The Government Secondary Schools Sports Association (GSSSA) ended its 2018-2019 sporting calendar on Friday, finishing off with the softball and baseball championships at the Baillou Hill Sporting Complex.
The C.R. Walker Senior High Knights came out victorious over the Government High School (GHS) Magic on the senior boys side in baseball, winning 7-1. It was the C.C. Sweeting Senior High Cobras who won the senior girls softball title, taking down the C.V. Bethel Stingrays in a thriller, 13-12.
On the junior side, the H.O. Nash Lions obtained bragging rights when they overcame the A.F. Adderley Tigers to win the junior boys baseball title. They prevailed, 8-3. In the junior girls softball championship game, the Tigers shut out the L.W. Young Golden Eagles, 2-0.
Knights 7, Magic 1
The pennant-winning C.R. Walker Knights were too much for the GHS Magic as they controlled the game from start to finish, winning easily, 7-1. The Knights got revenge on the Magic in this sporting discipline after the Magic upset their soccer team to win that GSSSA title. The Knights’ Steffan McKenzie was named the game’s Most Valuable Player (MVP).
Cobras 13, Stingrays 12
The third-seeded C.C. Sweeting Cobras opened this game with an 11-2 first-inning outburst, but had to hold off a pesky C.V. Bethel Stingrays team which executed a furious rally. The fourth-seeded Stingrays never gave up. They scored 10 runs in the top of the second inning scoring to get back in the game, and actually take a brief lead.
However, in the bottom of the second inning, the Cobras got two key runs from catcher Maryette Johnson and left fielder Lovely Delhomme. That was all they needed as they held on to defeat the Stingrays, 13-12, to claim the senior girls softball title.
The Cobras’ pitcher Racara Bridgewater was named the game’s MVP. She said: “It feels very exciting since it is my last year. Words cannot describe how I feel. I want to continue playing softball when I finish school, but I’m just taking it one day at a time.”
Bridgewater said that her team had faith in each other and that helped in their victory.
Lions 8, Tigers 3
The H.O. Nash Lions played a composed game as they took down the pennant winners, the A.F. Adderley Tigers for the victory. The third-seeded Lions won convincingly, 8-3, handing the Tigers their first loss of the season. Carting off the MVP trophy in the junior boys division was the Lions’ Dion Major.
Tigers 2, Golden Eagles 0
The A.F. Adderley Tigers got two early runs in the bottom of the first inning that proved to be the difference in the game. They held on to win 2-0 over the L.W. Young Golden Eagles in five innings.
On defense, the Tigers showed composure. The Tigers’ pitcher Vanessa Sawyer struck out 12 batters to lead them in the impressive shutout. She also scored a run for her team. Scoring the other run for the Tigers was their catcher Vashawna Bastian who was named the game’s MVP.
Ninth grader Bastian said it felt good to win.