The Bahamas finishes third at PONY Bronco Caribbean Championships
Finishing with a 2-2 win/loss record in the 2018 PONY Bronco (12U) Caribbean Zone Championships in Yaguate, San Cristóbal, Dominican Republic, Team Bahamas had to settle with a third place finish and will not represent the region at the PONY Baseball Bronco (12U) World Series in Los Alamitos, California, USA, in August. Just the winner from the Caribbean Zone Championships advanced to the PONY World Series.
In the semifinals on Sunday, The Bahamas suffered a tough 8-2 loss to Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico went on to lose to the host nation, the Dominican Republic, 12-2, in the championship game.
Based on overall records, The Bahamas, represented by an all-star team from the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN), ended up third.
Against Puerto Rico on Sunday, The Bahamas carried a 2-1 lead into the fifth inning but couldn’t hold off the Puerto Rican bats. Puerto Rico scored seven unanswered runs to put the game away.
Jayden Cartwright started the game for The Bahamas and was pitching well, but reached his pitch limit in the top of the fifth and was replaced by Kendal Brown. Cartwright was able to get out of a jam in the top of the fourth inning as the Puerto Rican batter lined into a double play. With runners on second and third and one out, Team Bahamas shortstop Davin Fowler caught a line drive and doubled up the runner at third base.
Prior to that, Cartwright gave The Bahamas a 2-1 lead with a RBI single in the bottom of the third. With two out, he drove a base hit to right center field to plate a run and give The Bahamas the lead.
He pitched a scoreless top of the fourth, and The Bahamas was still ahead 2-1 going into the fifth. Puerto Rico went ahead 3-2 in the top of the fifth, and 4-2 in the top of the sixth. They put the game away with four runs in the top of the seventh.
In pool play, The Bahamas blasted Panama in its first game, 11-5, and slammed Ecuador in its second game, 18-2. They lost their final pool game, 23-4, to the Dominican Republic.
Against Panama, The Bahamas suited just nine players and still came out with an impressive win.
Sebastian Walcott pitched five strong innings and Cartwright closed the game out in the sixth and seventh innings.
Seth Ferguson and Brown had RBI hits early in the game for The Bahamas, and Walcott was able to pitch his way out of tough situations. Anchored by shortstop Fowler, the team played strong defense.
Team Manager Terran “T” Rodgers said that due to a number of travel issues, covering four different flights and two days of travel, they were only able to dress nine players against Panama. Still, they were able to play well and come out with the victory.
The team’s second game, against Ecuador, was a slugfest. Team Bahamas led 15-0 in the second inning, and went on to win convincingly, 18-2.
Bohan Adderley pitched four and two third innings and Deran Sands came in from right field to close the game by recording the final out.
The entire team hit the ball, particularly Joshua Sturrup and Walcott. Sturrup had a grand slam home-run, and Walcott connected for a three-run shot.
Unfortunately, The Bahamas lost its final pool game to the Dominican Republic and fell in the crossover playoffs to Puerto Rico.