By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Allen “Woodrow” Smith fired a 2-hitter, his offence clicked and his defense eliminated the game one miscues as the Pirates evened the BVI Softball Association Juliette Penn Fast Pitch League Championships Series at 1-1, following Sunday night’s 12-0 flogging of Power Outage.
“I’ve said before, no errors and we’ll be in control,” Smith said. “I only need them to cut down on the errors and I’ll take care of the rest for them. It’s a Dog fight. Power Outage is not an easy team and you can’t let them get an edge on you, by helping them.”
While he didn’t have a lot of strikeouts, Smith said that they came in a timely manner—especially when he needed them—when they got a runner on base and the strikeout kept them from advancing. “That helped to keep them in check,” he noted. “Now, we have to keep the errors at a minimum. I believe the team can bat enough to score enough runs to hold Power Outage once we don’t help them to get any.”
Nickos Penn was the Pirates’ top hitter going 2-for-2 with a double, a homer, two runs scored and 3 RBI’s.
‘Our pitcher has been getting hit,” Power Outage’s Jeremy Penn said, outlining what they have to do to retake control of the series on Saturday. “If the pitcher’s head isn’t in the game, he won’t pitch good. The defense wasn’t really bat tonight but, we could have done better with the hitting part—we didn’t hit tonight at all.”
Penn however, doesn’t see the Pirates winning the series and he thinks they’ll dethrone them. “That’s an easy thing to do,” he said.
Smith on the other hand, sees a fair balance between the teams. “It’s going to be a good shake,” he said. “I’m not expecting to blow them out, but I want to get the upper hand on Saturday night and put the pressure on them so that they’ll have to come back—like they had the pressure on me tonight—I want to put the pressure back on them.”
In the Women’s Division, after blowing our That’s Your Problem 25-8, the Hawks jumped to a 2-0 series lead following a 17-7 victory. Sheniqua Fahie was the winning pitcher, while Chevaunne Richardson was tagged with the loss.
Michelle Georges of Hawks went 3-for-4 with three runs scored. Annecha Graham had a 2-for-2 game with a home run, three runs scored and 4 runs batted in. Renee Hodge finished one for three with two runs batted in.