Sharks use huge fourth inning to force game five
The Platinum Pool Sharks have pulled even with the Johnson’s Lady Truckers, beating them 11-4 on Tuesday night to tie their best-of-five playoff series at two games apiece in the New Providence Softball Association’s (NPSA) women’s division. The decisive game five is set for tonight starting at 8 p.m. on at Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.
The Sharks used a huge fourth inning to pull away from the Lady Truckers, breaking a 3-3 tie. The Lady Truckers opened the scoring with two runs in the top of the first inning. The Sharks responded in the bottom of the first inning, scoring three runs to take a 3-2 lead.
Tied at 3-3 in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Sharks scored five key runs to pull away. Scoring the run that broke the 3-3 tie was left fielder Kenyoka Ingraham, and scoring the final run of the inning was Alyiah Ferguson. Pitcher Ramona Hanna picked up the run batted in (RBI).
The Sharks played great defense the rest of the way as the Lady Truckers were only able to score one more run.
Heading into the bottom of the sixth inning, the Sharks led 10-4. Needing only one run to end the game via the mercy rule, catcher Brendia
Ferguson came home on an RBI by right fielder Kesha Moncur.
Scoring three runs each for the Sharks were center fielder Dorneshia Woodside and shortstop Aniska Lotmore. Woodside finished 1-for-4. Lotmore was 2-for-4 and had one RBI. First baseman Sari Albury scored two runs and went 3-for-4 at the plate. She drove in two. For the Lady Truckers, center fielder Dawayna Pratt scored two runs and went 1-for-2.
Hanna was the winning pitcher, picking up six strikeouts. The losing pitcher was Diva Burrows.
The plate umpire was Mike Hanna. Umpiring at first base was Danny Stubbs. Crystal Taylor was the umpire at third base. Scoring the game was Rozina Taylor.
Hanna said they had to stay positive to pick up the win.
“We started off strong. We had to keep a positive mind to be able to win the game. We just have to hit to get our runs in,” she said. Hanna said that her team doesn’t feel any pressure heading into game five. She feels that they have to keep playing as a team in order to win. Mario Ford, coach of the Lady Truckers, attributed the loss to bad defense and not hitting the ball.
“We came out tonight really flat. We made a lot of defensive mistakes. We did not hit the ball when we needed to and we did not get the key hits at the time when we needed them,” Ford said.
Ford admits that it is really hard to try to close out a series because it means that you have to dig deeper. He continued by saying the Lady Truckers will do what they need to do on Thursday night to come out with the win. He said his team will need to get hits, play defense and back up the pitcher. An exciting conclusion is set for tonight.
The Sunshine Auto Wildcats is waiting on the winner of this series for the start of the women’s championship.
On the men’s side, the defending champions C&S Hitmen will go up against the Commando Security Truckers in the championship series.
The championship for both divisions will start once the Sharks and Lady Truckers series finishes.