Marion, IL (June 10, 2019) –The Canadian Wild dropped the final game in their five-game series against the USSSA Pride, falling 3-2 on Monday night at Rent One Park.
Jennifer Gilbert provided all of the offence for the Wild tonight, doubling home Joey Lye from second with a two-out RBI double to left field.
The lead was short-lived as the Pride responded in the top half of the fourth. Two walks to start the inning put runners on first and second for Jessie Warren, who blasted a no doubter over the left field fence to put the Pride up 3-1.
Warren’s hit would hold up as the game-winner and earned her Park Planet Player of the Game honors for the night.
Taran Alvelo replaced Jessica Burroughs in the third, and completely shut down the Wild offence after allowing Gilbert’s double. She only allowed two hits on the night, struck out three and set down the final 10 Wild batters in a row, and 12 of the final 13.
For the Wild, Sara Groenewegen made her first start of the season in her fifth appearance. Groenewegen went four innings and allowed three runs on three hits, walking two and striking out four.
Jenna Caira came on in relief to start the fifth and shut down the Pride offence, only allowing one hit in 10 batters faced with no walks and striking out two.
The Wild hit the road next, starting a five-game series in Cleveland against the Comets. Game one goes from Sprenger Stadium on Wednesday night at 6 p.m. CT/7 p.m. ET. While in Cleveland, the Wild will also face the Beijing Eagles as part of two doubleheaders on Friday June 14 and Saturday June 15.
About the Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois
The Canadian Wild is the newest team in the NPF made up of players of Canada’s Women’s Softball team and selected by Softball Canada. The Canadian Amateur Softball Association, commonly known as Softball Canada, is a not-for-profit National Sport Organization (NSO) based in Ottawa, Ontario founded in 1965. It is recognized and financially supported by the Government of Canada as the National Governing Body for the sport of softball. Softball Canada is administered by an eight-member Board of Directors elected by the country’s 12 Provincial and Territorial Associations and is supported by eight staff members working in the National Office.
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.