The evening of May 9 initiated the opening of the All Abaco Softball Association’s (ASA) 2014 Softball Fast Pitch Season. In the first game of the night, there was a showdown between the Abaco Groceries Diamond Dollz and the Golden Harvest Major Pain women’s teams.
The veteran Dollz showed no mercy to the newcomers, and dealt the Major Pain a heavy blow to win: 20 to 2. Next in line, were the National Champions – the Creter’s Bulldogs versus the Hope Town Wreckers. The Wreckers managed to score two points, but the Bulldogs seized 12 points to win the game.
The following night, the Hope Town Wreckers faced the Simple Solution Sharks. The Wreckers went on to gain their first win of the season, and beat the Sharks: 4 to 0. In the featured game of the night between the Bulldogs and DNR Sluggers, it was a landslide for the Bulldogs. DNR scored no points, while the Bulldogs scored 16 victory points for their team.
The stands were packed with cheering fans and entertainment was provided by MC Frankie alongside DJ Scarface. Deliciously prepared grilled and barbecued food served along with conch fritters and beverages were on sale as well.
ASA President Haziel McDonald thanked his committee member and all sponsors for a successful opening weekend namely Abaco Groceries, Abaco Petroleum, Standard Hardware, Abacays Caribe Freight Company and Quality Star Auto.
Leading up to the season opening on Abaco, Creter’s Bulldog players – Lyle Sawyer, Grant Albury and Tyler Russell – travelled to Cali, Columbia to compete with the Bahamas National Softball Team. In their first game against Panama, Team Bahamas had a close call but emerged as the winner in the bottom of the ninth inning to beat Panama: 3-2. The team went on to accrue three consecutive losses against Mexico, Aruba and Guatemala and eventually failed to advance for a chance at qualifying for the CAC Games in Veracruz, Mexico.
Nevertheless, Abaco is proud of the performance of its players in qualifying on the national level for The Bahamas, and for their representation of Abaco and The Bahamas. Softball games continue at the Murphy Town Ball Field each weekend, and update schedules will be posted on the Abaco Softball Association’s Facebook page.