By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Power Outage and That’s Ya Problem, will finally get to defend their 2017 VI Softball-Baseball Association titles starting at 6 p.m. on Saturday at the E. Walwyn Brewley Softball Park, against Storm and Synergy respectively. This year marked the association’s first league since Hurricane Irma in 2017, which came two days after the association held an inter Virgin Islands tournament.
Power Outage sent 17 batsmen to the plate in the first inning, scored 12 runs off seven hits, en route to a 14-4 victory over the Albion Hot Shots, who forced a deciding game three. The VI Softball-Baseball Association didn’t provide any stats from the games.
“All I did was change the lineup and those adjustments worked,” Power Outage Manager Roy Barry told Island Sun Sports. “The lineup I had tonight, I knew they couldn’t beat me and that lineup can win any game at any given night.”
Barry said with 14 players on his roster, they’ll use a different lineup and won’t resort to that lineup unless their back is against the wall. “This game sends us into the championships with a lot of confidence,” he noted. “The pitching was good. The defense was good. Unfortunately, my Short Stop got injured but I’m hoping he’ll be okay by the weekend, but the offence was good tonight.”
Can they defend their title? “Yes we can and yes we will,” Barry said.
In the other deciding games, Storm advanced to face Power Outage, after overcoming a 0-5 deficit with 13 unanswered runs, to beat Los Macarrecios, 13-5.
“Honestly speaking, we started out a little shaky, but the key with games like these–if you want to be a champion, you got to stay there and hang and fight to the end,” Manager Allen “Woodrow” Smith told Island Sun Sports. “You don’t just give up when you’re out of it a little but you get knocked down and have to get up and keep fighting.”
In their fight back, Smith said after tying the score at 5-5, they refocused and settled down again. He said they had a few mental mistakes in the first inning that set them offtone. Once they equaled the score they were able to settle down mentally and they went from there. Now that they’re meeting Power Outage, Smith said that they have to become focused as Power Outage is a more focused team.
“We can’t just go out there and just think we have it just because,” said Smith who formed Storm after Hurricane Irma. “We have to be more focused, play on point and go from there. We can’t be making silly mistakes, because they will capitalize on silly mistakes. So we have to stay focused, from start to finish.”
Los Macarrecios Manager Juan Solomon, said his team had a nice 5-0 start, then they got nervous—same as they did in their last game when they took a 4-0 lead but pulled out an 8-7 extra inning victory. “In the first inning, we made five runs but those guys couldn’t take the pressure,” he noted. “As soon as one player makes an error, the rest of the players get angry—that’s why our team can’t be a good team—the don’t have any discipline. That’s one thing I can say. You tell them to do something and they do something else. You tell them nor argument, it’s better you tell them let’s go and have an argument. But, we lost. I wish the best to the two teams.”
The championships starts on Saturday at 6 p.m. with Synergy taking on defending champions That’s Ya Problem. The Storm and defending champions Power Outage game follows.