Following the opening of softball season on May 8-9, another slew of games were played the following weekend. Starting off with the first game of the night on May 15 were newcomers – Lady Legends – versus Diamond Dollz, Abaco’s women softball champions.
The Lady Legends were no match for the Diamond Dollz who defeated them 16 to 3. Next in line were the Sluggers against the Hope Town Wreckers. The game ended with no declaration of a winner because of rain in the fourth inning although the Wreckers were up by four runs and the Sluggers had one run.
The following night a double header was scheduled with Latima Boys Construction Destroyers vs. Sluggers, and then 5 Star Ag and Turf Bulldogs vs. Hope Town Wreckers. The Destroyers throttled the Sluggers capturing the game with 13 runs to the Sluggers’ four runs.
The Bulldogs followed suit with their game against the Wreckers beating their opponents 13 to 2.
On May 22-23, the Wreckers faced the Simple Solution Sharks, but unfortunately, they lost again. The Sharks accumulated eight runs, and the Wreckers, 3. The Bulldogs were merciless against the Sluggers, and swept the game, 16 to 4.
The games moved to Baker’s Field in Cooper’s Town on May 23 where the Lady Legends faced Major Pain in their second game of the season. This time the Lady Legends were prepared. Early on, they took the lead and maintained their distance to beat Major Pain: 12 to 4.
A special memorial ceremony was held before the Sharks and Destroyers’ game. Following the prayer, national anthem and remarks by Abaco Softball Association (ASA) president Haziel McDonald, a moment of silence was held in memory of the late J.R. Pritchard, catcher for the Simple Solution Sharks, who died last year.
It was previously announced by McDonald at the opening in Murphy Town that the entire season would be dedicated to J.R.’s memory. Players from the Sharks and Destroyers lined up across the softball field to watch the proceedings.
After the signing of the softball by Sharks players, J.R.’s father and brother took their position at the home plate and pitcher’s mound, respectively, for the first pitch. The crowd roared in approval as J.R.’s brother pitched a solid pitch to his father who caught the ball. Pink balloons were also released as part of the ceremony.
Soon it was time for the game between the Sharks and Destroyers. However, it was the Destroyers that received the upper hand after a number of errors by the Sharks to win the game 14 to 2.