It was definitely a weekend to remember with non-stop softball action at the Murphy Town Ballfield during the Abaco Softball Association’s (ASA) 4th Annual Abaco Fast-Pitch Tournament. Adding to the widespread excitement on the island were the Nassau teams in attendance – the Lady Stingers, Truckers and Chances’ Mighty Mitts.
All in all, the Lady Legends were unsuccessful in securing any wins during the tournament followed by Major Pains with two losses overall. Major Pain’s closest game was when they scored five runs in their game against the L.A. Flowers, who scored six runs. It was the L.A. Flowers who came closest to giving the Lady Stingers a run for their money, but the Lady Stingers still won the gold in the end.
In the men’s games, the Simple Solution Sharks faced the Latema’s Boys Constructionairs in the first game on Thursday night (June 30). It was another close game, but the Sharks pulled away with a one-run lead to beat the Constructionairs: 4 to 3.
On Friday night, July 1, the L.A. Flowers and Major Pain led the night’s game with their game. The Flowers also edged away with one run to beat Major Pain: 6 to 5. Mighty Mitts and Sharks were next in the line-up. This time, the Mighty Mitts dominated the game to score three runs, while the Sharks scored no runs.
Games continued throughout the weekend with the 5 Star Ag and Turf Bulldogs managing to score one run against the Might Mitts, who were unsuccessful in scoring any runs. The final set of games on Saturday led to some unanticipated surprises for team players and fans.
The Truckers accomplished a repeat performance of the Bulldogs and Mighty Mitts’, by scoring one run in their game against the Sharks who scored no runs. However, the Sharks returned the favour and beat out the Mighty Mitts: 1 to 0.
In the Women’s Gold Championship Round, the L.A. Flowers were no match for their New Providence opponent. The Lady Stingers pummeled the Flowers, beating them 6 to 1.
The Men’s Gold Championship was the last of the games played during the tournament. In this game, it was the Bulldogs versus the Truckers. It was well past 1 a.m. the next day, but fans remained to watch the outcome of this most-anticipated showdown. Unfortunately, the Bulldogs bowed out to the Truckers, who defeated them with seven runs. The Bulldogs scored zero runs.
In addition to first, second and third placement, winning teams were pleased to receive cash prizes for their efforts.
No games were played this past weekend because of 43rd Bahamian Independence Day festivities, so they will resume this weekend at Man-O-War Cay and Murphy Town Ballfields. On Friday, the Lady Legends face the L.A. Flowers at 7:30 p.m. followed by Constructionairs and Sharks at 9 p.m. at Murphy Town Ballfield.
On Saturday, July 16, it’s Major Pain vs. Lady Legends at 3 p.m. and Sharks vs. Bulldogs at 4:30 p.m. following the women’s game in Man-O-War Cay. Games continue in Murphy Town on July 16 with the Bulldogs vs. the Constructionairs at 8 p.m. and Sluggers vs. Sharks at 9 p.m.
Next weekend, the L.A. Flowers and Lady Legends meet again on Friday, July 22 at 7:30 p.m., and then the Sluggers vs. Constructionairs at 9 p.m. On Saturday, July 23, it’s Major Pain vs. L.A. Flowers at 7:30 p.m.; and Constructionairs vs. Sluggers at 9 p.m. On Friday, July 29, it’s the Lady Legends vs. Major Pain at 7:30 p.m. and Sluggers vs. Bulldogs at 9 p.m. On Saturday, July 30, games will be played at Baker’s Field in Cooper’s Town. Fans are invited to travel to North Abaco to watch L.A. Flowers play against the Lady Legends at 7:30 p.m. and Sharks vs. Constructionairs at 9 p.m.