Wildcats, Brackettes pick up win in the NPSA
There was a doubleheader in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) ladies’ division on the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday night, and it was the Sunshine Auto Wildcats and the Brackettes who picked up wins.
In the late game, the Brackettes held on to defeat the Johnson’s Lady Truckers, 12-5. In the early game, the Wildcats shut out the University of The Bahamas Mingoes, 8-0.
With that win, the Brackettes now have a 7-1 win/loss record. The Lady Truckers are now 2-8 on the season.
The Wildcats are right behind the Brackettes with a 7-2 record. The Mingoes fell to 3-5 on the season.
On the men’s side, the C&S Hitmen remain perfect with an 8-0 record. The Commando Security Truckers are the closest team to them with a 4-5 record.
On Tuesday night, the Truckers will go up against the Chances Mighty Mitts (3-4) at 7 p.m. Following that game will be the ladies’ match-up between the winless Strikers (0-8) and the Inventive Intellect Lady Warriors (6-1).
Brackettes 12, Lady Truckers 5
After an early scare in the top of the first inning from the Lady Truckers, the Brackettes turned up their defense the rest of the game and feasted the rest of the way.
The Lady Truckers scored three runs off Brackettes’ starting pitcher Laurel Rolle in the top of the first inning.
Lady Truckers’ center fielder Natasha Paul, shortstop Yvanna McDonald and catcher Vashanna Bastian scored one run each.
The Brackettes’ offense made up for their defense, or lack thereof, in the bottom of the first inning.
They scored five runs as shortstop Kendalia Turner, first baseman Shevette Taylor, third baseman Rhyesha Stuart, left fielder Mercedes Newbold and right fielder Shakell Smith all crossed home plate.
The Brackettes kept young Rolle on the mound, and she gained momentum and confidence with each pitch. She did not give up any runs in the second, third and fourth innings. Her teammates’ defense also played a part.
At the plate, the Brackettes were able to score more runs, as they scored one in the second inning, two in the third and three in the fourth.
Heading into the top of the fifth inning, the Brackettes were up 11-3, and were in a good position to add another win to their record.
The Lady Truckers got two more runs in the fifth and final inning as they cut into the Brackettes’ lead. The Brackettes were up 11-5 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.
With a chance to end the game by the mercy rule by scoring one run in the bottom of the fifth inning, the Brackettes capitalized and ended the game early. Crossing the plate for them was Taylor.
Taylor went a perfect 2-for-2 and scored three runs. Second baseman Coline Reckley went a perfect 3-for-3 and had four runs batted in (RBIs).
For the Truckers, they got a lot of offense from Bastian. She went 2-for-3 and scored two runs.
Rolle was the winning pitcher and the Lady Truckers’ Diva Burrows was tagged with the loss.
Wildcats 8, Mingoes 0
It was all Wildcats in this one as they used a high-scoring first inning to take an early lead. They scored four runs in the first inning as second baseman Daria Cambridge, left fielder Tyrice Curry, third baseman Michelle Moss and catcher Aaliyah Ferguson crossed home plate.
The Mingoes had a tough time getting a base hit on Wildcats’ pitcher Ramona Hanna. Hanna pitched a shutout for the Wildcats, recording six strikeouts.
The Mingoes managed to get a hit each from catcher Sophia Cartwright and center fielder Jodie Clarke.
However, it was the Wildcats who dominated this one on both the offensive and defensive side.
Moss had a great game, going for a perfect 3-for-3 while scoring three runs. After scoring in the first inning, she scored in the second and fourth innings.
Curry had a good game also going 1-for-2 and scoring two runs for the Wildcats.
Third baseman Thela Johnson, who is usually the starting pitcher for the Wildcats, went a perfect 2-for-2 and picked up a team and game-high three RBIs.
Hanna was the winning pitcher, and the losing pitcher was Kira Dames.
Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism
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