Beijing Shougang Eagles Courtesy of National Pro Fastpitch
Viera, FL (July 6, 2017) – For their last event at the Space Coast Stadium before hitting the road, the Beijing Eagles (1-15) faced the Scrapyard Dawgs (11-10) on a warm Thursday afternoon on the Melbourne coast. In the afternoon game, Shougang battled the Dawgs all the way through the extras, but eventually fell short, 3-2.
Offensively, the Eagles collected five hits on 10 innings played, for a game batting average of .143. Leading at the plate was second baseman Zhao Jing, who ended the night going 2-for-4. Third baseman Wang Bei recorded one hit for two RBI, increasing her seasonal number to three RBI.
In the circle, Nancy Bowling (0-1) and Wang Lan (0-8) combined through the ten innings of play. Bowling grabbed one strike out and four hits in 3.1 innings pitched, while Wang struck out six in 6.2 innings pitched and allotted one run on four hits.
After quickly retiring the Dawgs lineup, the Eagles broke through the score in the home offensive half of the first. Firing up the game, Liu Li Li put herself at first base with a single to third, followed by back-to-back bunts by Zhao Jing and Chen Jia that loaded the bases for Bei. The Eagles third baseman then drove a single down the right field line, allowing Jing and Jia to cross home plate and put Shougang ahead, 2-0.
As second and third went by with an untouched score, the Dawgs cancelled the Eagles stretch by bringing in two runs in the top of the fourth to tie the game, 2-2.
Going through the sixth and seventh with the score still unchanged, the dugouts entered into extra-innings. With the eighth and ninth quickly going by, the Texas-based lineup managed to bring in another run to pass Shougang, 3-2.
The Eagles kept fighting hard, but an outstanding performance by Olympian Monica Abbott stopped the Beijing run and ended the game in the Dawgs favor, 3-2.
Next up, the Eagles will travel to Miami to face the Texas Charge and USSSA Pride at home of the FIU Panthers. Shougang will take the field at 5:05 p.m. EST on July 8.
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 Akron Racers, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Scrap Yard Dawgs, Texas Charge and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2017 season. National Pro Fastpitch players hail from the United States, Australia, Canada and China among which are the most accomplished and talented athletes in the sport of women’s softball.