Representing Abaco in this year’s Bahamas Softball Federation (BSF) National Round Robin Tournament were the 5 Star Ag & Turf Bulldogs and Major Pains. Sponsored by BTC, the tournament took place November 4-6 at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex in New Providence.
Softball action began with the Women’s Division with teams from Grand Bahama, New Providence, Eleuthera and Abaco vying for the national championship title. Major Pains’ first contenders were the champions from the Andros Softball Association – the Sagoma Navigators. New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) Champions, Johnson’s Lady Truckers faced Folley’s Girls from Grand Bahama.
Following the opening ceremony on Nov. 4, the Bulldogs took on New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) Champions – C & S Hitmen. The Blue Water JC Jets from Eleuthera played against the Control Chemical Sweepers from Grand Bahama in their first game.
Much of the hype surrounding the Round Robin Tournament was the appearance of three of the top pitchers in the country, namely Alcott Forbes of New Providence, Lyle Sawyer of Abaco and Edney ‘The Heat’ Bethel from Eleuthera.
On Saturday, which was Day 2, saw a full day of games, and on Sunday – Day Three – playoffs, semifinals and finals took place.
Although Major Pains gave their best performance during the tournament, it was the Lady Truckers, who made it to the finals to capture the winning trophy beating Folley’s Girls, 18-6.
In the Men’s Division, C & S Hitmen were eliminated early on by the Control Chemical Sweepers, and then by the Jets, so they only made it as far as the playoffs. In the finals, the Jets went on to shut down the Bulldogs with Bethel at the helm, clinching the men’s title with an 8-0 sweep.
Nevertheless, the Bulldogs celebrated their second-place win in light of making it to the Round Robin tournament five years in a row as Abaco’s men champions, and having secured the national championship title two years in a row in 2013 and 2014.