By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Three times defending champions Pythons overcame an 6-0 deficit then went on the beat the Hawks, 14-11 on Tuesday night, as they are seeking their fourth straight BVI Softball Association Women’s Division title. It was their 65th straight victory dating back to the 2011 season. Both teams tuned up for the encounter with lopsided victories over the West End Warriors.
“It was a beautiful game,” Hawks manager Julian Adams noted. “We had pressure on the Pythons for the first time in a very long time. The first three or four innings it was 6-0 and I was looking at calling it off, but, unfortunately, it didn’t happen. Overall, the Hawks played a very good game and the Pythons showed why they are the champions and won 14-11. I’m very proud of the team.”
Adams expects to end the Pythons’ lengthy streak, which could come as early as Friday. “The streak is going to end,” he predicted. “Let me be specific. The streak is going to end on Friday.”
Change in Men’s format
BVI Softball Association officials have changed the Men’s Division Championship format from the top two teams advancing to the title game to the top four teams meeting in the playoffs that begans on Wednesday, with the Reds and Dominicanos.
The Reds eliminated the Mobsters during a 21-20 slugfest on Friday, then handed defending champs Power Outage their second weekend loss to close the abbreviated season, 17-10. The Dominicanos overpowered Power Outage, 16-13 on Saturday.
Roy Hill, at 65 the league’s oldest player in his 50th season, scattered 11 hits against Power Outage for the victory. The loser was Jamal Allen. The Reds’ Carlos Casey went 4-for-4 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 4 runs batted in. Michael Vanterpool was 2-for-4 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 runs batted in. Power Outage’s Sheldon John had a 2-for-3 game with a double, a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI’s. Allen went 3-4 with a double, a triple, 3 runs scored and 2 runs batted in.