By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Please don’t tell the BVI Softball Association’s Juliette Penn Fast Pitch League defending champions Pirates that the Mailman doesn’t deliver on Sundays.
Power Outage chased Pirates starter Nikos Penn in the first inning. When Allen “Woodrow” Smith came in and seemingly settled things down and they clawed their way back, pulling within 8-5, Khoy “Mailman” Frett delivered a two run home off Smith to put more pressure on them, before their defense collapsed on a force out at second. Power Outage added another three runs in the bottom of the fifth, en route to a 13-6 victory.
Although the Pirates battled back from the early deficit, Smith said they let the game away in the first inning. “We tried to battle back but it was too late—we almost came back—but I guess it was a little too late,” Smith said. “We have to work on our defense, that’s one of the things we have to tighten up on. I believe we can pull it out. We can score some runs, but, we really have to work on giving up runs—that’s one of our issues right now and we have to work on it if we want to pull out the championship.”
Power Outage’s manager Keno Gumbs said they know Smith is a great pitcher, so it was very important to start off the way we did because we were the home team, therefore, it was important because the Pirates are a great team.
“Starting off with a victory is what we wanted, what we earned and what we needed to do against a great team because we didn’t want to be trailing,” he said. “We are trying to do our best but can’t count out this team as they are a very good team, but our pitcher did a very nice job tonight.”
After chasing Penn in the first inning, Gumbs said it allowed them to get relaxed. “Our pitcher was wonderful tonight and he pitched a wonderful game,” he said. “We put up some early runs, that was the turning point in this game.”
Power Outage’s catcher Junior Rodriguez, who had his brother Yevris on the mound and got the victory, said it was a good game. “I told my brother to forget everything and try to control his pitches against the Pirates. They are a good team, they have good players but, he has to concentrate,” he said. “I tried to help the team and tell them, go up, never go down. We have to go out and win this game.”
Game two is scheduled for Sunday and Smith said they have a simple task in trying to even the series. “All we have to do is to come, feel good and stay focused and we’ll be alright,” he said.
Power Outage’s Jamarli James went 3-for-3 and had two runs batted in. Jeremy Penn had three hits in four at bats including a homer and two RBI’s. Khoy Frett finished 2-for-3, scored twice and had three runs batted in. Rico Penn, Kye Rymer and George Burrows each knocked in two runs for the Pirates.
In women’s play, the Hawks pounded the West End Warriors, 14-1, to when their best of five series 3-1, earning the right to meet That’s Your Problem, for the title.