Daytona Beach, Florida (July 24, 2019)— The USSSA Pride slow and constant attack at the plate and in the circle was the difference maker on Wednesday night. In a true team effort the Pride had all the answers in their 5-0 victory over the Beijing Shougang Eagles.
The night started off with a couple one run innings for the Pride. The first run of the ball game was scored by Keeli Milligan who notched her first NPF run after being added to the Pride’s roster this week. Then in the second inning, the second run of the ballgame was knocked in by another newcomer, Raegan Rogers. The RBI single would be her first career hit in her professional career and it scored her teammate, the NPF veteran, Megan Wiggins.
More runs came later in the ballgame when the Pride put it out of reach in the top of the 5th inning. Former Oklahoma Sooner, Sydney Romero had a RBI double that scored Allexis Bennett. Romero then was plated by Keeli Miligan who got her first career NPF hit via a RBI single making the score 4-0. The final run for the Pride was a loud solo homer from Sydney Romero which was hit on a rope over the centerifeld wall to put the cherry ontop of the Pride’s steller night in Daytona Beach.
The Rip-it Player of the Game was starting pitcher Taran Alvelo who had a fantaic performance that was over shadowed by the newcomers success for the Pride. The former Washington Huskie pitched six full innings without allowing a run and notched herself 5 strikeouts. Alvelo was pulled after letting the first two Eagles aboard and Jailyn Ford closed out the seventh inning.
The Eagles and Pride will continue their series tomorrow in Viera, FL before returning back to Daytona Beach on Friday. Friday will consist of a doubleheader for the Eagles as they will face the Pride and Chicago Bandits. 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: Pride 5 Eagles 0
Photo credit: Aldrin Capulong, courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
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.