The Queen’s College (QC) Comets needed an extra inning but they came away with a 10-7 payback victory over the defending champions, the St. Augustine’s College (SAC) Big Red Machine, to sweep them 2-0 in the 2019 Bahamas Association of Independent Secondary Schools (BAISS) junior boys best-of-three series softball championship in SAC country yesterday afternoon.
Also at that campus, the defending senior girls champions, the Big Red Machine, toppled the St. John’s College Giants 21-3 to tie that BAISS senior girls best-of-three championship series at 1-1.
Comets 10, SAC 7
The defending champions, SAC, opened the floodgates at the top of the sixth inning and the Comets walked right through it and scored six runs to win 10-7 in a rematch of last year’s BAISS junior boys championship.
At the end of the fifth inning the game was tied at 4-4.
Earlier in the game, SAC got out to a 4-1 lead by the end of the second inning, sitting in the driver’s seat.
The Comets’ defense came alive as they prevented another SAC run in regulation.
On offense, the Comets’ bats came alive after a sluggish start.
At the top of the third inning, their center fielder Nguyen Culmer scored one run to close the game to 4-2.
In the next inning, the Comets poured in two more runs to tie the game at 4-4. Comets’ designated player Kenny Moxey scored the tying run.
After the Comets did not score at the top of the fifth inning, the home team needed to score one run to win it.
They had one runner on second base and another one on third base, but with two outs, the pressure was on first baseman Anthony Garrison to bring third baseman Antoine Garrison home. The Comets got Anthony Garrison out as the game was sent to an extra inning.
At the top of the sixth inning, the Comets scored four runs before their first batter got out. They scored two more to finish the inning with six runs.
The pressure was now on the Big Red Machine to score seven runs. At the bottom of the sixth inning, they only scored three runs as the Comets’ fans started to celebrate the victory.
On the mound, Comets’ pitcher Mistapha Strachan was the winning pitcher. SAC’s Otto Laing was the losing pitcher.
SAC 21, Giants 3
After a close 6-5 loss on Monday, the Big Red Machine regrouped and used their home field to their advantage as they came away with a 21-3 win.
SAC scored multiple runs in every inning except one, the fourth inning.
Three of their batters scored four runs – catcher Willow Sturrup, left fielder Kacee Evans and short stop Jocelynn Chriswell.
The Big Red Machine’s coaches went back to the drawing board and made changes to their batting lineup and that made a big difference on offense.
Giants’ first baseman Indea Cartwright scored two runs in the loss.
The Big Red Machine’s pitcher Rachel Rolle was the winning pitcher. The Giants’ pitcher Laurel Rolle was tagged as the losing pitcher.