It was no secret that the C&S Hitmen wanted to turn things around after a loss they had last week Wednesday to the Chances Mighty Mitts. When they took to the field on Saturday night at the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, it would be a different story. The Hitmen, the runners-up from a year ago, blasted the defending champions Commando Security Truckers, 18-3, in a game that was over early via the international mercy rule.
With that win, the Hitmen now have a 12-1 win-loss record on the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) season. The Truckers fell to 6-7.
On Saturday the Hitmen ensured that they played softball the way they are capable of playing, pounding the Truckers early and often. They wasted no time in getting on the scoreboard, scoring five runs in the first inning.
Third baseman Sherman Ferguson hit a thundering home-run that got the fans out of their seats. It was a two-run shot that scored himself and shortstop Philip Johnson.
Also scoring in the first inning for the Hitmen were center fielder Alcott Forbes, second baseman Martin Burrows and catcher Jordan Gibson.
In the bottom of the first inning, Truckers’ center fielder Angelo Watson scored their only run.
Last Wednesday, the Mighty Mitts came back from a 4-1 deficit to hand the Hitmen their first loss of the season. They prevailed in extra innings, scoring the winning run in the eighth.
On Saturday the Hitmen were ahead 7-1 heading into the top of the fifth inning, and well on their way to victory.
They piled on 11 runs to extend that lead to 17 runs by the time the game went into the bottom of the fifth inning.
It was a tough inning for Truckers’ pitcher Dwayne Dean. He was eventually pulled and sent to second base.
The Truckers only got two runs back in the bottom of the fifth inning, and the game ended early, 18-3, in favor of the Hitmen.
The Hitmen had four players who scored three runs – Ferguson, Forbes, Johnson and Burrows. Ferguson went a perfect 3-for-3 and had four runs batted in (RBIs). His two-run shot in the first inning was one of the highlight shots of the night.
Watson went 1-for-3 and scored two runs on the night.
The winning pitcher was Richard Bain, and the losing pitcher was Dean.
The NPSA was scheduled to have already started its postseason, but due to power outages and bad weather, the season had to be pushed back. The regular season is still being played.
Given the passing of Hurricane Dorian and the condition of the Bankers Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, scheduled games for Tuesday had to be pushed back. At this time, it is unknown as to when the season will resume.