Brackettes, Warriors pick up wins in the NPSA

The Brackettes and the Inventive Intellect Lady Warriors both came away with convincing victories in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) women’s division on the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Saturday night.

The Brackettes took down the Strikers in the early game, winning easily 20-1 to improve their win/loss record to 8-2 on the season. The Strikers are still in search for their first win of the season as they fell to a winless 0-9.

Following that game, the Lady Warriors easily took care of the University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes 11-1. With that landslide victory, the Lady Warriors sport a 7-2 win/loss record. The Mingoes are now 3-6 with that loss.

In NPSA men’s action tonight at 7, the Chances Mighty Mitts (3-5) will go up against the Renegades (0-7). In the women’s division, the Strikers will try to get their first win of the season when they play the Johnson’s Lady Truckers (2-8).

This coming Saturday,

the league’s all-star game will be held. The women’s game will start at 7 p.m. and the men’s game will follow at 8.30 p.m.

Brackettes 20, Strikers 1

It was a dominating performance from the Brackettes as they scored three times in the first inning and 14 times in the second inning and never looked back.

Batting in the top of the first inning, the Brackettes got one run from catcher Shakell Smith, another one from second baseman Vonetta Nairn and a third run from third baseman Rhyesha Stuart, to take a quick 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the first inning.

The Strikers had a tough time finding offense all game.

With the Brackettes up 3-0 and heading to the top of the second inning, they looked to increase their lead and to have an early night.

They put on an offensive clinic for the fans as they erupted for 14 runs. They had five batters who scored twice in that inning. Pitcher Ashanti Darville, shortstop Kendalia Turner, Nairn, Stuart, and left fielder Tonya McPhee, were all able to score two runs each in that inning for the Brackettes.

The Strikers finally ended the Brackettes’ dominant inning when they retired right fielder Shena Taylor on a groundout.

The Brackettes were up 17-0 and were well on their way to victory.

Strikers’ center fielder Carlisa Burrows scored their first and only run in the bottom of the second inning.

With a 17-1 lead heading into the top of the third inning, the Brackettes scored three more runs to put the Strikers away for good.

Stuart and Darville were very instrumental in the 20-1 victory. Stuart ended the game a perfect 3-for-3 and scored three runs. Darville had a great game on both ends. On the mound, she had five strikeouts and hurled a two-hitter. Offensively, she went a perfect 3-for-3 and scored three runs to go along with a run batted in (RBI).

Burrows was 1-for-1 and scored a run.

The winning pitcher was Darville and the losing pitcher was Chyanne McHardy.

Lady Warriors 11, Mingoes 1

The Inventive Intellect Lady Warriors used a huge 7-1 advantage in the first inning to take away any hope that the University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes had of winning.

The Lady Warriors had four batters who batted twice in the first inning.

On the defensive end for the Lady Warriors, pitcher Mia Turner had a great night from the mound. She had seven strikeouts in four innings and recorded a one-hitter.

After going up 7-1 in the first inning, the Lady Warriors got two runs in the second inning and one in the third to take a commanding 10-1 lead.

After another scoreless inning for the Mingoes in the top of the fourth inning, Lady Warriors’ left fielder Shanley Northe scored the run that ended the game early via the mercy rule. She scored on catcher Paige Edgecombe’s RBI hit.

Leading the way for the Lady Warriors at the plate was Northe. She went 2-for-3, scored three runs and had a stolen base. Also contributing for the Lady Warriors was third baseman Melinda Bastian. She went a perfect 2-for-2, scored two runs, recorded two RBIs and stole two bases. Bastian had a home-run.

Jodi Clarke, the Mingoes’ center fielder, was the lone scorer for them.

Turner was the winning pitcher and the Mingoes’ Charity Rolle suffered the loss.

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Simba French

Simba joined The Nassau Guardian in 2012 as a technical producer for Guardian Radio 96.9 FM. He joined the Editorial Department as a sports reporter in 2018. Simba has covered a wide range of sports stories, including the 2018 CARIFTA in Nassau, Bahamas. Education: College of the Bahamas, BA Media Journalism

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