By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Two games on Sunday afternoon marked the return of formal softball competition, the first since Hurricane Irma in 2017, when the BVI Softball Association hosted the Raymundo “Mundo” Boynes Softball Tournament, three days before Hurricane Irma struck and destroyed the E. Walwyn Brewley Softball Park as well as the territory.
In the opening game played at the Roger Allen Hodge Park, Albion outslugged Parsons, 10-8. Eli “Yampie” Nibbs was the winning pitcher with Jason “Mad” Fonseca, being tagged with the loss.
Joseph Smith Sr. and Allen “Woodrow” Smith combined to lead Pleasant Valley to a 3-1 victory over Cherry Ghut. Dariel Robinson was the losing hurler.
“Softball at the moment, we had to try to bring it alive, at least in Sea Cows Bay to lift up the youth and get some kind of games going because everybody’s looking somewhere to go, so we just had to put something together—me my sisters and brothers to make it happen,” event coordinator Sylvester “Bucker” Johnson explained. “We have four teams in the league and the first game went alright. There was a nice game between Pleasant Valley and Cherry Ghut and we happened to come out the loser.”
Johnson said the league will run through July and games will be played on Sundays starting at 2 p.m.
“What I feel good about is that the guys came out to play and everyone’s interested and coming to play,” he said.
Instead of Sunday’s game, because of the Poker Run, there will be one game on Saturday at 3 p.m., when Cherry Ghut will face Parsons. On Saturday, June 1, Albion and Pleasant Valley will square off at 3 p.m.