NPSA opening day set for tomorrow
After a long break, the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) fast pitch league will open its 2019 season at Banker’s Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
Taking the field first after a short opening ceremony will be the defending NPSA and national women’s division champion the Sunshine Auto Wildcats. They will take on a different Johnson Lady Truckers team from last season. The Lady Truckers will be looking to send an early signal out to the Wildcats.
On the men’s side, the Commando Security Truckers, the defending champions, will begin their title defense against the Chances Mighty Mitts. They will play after the ladies’ battle. The Mighty Mitts finished at the bottom of the division last season. They will be looking to turn things around this season.
According to Felice Major, assistant secretary and public relations representative for NPSA, last season was good and she is expecting a competitive season.
“Last season was good and spicy as usual. There were about three new women’s team that caused for not so competitive games, but they have been practicing and returning stronger. Last season, there were top four women’s team and two bottom teams while the men’s side had three top teams and one bottom team. It was a good developing season for the league to allow teams to come in to grow, build and be stronger for this season. It will be a much more competitive season because the women’s teams are returning. The University of The Bahamas (UB) is coming in as a new team, but they have some good players that should hold them together. I expect a competitive women’s season and the men will remain competitive. The young team in the men’s division is building,” Major said.
Besides the Wildcats and Lady Truckers, the UB Mingoes, Strikers, Brackettes and the Lady Warriors are set to participate in the season.
The other confirmed men’s team in this year’s league is the C & S Hitmen. The C & S Hitmen will be looking to avenge their loss in the championship game.
One more men’s team is set to confirm its participation.
The NPSA is looking to ignite the fire of softball in the Family Islands and not just New Providence.
“We are trying to use our fanbase and location – a lot of Family Islanders do live in New Providence, to try and use some of our funds to help the Family Islands. It will help getting their parks and season going. We are looking for private sponsors for funds – the league has its own funds to keep it going,” Major said.
They are trying to host two tournaments – one in New Providence and one on a family island.
The public is being asked to come out and support the league as they look to focus on helping the game of softball throughout New Providence and the Family Islands.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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