Daytona Beach, Florida (May 31, 2019)—The half an hour rain delay did not cool down the “Red Hot” Canadian Wild Friday night. Five games have been played between the Wild and the Beijing Shougang Eagles and five victories are now in the win column for the team based out of the Southern Illinois.
Kelsey Jenkins who got the start at second base was the Park Planet Player of the Game. Jenkins, the former Wisconsin Badger broke the scoreless tie in the top of the 4th inning with a 2-run homer. The homer landed well beyond the 220-foot fence in centerfield at Jackie Robinson Ballpark and was the Wild’s third homerun in the series. Jennifer Gilbert also filled up the box score with 2 hits, 2 runs and has been fantastic all series long for Wild and Head Coach Mark Smith.
Eagles starting pitcher Wang Lan (7 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 3 ER) threw a complete game with 99 pitches. It just wasn’t the Eagles night at the plate once again striking out 5 times and only producing 2 hits. Another 7th inning rally in the end came up short with Beijing only scoring one run before the Wild closed it out.
Karissa Hovinga (5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER) threw a great game in her 2nd start of the season and is now 2-0. Former Minnesota Golden Gopher Sara Groenewegen (2 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 3 SO) earned the save in her season debut.
The 6-game series finale will be tomorrow June 1st at 6:05pm EST at Jackie Robinson Ballpark.
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: Wild- 3 Eagles-1
— Records: Wild (5-0), Eagles (0-5)
— Winning Pitcher No. 10 Karissa Hovinga (2-0)
— Losing Pitcher No. 30 Wang Lan (0-2)
— Save No. 17 Sara Groenewegan
About Beijing Shougang Eagles
The Beijing Shougang (Shoe Gong) 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.