The Abaco Softball Association’s Facebook page announced that all roads would lead to the Murphy Town Ball Field on Aug. 23 for a double header featuring Simple Solution and Hope Town Wreckers and then the Creter’s Bulldogs against the DNR Sluggers. Simple Solution enjoyed an easy win against the Wreckers, beating them 10 to 1. The same was true for the Bulldogs as they swept the game away from DNR. The Bulldogs scored seven runs; DNR scored one.
The following weekend on Aug. 30, the Wreckers emerged again to face Simple Solution. Meanwhile, the DNR Sluggers readied themselves for the TC Jets out of North Abaco. Although those games were cancelled because of rainy weather, they continued the next day. The Wreckers fought to stay alive as they neared the softball playoff season, and were successful as they edged away with six runs to beat the Simple Solution team’s four runs.
The Jets and DNR were unable to complete their game, however, and were rained out in the third inning. Nevertheless, the Jets accumulated 13 runs, while DNR scored two. Still, DNR found itself in the lineup for the top three teams to advance to the playoffs alongside the Bulldogs and the Jets. On Sept. 3, the DNR players returned to the field to play against the Wreckers. The Wreckers proved to be a worthy opponent, and ended up winning the game. They scored 16 runs, and DNR secured three runs. Another game – this time a tiebreaker – was scheduled for Sept. 10 because the Wreckers were now tied with Simple Solution with four wins.
In the final set of games before the playoffs, a total of seven games were spread out over the exciting weekend of Sept. 6-7. Once again, Abaco welcomed Adney ‘The Heat’ Bethel with the Bommer G Truckers – the current New Providence Softball Association men’s championship winners. Games ran the course of one hour a piece, but a lot of damage took place in between.
The Truckers beat the Hope Town Wreckers: 10 to 0 in the first game. In the second game, the Bulldogs beat DNR – 6 to 1. The Truckers took on the Jets in the final game and shut them down 7 to 0 notwithstanding the game was tied at 0 for both teams up until the fourth inning.
On Sept. 7, there were more wins for the Truckers, and great losses for the Abaco men’s teams. The Truckers rivaled against the DNR Sluggers in Game 1, and beat them 8 to 0.
Next in line was Simple Solution. The Truckers conquered them 11 to 0.
The women’s softball teams made their appearance, and it was the Terez Gas Angels who soared with nine runs, while the Abaco Groceries Diamond Dollz scored five. In the final game, there was an all-star performance by the Truckers and Bulldogs as they were called one by one to the field followed by Umpires Eustace Penn and Kirk Thompson. Truckers delivered their final blow of the night beating the Bulldogs 4 to 0. The Hope Town Wreckers were scheduled to play, but were a no-show in Saturday’s games. Playoffs are scheduled for Sept. 13-14 nightly at the Murphy Town Ball Field.