By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
After overcoming two four run deficits—one in the first the other in the third inning—defending champions Pirates have taken a commanding 3-1 lead in the best of seven BVI Softball Association Juliette Penn League Championships Series with a 12-8 victory over Power Outage, that came early on Monday morning.
Allen “Woodrow” Smith was the winning pitcher and Power Outage’s Dariel Robinson took the loss.
Smith said coming off Saturday night’s 9-2 victory in which he scattered four hits, he had to pace himself because his body wasn’t fully recovered.
“We had some miscues in the first inning, came back in the third and did the same thing and I gave up some hits, but, we pulled it together and my body started to feel better and that was it,” Smith who was backed by Nikos Penn’s 3-for-3 game noted. “But, we plan to end it on Friday. We’re going to do it for Juliette Penn. This is her league. This is her team. They’re renaming the field in honor of E. Walwyn Brewley on Friday and we are taking everything to the east as we celebrate Brewley. The (championships) party is on Friday night.”
Power Outage manager Keno Gumbs noted that his team that saw Jeremy Penn lining a 2-run shot over the center field wall off Smith as part of a 4-0 advantage in the top of the first inning, couldn’t keep the momentum.
“We came out aggressively early, got an early lead,” he pointed out. “But, the team is good. In one inning, they switched up the game on us. They started with the small ball bunting game and it threw us off our game. After that, it was hard to recover and Smith is a dominant pitcher and he dominated tonight.”
Gumbs said while they wanted to even the series heading into game five, they know they must win on Friday to extend the series.
“We are going back to the drawing board, look at what we have to do and we’ll get it done on Friday,” he assured. “We have to beat them at their own game. They like to play small ball bunting and I think we have to join them in that. We’re going to try that on Friday.”
That’s Your Problem avoided being swept by the Hawks in the Women’s Division, following a 9-7 victory. They trail in the series 3-1 and will try to stave off elimination on Saturday.