After dominating the Johnson Lady Truckers in game three, the Sunshine Auto Wildcats picked up where they left off and demolished them 17-5 in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) women’s game four of their best of seven games championship series on Saturday night. They played over at Bankers Field, Blue Hill Sports Complex.
The Lady Truckers did not start their starting pitcher, Diva Burrows. They decided to switch things up and started Valencia Gibson.
This made no difference. The Wildcats wasted no time out the gate. They scored eight runs at the top of the first inning to command the game.
They capitalized off of fielding errors by the Lady Truckers. They seemed discombobulated, as their gloves did not hold the ball and their throws were way off.
Four of the Wildcats’ eight runs came off of four errors.
Renee “Sunshine” Davis, manager of the Wildcats, said they meant business in this game.
“The container of lumber is here. I only opened half and we had a good first inning. We mean business.”
The Lady Truckers’ had no response for them in the bottom of the inning as they came up scoreless.
Some of the Lady Truckers’ fans began to head out the gate as they hung their heads. The Wildcats’ fans remained and cheered their team on.
By the bottom of the third inning, the Wildcats led 13-3.
The Lady Truckers
were having a very difficult and uncomfortable night. They could not manage to score more than two runs in any inning.
The Wildcats maintained their lead by eight or more runs every inning.
They won the game 17-5. They can now see a second straight NPSA championship on the horizon.
The top performer for them was center fielder Shonda Bethel. She scored three runs and finished the game 4 for 5 with a double. Everything was going in her favor all night. In the bottom of the fifth, she made a spectacular catch as she ran about 10 feet over and stretched for the ball.
Helping Bethel was shortstop Larikah Russell and pitcher Thela Johnson. They both scored three runs. Russell went 1 for 4 and Johnson went 1 for 3.
Left fielder Tyress Curry went 4 for 5, scored two runs and had two RBIs.
For the Lady Truckers, no batter scored two runs. Catcher Chevette Taylor scored one run and went 2 for 4 to pick up one RBI.
The winning pitcher was Johnson. The losing pitcher was Gibson.
An ecstatic Davis said they were looking for Burrows to come to the mound.
“We were looking for Diva but then we saw they brought the school girl in. They should have brought the other ones to help take this beating that we put on them,” Davis said.
For Tuesday night, Davis said, “We dancing tonight. We dancing Tuesday night. The whole container will be open. We will have a hit attack on them. We will have a Wildcats hit attack.”
After the tough loss, Mario Ford, the Lady Truckers’ coach said, “The pitcher isn’t our problem. Our problem is we are not playing solid defense and no kind of intensity. We here just to play a game. If we get serious and do the things we need to do, we can turn the series around. The other situation we have is that we cannot put an established nine on the field to start the game.”
Ford hopes that the nine he puts on the field to start the game tomorrow night, show up to play the game. He continued by saying that either they win or they go home.
Tequila Newton was the umpire at plate for this game. Assisting her was Quinten Albury and Addie Finley.
Rozina Taylor was the scorer.
Game five is set for tomorrow night at 7.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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