Warriors outlast the Hitmen; Lady Truckers shut out the Strykers
The BTC Elite Warriors and the Johnson’s Lady Truckers won in their respective men and ladies divisions in New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) action on the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday night. The Warriors defeated the C&S Hitmen, 8-6, in a highly competitive game, and the Lady Truckers blanked the Aliv Strykers, 18-0. The setback for the Hitmen was just their second loss of the season. In the women’s affair, the Lady Truckers scored 10 runs in the top of the third inning to put the game away.
Warriors 8, Hitmen 6
The BTC Warriors caught the C&S Hitmen by surprise as they took down the division leaders on Saturday night. This game saw a lot of trash-talking between the teams. In the bottom of the seventh inning, there were three ejections alone.
In the first inning, both team scored two runs apiece. Scoring in the top of the inning for the Warriors were second baseman Richard Bain and first baseman Sherman Ferguson. Catcher Jordan Gibson sent Ferguson home on a single to center field. In the bottom of the first, second baseman Philip Johnson and shortstop Alcott Forbes scored for the Hitmen. Forbes also picked up a run batted in (RBI) as he sent Johnson home.
The Warriors wasted no time to get back on the scoreboard as they broke the tie, scoring three more runs in the second inning to take a 5-2 lead. Designated player Nervardo Gilbert scored. Right fielder Deandre Rigby got on the scoreboard and Ferguson scored again. Rigby and Gibson picked up an RBI each.
The Hitmen were held scoreless in the second, third and fourth innings.
Gilbert scored again in the top of the third inning as Rigby picked up his second RBI of the game. The score was now 6-2 in favor of the Warriors. Warriors’ pitcher Jeffrey Woodside only needed to keep the Hitmen at bay for the final two innings to protect their lead.
The Warriors were scoreless in the fourth and fifth innings as the game got more tense.
The Hitmen scored two key runs in the bottom of the fifth to close the gap to just two runs. Third baseman Rashad Seymour opened the scoring for them. Center fielder Rodney Forbes came home on shortstop Wayne Johnson’s error.
Ferguson opened the scoring for the Warriors in the top of the sixth inning, scoring his third run of the game. Gibson finally scored a run of his own after having two RBIs in the game. This would be their last run of the game, going up 8-4.
Hitmen pitcher Martin Burrows brought them to within three, 8-5.
With tension mounting in the game and the Hitmen trash-talking to Woodside, he walked the first two batters, losing focus a bit. Woodside was moved to designated player and Bain took over on the mound.
Bain walked Forbes to load the bases. A double play was made at second and home plate as catcher Marco Lightbourne was out at second and left fielder Edron Knowles was out at home.
The Hitmen were furious as tension reached a tipping point. After a delay in the game, the Hitmen got another run when Forbes came home. With the bases loaded, shortstop Kyle Rolle was unable to get anyone home as he was struck out swinging by Bain.
The game ended 8-6 in favor of the Warriors.
The winning pitcher was Woodside. Hitmen pitcher Burrows was the losing pitcher.
Umpiring at home plate was Sharlene Farrington and Addie Finley was the base umpire. Madge Delaney was the scorer.
The Warriors’ next game will be against the Commando Security Truckers on July 19 at 8.30 p.m. The Hitmen will look to get back to their winning ways tomorrow night when they play the Chances Mighty Mitts at 8:30 p.m.
Lady Truckers 18, Strykers 0
This game was a breeze for the Johnson’s Lady Truckers as they took advantage of the Aliv Strykers’ poor defense, shutting them out.
The Truckers scored three runs in the first inning to take a 3-0 lead. They picked up three more runs in the second inning as their offense was getting warmed up. The Lady Truckers unleashed their offensive game in the top of the third inning. They scored 10 runs as they refused to send the game into the fourth inning, winning early via the mercy rule.
The Strykers got to first base once as pitcher Diva Burrows walked shortstop Felice Knowles.
Lady Truckers’ second baseman Mia Turner ended the game 3-for-4 with three runs scored and two RBIs. Helping her out was first baseman Dawn Woodside. Woodside had one hit in two tries. She scored one run and had four RBIs.
The winning pitcher was Burrows. She had four strikeouts. The losing pitcher was Laurel Rolle.
Steve Turnquest was the home plate umpire in this match-up. Assisting him at base was Mike Hanna. Scoring the game was Madge Delaney.
The Lady Truckers will play tomorrow night against the Hennessey Panthers, starting at 7 p.m. The Strykers will have another shot at the Lady Truckers later this week when they play them on July 19 at 7 p.m.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism