Daytona Beach, Florida— The Canadian Wild have been electric at Jackie Robinson Ballpark in the Opening Series. Doing anything and everything it takes to win. The Wild won two completely different styles of games Thursday night. Game 1 was the story of runs. Game 2 was a pitcher’s duel between Jenna Caira (5 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 4 SO) and Ping Fan (5.1 IP, 7 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 SO).
Victoria Hayward who is batting .545 for the season was the Park Planet Player of the Game. In Game 1 Hayward went 3-4 with 2 runs, 1 RBI and a double. Hayward, the former University of Washington star and current director of operations for UCF Softball is familiar with the Daytona Beach area and it has shown in the series. Hayward hit a solo homer Wednesday night and had two more fantastic games during Thursday’s double header.
Game 1 of the double header looked like it would be over early with 6 runs scored by the Wild in the first two innings. The Eagles did come firing back with 3 runs in the 5thand 2 runs in the 7thand made it interesting in the bottom of the 7th. Unfortunately, the Eagles bats couldn’t come up with the game-tying run, stranding Yan Siyu on second base.
The 6-game series continues tomorrow May 31st at 6:30pm ET as the Wild and Eagles will face off for game 5 of the series.
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.”
— Records: Wild (4-0), Eagles (0-4)
GAME 1 Wild- 7 Eagles- 6
— Winning Pitcher No. 21Jennifer Friesen
— Losing Pitcher No. 3 BaiWanbing
GAME 2 Wild- 1 Eagles- 0
— Winning Pitcher No. 29 Jenna Caira (2-0)
— Losing Pitcher No. 23 Ping Fan (0-1)
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.