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Seymour powers Truckers past the BTC Warriors

D’Juan Seymour’s two home-runs powered the Commando Security Truckers past the BTC Warriors 12-11 in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) men’s division on Saturday night at Bankers Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

The Truckers had 12 hits and two home-runs in the contest. The top performer for them was third baseman Seymour. He finished 2-for-3 with his two home-runs. Seymour had three RBIs and three runs scored. Helping him was center fielder Angelo Watson. Watson went 3-for-4, with two RBIs and two runs scored.

The Warriors had eight hits and one home-run in total.

The top performer for the Warriors was first baseman Sherman Ferguson who went a perfect 3-for-3 inclusive of a home-run, a triple and a double. He had three RBIs and three runs scored. Helping him was left fielder Jordan Gibson who went 2-for-3 with one RBI and two runs scored.

The Truckers batted first, but came up empty as the Warriors set a tone early.

In the bottom of the first inning, the Warriors’ offense went to work as the first three batters scored. Shortstop Richard Bain scored off a triple from Ferguson. A sacrifice fly from Deandre Rigby scored Ferguson. It was the opening statement the Warriors needed to send to the Truckers. They were up 3-0 early.

In the second inning, the Warriors made some costly errors that gave the Truckers some life. Their defense fell off dramatically as the Truckers scored four runs in the inning. Scoring for the Truckers were right fielder Orlando McPhee, first baseman Maguel Hanna, left fielder Philip Rolle and Watson. McPhee scored off a passed ball, Hanna scored off a hit by Rolle, Rolle scored off a double by Watson and Watson scored off an error by second baseman Trae Bain.

The Warriors offense came back in the bottom of the inning and scored two more runs to take a 5-4 lead. Navardo Gilbert and Ferguson scored for the Warriors.

In the top of the third, the Truckers added three more runs. Second baseman Steven Russell, Hanna and Seymour all scored. Russell scored off an error by left fielder Bain. Seymour had a powerful home-run to right field. That put the Truckers in the driver’s seat as they went ahead 7-5.

The Warriors were unable to score in the bottom of the third as the Truckers defense got three quick outs. The Truckers were unable to score in the fourth and fifth innings.

In the bottom of the fourth inning, the Warriors scored four runs. Bain, Ferguson and Gibson scored again and Rigby joined them. Ferguson slugged a home-run over center field that brought home Bain and himself. Gibson scored off another passed ball. Rigby scored off an error by center fielder Lamar Watkins. The Warriors held a 9-7 lead at the end of four.

The Warriors got another two runs in the fifth to extend their lead. This time substitute third baseman Carlos Pratt scored and Bain added scored for the third time.

Heading into the sixth inning, the Warriors had a comfortable 11-7 lead and only needed to play defense to stop a comeback by the Truckers. Unfortunately for them, the Truckers scored three runs in the top of the sixth inning. Scoring first was Seymour as he hit another powerful home-run. Watson brought home Rolle and a sacrifice fly ball by Bethel sent Watson home. The Warriors were unable to score in the sixth inning as the Truckers’ defense fed off the momentum their offense gave them.

The score was 11-10 in favor of the Warriors at the end of six.

In the top of the seventh and final inning, the Truckers scored two more runs to take the wind out of the Warriors’ sails. Watkins scored his first run of the game and Seymour scored again.

In the bottom of the inning, the Warriors’ offense was unable to respond.

The Truckers held on for a dramatic 12-11 win, improving their win/loss record to 4-3 on the season. The Warriors sport a losing 3-4 record.

The plate umpire was Quinton Albury and the first base umpire was Tequila Newton. The scorer was Madge Delaney.

The Truckers resume play on June 14 against the one-win Chances Mighty Mitts. That game will be played at 8.30 p.m. The Warriors will return to action tomorrow night to take on the C&S Hitmen. That game will get underway at 8.30 p.m.

The women will return to the softball field tomorrow night as the Johnson’s Lady Truckers face the Hennessey Panthers at 7 p.m.

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