The Canadian Wild offense comes on late to secure win against the Comets
Avon, OH (June 16, 2019) – The Canadian Wild took the final game of the series against the Cleveland Comets on Sunday afternoon at Sprenger Stadium, coming from behind for their twelfth win of the season with the 2-1 victory.
It was a pitching duel from the start, and offense was hard to come by for both sides. For the Wild, Karissa Hovinga got the start and went four innings allowing just two hits and striking out three without allowing a run. Sarah Plourde stepped up next coming into the contest to start the fifth, and allowed a run on two hits with one walk and two strikeouts in an inning of work. Sara Groenewegen closed the game for the Wild and retired all six batters that she faced over two innings.
On the other side, Sierra Hyland pitched in and out of trouble for multiple innings, stymieing the Wild offense until Holly Speers’ homer in the sixth. Over 5.2 innings she allowed one earned run on seven hits and one walk while striking out six. She was replaced in the sixth by Randi Rupp, who allowed the go-ahead run on two hits over an inning plus of work.
With both pitchers locked in, neither team scored until late in the game. The Comets were first, opening the scoring in the fifth. Emily Carosone led off the inning with a walk, and was advanced to second on a wild pitch. Advanced to third on Emily Clark’s single to center field, she scored the Comets’ lone run of the game on Carly Thomas’ groundout a batter later. It didn’t take long for the Wild to respond, the tying run coming in the next half inning when Holly Speers blasted her second home run of the season over the center field fence to bring the Wild even.
After a shutdown inning from Wild pitching, they took the lead in the seventh. Jennifer Gilbert came to the plate with runners on second and third and singled home what turned out to be the game-winner with a flare to left.
Gilbert’s game-winning hit earned her Park Planet Player of the Game honors for the second time in the series, and the third time on the season.
The Wild return home to take on the Chicago Bandits for a five game series at Rent One Park starting on Wednesday night.
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