By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
The Pythons won their fourth successive BVI Softball Association Women’s Division crow and in the process, extended their winning streak to 66 successive games dating back to 2011, following a thrilling 11-10 victory over the Hawks. They led 8-0 before making costly errors that let the Hawks back into the game.
“We led 8-0 with two outs and these girls gave up six runs,” manager Terry Chinnery noted. “I had to go out on the field and give them some choice words I don’t normally use—it was ridiculous. They made several errors and then the Hawks got some hits in between. So the combination of hits and errors led to runs. We needed just one more run to end the game—and that’s when the errors started. I was stunned. I really had to give them piece of my mind.”
Pythons’ catcher Jelissa Potter was 4-for-4, with 2 doubles and 2 triples. She also scored 4 and had 3 RBI’s. Shevon Richardson was 2-for-4 with 2 runs batted in. The Hawks’ Jheane Niles had a 2-for-5 night, scored once and knocked in one. Javelyn Frett had 2 hits in 4 at bats with 3 RBI’s.
“These girls have set themselves to a standard where they feel no one can beat them,” Chinnery said. “That’s their mentality.”
New men’s champ to be crowned
Chinnery who led the Pythons and Power Outage to the 2014 Women and Men’s titles—the first time that had happened in 38 years—will settle for just the women’s crown.
Allison Leonard hit a 3-run home to dead center in the bottom of the fifth, giving the Pirates their first lead, 7-6, after trailing 6-0, then hanged on for a 12-11 triumph over defending champions Power Outage to complete a sweep and ensured a new champion will be crowned. They will face the Reds vs Dominicanos winner for the title.
“I went up with a mind set just to get a single and get the two runs in to take the lead but the ball went in my wheelhouse,” said Leonard who had a 3-for-3 game with 2 runs scored and 4 RBI’s. Rhodni Skelton finished 3-for-4 with 4 RBI’s and 2 runs scored. “It hanged, I had my eyes opened and I ripped it. It was gone.”
Power Outage’s Jeremy Penn had a 2 run homer as part of a 3-for-4 night and finished with 4 runs batted in. Khoy Frett was 3-for-3. He scored twice and drove in two.
“We were a little rusty after the layoff, made some miscues and didn’t help the pitcher and we had to work hard from behind,” player manager Allen Smith who came on in relief of Nicos Penn stated. “When we got up, we got comfortable which seems to be the trend of the Pirates. Every time we get in a groove and could put away the game, we just relax.”
The Dominicanos evened their series with the Reds at 2-2, following a 10-5 victory.