Following their historic win at the Bahamas Softball Federation’s (BSF) National Round-Robin Tournament last month, the Creter’s Bulldogs organized a grand celebration on Nov. 16 at the Murphy Town Ball Field inviting fans on Abaco to celebrate with them.
Leading up to the event, T-shirts were sold ensuring that all supporters were well represented in their Bulldogs’ attire. Free food, drinks and entertainment were provided, and a recap of the championship game was shown on the big screen for everyone to enjoy.
After 32 years of playing in the softball league, the Bulldogs captured the winning title as The Bahamas’ National Softball Champions on Nov. 3.
A delegation of Bahamas Softball Federation (BSF) officials also attended the event. In attendance were: Burket Dorsett, BSF president; Clifford Butch Scavella, director; Jeffrey Henfield, assistant treasurer; and Ted Miller, first vice president.
Officer Paul Johnson was in the audience and congratulated the Bulldogs on their win.
“All I can tell them is keep up the good work; next year we just have work to do,” he admonished.
Certainly, Bulldogs Pitcher Lyle Sawyer is familiar with hard work, and is known to train every day.
During the championships, he struck out some of the nation’s best players when the Bulldogs defeated New Providence’s Arnette’s Sporting Lounge Hitmen 4 -0 in the bronze medal game led by Pitcher Alcott Forbes, and advanced to the finals in the Round Robin to face Edney “The Heat” Bethel and the Elnet Excel Eliminators from Grand Bahama.
This game proved to be more challenging, but the Bulldogs toppled the Eliminators: 5-3. Lyle struck out 11 players in that game, and earned the Most Valuable Player award.
Lyle’s grandmother Pauline Sawyer was most excited as the Bulldogs’ “No.1 Fan.”
“I’m so proud of Lyle. He’s my first grandchild, he gave me my first great-grandchild, and he went to Nassau and won the first Bahamian championship and brought it back to Abaco,” she boasted.
BSF President Burket Dorsett said that any of the six men’s softball teams could have won the national championship title, but the Bulldogs just had that extra edge in their game.
Dorsett said he was pleased that the championship was able to return to one of the Family Islands.
“We don’t have anything against the New Providence based teams, but it shows the level of improvement in play in The Family Islands,” Dorsett explained. “Let me just say here that based on what we have seen in the Nationals, there’s a possibility that three or four players from the Creter’s Bulldogs would be invited out to the National Team practice and try out for inclusion in the National Team that will be travelling to Argentina in April of next year.”
The good news didn’t end there.
During the 2014 Round Robin Tournament, the Creter’s Bulldogs will be presented with their National Championship rings, and the BSF is looking to host the tournament on Abaco.
In his remarks, Clifford “Butch” Scavella reminded the Bulldogs that all teams would be gunning for them next year.
“One of the hardest things to do is to stay at the top, and right now the Bulldogs are No. 1 in The Bahamas,” Scavella cheered. “You’ve got to work, and I encourage ‘Creter’ [Christopher Roberts] and the Bulldogs to continue to work hard. I am so impressed with Lyle, and I remember in my 20s I was able to throw the ball as hard as he can, so I simply want to encourage him to keep on going.
“Perhaps he is the future for The Bahamas Softball National Team, so that we can come to be in one, two or three again. So Bulldogs, go for it and congratulations Abaco.”
Christopher “Creter” Roberts made a special presentation of the championship game ball to Lyle for his hard work over the years.
Listed as the 2013 Bahamas Softball Champions are Creter’s Bulldogs players: Andrew Albury; Dillon Albury; Grant Albury; Kaleb Albury; Michael Albury; Jarrod Douglas; Mark Douglas; Willard Gardiner; Alton Janes; Nathaniel Malone; Haziel McDonald; Darren Rogers; Tyler Russell; Lyle Sawyer; Fred Sweeting; Brandon Weatherford; and William Weatherford.