Lady Truckers demolish the StrykersWarriors win men’s game over the Mighty Mitts
The Johnson’s Lady Truckers demolished the Aliv Strykers, shutting them out 21-0 in New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) women’s action on Tuesday night on the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. The men’s game was a bit closer, but still one-sided as the BTC Warriors doubled up the Chances Mighty Mitts, 16-8.
Lady Truckers 21, Strykers 0
The Johnson’s Lady Truckers scored a whopping 17 runs in the first inning to run away from the Aliv Strykers, winning easily 21-0. The Lady Truckers had 13 hits in total as their offense found itself after they lost to the Platinum Pool Sharks in their previous game 8-1. All of the Lady Truckers scored at least one run in their lopsided win over the Strikers. The game was stopped early due to the International Softball Federation’s (ISF) mercy rule.
The Strykers had no hits and they struck out four times. Also, the Lady Truckers played exceptional defense.
Third baseman Kevinique Stubbs was the top run producer for the Lady Truckers. She finished a perfect 3-for-3 from the plate with five RBIs and three runs scored. Left fielder Shevette Taylor also finished 3-for-3 for the Lady Truckers. She scored twice. First baseman Dawn Woodside finished 2-for-2 with two doubles. She scored twice. Right fielder Kenise Darville had an RBI double in two at-bats.
The winning pitcher was Valencia Gibson for the Lady Truckers. She hurled a no-hitter. The losing pitcher was Olivia Dorsett.
The umpires for the game were Quinton Albury and Steven Turnquest, and the scorer was Loretta Maycock.
The Strykers return to the diamond tonight when they face the Platinum Pool Sharks. That game will get underway at 7 p.m. The Lady Truckers will have a week’s rest before playing the Hennessey Panthers on June 12.
Warriors 16, Mighty Mitts 8
The BTC Warriors scored nine runs in the fifth inning to pull away from the Chances Mighty Mitts, winning 16-8.
The Warriors blasted 13 hits including four home runs off the Mighty Mitts on Tuesday night. First baseman Sherman Ferguson had a pair of those home runs. The Mighty Mitts had six hits in a losing effort.
Ferguson finished 3-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored. He had a double to go along with his two home runs. Catcher Deandre Rigby went 2-for-4 for the Warriors – a double and a home run. He had three RBIs and scored twice. Adding to the home run tally for the Warriors was third baseman Lorenzo Carter. Carter had a three-run shot in three at-bats and scored twice.
The top performer for the Mighty Mitts was their shortstop Chedi Ferguson. Ferguson finished 2-for-3 with two RBIs and a run scored. Catcher Michael Butler was 2-for-4 including an RBI double. He scored twice.
The Mighty Mitts got on the scoreboard first, taking a 3-0 lead after the first inning. Butler, Ferguson and third baseman Tori Rolle all scored in the first inning for the Mighty Mitts.
The Warriors bounced back with three runs in the second inning to tie the game at three. They scored another three runs in the third inning and went ahead 6-3 after three innings.
Center fielder Giovanni Willie, second baseman Trey Bain and Carter all scored on a three-run shot from Carter in the second inning, tying the game at three.
Home runs by Ferguson and Rigby in the third inning gave the Warriors a 6-3 lead heading into the fourth inning.
The Mighty Mitts refused to go away as they scored five runs in the fourth inning. Scoring for them were substitute right fielder Kristin Wright, second baseman Steffan McKenzie, Butler, Rolle and first baseman Christopher McPhee.
Ferguson hit another home run for the Warriors in the fourth inning, this time to left field. That was the only run for the Warriors in the inning, and the Mighty Mitts held a slim 8-7 lead heading into the fifth.
In the fifth, the Warriors erupted for nine runs. They were helped tremendously by shoddy defense from the Mighty Mitts.
On the other hand, the Warriors’ defense stepped up, as they shut out the Mighty Mitts in the bottom of the fifth inning to seal the 16-8 victory.
The winning pitcher was the Warriors’ Avery Rolle and the losing pitcher was Kayle Carey.
Tequila Newton was plate umpire and Crystal Taylor was the base umpire. Scoring was Loretta Maycock.
Both teams will return to action on June 9. The Warriors will play the Commando Security Truckers at 7 p.m. on that night, while the Mighty Mitts will take on the C&S Hitmen in the featured game at 8:30 p.m