It was a record attendance at the Murphy Town Ball Field on Aug. 29-30 with Grand Bahama teams – the Port Side Flyers women’s team and Control Chemical Sweepers men’s team – visiting Abaco to play against local teams. Both nights featured triple headers with men’s and women’s teams on deck.
In Friday’s first game, the Control Chemical Sweepers did indeed sweep the game against DNR Sluggers with a score of 8 to 5.
Next up was the women’s teams. The Abaco Groceries Diamond Dollz were no match for the Port Side Flyers. The Dollz only managed to secure one run, but it could not compare to the Flyers’ 17 runs. In the final game, National Champions the Creter’s Bulldogs clinched the game with two runs to beat the Sweepers, who scored one run.
Saturday night gave the Sweepers another shot at the Bulldogs, but instead of giving them the upper hand, they lost again to the Bulldogs. The score was one to zero. Seventeen was the lucky number for the Port Side Flyers as they faced the Golden Harvest Major Pain players. Major Pain scored no runs, while the Flyers picked up 17 runs.
Then the Simple Solution Sharks captured another win for Abaco in their game against the Sweepers. It was a close call, but the Sharks pulled away with one extra run to beat them: 6-5.
Leading up to the playoffs, softball games were held again from Sept.5-6. In the first game, it was a showdown between the Diamond Dollz and Major Pain; however, the Diamond Dollz defeated their opponents: 17 to 1.
The second game was cancelled because of a major power outage that left Murphy Town in darkness, so the Hope Town Wreckers and the Simple Solution Sharks were anxious to pay their make-up game the following night. Both teams gave it all they had, but the Wreckers were the ones to leave the Sharks in the dust. Wreckers scored 12 runs, while the Sharks scored nine.
The Wreckers had a short time to rest before returning to the softball diamond to play against the DNR Sluggers. Unfortunately, the Wreckers were “shipwrecked” in their final game scoring no runs; however, DNR slugged their way to victory with nine runs.
Playoff games begin on Friday, Sept. 12 and continue on to Saturday, Sept. 13. Additionally, the Abaco Softball Association (ASA) is offering exciting prizes through their raffle drawing, which will take place on Oct.4 at the Murphy Town Ball Field.