By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Riding the arm of pitcher Tyriece Carrasco to five straight victories—including back to back shut outs—Virgin Gorda’s Bregado Flax Educational Center won Saturday’s Primary Schools Softball Round Robin Tournament organized by the Dept. of Youth Affairs and Sports. They finished with a 5-0 record in the tournament held at the Old Recreation Grounds
Carrasco got the support from Kyreek Gardner who went 3-for-3 in the opening game in leading Bregardo Flax past Willard Wheatley, 18-2. D’Andre Baijanuth took the loss. T’Khoi Richardson and Jahdique Winchester also had hits for Bregado Flax and while Johan Mannez and Courtney Palmer, were 1-for-1 for Willard Wheatley.
Carrasco then pitched Bregado Flax to an 11-0 shut out of Ivan Dawson. Makay Jones was the losing pitcher. Flax’s Mordecai Fontaine was 2-for-2 as the top hitter while Gervis James of Ivan Dawson went 1-for-1.
Next for Carassco came a 2-0 shut out of Francis Lettsome, before a 3-2 victory over Althea Scatliffe. Carracso also enjoyed a 3-2 victory over Jost Van Dyke, as they completed the tournament unbeaten.
Althea Scatliffe finished second with a 3-2 record. Stephen Emmanuel went 2-for-2 to back the pitching of Javin Wattley during a 6-1 triumph over Willard Wheatley. T’Coy Tyson was the losing pitcher.
Wattley was again on the mound as Althea Scatliffe shut down Ivan Dawson, 3-0. They also shut out Jost Van Dyke, 3-0 behind Wattley, before falling to Francis Lettsome, 2-1, for Wattley’s second loss.
Jost Van Dyke placed third after Tristan Palmer homered in his only at bat, helping them to a 1-0 triumph over Francis Lettsome. Beyonce Callwood collected the victory. Callwood was again the winning pitcher when Jost Van Dyke turned back Willard Wheatley, 3-2. Callwood got her third victory after they beat Ivan Dawson, 4-2.
“The tournament went pretty well but several teams that were expected to show up, didn’t call or say anything,” event coordinator Terrence Chinnery noted. “We were expecting 11 schools but only about six showed up. I’d appreciate in the future that if schools can’t come, they call or say something because we had to redo the schedule we had set up.”
Chinnery said all in all, the kids had a good time and that’s the most important thing and they really, really enjoyed themselves. “Teams want to know when we’ll have it again and I told them we’ll have an actual school league next year,” Chinnery said. “But Bregado Flax and Jost Van Dyke did exceptionally well.”