The long-awaited Abaco Softball Association (ASA) 2016 Softball Season finally kicked off on May 27-28. The women’s league introduced a new team from Fox Town called the Little Abaco Flowers, and welcomed back Major Pain and the Lady Legends.
For the men’s teams, Abaco Champions – 5 Star Ag and Turf Bulldogs – Constructionairs, Sharks and Nagico Insurance Sluggers returned to the field.
Major Pain and Lady Legends appeared in the first game of the season, and the game ended with Major Pain earning their first win. They pummeled the Legends in each inning beating them with a score of 16 to 2.
A brief opening ceremony was held just after the Lady Legends and LA Flowers’ game. ASA President Haziel McDonald took the lead, calling on Mr. Claudius Hanchell to open in prayer, and Savion Bethell to sing the National Anthem.
McDonald acknowledged all of the corporate sponsors for each team, and thanked Umpires Kirk Thompson, Eustace Penn and Churton Toote, and Wallace McDonald for the preparation of the field. The fans were not to be left out as he expressed his gratitude to them as well.
“I’d like to thank everybody for coming and continuing to support us each and every weekend,” McDonald said. “We have tournaments throughout the season lined up starting next month, so continue to come out every Friday and Saturday night.
“We’ll also be having games in Cooper’s Town within the next week or so, and in Man-O-War as well. We’re looking forward to a good season here in 2016.”
In the second game of the night, the Bulldogs faced the Constructionairs; however, the Constructionairs were no match for them. The Bulldogs defeated the Constructionairs: 8 to 0.
The following night held another double header for excited fans. The Lady Legends played again – this time against the Little Abaco Flowers in their first game ever.
Needless to say, the Flowers showed that being new didn’t mean that they were inexperienced. Their team accumulated a series of runs to outpace the Legends. When the dust settled, the Legends had lost their second game in a row to the LA Flowers. The score was 20 to 10.
The Sluggers started the season looking “brand new” in their new softball uniforms, and a handful of new players. Being the first up for bat, the Sluggers made an opening statement by hitting a home run courtesy of Cameo Russell aka Gamer.
But the Sharks let them know that they didn’t come to play around either. Player Dimetrius Lightbourne and Thomas “Machine Gun” Kelly also scored home runs for the team. Nevertheless, the Sharks finished the game against the Sluggers with 10 runs. The Sluggers scored only three runs.
This weekend’s game schedule is as follows:
Tonight (Thursday, June 2), it’s the Constructionairs vs. the Sluggers at 7:30 p.m.; and Bulldogs vs. Sharks at 9 p.m. No games are scheduled for June 3, which is Labour Day (Public Holiday). On Saturday, June 4, the Little Abaco Flowers face Major Pain at 7:30 p.m., followed by the Sluggers vs. the Bulldogs at 9 p.m.
The following weekend, the Sharks will play against the Sluggers on June 10 at 7:30 p.m. and the Bulldogs against the Constructionairs at 9 p.m. Saturday night’s (June 11) games will be held at Baker’s Field in Cooper’s Town. The Lady Legends and LA Flowers play ball at 7:30 p.m., and the Constructionairs and Sharks battle on the field at 9 p.m.