of hitting eliminates Fryers in
2nd round of AAU tourney
BY DEAN GREENAWAY
The Fryers can
attest to pundits’ theory that good pitching stops good hitting. After a second
place finish in their division with a 2-1 mark, they were eliminated last
Saturday in the second round of the 2005 AAU men’s international fast pitch
softball tournament at Disney’s Wide World of Sports Complex, in Orlando,
Florida, following a 4-2 loss to Clearwater Pride.
and manager Rennie ‘Panchie’ Jeffers said simply, ‘We just didn’t bat enough.’
“Our pitching was dominating, but we just weren’t scoring runs, especially in
the last game,” Jeffers recalled on Monday after the team’s return. “We didn’t
bat at all.”
In the opener,
Neville ‘Sheep’ Smith had five innings of no-hit ball before settling for a
2-hitter, in leading the Fryers to a 2-0 victory over the Orlando Kings in their
first game. Smith, who went all the way, fanned 15 batters and settled for a
1-hitter. The Fryers had 2 runs on 2 hits no errors and 4 men left on base.
Orlando Kings 0 runs on 1 hit 1 error and 1 left.
Hernadez struck out eight and walked five in a losing cause. Sylvester Johnson
went 1 for 3. Derwin Scatliffe reached on a strike out passball and later scored
on another pass ball. The Kings’ Larry Wheeler had the only hit off Smith. The
Bloomington Stix had a 4-2 triumph over the Fryers. They had 6 hits 1 error and
7 left on base. The Fryers had one hit, 2 errors and 4 men left on base. Winning
Pitcher Trevor McCabe struck out 13 in six innings, while loser Allen Smith
fanned nine also in six innings. George Burrows’ first inning single on a 1 for
3 game with one run batted in was the Fryers only hit.
The Fryers won
their next game when the Cherokee Pirates forfeited 3-0, to finish second in
their division with a 2-1 record, but were eliminated from competition after
suffering a 4-2 loss to the Clearwater Pride, who had 9 hits 1 error and 8 left
on base. The Fryers collected 4 hits, made 2 errors and stranded 4. Raymond
Mercer who had relief help from Neville Smith and Allen Smith took the loss.
Burrows went 1 for 3, while Sylvester Johnson, Austin Todman and Rufus Malone
were one for one respectively.
Copyrighted © 2005 by SUN ENTERPRISES (B.V.I.) LTD.
PUBLISHERS OF THE
ISLAND SUN Newspaper. All rights reserved.