Pitcher Thomas Davis had 14 strikeouts for New Providence in the Bahamas Softball Federation (BSF) All Island All-Star Tournament men’s division. The team registered a 7-0 shutout victory over Eleuthera on Sunday night at Banker’s Field at Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.
New Providence scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning as they took a 4-0 run early in the game.
Scoring for New Providence were leadoff batter and centerfielder Angelo Watson, catcher Garfield Bethel, second baseman Adrian McPhee and Davis.
Davis had two runs batted in (RBI) in that inning when he hit a power shot that sent the ball deep centerfield and off the fence for an in-park home run.
At the top of the second inning, Davis continued his strikeout mission as he struck out three more Eleuthera batters to keep the shut out alive.
Watson scored the only run in the bottom of the second inning as New Providence took a 5-0 lead heading into the top of the third inning.
Watson went 0-for-1 on the night to score two runs. He was walked twice.
Eleuthera had a tough time in the batter’s box. Davis made it tough on them to hit the ball as he threw some fastballs and change ups as a pair of batters were struck out swinging.
Davis was unable to get one batter out from Eleuthera – first baseman Daniel Decosta. He got a single in the second inning and a double to right field. He was 2-for-2 in the loss.
In the third and fourth inning, New Providence managed to get the three runs needed to get the game to end in the fifth inning.
They scored two runs in the third inning. McPhee scored his second run of the night as he had a good night on offense. He finished 2-for-3 on the night to go with those two runs.
Bethel, the best offensive player of the night, scored the final run for New Providence to put them up 7-0 in the bottom of the fourth inning.
His night ended with him going 3-for-3, one RBI and those two runs.
Davis was the winning pitcher in this game. Shawn Taylor, who was on the mound for Eleuthera, was the losing pitcher. He finished the night with two strikeouts.
Earlier in the night, New Providence women’s team was victorious in their championship game against Abaco. They won 9-6 to seal the women’s championship.
New Providence pitcher Thela Johnson finished 1-for-2 to go with two runs. She also picked up the win on the mound.
Abaco’s Malinda Bastian was the losing pitcher.
New Providence fell into a 4-3 hole at the end of the second inning before clamping down on defense. They ended the game on a 5-3 run at the top of the seventh inning.
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