By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
It’s fitting that a pitching duel would highlight the opening of the BVI Softball Association Berth “Big Man” Henley league—in honor of a man who mowed them down on the mound.
Current association president and former Henley teammate Neville “Sheep” Smith of Power Outage, struck out 19 on a 4-hitter, but the Pirates’ Allen “Woodrow” Smith countered with a 2-hitter and fanned 12, for a thrilling 2-1 eight inning victory. Pirates’ Shamoi Dagou went 2-for-4 with a run batted in.
Reigning champs Pythons defeated Hawks 12-7. The winning pitcher was Valissa Braithwaite in relief of Thea Cooke who failed to get out of the first inning. The loser was Deanna Hunte. Ivy Fahie of Pythons went 2-3 with a double and 2 runs batted in and Valissa Braithwaite went 3-4 with 2 doubles and 3 runs batted in. Seven (7) Hawks players had 1 hit each.
The Reds blasted the Blue Wings 15-4. Jason “Mad” Fonseca went all the way for Reds for the win. Alvin Bolton who did not get out of the first inning was the looser. Reds’ Sylvester “Bucker” Johnson was 1-for-3 with 3 runs batted in and Timothy Brewer and Kyle Lamotta each blasted a home run. Kye Rymer of Blue Wings went 2-3 with a run batted in.
The West End Warriors overpowered the Elmore Stoutt High School Rams 20-8. The winning pitcher was Sarah Potter and the loser was Khalisha Stoutt. Warriors’ Gertrude Thomas went 2-for-4 with 2 runs batted. Sarah Potter was 2-for-2 with a run batted in. Mary Graciano of the Rams went 2-4.
The USVI national team—preparing for the CAC Games qualifier in three weeks—bested the BVI Fryers 13-4 in a exhibition game. The winning pitcher was Warren Brooks and the loser was Lionel Hodge. Kyle LaMotta of USVI went 2-for-3 with 2 triples and 2 runs batted in and David Clarke finished 2-for-2 with 3 runs batted in. George Burrows of Fryers went 2-2.