After softball games were cancelled the night before, players eagerly looked forward to the double header scheduled on September 1 in Cooper’s Town. The first game featured was between the RJ Bonefish Runners and the Lady Sluggers.
The first inning was dominated by the Lady Sluggers, who managed to secure a series of runs putting them in an early lead against their opponents. Although the Runners fought back and were able to accumulate a few runs, they were not enough to topple the Lady Sluggers who were on a roll by the final inning. In the end, the Lady Sluggers beat the RJ Runners: 14 to 6.
Next, the DNR Sluggers faced the New Vision players shortly after 11 p.m. The New Vision team engaged Troy Bullard as their pitcher for the night, and he did not disappoint. Before the game ended, Tommy Rolle also pitched for New Vision. However, DNR players rallied together in a unified effort to score 15 runs to New Vision’s 6.
The Lady Sluggers and DNR Sluggers were in a festive mood following the night’s games.
Tommy Rolle, one of the New Vision pitchers, admitted that they did not come out full force during the game because of a lack of practice. However, he promised that they would be ready by the time the playoffs came.
DNR Pitcher Thomas “Machine Gun” Kelly, who scored the only two home runs in the game, also made remarks.
“It turned out better than I expected with the youths that are on the team,” he said. “Everybody is playing pretty well, and I am trying to get the guys together. After they get where they are supposed to be, then we’ll try to be the champions of Abaco.”
Meanwhile, Abaco Softball Association President Nigel Bootle commented on the upcoming 2012 playoffs, which are scheduled for September 21. In the ladies’ division, there are the Lady Sluggers, F.E.S. Peacocks and RJ Bonefish Runners; and in the men’s division, there are four teams: DNR Sluggers, Creter’s Bulldogs, Destroyers and New Vision.
“The first round of the playoffs will be the best of five, and in the championships, the best of seven,” Bootle explained. “So we are going to start that on the 21st of September in order to be ready for Nationals in Nassau on Nov.4”
He said that overall the teams look good and that the women’s teams in particular have improved a lot.
“A little more practice and the rest of The Bahamas will have to be on alert,” he advised.