photo by Aldrin Capulong, Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Daytona Beach, Florida— Jenna Caira did it all for the Canadian Wild on Tuesday night at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in Daytona Beach, Florida. The first-year right-hander collected her first win of the season and notched her first win in her early NPF career.
The former Syracuse University standout was the Park Planet Player of the Game and is no stranger to the pitcher’s circle. Jenna Caira joined the Canadian Senior National Team in 2009. She has since competed at three ISF Women’s World Championships, the 2011 Pan American Games and two Pan American Championships.
Caria (W, 1-0) received Just enough run support to propel the Wild to their first win of the season. The Wild scored one run in the 3rdand one in the 5th to jump out to a 2-0 lead. Little did they know that the 2-run lead would need more insurance when they scored another two runs in the top of the 7th.
The Eagles threatened to comeback in the bottom of the 7th scoring 2 runs of their own. The rally faltered in the end and Karissa Hovinga was able to earn her first save of the 2019 NPF Season.
The 6-game series continues tomorrow May 29th at 6:3opm ET as the Wild and Eagles will face off for game 2 of the series.
Tickets are available at www.beijingeagles.com and daytonatortugas.com, or by calling the Tortugas’ ticket office at 386-257-3172. Visit profastpitch.com and click “Watch NPF” to stream games live internationally.
— Records: Wild (1-0), Eagles (0-1)
— Winning Pitcher No. 29 Jenna Caira
— Losing Pitcher No. 30Wang Lan
— Save No. 10 Karissa Hovinga
About the 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