The Platinum Pool Sharks took a 1-0 lead over the more experienced Johnson’s Lady Truckers as they squeezed past them in a 10-9 victory in postseason action in the New Providence Softball Association women’s division over on Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Wednesday night. Game two of the best-of-five series is set for tomorrow night, starting at 7 p.m.
The Lady Truckers had some crucial fielding errors early as they gave up six runs in the first two innings. The Sharks made the best out of it as they went ahead 6-0 after their first two times at bat. Shortstop Elyiah Johnson scored two of those runs for them, one in each inning.
The Lady Truckers’ offense woke up in the bottom of the second inning. They scored five runs to get back into the game. Right fielder Theola Ferguson opened the scoring for them. At the end of the inning, the score was 6-5 in favor of the Sharks.
After a scoreless third inning by the Sharks, the Lady Truckers swung the momentum of the game their way. They opened the bottom of the third inning with some great base-running as they produced two runs to take their first lead of the game, 7-6.
The Sharks took control back with two runs in the top of the fourth inning to take an 8-7 lead.
After another run by the Sharks, the Lady Truckers scored two runs to tie the game at nine apiece in the bottom of the fifth inning.
The score remained that way until the top of the seventh inning. The less experienced Sharks got on the scoreboard as right fielder Alyiah Ferguson scored on a Lady Truckers’ fielding error. They put the pressure on the Lady Truckers to either tie the game or win it in the bottom of the seventh.
The inning started off bleak for the Lady Truckers as their first two batters got out. The first out was third baseman Vanrika Rose. She hit the ball hard and it looked like it was going to drop in the outfield, but Sharks’ right fielder Johnson made a superb catch that had the spectators wondering how she caught it.
First baseman Aurelia Russell was able to get on the first base after the second out was recorded, but she got out trying to advance to second base.
A stunned Lady Truckers dugout looked on as they lost the game 10-9. On the Sharks’ side, they were ecstatic as they took a 1-0 lead in the series.
The winning pitcher was the Sharks’ Romana Hanna. The losing pitcher was Diva Burrows.
Umpiring at plate was Mike Hanna. Tequila Newton and Danny Stubbs were umpiring at first and third base respectively. Scoring the game was Rozina Taylor.
Sharks’ Coach Stephen “Bishop” Beneby said they lost the momentum in the game which was due to a lack of experience, but added that they will be better next game.
“That’s the inexperience of the team, that’s where the youth part of the team kicked in,” he said. “We got to be better at that and decide that each game and every inning is important. We have to always win the inning. I went too long with my starting pitcher. I have three competent pitchers so next time I will make that adjustment. They will see a different pitcher next game and we will have a better defense.”
Lady Truckers’ Coach Ernestine Stubbs chalked up the loss to her team’s lack of defense and errors.
“Early in the game we had a slow start where we had a lot of throwing errors but the girls never say die. We stuck around and did what we had to do. We came back and we tied the game then we went ahead then they came back. Crucial errors are what cost us the game.”
In the other women’s playoff game, the defending champions Sunshine Auto Wildcats were upset 15-1 by the BTC Lady Warriors. The defending champions will be looking to bounce back in their next game. That game was played last night but the result was unavailable up to press time.
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