jenkins finished off the scoring with a sacrifice fly that scored Hayward from third.
Hayward went two for four at the plate with a single to go along with her game-winning triple, and was named RIP-IT Player of the Game in the contest.
It was a combined pitching effort for the Wild tonight, with four pitchers stepping up to help lock down the win. Karissa Hovinga started the game and went two innings while allowing one run on one hit. Next up was Morgan Rackel, who stepped up in the third allowed two hits, but kept the Peppers off the board. Kenzie Friesen took her turn in the fourth and retired the Peppers in order. Danielle Lawrie closed out the game for the wild, going three innings, with no runs on two hits and three strikeouts.
The Wild finish regular season action with a final series against the Cleveland Comets starting on Saturday at 6pm CT. Saturdays contest goes from Southern Illinois University’s Charlotte West Stadium, while games two, three and four will be back at Rent One Park.
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.