By Dean Greenaway
One stands as a Giant, the other clinging to hope. Both the Pythons and Power Outage are the reigning BVI Softball Association defending men and women’s champions. But, only one is performing like a champ.
The Pythons are on the verge of their fourth straight title and 66th straight victory, after jumping to a 2-0 advantage in their best of five series with a 16-3 triumph over the Hawks. Valissia Braithwaite fired a 2-hitter for the victory while Riiah Durante took the loss. Pythons’ Sheniqua Fahie had a 3-for-4 night with 3 runs scored. Denecia Hodge’s lone hit in three at bats was a 3-run homer. She scored twice and finished with 3 RBI’s.
On the other hand, maybe defending men’s champions Power Outage will use the Festival break to regroup and avoid being swept by the Pirates in the best of five series after falling into a 0-2 hole.
After taking the opening game 6-5, the Pirates whipped defending champs Power Outage to whom they lost in the championship series last year, 14-2. The winning pitcher was Allen “Woodrow” Smith and the loser was Joseph Smith.
The Pirates’ Devon Bedford’s lone hit in three at bats was a three run homer. He scored three times and finished with 3 RBI’s. Nikos Penn was 1-for-2 with a run scored and 3 runs batted in. Power Outage’s Sheldon John homered and knocked in their 2 runs.
The Reds bounced back from a 12-2 whipping to defeated the Dominicanos, 16-2, and took a 2-1 series lead. Roy Hill, at 65 and the league’s oldest player who has been active for the last 50 years, was the winning pitcher. The loser was Bryan Scatliffe. The Reds’ Lloyd Jackson went 2-for-3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 runs batted in. Timothy Brewer also had a 2-for-3 game. He doubled and homered, scored twice and drove in two. George Veras and Edward Venzen of the Dominicanos, each went 1-for-2 with a run batted in.