After two weeks of games being rained out during the month of June, the Abaco Softball Association’s (ASA) game schedule resumed on June 24.
Leading off on Friday night (June 24) were men’s teams – 5 Star Ag and Turf Bulldogs versus Nagico Insurance Sluggers. The Bulldogs dominated the game from the start, never allowing the Sluggers to score any runs with Winning Pitcher Tyler “Josey Wales” Russell at the helm. Russell struck out 10 and went 3-for-3 with 7 RBIs. After the dust settled on the field, it was the Bulldogs who won with 19 runs and no runs for the Sluggers. Scott Albury was the losing pitcher for the Sluggers.
Next up were the Simple Solution Sharks against the Latema’s Boys Constructionairs. Although the Sharks took the lead early on, simple errors allowed the Constructionairs to close the gap quickly. However, the Sharks were able to accumulate more runs in the final innings allowing them to beat the Constructionairs: 12 to 7. The winning pitcher was Thomas “Machine Gun” Kelly with 13 strikeouts. Kyle Johnson went 3-for-3 with 5 RBIs.
Because of make-up games, the schedule accommodated a triple header on Saturday night – June 25. This time the Little Abaco Flowers and the Lady Legends were the first on the field. Winning Pitcher Cicely Parker led her team to victory delivering six strikeouts against their opponents, while Short Stop Elva Russell was 3-for-4 with 8 RBIs. Losing Pitcher was Beuthlyn “Bea” Curry; the Lady Legends scored four runs.
The second game was supposed to take place between the Sharks and Sluggers; however, the Sluggers forfeited their game with a lack of players. Moving on to the next game, the Bulldogs faced off with the Constructionairs. Winning Pitcher Tyler “Josey Wales” Russell was merciless against the Constructionairs with 10 strikeouts. Bulldogs scored 16 runs with no runs for the Constructionairs. Left-Fielder Max Albury went 3-for-3 with 7 RBIs. Losing Pitcher for the Constructionairs was Oscar “Togo” Rolle.
On Sunday, June 26, a double header was scheduled, and Major Pain and the Lady Legends played in the first game. Dominique Rolle was the winning pitcher with six strikeouts, and Catcher Geneva Thomas went 3-for-3 with one home run and 6 RBIs. Major Pain beat the Lady Legends 15 to 5.
The final game was between the Constructionairs and the Sluggers. Both teams were neck and neck early on but the Constructionairs edged away with a two-run lead to beat the Sluggers 11 to 9. The Winning Pitcher was Troy Bullard with 9 strikeouts. OJ Johnson went 3-for-4 with 6 RBIs.
Now this weekend promises to be bring unprecedented softball action to the Murphy Town Ball Field. Joining the Abaco teams for the 4th Annual Abaco Fast-Pitch Tournament, which begins Thursday, June 30 are the New Providence Softball Association’s (NPSA) 2016 Softball Champions – the Lady Stingers – and men’s teams the Truckers and Mighty Mitts. For the men’s teams: The Truckers, Bulldogs and Sluggers are in Pool A while the Mighty Mitts, Sharks and Constructionairs are in Pool B.
The tournament game schedule is as follows:
On Thursday, June 30: Lady Legends vs. Major Pain at 7 p.m.; Sluggers vs. Bulldogs at 8 p.m.; and Constructionairs vs. Sharks at 9 p.m. On Friday, July 1, it’s Major Pain vs. LA Flowers at 7 p.m.; Mighty Mitts vs. Sharks at 8 p.m.; Lady Stingers vs. LA Flowers at 9 p.m.; and Truckers vs. Bulldogs at 10 p.m. On Saturday night, July 2, the Lady Legends vs. Lady Stingers at 1 p.m.; Truckers vs. Sluggers at 2 p.m.; Major Pain vs. Lady Stingers at 3 p.m.; LA Flowers vs. Lady Legends at 4 p.m.; and the Mighty Mitts vs. Constructionairs at 5 p.m.
The men’s playoff games begin at 6 p.m. with the team who places second in Pool A vs. the first-place team in Pool B. The winner will then advance to the championship round. At 7 p.m., the men’s playoff games continue with the second-place winner of Pool B playing against the first-place winner of Pool A, who will then advance to the Men’s Third Place Bronze Game. The Men’s Third Place Bronze Game takes place at 8 p.m. followed by the Ladies Gold Championship at 9 p.m. and the Men’s Gold Championship at 10 p.m.