Blue Wings celebrate after beating the Byrds 6-2 for their ninth
Wings beat Byrds 6-2 for BVI Softball Association title
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
It wasn’t a ‘must win’ game for the Blue Wings who held a 3-2
lead over the Byrds in the 2003 BVI Amateur Softball Association
championship series heading into Sunday’s game six, but they
approached it that way. And with a little help from the Byrds, the
Blue Wings capitalized on four errors in the first two innings for a
6-2 victory to win their record ninth championship late Sunday.
“It wasn’t a must
win game for us, but, we needed to win. We couldn’t build their
morale,” Blue Wings manager Rufus ‘Sleepy’ Malone said. “If
they had won this game they would have felt good going into
Friday’s finale. But we decided we would go all out and back each
other. The Byrds really helped us out by making some errors in the
first two innings to get up by six runs and that was their
mistake,” Malone explained.
“If we are up by six
and have a guy like Mahassa, (Raymond Mercer) pitching, it’s going
be difficult to score more than six runs on him. After we got the
runs, my guys were sharp, especially my third baseman Woody (Austin
Maduro) who made seven assists and one put out. He had a lot of work
to do tonight. But, the guys were ready and they came and played.
They intended to win. They wanted to win and they pulled it off.”
The Byrds failed to
score in the top of the first then starter Roy ‘Panhandle’ Hill
walked the first two Blue Wings batters he faced. A second
baseman’s error on the next play followed by a throwing error by
the third baseman allowed a run to score. Ronnie ‘The Hull’
Fahie’s bloop single gave the Blue Wings a 3-0 advantage.
Third baseman Austin
‘Woody’ Maduro led off the Blue Wings second with a stand up
triple then the Byrds’ defense collapsed again. Siv Scatliffe
reached base on a second baseman error allowing Maduro to score,
prompting the Bryds to change pitchers, bringing David ‘Flopper’
Mathias from right field, sending second baseman Alfredo Dorsette to
right and the starting pitcher Roy Hill to the dugout.
A stolen base on the
next play then another error and hit batsman followed by a sacrifice
fly, gave the Blue Wings a 6-0 lead. The Byrds scored two in the
fourth on two triples and a throwing error.
“We needed to come in
here and take this game to prolong the series to Friday, but
unfortunately we were unable to do that this evening,” Byrds
manager Clifton ‘Tito’ Forbes said, knowing that his team’s
back was against the wall. “After we made those errors, the team
lost its momentum and went downhill from there. Those were some
crucial errors in the game. The main thing in these games is who
scores first and can maintain that lead will be victorious.”
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