Lady Braves fighting to meet Quails in Softball championships
Crushers and Lady Braves will fight tonight to decide who will meet
the Quails in the BVI Amateur Softball Association Championship
series which starts Sunday.
Crushers evened the best of three series after beating defending
champs Lady Braves 22-17 in extra innings. “It’s going to be a dog
fight,” Crushers Catcher Gertrude Thomas said of tonight’s game.
“We’re going to take everything to them. We want to go to the championships.
drama leading up to tonight’s showdown began unfolding after the
defending champs overcame the Crushers 9-2 lead with an eight run
fifth inning after scoring five in the fourth to take a 15-13 lead.
Thomas blocked the winning run from scoring in the bottom of the
seventh, forcing the game into an eight inning tie breaker at 16-16
after being tied at 15-15.
Crushers completed a double play to end the game in the eight after
sending 10 batters to the plate, scoring six for a 22-17 victory.
“It was a great comeback, we didn’t give up at all,” Thomas said.
“From the beginning, I told the girls ‘Let’s ride this team. We
got to go all the way, one game at a time.’”
outcome disappointed Lady Braves’ manager Julian Adams. “We weren’t
in the game mentally. We had the game winning run on third base
but, whatever happened mentally knocked us out of the game” he explained.
“We had no call losing the game. It was our fault. We played ourselves
out of the game.”
Adams promised his team will be ready tonight, and work to defend
their title against league champs Quails who eliminated the Panthers
with an 18-5 victory.
are still the defending champs,” Adams reminded, noting that Sunday’s
game was the one to send his squad back to the championships. “We
put our backs against the wall. Now we have to fight.”
men’s series produced similar drama. Astros pitcher Allen ‘Woodrow’
Smith relieved Brian ‘Power’ Scatliffe in the third then struck
out 13 Blue Wings batsmen. His defense however, failed. They committed
costly sixth inning errors allowing the Blue Wings to tie the game
at 8-8 to force extra innings. The Astros took a 9-8 in the top
of the eight before the Blue Wings scored two in the bottom of the
inning to win the game 10-9 and tied the series at 1-1.
the other series, Blue Chips’ ace Neville ‘Sheep’ Smith beat the
Byrds twice to take a 2-1 series lead. Smith fanned 13 Friday when
the Blue Chips beat the Byrds 3-1, then struck out 11 Sunday in
a 5-3 victory.
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