The Abaco Softball Association (ASA) launched its 2015 season on May 8-9 at the Murphy Town Ball Field. There are eight teams in total with five men’s teams and three women’s teams.
The men’s teams are: 5 Star Ag and Turf Bulldogs, Hope Town Wreckers, Latima Boys Construction Destroyers, Simple Solution Sharks and Sluggers. The women’s teams are: Diamond Dollz, Major Pain and Leady Legends.
A double header was scheduled, and the Hope Town Wreckers and Latima Boys Construction Destroyers led in the first game of the night. It was a close game, but the Wreckers pulled away to win the game with nine runs, defeating the Destroyers who scored seven runs.
A brief opening ceremony was held before the Simple Solution Sharks faced two-time national champions the 5 Star Ag and Turf Bulldogs formerly called Creter’s Bulldogs.
ASA President Haziel McDonald greeted the audience before introducing players from the Bulldogs and Sharks, who lined up on the field.
He acknowledged the passing of J.R. Pritchard, a former player on the Sharks team, followed by a moment of silence. McDonald then went on to dedicate the entire softball season in memory of J.R. to the delight of his teammates and softball fans.
Reminiscent of the championship game, the Sharks and Bulldogs competed in the final game. It was another neck-and-neck game, but a series of errors caused the Sharks to lag and the Bulldogs took the lead. With a seven-point lead, the Bulldogs defeated the Sharks – 9 to 2.
The following night, the women’s teams joined the line-up with Abaco champions – Abaco Groceries Diamond Dollz – versus the Major Pain.
Major Pain had the upper hand throughout the game until they neared the final inning, and Diamond Dollz beat them 10 to 9. The Destroyers played against the Bulldogs, but didn’t score any runs. Bulldogs won 10 to 0.
For the month of May, games are scheduled for May 15-16 and May 22 at the Murphy Town Field; at Baker’s Field in Cooper’s Town on May 23; and back at the Murphy Town Field on May 29-30.