Hitmen complete sweep of the Mitts
The C&S Hitmen advanced to the championship series of the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) men’s division after defeating the Chances Mighty Mitts 9-2 on Saturday night on the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. The Hitmen swept the Mighty Mitts, taking the best-of-five series 3-0.
Leading the way for the Hitmen was designated player Angelo Dillet. He went 2-for-3 and scored two runs. He also had two runs batted in (RBIs). Their pitcher Alcott Forbes hit a home run in the bottom of the fifth inning at the plate, and from the mound he struck out 13 batters.
At the top of the fourth inning the score was tied at one. The Hitmen went in to bat in the bottom of that inning and broke the tie.
Dillet had a good hit to right field, bringing home second baseman Philip Johnson and third baseman Martin Burrows. Dillet later scored a run of his own in the inning to give the Hitmen a 4-1 lead heading into the top of the fifth inning.
The Mighty Mitts only managed to score one run the rest of the way. Center fielder Moses Kerr scored that run for them.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Hitmen refused to let the game go to a sixth inning, ending it early via the mercy rule. They scored five runs to win the game 9-2.
Forbes began the scoring in that inning. He highlighted that inning with a home-run.
Right fielder Keiron Munroe got a hit to the left field and brought home Dillet to put the nail in the Mighty Mitts’ coffin and end the series.
Forbes was the winning pitcher. The Mighty Mitts’ Victor Grant was the losing pitcher.
Officiating the game were Addie Finley (plate), Crystal Taylor (first base) and Steve Turnquest (third base).
Scoring the game was Madge Delaney.
After the game, Dillet said: “It was a fight… [we] had a couple little ups and downs but nothing we couldn’t handle. We are an experienced team. We kept our composure and came through.”
Dillet spoke about the hit that broke the 1-1 tie. He said: “I pretty much know he was working off speed most of the night from the previous at-bats. I was a little off from the pitches, a little over aggressive. I told myself stay back. He threw the pitch and I took advantage of it.”
Forbes said he used this series to get some reps in and he feels healthy heading into the championship series.
They will face the Commando Security Truckers in the championship series. Forbes said that the Truckers are a good ball club, but they have to bear in mind that the Hitmen are the defending champions.
“The Truckers is a good ball club but we are coming to defend the crown. We are coming to give the fans what they paid for, and at the end of the day, we are looking to come out on top,” Forbes said.
He said to expect more home runs from him in the championship series.
The championship schedule is not out as yet, but it can start as early as Thursday night at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.