The Abaco Softball Association closed out its 2016 softball season during the latter part of October.
Although shorter than previous seasons, this season was an eventful one, according to ASA president Haziel McDonald. He said there were fewer games played because of rainy weather and power issues that adversely affected many of the scheduled games.
“The 2016 season was a short season with teams only playing 10 games in the regular season compared to previous seasons having played 18 to 20 games,” McDonald explained.
Despite the abbreviated season, however, he was pleased to share a few highlights.
“The All Abaco Fast-Pitch Tournament in July was one of the best with three teams traveling to Abaco from Nassau,” he expressed. “It was one to remember.”
Another plus was the increase of younger players in the league, which was one of the goals set before the season began and one they were able to see come to fruition.
Abaco Championship games were held between the months of September and October with the 5 Star Ag and Turf Bulldogs and the Constructionairs vying for the winning title in the men’s division, and women’s softball teams Major Pain and Little Abaco Flowers competing for the top position. In the end, the Bulldogs and Major Pain were victorious, so they will be the two teams to represent Abaco in the Round Robin Tournament in Nassau on November 4.
Five-time Abaco Champions and two-time national champions – 5 Star Ag and Turf Bulldogs – along with Major Pains will go up against teams from Nassau, Andros, Grand Bahama and Eleuthera to bring home the national title.
With hopes that next season will be even better than previous years, McDonald added that there will be an election for new association officers in early 2017.
While the ASA was unable to accumulate the amount of funds it normally does with regard to numerous expenses, McDonald was proud to state that the association has no outstanding bills remaining.
He concluded: “We would once again like to thank all of the sponsors that helped to support their teams throughout the season, and everyone who played a part in making the 2016 season a successful one.”