Armed with great expectations and a view of bringing home the gold, Abaco Imaging-Creter’s Bulldogs and Abaco Groceries Diamond Dollz attended this year’s Bahamas Softball Federation’s (BSF) National Round Robin Championships from Oct. 30 to Nov. 2 on Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.
Opening night did not forecast a good outlook for the Bulldogs as they battled, and fell victim to Annette’s Sporting Lounge Hitmenwith Alcott Forbes at the helm. Bulldogs players Lyle Sawyer and Andrew Albury finished 1-for-3 with a RBI each along with Jarrod Douglas who was also 1-for-3 with an added run scored.
However, the Bulldogs took a 3-2 loss in their first game versus the Hitmen.
The Bulldogs’ next game against the Bro-Kell Construction Cougars out of Andros put them back in the running. The score: 11 to 5. Next up they faced Edney Bethel of Andre Gardiner Construction Jets out of Eleuthera, but the Bulldogs slayed them to win 5-3. The last rival was Grand Bahama, and the Bulldogs beat them 3-0 to advance to the championship game the following night.
On Nov.2, championship night, both men’s and women’s teams from New Providence were defeated. As for the Bulldogs, Willard Gardiner scored the first run for his team. His run was followed by Nigel Bootle, Brandon Wells, Tristan Russell and Mark Douglas’.
The Bulldogs were down to business with a back-to-back win within their reach. The Bulldogs kept pressing on to finally knock out the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) Champions, Annette’s Sporting Lounge Hitmen, with a score of 8-0 in five innings based on the International Softball Federation’s (ISF) mercy rule.
As the repeat national softball champions, the Abaco Imaging Bulldogs were still in a celebratory mood when they landed at the Marsh Harbour International Airport on Nov. 3 to greet fans and well-wishers. Bulldogs Pitcher Lyle Sawyer applauded his teammates on coming through with their play for the team.
“We’re getting stronger,” he observed. “The first night we had opportunities, but we just didn’t come through.
“But last night, we got eight runs.”
Smiling, Sawyer added that he will enjoy playing softball for the long haul.
“I love to play ball and me and these boys together, we’ll go back for it next year.”
The welcome home celebration concluded with a motorcade throughout several communities in Central Abaco leading to the Murphy Town Ball Field.