Farmers capture four out of six divisions at nationals
It turned out to be a dominating performance for Freedom Farm Baseball League (FFBL) winning four of the six divisions of the 2nd Bahamas Baseball Association (BBA) National Championships which wrapped up over the weekend at the Junior Baseball League of Nassau (JBLN) Field of Dreams Complex.
JBLN took the 12-and-under (12U) Division in Rock Sound, Eleuthera, weekend before last, and the Grand Bahama Little League (GBLL) prevailed in the 18-and-under (18U) Division in Freeport, Grand Bahama, over the Labour Day holiday weekend, winning a best-of-five series three games to one over JBLN. Neither of those divisions were contested by Freedom Farm.
Freedom Farm won the 16-and-under (16U)
Division that was contested at the Emera Baseball Complex in Freeport over the Labour Day holiday weekend, they won the Tee Ball (six-and-under – 6U) exhibition division that was also held in Grand Bahama, and this past weekend, they won the eight-and-under (8U), 10-and-under (10U) and 14-and-under (14U) championships right here in New Providence.
In the three divisions this weekend, GBLL won the bronze medals in 8U and 14U, and the Legacy Baseball League won the bronze medal in 10U. Legacy was the other team in the 8U Division, Central Andros and the GBLL were the other two teams in the 10U Division, and Legacy, the Community Baseball League and North Abaco were the other three teams in the 14U Division.
In total, all of the Freedom Farm teams finished undefeated with the exception of the 16U team.
In the 8U Division, Freedom Farm defeated JBLN, 5-2, in the championship game. They scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to put the game away.
For the Farmers, Kerron Laing, Sean Forbes Jr. and Joseph Humes Jr. all went a perfect 2-for-2. Laing scored twice and drove in one, and Forbes and Humes both scored once. Gerard Rolle had a huge two-run hit in the bottom of the fourth inning. Coleman Darville, Liam Eneas and Kymani Rolle shared the only three hits for JBLN, and Darville scored both of their runs.
In the 10U championship game, Freedom Farm shut out JBLN, 12-0. They got on the scoreboard with three runs in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back. Freedom Farm erupted for seven runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to put the game away.
Justin Colebrooke fired a no-hitter for the Farmers to pick up the win. He gave up five walks and struck out seven batters. Javan Smith suffered the loss for JBLN. He surrendered three hits and five runs. Talbot Collie came on in relief but fared much worse.
Freedom Farm feasted off seven errors by JBLN in the game. They had seven hits, and seven of their 12 runs were earned. Trae Neymour, Alexander Burrows, Ethan North and Sheldon Jones all scored two runs apiece for the Farmers.
The Farmers took charge in the 14U gold medal game early as well. They scored three times in the bottom of the first inning and never looked back, winning, 5-2.
Anthony McKenzie was the winning pitcher and Tyreek Sherman suffered the loss. McKenzie gave up four hits and two runs in four and a third innings of work. Paris Johnson got the final two outs for the save. Sherman struck out nine batters but gave up four hits and five runs.
Keshon Conliffe finished 2-for-3 with three RBIs and a run scored for Freedom Farm. Ryan Reckley had a hit in his only official at-bat and scored twice. Dwayne Cartwright and Sebastian Walcott both finished 1-for-2 with a run scored each for JBLN.
Freedom Farm chose not to defend its national title in the 12U Division, instead focusing on sending a 12U team to the Cal Ripken Major70 World Series from August 2-10 at Ballparks of America in Branson, Missouri.
Both tournaments are major classics in the United States, but the 12U winner from the nationals which turned out to be JBLN will represent The Bahamas at the Little League Caribbean and Latin American Championships from July 13-20, in Willemstad, Curaçao. The winner of that tournament will represent the Caribbean region at the Little League World Series, from August 15-25, in Williamsport, Pennsylvania – arguably the biggest and most prestigious 12U tournament in the world.