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Beijing Shougang Eagles to Open Season

May 27, 2019 - National Pro Fastpitch (NPF) - Beijing Shougang Eagles News Release

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - The Beijing Shougang Eagles will kick off the their NPF season this week as they welcome to town the Canadian Wild of Southern Illinois for a six-game series starting Tuesday, May 28 through June 1. Both teams represent the National Softball Teams for China and Canada. The series gets underway on May 28 with Jacksonville Jaguar Wide Receiver Dede Westbrook throwing out the first pitch. Westbrook has expressed his interests in growing the women's professional game on social media this past week. He is very excited to be able to kick off the season.

In August of 2016 the International Olympic Committee announced that softball and baseball will return to the Olympics held in Tokyo in 2020. The news caused a mass reaction from many countries around the world to ramp up their national softball efforts in order to qualify for the 2020 Olympic Games. The Eagles are coached by Hunter Veach who was promoted from China's secondary team Head Coach this past year. Veach was previously an assistant for Auburn University's softball team. The coaching staff includes a mix of Chinese and American coaches. The team also features three Americans and graduates from Auburn, Kendall Veach, Angel Bunner and Victoria Draper.

The Wild are coached by Mark Smith. The Wild is the only NPF team that is solely Canadian National players and the team is ranked number 3 in the world according to the WBSC.

Tickets are available at www.beijingeagles.com and daytonatortugas.com, or by calling the Tortugas' ticket office at 386-257-3172. The games will be broadcasted on NPF TV with Kenny Schierlinger handling Play by Play duties and Francesca Enea as Color Analyst.

Eagles Probable Starting Pitchers

Tuesday (6:35pm): RHP Wang Lan

Wednesday (6:35pm): RHP Zhao Xinxing

Thursday (4:05pm): RHP Bai Wanbing

Thursday Game 2 (6:35pm): RHP Chai Yinan

Friday (6:35pm): RHP Wang Lan

Saturday (6:05pm): RHP Zhao Xinxing

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