By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Defending champions Pleasant Valley outslugged Parsons 11-8, in the Allington Hodge Fast Pitch Village Softball league at the Roger Allen Hodge Park in Sea Cows Bay, in the first game played under flood lights for the very first time at the park on Sunday evening. The lights were installed earlier in the day.
After the defending champs had taken a 3-0 lead, Parsons’ Devon Bedford lined a 3 run homer deep into the centerfield bushes, as his team batted around and scored six runs to take a 6-3 lead in in the bottom of the second inning.
“It was a sweet pitch, then it was a jack tito, simple,” Bedfored said of his shot that went in the bushes, noting that he was looking for that pitch. “It was a dropping fast ball and I lined it.”az
After scoring two runs off Nicos Penn, Pleasant Valley capitalized on wild pitches as runner advanced and Sheldon John lined reliever Eli “Yampi” Nibbs full count pitch over the wall for a 2 run homer and a 7-6 lead, chasing Nibbs & bringing in ageless veteran Roy ”Panhandle” Hill. However, with the rule that at least three players from the village must be on the field at all times, Hill was sent back to the dugout and Nibbs returned.
Parsons would take an 8-7 lead after holding Pleasant Valley scoreless, before pitcher Allen “Woodrow” Smith slugged a 2-run triple, to take control with a 9-8 advantage.
Jamarlie James lined a 2-run homer to center making it 11-8 and Parsons had no response in their do or die at bat.
Smith was credited with the victory while Penn took the loss.
“It was a good game but we fell short a little bit but, we aren’t arguing—we didn’t hit in the clutch,” Nibbs noted. “That’s the only thing that killed us.”
He said they have to work out more as a team to secure victories in close games.
Pleasant Valley manager Roy Barry said it was in intense game with Parsons as expected.
“Parsons have some excellent players but we stuck to our game plan and we played to the end and we got the win,” he noted. “They had a very good strategy because they walked my two big hitters and that worked out to their advantage. But, at the end of the day with the power we have and the diligence that we play with, my team was able to overcome all of that.”
Clinging to an 8-7 lead, Parsons held the explosive Pleasant Valley scoreless in the bottom of the third inning.
“Yes, I was surprised,” Barry said. “I expected to at least tie the score at that point.”
As defending champs, he said his team will repeat as champions.
“I have the better team,” Barry pointed out. “And our team is together—that’s the difference between us and the other teams.”
In Sunday’s game one, Cherry Ghut edged Albion’s in another slugfest, 11-10. Sylvester “Bucker” Johnson was the winning pitcher in relief of Ralston “Grandfather” Henry and Dariel Robinson. Jason “Mad” Fonseca took the loss.
Games will continue on Saturday with Pleasant Valley vs Albion and Parsons vs Cherry Ghut. No games are scheduled for Sunday because of horse racing. All Games are at the Roger Allen Hodge Park in Sea Cows Bay, above the Ellis Thomas Downs.