Knowing their senior girls booked their tickets to the championships on Tuesday, the second seed St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine junior girls also booked their ticket to the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) softball championship, when they came back to defeat the third seed Queen’s College Comets 15-13 yesterday afternoon at SAC’s campus on Bernard Road, Fox Hill.
With their senior girls not contending for a BAISS softball title – the defending junior girls champions – the top seed Charles W. Saunders (CWS) Cougars took advantage in their playoff game to shut out the fourth seed, the Nassau Christian Academy (NCA) Crusaders, 11-0, over at the Cougars’ campus on Jean Street on Wednesday afternoon.
That championship series will get underway next week.
SAC 15, Comets 13
The Comets took a three-run lead on the home team at the top of the first inning, putting some pressure on SAC.
At the bottom of the inning, the home team responded positively as they produced nine huge runs to take a 9-3 lead at the end of the first inning. They also had five batters batting twice in that inning.
“Our coach told us to do what we have to do. This is a big game – do or die. That was what we did,” said Camry Russell, SAC’s right fielder.
The Comets put three more runs on the scoreboard; at the top of the second inning, SAC led 9-6.
It was a scoreless second inning for SAC as the Comets’ pitcher Gathme Chea got two strikeouts in that inning.
The third inning was very pivotal for the Comets. They took the lead as they scored six runs to take a 12-9 lead. That inning saw lead-off batter third baseman G’Shann Brown scoring her third and final run of the afternoon.
With their backs against the wall, the Big Red Machine needed a good third inning. They managed to score two runs. One of those runs came from catcher Dior-Rae Scott, who finished the game with four runs.
The Comets held onto a slim 12-11 lead heading into the top of the fourth inning. They came up with one run as SAC still had a chance to take the lead.
Much to the enjoyment of the screaming fans, SAC took the lead in the bottom of the inning. They scored four key runs, with Scott scoring her final run of the afternoon. SAC led 15-12 to take the driver’s seat.
The Comets only scored one run at the top of the inning but it was not enough as SAC came away with a 15-13 victory.
They move on to play the pennant winners, the Cougars. They know they have to keep their heads up to pull off the upset.
“I think we can do it if we just remain confident and just have fun on the field and we can beat them,” said Cailyn Johnson, SAC’s first baseman.
The winning pitcher was SAC’s Nikeisha Saunders. Chea was the losing pitcher.
Cougars 11, Crusaders 0
The Cougars showed why they are the pennant winners, as they stayed unbeaten to win 11-0 against the Crusaders in three and a half innings.
The pitcher for the Cougars, Dorinda Knowles, made it difficult for the Crusaders. She finished the game with seven strikeouts and a no hitter to be tagged as the winning pitcher.
She also scored two runs for her team.
The Cougars scored six runs in the first inning and returned in the second inning to score five more runs.
Four of their batters finished with two runs each in addition to Knowles – catcher Brianna Knowles, second baseman Sonnya Nesbitt and left fielder Jaydon Rolle.
The losing pitcher was the Crusaders’ April Davis.
The Cougars, who have home field advantage, will get a chance to defend their title next week against the Big Red Machine.
Today’s games will see the junior boys playoffs in action. The pennant-winning Comets will play the fourth seed St. John’s Giants at Queen’s College’s campus. The second seed Cougars will play the Big Red Machine at the Cougars’ campus. All games will start at 3.30 p.m.