The Canadian Wild bats’ go quiet in series opener
Carbondale, IL (July 27, 2019) – The Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois couldn’t get the bats going and fall 2-1 to the Cleveland Comets on Saturday night in the opening game of the season’s final series from Southern Illinois University’s Charlotte West Stadium.
A tight, defensive game, the pitching on both sides was outstanding. For the Wild, it was another strong start from Jenna Caira. Caira went the full seven and gave up two runs on five hits, struck out five and didn’t allow a run. On the other side of the rubber, a combined effort by Taylor McQuillin and Sierra Hyland all but shut down the Wild offence. The Wild mustered six hits off of McQuillin, and none off of Hyland after she came in in the bottom of the seventh.
In the top of the second inning, the Comets cashed in a lead-off hit by pitch to Anissa Urtez when Chelsea Gonzales doubled off the wall to take a 1-0 lead. The lead held up until the bottom of the third, when the Wild evened the score with an RBI single from Holly Speers that scored Jennifer Gilbert from second after the Wild outfielder doubled with two outs.
The Comets took the lead again on a two-out single from Urtez. Lilli Piper read the ball all the way and was able to speed her way around from first and slide home before Kaleigh Rafter could apply the tag. That game-winning RBI earned Urtez RIP-IT Player of the Game in the contest.
The only other chance the Wild had to score was in the fourth. Callum Pilgrim—pinch running for Kaleigh Rafter who led off the inning with a single up the middle—tried to come home on Holly Speers’ two-out single, but a perfect throw from Comets center fielder Sammy Marshall allowed catcher Sashel Palacios to drop the tag down and nab Pilgrim at the plate.
The series moves back to Rent One Park on Sunday, with the Wild and Comets playing a doubleheader tomorrow starting at 4:30pm CT, with game to follow.
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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.