The Commando Security Truckers, the defending New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) men’s champion, got out to a winning note as they took down the Chances Mighty Mitts 8-1 in game one of a best-of-five semifinals series at Bankers Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex on Thursday night.
In the women’s division, the Brackettes won 19-12 over the Inventive Intellect Lady Warriors in game one of their best-of-five semifinal series.
NPSA action resumes tonight when the C&S Enterprise Hitmen play the Renegades at 7 p.m. in the men’s division. In the women’s division, the Sunshine Auto Wildcats will play the University of The Bahamas Mingoes at 8.30 p.m.
Truckers 8, Mighty Mitts 1
The Bahamas Senior Men’s Softball National team and Truckers pitcher Thomas Davis came ready for this game as he made the Mighty Mitts’ batters uncomfortable at the plate. He got help from his teammates as they provided some sharp defense.
With Davis pitching, he got six strikeouts and no runs against in the first three innings as the Mighty Mitts’ batters tried to get into an offensive rhythm.
The Truckers’ offense got off to a better start than their opponents’. Center fielder Lamar Watkins and Davis put them on the scoreboard in the first inning as they went up 2-0.
They capitalized on some bad pitching from the Mighty Mitts pitcher Travis Smith. The Truckers scored three runs to extend their lead to 5-0.
The Mighty Mitts got on the scoreboard in the fourth inning when catcher Kenneth Curry crossed over home base. They were shut out the rest of the way as they were not able to get into an offensive rhythm again.
The Truckers’ offense scored a run each in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings, well on the way to an 8-1 victory over the Mighty Mitts.
Watkins led the way for the Truckers as he went 2-for-3 as he scored three runs.
Curry was 2-for-3 as he scored the only run for the Mighty Mitts.
Davis was the winning pitcher. Smith was the losing pitcher.
Game two in this series will be on Tuesday, October 1, at 7 p.m.
Brackettes 19, Lady Warriors 12
The Brackettes used a huge nine-run fourth inning to crawl back into the game to get a 19-12 win over the Lady Warriors.
Brackettes center fielder Dwayna Pratt had a great game as she went 0-for-2 as she scored four runs but was walked three times. She scored two runs in the fourth innings.
At the end of the first inning, the game was deadlocked at 3-3. The Brackettes went up 5-3 at the end of the second inning.
At the top of the third inning, the Lady Warriors clawed their way to a 9-5 lead as they poured in six runs in the third inning. The Brackettes scored one run in the bottom of that inning as the score was 9-6.
Needing to dig deep in the fourth inning, the Brackettes played tight defense at the top of the inning. In the bottom of that inning, they scored nine runs take an 15-9 lead.
The Lady Warriors scored their final three runs in the fifth inning as the Brackettes held on to a 15-12 lead.
The Brackettes got four insurance runs in the bottom of the fifth inning as they went on to win 19-12.
The winning pitcher was Brackettes’ Laurel Rolle. The losing pitcher was Lady Warriors’ Jeanette Hilton.
Game two in this series will be played on Tuesday, October 1, at 8.30 p.m.