Power Outage avoid Pirates’ raid in extra innings rally, 15-12

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Pirates Catcher Dwight Brookes, left, catches his balance after tagging out Power Outage’s Jamali James at the plate

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Power Outage jumped out to a 6-0 lead over the Pirates, fell behind 10-7, then needed a four run eight inning rally to break an 11-11 tie, en route to a thrilling 15-12 victory in the Virgin Islands Softball Baseball Association Atoms-Astros Softball League Sunday night, at the E. Walwyn Brewley Softball Park.

Jeremey Penn, who relieved Darel Robinson, was the winning pitcher while Jason “Mad” Fonseca, took the loss. Penn was 3-for-4 as Power Outage’s top hitter. He scored three times and had 2 RBI’s. Sheldon “Clutch” John had  a 3-for-5 game, scored three times and drove in a run. Kyle Callwood was 2-2- with a run scored.

Pirates Dwight Brookes doubled twice in five at bats and scored twice.

“Boy, this was our best shot so far, made a little goof, but they bat better than us,” Pirates player manager Austin “Woody” Maduro told Island Sun Sports. “But we made some mental errors that cost us the game, really. I see we’re coming together. I think the next game will be a lot better, I really think so.”

Power Outage manager Roy Barry said despite winning the game, they made a lot of errors. “Like I always say to the team, defense wins games,” Barry said. “Surprisingly and luckily, the other team just gave it to us. They gave up so we were victorious, but we must get our defense together. And as I said to them, we could score 15 runs, but if you’re giving up 16, we’ll still lose.”

Barry added: “I didn’t expect it (fight) from the Pirates, but their backs are against the wall, so they have to come out fighting if they want to make the playoffs.”

In the preceding game, Albion’s Hot Shots jumped to the early lead, then hanged on to stun Storm, 9-7, after Storm got past Los Macarrecios, 9-8 on Saturday. Andrew Stoutt was the Hot Shot’s winning pitcher. Storm’s Ralston “Grandfather” Henry, was tagged with the loss.

“I know Storm is a very good team,” Hot Shots’ manager Eli “Ympi” Nibbs told Island Sun Sports. ”I told them from the get go, that they (Storm) have Woodrow (Allen Smith) and Sheep (Neville Smith), and I told them they have to be very careful. I was looking for Sheep but they sent Woodrow and I felt so happy with Woodrow, because my team hits Woodrow good. Sheep is the only person that calms down our team. So I feel happy with this win.”

Storm’s player/manager Allen “Woodrow” Smith, who struck out five Hot Shot batsmen, told Island Sun Sports that when a team gets behind, it’s hard to catch up. “You’re already out of it and can’t make any mistakes and if you make any mistakes, the game is already over, that’s how it is,” he noted, pointing out playing the night before had no effect on his team. “Something happened there that we were out of focus. We didn’t even know it was the last inning and we lost.”

What can be learned from a game like this? “Always go hard, go serious and don’t fool around anytime, just keep going,” he said.

Erwin Telemaque homered for Albion Hot Shots, scored once and had 3 RBI’s. Storm’s Sylvester “Bucker” Johnson, had one of his team’s two hits, scored a run and drove in one.

In Storm’s 9-8 victory over Los Macarrecios on Saturday, Woodrow struck out six during the win, while Neville “Sheep” Smith came on in relief and fanned five. Renold “Bushman” Corum took the loss. Storm’s Michael Vanterpool homered in two at bats, scored once and had a run batted in. Michael Clyne had a 2-run homer, scored once and finished with 2 RBI’s.

Los Macarrecios’ Gminsky Salmasi, had two of his team’s five hits and scored a run.

In the lone women’s game, Synergy fended off the Lady Hawks, 13-8. Thea Cooke was the winning pitcher, Javlyn Frett took the loss.

Synergy’s Jelisa Potter, had  a 3-for-5 game including a homer. She scored twice and finished with three runs batted in. Claury Scattliffe was 2-for-3, including a homer and a triple, scored twice and had 4 RBI’s. Lil-Makeda Fahie, finished 2-for-3 and scored a run.Lady Hawks’ Shamora Penn-Maduro, tripled as part of a 3-for-4 game and scored three times. Frett was also 3-for-4, scored a run and drove in one. Celine Thomas had a 3-for-4 game with a run batted in and scored once.

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