Mighty Mitts get revenge, Lady Warriors win in NPSA action
Less than a week after they fell 13-10 to the Security Commandos Truckers, the defending male champions, the Mighty Mitts, put on a combined effort to down the defending champions 13-3 on Thursday night in the New Providence Softball Association men’s division at Banker’s Field, Blue Hills Sporting Complex.
The Lady Warriors and the improved Strikers opened their season earlier that night, but it was the Lady Warriors with a 24-3 victory over their counterparts.
Mighty Mitts 13, Truckers 3
The game was a foregone conclusion in the bottom of the second inning. In that inning, the Mighty Mitts scored nine runs and held the Truckers to one run. At the end of the inning, the score was 12-2 to the Mighty Mitts.
The Truckers looked like they were not mentally prepared as they made some simple mistakes on the mound and the infield.
Kayle Carey, the Mighty Mitts’ third baseman, scored three runs. He finished two-for-two and had one run batted in (RBI).
Shelton McKenzie, center fielder, and Moses Kerr, left fielder, scored two runs each for the Mighty Mitts. McKenzie, the lead-off batter, finished the night 0-for-1 with two runs. He was hit by the pitcher in the second inning to put him on first base.
For Kerr, he was 1-for-3, scored three RBIs and hit a home run over center field in the first inning to be productive for his team.
For the Truckers, they had a tough night hitting the ball as only two players had multiple hits.
Angelo Watson, center fielder, and D’Juan Seymour, third baseman, had two hits each on the night. Watson went 2-for-3, scored one run and had a double. For Seymour, he ended the night 2-for-2 to go with an RBI.
The winning pitcher was the Mighty Mitts’ Travis Smith, who had a better Thursday night after the Truckers punished him last Saturday.
The losing pitcher was Dwayne Dean.
The men’s division continues tonight when the Truckers play the C&S Hitmen, last year’s runners-up, at 8:30 p.m..
Lady Warriors 24, Strikers 3
The Lady Warriors sent a strong message to the other teams in the league as they opened their season on a high note, defeating the Strikers 24-3.
They separated themselves at the top of the first inning when they poured in 17 runs. By the end of the first inning, they led 17-2. A tough comeback for the Strikers, who finished at the bottom of the table last year.
The Lady Warriors had six batters who scored three runs each: Nadia Thompson, lead-off batter; Michelle Thompson, designated batter; Jeanette Hilton, pitcher; Keesha Pratt, right fielder; Melinda Bastian, center fielder; and Sheryl Evans, second baseman.
Bastian led the way going 3-for-4, four RBIs and one double. Nadia and Michelle Thompson both went 3-for-3. Michelle Thompson had three RBIs and Nadia Thompson had two RBIs.
For the Strikers, it was Aniska Lotmore, who was substituted into the game in the first inning, who scored the first run and had the only hit. She went 1-for-2.
Also scoring a run each were Travia Smith, shortstop, and Brianna Knowles, catcher.
The Strikers improved this season after a dismal first year last year. They started the season better this year with the three runs, compared to last year’s shut out.
The Sunshine Auto Wildcats will be looking to make it two straight wins on the season when they play the Brackettes today at 7 p.m.