It was a close game at the bottom of the fifth inning, but the Queen’s College (QC) Comets’ defense pulled through as they took down the St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine 14-12 to take a 1-0 series lead in game one of the Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary School best-of-three senior boys softball championship series yesterday afternoon at SAC’s campus on Bernard Road.
It was not a good afternoon for the Big Red Machine as the C.W. Saunders Cougars junior girls took down the Big Red Machine 11-8 in their best-of three junior girls championship series at Cougars’ country on Jean Street.
Comets 14, SAC 12
The Comets got three runs from left fielder Alantonio Knowles as they got a 14-12 victory over SAC.
Comets pitcher Garomme Hanna started off the game great giving up only three runs in the first two innings.
“I feel as though that I just had to take my time and throw strikes and when they hit the ball my field would work and we would get outs,” Hanna said.
The first and second innings belonged to the Comets. They ran out with a quick 11-3 lead. According to their coach, Williard Elliot, that was their plan.
“The first game we lost to them. We gave up two hits. Last night, I got a message that they were going to beat us 25-5. My boys came with passion. I told them if they listen to me this one is ours,” Elliot said.
He continued: “We were focused. We came here focused. We came here with a mission and to make a statement but because dark is fall short, there was a different strategy I had to put in place.”
SAC began to close the gap. After the Comets took a 14-4 lead at the end of the third inning, SAC’s bat came alive as they scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to change the scoreboard to 14-7 in favour of the Comets.
With the game losing sunlight, the Comets decided to speed up the top half of the fifth inning so SAC could play the bottom of the fifth inning with enough light.
SAC had a great game plan to win the game as they got runners on base. They were able to score five runs in the bottom of the fifth as the score was 14-12.
With two outs, SAC’s second baseman Brandon Hutchinson was at plate. Hanna threw a pitch and Hutchinson made contact as he popped the ball in foul territory but the Comets’ first baseman Johnathan Carey was able to make the catch.
Over at the visitor’s side, the dugout and fans erupted in cheers as the home side was quiet and had a look of disbelief.
Reggie Forbes, SAC’s coach, said his team didn’t play their brand of softball.
“I’m not particularly concerned about the outcome of the game. We didn’t play our brand of softball today. We had too many mental errors. The entire team seemed to be too relaxed. We here at St. Augustine’s don’t make excuses for our losing,” Forbes said.
Game two swings to QC’s campus on Thursday at 3 p.m. The Big Red Machine is in a win-or-go-home situation as they enter a hostile Comets environment.
Forbes said: “This group of kids are [sic] very resilient. They are winners and they will rebound from this and they will look at the weaknesses and the things that we did not do today to give us a chance to compete. We’ll have to change some of those things. We will sit down and look at what was done in the game… We’ll just have to turn it around.”
Hanna feels that his team has a little home advantage because he likes to play on his mound. His coach said they will take the game one inning at a time.
Hanna was tagged as the winning pitcher and SAC’s Donovan Butler was the losing pitcher.
Cougars 11, SAC 8
The Cougars’ catcher Miranda Knowles was all business yesterday as she scored a run every time she went to bat.
She helped her Cougars to score 10 of their 11 runs by the bottom of the second inning.
SAC’s offense woke up in the third and fourth inning. They scored three runs at the top of the fourth inning and scored five in the top of the fourth inning.
At the bottom of the fourth inning, the Cougars scored one more run to buffer themselves from a possible SAC run.
That run never came at the top of the fifth inning as the Cougars never had to bottom in the top of the fifth inning to hold onto an 11-8 victory.
The Cougars will look to end the series in front of a loud SAC crowd on Thursday afternoon at 3:30 p.m.
Dorinda Knowles was the winning pitcher as she helped her Cougars with the win. The Big Red Machine’s pitcher, Neikeisha Saunders, came away with the loss.
BAISS championship softball continues today. The senior girls game two shifts to SAC’s campus as the St. John’s Giants look to close out their best-of-three series against SAC at 3:30 p.m. Starting simultaneously at SAC will be game two of the junior boys’ best-of-three championship. The Comets lead that series 1-0 over SAC.