The atmosphere at the Murphy Town Ball Field was one of celebration and unabated enthusiasm as the time wound down for the women and men’s teams that would be declared Abaco’s champions.
Beginning on Oct.3, the Abaco Grocery Diamond Dollz faced the Golden Harvest Major Pains shutting them down in the first game of the championships with a score of: 16 to 2. The Creter’s Bulldogs followed a similar fashion with the Simple Solution Sharks albeit not allowing their opponents to score any runs. The Bulldogs won: 9 to 0.
On Oct. 4, the Dollz toppled the Major Pains to score 20 runs to their six, which placed them 2-0 in the best-of-seven series. In their second game, the Sharks were not able to squeeze in one run, and were beaten again by the Bulldogs: 11 to 0.
The following weekend, the bleachers held hundreds of supporters who came out to cheer their teams on twice more before the season drew to a close. It was a repeat performance as the Dollz went for 21 runs, while the Major Pain player garnered only eight runs. The Bulldogs kept the pressure on the Sharks walking away with another win when they beat the Sharks 4 to 0.
Finally, the night all had been waiting for arrived – Oct. 11. It was indeed the determining night for all four teams with the Major Pains and Sharks taking one last shot to stay in the running. It was not to be, though, and in the final game of the season, the Dollz beat the Major Pains: 17 to 4, while the Bulldogs won 5 to 1- against the Sharks.
It was a festive occasion at the Murphy Town Ball Field for the Abaco Grocery Diamond Dollz and Creter’s Bulldogs as ASA committee members distributed team trophies and awarded individual players for their efforts. Oh, and let’s not forget the champagne!
On the Creter’s Bulldogs team, Jarrod Douglas received a trophy for his 53.3 batting average, four triples and most runs scored, which was 22. Tyler Russell was voted most valuable pitcher with the most wins. Aaron Knowles (Hope Town Wreckers) and Nigel Bootle Jr. (Creter’s Bulldogs) shared the spotlight for most homeruns.
For the women, Christine Jenoure (Cee J) was recognized as the most outstanding offensive player. Mary Bethel received Most Valuable Pitcher for the most wins. Special commendation was also given to Rhonda Penn-Eldon, Tracey Reckley and Dominique Rolle. Vogel Williams was extended special thanks for his dedication as statistician. Guardian Radio was recognized for its live broadcast of the championships on Abaco.
Diamond Dollz Pitcher Tracey Reckley-Albury, who has played softball for 24 years, said the season went well although there was not as much competition for their team like in previous years. She was looking forward to the Round Robin Tournament because of the Family Islands participation among the women’s teams. Her expectation is that they will make Abaco proud, and bring something good back.
Meanwhile, Tyler Russell was pleased that his team has won for the second year and remain the undefeated champions. The Bulldogs’ plan, he said, is to go to Nassau and dominate the National Round Robin Softball Tournament again.
“We’re looking for a repeat performance – we’re No. 1 – we’re the champs,” he boasted. “The Bulldogs have plenty fight and we’re not giving up!”
The Diamond Dollz and Creter’s Bulldogs will compete in the National Round Robin Softball Tournament in Nassau from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2.