Wildcats advance to women’s championship; Lady Truckers one win away
The Sunshine Auto Wildcats advanced to the New Providence Softball Association’s (NPSA) women’s championship series after defeating the BTC Lady Warriors 12-2 on Saturday night on Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. The Wildcats won the best-of-five series three games to one.
In the other playoff series, the Johnson’s Lady Truckers defeated the Platinum Pool Sharks 12-3 in a continuation game on Friday night, and currently lead that best-of-five series two games to one.
After losing game one, the Wildcats said they were going to win three straight games and they accomplished that. Batting in the top of the first inning, the Wildcats set the tone of the game early. They scored three quick runs.
After holding the Lady Warriors scoreless in the bottom of the first inning, they scored six runs in the top of the second inning to take a 9-0 lead.
The Lady Warriors were only able to score two runs the rest of the way.
After the Wildcats scored three runs in the top of the third to take a 12-1 lead, the Lady Warriors looked defeated.
The Wildcats were led on the offensive side by center fielder Lashonda Bethel and shortstop Larikah Russell. They both scored three runs. Russell went 2-for-3 and Bethel went 1-for-3. Chipping in with two runs each were left fielder Tyrese Curry and pitcher Thela Johnson. Leading all batters with three runs batted in (RBIs) was first baseman Chryshan Percentie.
Scoring one run each for the Lady Warriors were shortstop Atiya Deal and pitcher Melinda Bastian. Deal had a hit in her only official at-bat.
The winning pitcher was Johnson, and the losing pitcher was Bastian.
Umpiring at the plate was Crystal Taylor. At first and third base were Tequila Newton and Addie Finley respectively. Scoring the game was Madge Delaney.
In the continuation game from Tuesday night, the Lady Truckers looked to picked up where they left off, playing good defense against the Sharks on Friday night.
After scoring three runs in the first three innings, the Sharks were kept at bay for the next two innings.
The Sharks gave up seven runs in the top of the third inning. This was crucial as they now had to try and make a comeback and failed to do so.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Truckers scored five runs to put away the game beyond the Sharks reach.
By the bottom of the fifth, the game appeared to be over. The Lady Truckers won 12-3 and look poised to advance to the championship series.
The Lady Truckers had four players scoring two runs each. They were left fielder Theota Johnson, catcher Shevette Taylor, third baseman Dawn Woodside and shortstop Vanrika Rose.
For the Sharks, center fielder Dorneisha Woodside scored two runs.
The Lady Truckers’ Diva Burrows was the winning pitcher. The losing pitcher was the Sharks’ Brendia Ferguson.
Addie Finley was the umpire at the plate. Mike Hanna and Tequila Newton were officiating at first and third base respectively. Loretta Maycock was the scorer.
Game four will be played tomorrow night starting at 8 p.m. With a 2-1 lead in the best-of-five series, the Lady Truckers will look to advance to the finals and take on the defending champions Wildcats in the championship series. If they lose, the fifth and final game will be played on Thursday night.