The Abaco Softball Association (ASA) held an All Abaco Tournament on June 20-21 at the Murphy Town Ball Field inviting teams out of New Providence and Spanish Wells to be a part of the softball action. Fans packed almost every bleacher at the park to support their respective teams.
Game 1 took place on June 20 between the Abaco Groceries Diamond Dollz and the Golden Harvest Major Pain. Diamond Dolls Pitcher Mary Bethel led her team to victory with seven runs, while the Major Pains collected a meager two runs.
On to Game 2, the Hope Town Wreckers faced the New Providence based Annette’s Sporting Lounge Hitmen with Pitcher Alcott Forbes at the helm. The Hitmen beat the Wreckers: 1 to 0. Then in Game 3, National Softball Champions – Creter’s Bulldogs – competed against the Spanish Wells’ Triple A Razorbacks, and were defeated – 1 to 0.
The following day, June 21, the DNR Sluggers added to the Razorbacks’ winning streak as they demolished the Abaco team – 12 to 0 – in Game 4. DNR made some headway in their game against the Hitmen in Game 5, but it was not enough to earn them a win in the tournament. The Hitmen secured 11 runs, while DNR managed to score four runs.
Game 6 was a match between the Razorbacks and Hitmen teams. The Hitmen toppled the Razorbacks off their pedestal winning 1 to 0.
Game 7 was the final game before the championship round with the Bulldogs playing against the Wreckers. The Bulldogs secured another win – 3 to 0 – to advance to the championship game.
Diamond Dollz scored a number of successive runs and homeruns to take the lead in their game against the Major Pain. Doubling their runs, they swept past Major Pain to earn 10 runs, so Major Pain lost with five runs.
In the featured game of the night, the Bulldogs gave a lasting reminder of who holds The Bahamas Softball Championship Title. Leaving no room for the Hitmen to score, the Bulldogs demolished them.
The score: 7 to 0.
The Diamond Dollz and Creter’s Bulldogs posed on the field with their championship trophies to a background of cheering and celebration. Both teams were excited about their success in the tournament this weekend. Diamond Dollz Coach George Knowles congratulated the team on their win, and singled out rookie player Larranique Saunders for her stellar performance.
Creter’s Bulldogs Pitcher Lyle Sawyer said that they have enjoyed a good season so far, and he was pleased with how well his teammates performed on the field.
“We did a good job, everybody hit well – that’s what we needed,” he exclaimed. “Thanks to the Hitmen and Spanish Wells [Razorbacks] for coming, so we enjoyed a good weekend and played some good ball.
The Creter’s Bulldogs plan to attend a tournament in Spanish Wells in the next two weeks.