It took the defending New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) men’s division champion Commando Security Truckers seven innings to get rid of the pesky Chances Mighty Mitts but they prevailed 12-11 in game three of their best-of-five semifinals series on Saturday night at the Bankers Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.
The Truckers lead that series 2-1 and are one game from a rematch against last year’s championship series against the C&S Hitmen.
The Inventive Intellect Lady Warriors won two straight games to go up 2-1 on the Brackettes. They won 14-9 on Saturday night. Game two got rained out on Tuesday night and had to be completed on Saturday night.
The Lady Warriors won that game 23-20.
Truckers 12, Mighty Mitts 11
This game needed seven innings to finish and ended after midnight as the Truckers fought off the Mighty Mitts for the 12-11 win.
The Most Valuable Player of that game was Truckers’ Anthon Hanna. The third baseman did not have a great game on defense but was just what his team needed on offense. He finished the game 2-for-3, two runs, three runs batted in (RBI) and a key three-run out the park home run to left field.
Hanna’s home run came in the third inning to put his team up 9-4.
The Mighty Mitts came out and took advantage of the Truckers who looked sluggish on defense. The Mighty Mitts scored four runs at the top of the first inning to let the Truckers know they were in it for the long haul.
The Mighty Mitts marched into the bottom of the first inning with a 4-0 lead. The game remained 4-0 to the Mighty Mitts until the Truckers scored two runs in the bottom of the second inning.
With the Mighty Mitts taking a 4-2 lead into the bottom of the third inning, the Truckers decided to bring out their bats.
The Truckers dug deep and scored seven runs in the bottom of the third. Hanna brought home left fielder Trey Bain and first baseman Diondre Rigby on a powerful home run to the left field.
The Truckers took their first lead of the game as they took a 9-4 grip on the game.
After being blanked in the second, third and fourth inning, the Mighty Mitts were down 10-4 and it looked like the game was going to end in the fifth inning.
They dug deep and scored two runs to close the gap to 10-6 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning. Coming home at the top of the fifth inning for the Mighty Mitts was center fielder Steffon McKenzie and catcher Kenneth Curry.
The defending champions needed three more runs to end the game at the bottom of the fifth inning. They got two more runs and two more outs remaining with the bases loaded. Their pitcher, Thomas Davis, was out and that left Rigby, who had a good batting night a chance to end the game.
Rigby was struck out as the game got extended. The score was 12-6 heading into the sixth inning with the Truckers leading.
The score was 12-7 at the end of the sixth inning.
With the game looking like it was over, the Mighty Mitts came alive in the seventh and final inning. They had the game at 12-10 with one out remaining. Shortly after, they got one more run to make it 12-11 with one out remaining still.
The Mighty Mitts’ third baseman decided to run home after but Davis tagged him out to end the game.
The defending champions held on to win 12-11.
Davis was the winning pitcher and Victor Grant was the losing pitcher.
The Truckers will look to get back into the championship again tomorrow night at 7 p.m.
Lady Warriors 14, Brackettes 9
The Lady Warriors had a difficult time in the beginning as the Brackettes began the game with a 8-5 lead after the second inning.
The Brackettes fizzled out as the game went by as the Lady Warriors showed how hungry they were for this game.
The Lady Warriors had a strong battle for the Most Valuable player of the game between second baseman Jeanette Hilton and first baseman Latoya Brown. In the end Brown was awarded it as she finished the game 3-for-5, one run and six RBI and a double.
Hilton finished the game 4-of-5, four runs and one RBI.
After going down 8-5 at the bottom of the second inning, the Lady Warriors went up 10-8 to take a little control of the game at the end of the fourth inning.
The bottom sixth inning saw the Brackettes score one run to close the game to 10-9 as they looked to come back in the seventh inning.
The Lady Warriors found a way to score four runs at the top of the seventh inning. Hilton came up big in that inning as she had three RBIs in that inning.
The Lady Warriors went up 14-9 with the Brackettes receiving their final chance to win the game. Unfortunately for them, the Lady Warriors pitcher, Brendia Ferguson, decided to pitch a good inning, leaving the score at 14-9 to pick up the win.
Ferguson was the winning pitcher and Ashanti Darville was the losing pitcher.
The Lady Warriors will look to close out the series tomorrow night at 8:30 p.m.