Just like a year ago, the Commando Security Truckers are showing resiliency.
It would be easy for them to give up, trailing the C&S Enterprise Hitmen, three games to one in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) men’s championship series, but the Truckers continue to fight, looking to win their second consecutive NPSA title. Last year, they came back from three games to one down to win the championship in seven games over the Hitmen, taking game seven, 6-5.
On Tuesday, they scored three runs early in game five, and held on to win, 5-3, to pull to within three games to two in the series.
Lead-off batter Lamar Watkins said they just have to keep battling.
“Well, we jumped on them early, in the first inning, and were just able to sustain that momentum,” said Watkins. “There is no pressure on us. We’re in the same predicament that we were in last year and we came back and won, so we know that it could be done. We just have to play the way we’re capable of playing and we’ll be fine.”
Game six is set for Thursday night, starting at 8:30 p.m. on the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, and if necessary, a decisive game seven will be played on Saturday.
“We just have to come out here Thursday and start the same way we did tonight. Getting out of the gate fast is key, and we just have to ride that wave from there,” said Watkins. He finished the game 1-for-3 with a run scored for the Truckers. Watkins scored their first run of the game in the top of the first inning. The Truckers added two more runs that inning to go ahead 3-0. The Hitmen got two of those runs back in the bottom of the second inning, and then tied the game at three on a passed ball in the bottom of the fourth. Jordan Gibson scored that third run for the Hitmen. The Truckers scored two huge runs in the top of the sixth inning and held on for the 5-3 victory, as winning pitcher Thomas Davis retired the side in the bottom of the sixth and then struck out two of the four batters he faced in the bottom of the seventh.
Davis was fantastic, fanning 14 batters and surrendering just three hits. Alcott Forbes suffered the loss. He, too, gave up just three hits and struck out 10 batters. After giving up three hits to the first three batters of the game, all three of whom scored, Forbes settled down and retired 21 of the next 30 batters he faced including nine in a row at one point. At the plate, he was fruitless, going 0-for-4 with four strike outs.
Watkins, Angelo Watson and Winston Seymour had the three hits for the Truckers and each scored a run. Gibson, Phillip Johnson and Sherman Ferguson had the three hits for the Hitmen. Gibson scored twice and drove in a run.
The Truckers will be looking to even the series at three on Thursday, while the Hitmen will be looking to close it out and win their third NPSA men’s title in the past four years.
Regardless of the outcome of the series, both teams will play in the Bahamas Softball Federation’s (BSF) Inter Island All-Star Classic which is set for the weekend of November 1-3 on the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. Already, five men’s teams and seven women’s teams from around the country have confirmed participation.
The BSF is substituting the round-robin nationals for an all-star initiative this year, geared around bringing the best players from the various islands of The Bahamas together. All proceeds from the gate will go toward hurricane relief for those inhabitants affected from the passing of Hurricane Dorian at the beginning of September.