Truckers, Wildcats and Sharks win in busy softball weekend
It was a wild weekend in New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) action on the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex over the weekend.
Picking up a win in Friday night’s men’s contest was the Commando Security Truckers as they defeated the Chances Mighty Mitts, 7-1. On the women’s side on Friday night, the Sunshine Auto Wildcats picked up a win over the Platinum Pool Sharks, winning 9-6. The Wildcats picked up another win on Saturday night, blanking the Hennessey Panthers, 22-0. The Sharks picked up a win on Saturday night in the late game, defeating the BTC Lady Warriors, 12-3.
Truckers 7, Mighty Mitts 1
After a 25-0 trashing from the C&S Hitmen on Thursday night, the Commando Security Truckers took advantage of the Chances Mighty Mitts on Friday night.
They did this on the defensive side. Eugene Pratt started and got 14 strikeouts for the win.
The Mighty Mitts’ only run came in the bottom of the fifth inning as second baseman Steffan McKenzie scored for them.
The Truckers scored three of their runs in the fourth inning. They scored one run each in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings. No one scored more than one run for them.
Pratt was the winning pitcher and Mighty Mitts’ Travis Smith was the losing pitcher.
The Truckers’ next game will be on July 19 against the BTC Elite Warriors, starting at 8:30 p.m. The Mighty Mitts will be in action again on July 12 at 8:30 p.m. when they take on the Warriors.
Wildcats 9, Sharks 6
After an upsetting 4-3 loss on Thursday night to the Johnson’s Lady Truckers, the Wildcats made sure to get back in the win column on Friday.
This game needed the full seven innings to determine a winner. The score was 6-5 in favor of the Wildcats heading into the seventh inning.
The Wildcats got on the scoreboard first thanks to center fielder Tyrese Curry and left fielder Shonda Bethel. They scored one run each in the top of the first inning.
After a scoreless first inning for the Sharks, the Wildcats kept piling it on with another run in the top of the second inning thanks to third baseman Daria Cambridge. She scored off a Sharks error.
The Sharks got on the scoreboard in the bottom of the second inning. Third baseman Aliyah Ferguson scored their first run. The Wildcats led 3-1 heading into the third inning.
Shortstop Larikah Russell and pitcher Thela Johnson scored for the Wildcats in the third. The lead was 5-1 for the Wildcats and the Sharks subbed starting pitcher Sari Albury for Kema Hanna in the middle of the third.
In the bottom of the third, the Sharks scored two runs to cut the deficit to two runs.
A rejuvenated Sharks team kept the Wildcats off the scoreboard in the fourth inning. They recorded three consecutive outs.
Catcher D’shea Stubbs scored a run in the fourth inning to bring the Sharks to within a run, 5-4.
It was really close and competitive the rest of the way as the top two teams in the women’s league continued to battle it out.
The Wildcats pounced on an error by the Sharks as catcher Ruthann Simms ran home to extend the lead to two as the fifth inning ended.
After a scoreless inning by the Sharks, the Wildcats tried to put the game away but were unable to score in the top of the sixth.
Sharks’ third baseman Alyiah Ferguson scored in the bottom of the sixth to bring them to within one, 6-5.
The Sharks needed to pitch well and make no mistakes on defense, but things fell apart for them.
They gave up three runs to the Wildcats in the seventh inning. Russell and Johnson scored their second runs of the game and second baseman Mechelle Moss joined them to give the Wildcats a 9-5 lead.
The Wildcats allowed just one run in the bottom of the seventh to put the game away. Scoring that run for the Sharks in the bottom of the seventh was center fielder Dorneisha Woodside.
The winning pitcher was Johnson. She had seven strikeouts. The losing pitcher was Albury.
Wildcats 22, Panthers 0
Playing their third game in three nights, the Wildcats decided to shorten this game to three innings. They won this one convincingly as they shut out the Hennessey Panthers, 22-0, ending the game early, via the mercy rule. They used a 14-run third inning to blow the game open.
Scoring four runs each for the Wildcats were center fielder Tyrese Curry and left fielder Daria Cambridge.
Pitcher Thela Johnson only had two strike outs in the shut out victory but she was backed up by great defense.
Johnson was the winning pitcher. The losing pitcher was the Panthers’ Solana Brown.
The Wildcats’ next game will be on July 19 at 7 p.m. against the BTC Lady Warriors. The Panthers’ next game will be against the Johnson’s Lady Truckers on July 17.
Sharks 12, Lady Warriors 3
The Platinum Pool Sharks came off a tough 9-6 loss to the Sunshine Auto Wildcats on Friday night, to win on Saturday.
The Sharks scored 10 runs in the first two innings and held the Lady Warriors scoreless in the first three innings.
The Lady Warriors got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning as they scored three runs to stay alive. The Sharks scored two more runs in the top of the fifth inning to take a 12-3 lead.
The Lady Warriors were unable to score in the bottom of the fifth as umpire Mike Hanna ended the game, awarding it to the Sharks via the mercy rule.
Scoring two runs each for the Sharks were third baseman Kenyota Ingraham, catcher D’shea Stubbs and designated player Sophia Cartwright.
The Sharks’ Taylor Cartwright was the winning pitcher. The losing pitcher was the Warriors’ Tonique Bullard.
The Sharks’ next game will be July 26 at 8:30 p.m. against the Sunshine Auto Wildcats. The Lady Warriors’ next game will be against the Aliv Strykers on Thursday July 12 at 7 p.m.
With tomorrow being Independence Day, there will be no games on the schedule.