The bats come alive as the Wild top the Comets in season finale
Marion, IL (July 29, 2019) – The Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois wrapped up regular season play with a dominant 10-5 win over the Cleveland Comets
With two on and two out in the top of the first, Sashel Palacios doubled to center, scoring Lilli Piper and Victoria Vidales. Palacios got her third RBI of the night with another double in the top of the third that scored Piper for a 3-0 Comets lead.
Storming back in the bottom of the third inning, The Wild scored five runs in the frame. Erika Polidori singled home Kelsey Jenkins, and after walks to Victoria Hayward and Jennifer Gilbert, Holly Speers laced a two-out ground rule double that scored another two runs. Jennifer Salling smashed a double of her own down the right filed line to score Gilbert and Speers to round out the scoring in the inning and give the Wild a 5-3 lead.
The Comets didn’t wait to respond, cutting the lead to one. After Marissa Bravo led off the inning with a double to center, and was advanced to third on a Sammy Marshall groundout, she came home on a sacrifice fly from Anissa Urtez.
The Wild answered back with another big offensive inning, batting around and scoring four more runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out and the bases loaded, Emma Entzminger drove a ball deep to center that was caught by Marshall, allowing Hayward to score on the sacrifice. Consecutive singles from Kelsey Jenkins, pinch-hitter Sara Groenewegen and Larissa Franklin plated another three runs
More runs came in the bottom of the sixth. Hayward and Gilbert started off the inning with back-to-back walks, and Salling reached on a fielding error by the Comets. Entzminger got her second RBI of the evening on a flyout to center field.
The Comets made it 10-5 with a run in the seventh, but the Wild defence held strong and was able to secure the win.
The RIP-IT Player of the Game in tonight’s contest was Jennifer Salling. Salling went one-for-three at the plate with a double, a walk and two RBI.
With the win, the Wild finished the inaugural season in the NPF 22-20, and currently sit in third place in the league standings.
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.