Terry “Chino” Chinnery has pulled off a rare softball feat that hasn’t happened in 38 years.
But, he waited and sweated to do it and it’s a birthday present he’ll definitely savor.
After a month’s suspense that saw his Power Outage team blowing a 3-0 lead to the Pirates and forcing a Game 7 in the BVI Softball Association Berth “Big Man” Henley League Men’s Championships Series, he was rewarded with the 2014 title on Friday night.
Power Outage’s thrilling 6-5 victory over the Pirates after trailing 4-0 early in the contest—which was lengthened by the August Festival break—also gave him first men’s title.
With his Pythons team already sweeping the women’s crown from the Hawks to cap off a 59 game winning streak last month, Chinnery became the first Coach to win both men’s and women’s titles since Arnold “Foxy” Barronville last pulled off the feat in 1976 with the Astros and Rivals.
His team also collected $1000 from Sports Minister Myron Walwyn and the league’s trophy.
“The people got their money’s worth tonight and it was a very good game that started off having me worried,” noted Chinnery who saw Pirates’ Tramore Fraser leading off with an inside the park homer and added another run for a 2-0 lead, before his ace Neville “Sheep” Smith settled down. “The guys are battlers. They are a really good hitting team, whereas Woodrow (Allen Smith) pitched a heck of a game. But, after seeing him so much, it was a matter of time before we started hitting him.”
Rhodni Skelton who tripled in his first at bat as part of a 3-for-3 game, got his second hit and scored in the fourth cutting the deficit to 4-1. In the fifth Power Outage came up with five runs on five hits and key two Pirates’ errors to take a 6-4 lead.
After getting on base in the top of the seventh, Nickos Penn advanced to third on two pass balls, then stole home when the catcher threw the ball back to the pitcher making the game 6-5, before Sheep—who at one point struck out five straight—recorded his 12th strikeout to end the game and started the wild celebration.
“This is awesome for me especially to win the men’s title,” Chinnery said. “I’ve always been involved with men’s teams since I returned and this is the first I’ve ever won a championships with them. With Young Talent, we always came up short but now this is a really good feeling and I won it on my birthday. I was worried for a little while, but the guys hung in there.”
Pirates’ ace Woodrow said they had one bad inning that killed their game.
“The momentum went from us and that was it,” he noted after taking the loss. “The series was a good series. You can’t ask for better than this. This is what you need for softball,” he added pointing to the crowd. “Look at the park every stand is full and you need games like this. Sheep said he retired. I don’t know if you’ll have another matchup like me and Sheep in the next five or 10 years, but hopefully, it will get back to being good.”