By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
The Pirates and women’s defending champions Pythons opened the 2015 BVI Softball Association abbreviated league by winning their first two games. Uncertainty about the league was removed less than three hours before the start of Friday’s games when electrical power was finally restored to the Old Recreation Grounds. There were several delays in getting the league off the ground since April, the last being on June 21.
However, by the last game on Sunday night between unbeatens, the Pirates had toppled the Dominicanos 8-6, improving to 2-0 in the league that has attracted five men and three women’s teams, after opening with a 9-7 win over Power Outage.
“They had been practicing, they’ve been working out, they have been here all season and they’ve been waiting for the tournament to start and they’ve been most prepared for this tournament,” noted Allen “Woodrow” Smith, who relieved Aubrey “King” Frett and got the victory and Yervis Rodriguez took the loss. “We were in control (of the game) and comfortable but I guess after a while, the guys got too comfortable, made a couple errors. We fell behind, then we just had to tighten up.”
The Dominicanos, who opened play on Saturday with a 7-2 victory over the Reds, made several errors on which the Pirates capitalized—especially late in the game. “We weren’t suppose to be making those kinds of errors,” manager Otis Claxton noted of his team that overcame a 4-2 deficit with a 3-run fifth for a 5-4 lead before giving up three in the seventh after the Pirates tied the score. “That’s what cost us the game. But, we’re coming back. We’ll meet again and we’ll be much stronger. I’m going to make some changes in my defense when we meet the Pirates again.”
Pirates’ Kye Rymer went 2-for-2 with 2 runs scored and Nelson Ramirez went 2-for-3. The Dominicanos’ Eddy Morales had a 3-for-4 game including a double, a triple, 2 runs scored and 2 runs batted in.
With the league ending by the end of July and the top two teams advancing to the championships, Smith—whose team beat Power Outage, 9-7 in its opener— said there’s no room for taking chances. “My goal for the first half is to get out in front, secure our spot, anything happens after that, relax and then just wait for the championships,” he explained.
In Friday’s opener, Jelisa Potter went 4-for-4 with a triple, 3 runs scored and 2 runs batted in to lead the Pythons past the Hawks 9-8. Darier Malone was 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored and a run batted in.
The Pythons had 9 runs, 10 hits, 6 errors and left 7 runners on base. Hawks had 8 runs, 5 hits, 9 errors and left 11 runners on base. The winning pitcher was Thea Cooke and the loser was Perline Leonard.
On Saturday, the Pythons defeated the West End Warriors 16-6. Pythons had 16 runs, 10 hits, 4 errors and left 6 runners on base. West End Warriors had 6 runs, 2 hits, 8 errors and left 8 runners on base. The winning pitcher was Thea Cooke and the loser was Sarah Potter.
After leading for the first four innings, Power Outage overhauled the Mobsters 8-4. Power Outage had 8 runs, 8 hits, 1 error and left 7 runners on base. Mobsters had 4 runs, 6 hits, 6 errors and left 10 runners on base. The winning pitcher was Joseph Smith and the loser was Jason “Mad” Fonseca.
Jeremy Penn ignited Power Outage with a 2-for-3 effort including a triple and a homer. He scored twice and finished with 2 RBI’s. The Mobsters ’Richard Jack went 2-for-4 with a run scored and a run batted in.
“This is a short, sweet and intense summer league,” acting president and chief umpire Glenford Maduro said. “We got off to a slow start because of the lights but the fans are finally coming out and we hope to see more of them coming out as the league goes along,” he said. “The ladies so far have to step up their play, but the men are looking good. Things will get better as we go along.”