By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
The BVI Softball Association’s preseason men’s and women’s tournament is in full swing, as it enters its third weekend, before the league opens on Sept 5, on the eve of the 3-year anniversary when Hurricane Irma destroyed the E. Walwyn Brewley Softball Park, during its pummeling of the territory.
Competition opened on August 1, with That’s Ya Problem getting past the West End Warriors, 5-2, on Aug 1. The Warriors did not play in the series of fun games that began in late June.
In the men’s game, Power Outage used three 3-run homers in the first inning, to power past Los Macarrecios, 18-4.
Synergy welcoming the Lady Hawks to the tournament on Aug 2, with a 13-1 victory. Like the West End Warriors, the Lady Hawks did not engage in any of the fun games leading up to the tournament.
The Pirates turned back new comers Hot Shots, 21-10, in the men’s game.
Over the weekend, in the most exciting game of the tournament thus far, Storm stormed back from a 4-run 8-12 deficit with five in their last at bat in the bottom of the fifth, to trim Los Macarrecios, 13-12, on Saturday night. That victory came on the heels of That’s Ya Problem subduing Synergy, 9-3, in the preceding game.
On Sunday, the Lady Hawks—a combination of the Lady Braves and Hawks players—got a 2-hitter from Riiah Durante, during an 11-0 victory over the West End Warriors.
This weekend will see Synergy and the West End Warriors at 5 p.m. on Saturday, followed by Hot Shots and Los Macarrecios at 7. Lady Hawks will face That’s Ya Problem at 4 p.m. on Sunday, followed by Storm and Pirates at 6.
“It’s very good in my opinion,” Power Outage coach Roy Barry said of the preseason tournament. “It’s a first but something the gets the teams in a position to actually know who you’re playing against and to create a level of excitement for everybody.”