Peaches James registered ten more strikeouts Thursday night en route to a 5-3 win over the Chinese National Team. Natasha Watley led the Juggernaut offense, going 2-for-3 on the night with a run scored. Four different Nauts recorded an RBI in a complete team effort to capture game one of the series.
The bulk of the scoring came in the third inning for the Juggernaut. Alicia Smith led off the inning with a single to right field. Watley got on base with a one out infield single. Carri Leto followed with a single of her own to center field. Three consecutive RBI singles by Leah Nelson, Laura Taylor and Ryan Realmuto put three runs on the board for New York.
The Juggernaut added a run in the fourth inning when Leto drew a bases loaded walk to make the score 4-0 in favor of New York. Smith and Kim Ogee were able to get on base due to Chinese errors. Watley then loaded the bases with a single to center field. Leto followed with the walk that would prove to be all the Juggernaut would need for the win.
Despite the deficiet, the Chinese were not going down without a fight. They began a comeback in the fifth inning. On two outs, Zhang Lifang hit a two RBI double to cut the lead to 4-2. China put up another run in the top of the seventh with another RBI by Lifang. Three runs were not enough for China, as they fell to the New York Juggernaut in the series opener in front of a crowd of over 600 in Montville, New Jersey.
New York hosts the Chinese National Team at Hofstra University on Friday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m. for game two of the series. The two teams also play on Saturday at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday at 1:00 p.m. For more information or tickets, please call 631-385-1634 or visit the Juggernaut online at NYNJJuggernaut.com