Big innings lead Beijing past Cleveland

ASHLAND, OH (June 7, 2018)—Beijing broke open a scoreless game with five runs in the top of the third inning and the Eagles added seven more in the fifth to defeat host Cleveland at Brookside Park on Thursday.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 9-7 while the Comets dropped to 0-7.

Liu Li Li, who was named the Vaultz Lock It Up Player of the game after going 4-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBI with a double and a home run, started the third inning rally with an infield single and advanced to second on the first of three Cleveland errors.

Victoria Draper also reached on a bunt single that scored Liu Li Li. Cleveland’s second error allowed Draper to advance to third. Chen Jia then walked and stole second and Lu Ying drew a walk to load the bases.

Li Huan’s two-run single pushed the Eagle lead to 3-0 and also chased Cleveland starter Ping Fan from the game. Ren Min then tripled to make it 5-0.

The Comets scored on in the bottom half of the inning when Jade Rhodes drew a one-out walk and moved to second on Sun Xun’s single. Chloe Miller singled to load the bases and Rhodes later scored on Xie Yue’s groundout.

Beijing scored seven runs on six hits and a walk in the fifth. Liu Li Li hit an inside the park homer and Chen Jia tripled in the inning.

Cleveland scored one in the bottom of the fifth when Shellie Robinson singled to center and scored on an error.

The Comets put together a rally in the six when they scored three runs on three hits including a three-run homer by Li Na, her first four-base hit of the season.

Angel Bunner continued to stymie Cleveland hitters.

After striking out three of the five hitters she faced in closing out Beijing’s 3-2 win over the Comets on Wednesday, Bunner started Thursday’s contest and also closed it out after Gu Niannian allowed the three runs in the sixth.

Bunner allowed just two runs on four hits and struck out six in 6 2/3 innings of work.

Ping Fan took the loss for Cleveland. She yielded five runs on four hits in 2 1/3 innings. Devin Brown and Wang Yan also saw action in the circle for the Comets.

Cleveland hosts the USSSA Pride at Elmwood Park in Independence on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

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About the Cleveland Comets

The Cleveland Comets, headquartered in Cleveland, OH, became a new franchise in the National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) League in 2018. The team became the most recent addition to the NPF and is owned by the former owner of the Akron Racers, a team that existed since the NPF began in 2004. The Cleveland Comets will embrace the Racers’ fan base, while also introducing the attractive and popular product of fastpitch softball to the Greater Cleveland area. For more information on the Cleveland Comets, contact General Manager Stephen Dunn.

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 Spirit, Beijing Shougang Eagles, Chicago Bandits, Cleveland Comets and USSSA Florida Pride for the 2018 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.

Beijing 12, Cleveland 5
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