By Dean Greenaway
The West End Warriors waited until the right moment in the 2014 BVI Softball Association Berth “Big Man” Henley league to pull off a stunning victory.
After fighting their way into the playoff series, the Warriors, despite a series of walks, beat the Hawks 13-12, to kick off the best of three playoff series on Sunday and took a 1-0 lead.
The Warriors’ catcher Gertrude Thomas helped kick start the offense and finished 2-for-4 with 2 triples, 2 runs scored and 3 RBIs. The Warriors’ 13 runs came from 11 hits. They committed 4 errors and left 8 runners on base.
Kimesha Adams followed up with a 2-for-4 game with 3 runs scored and 2 runs batted in. Winning pitcher Sarah Potter helped her cause by going 3-for-3 with a double and 2 runs batted in.
The Hawks had 12 runs, 7 hits, 4 errors and left 9 runners on base. Jheane Niles was 2-for-2 with a double, 4 runs scored and drove in 3. Michelle Georges had 2 hits in 3 at bats and drove in two. Perline Leonard was the losing pitcher.
In the male division, Allen “Woodrow” Smith fired a one hitter and Rico Penn provided all the runs the Pirates needed with a three run homer in the second inning and capped the scoring with his second three run homer of the game in the sixth inning, as they blanked the Reds, 12-0
The Pirates took a commanding 2-0 lead in the best of three series.
Dariel Robinson, the first of a quartet of Reds pitchers on the night, was the losing hurler.
Action continues on Friday at 7 p.m. with the Lady Crushers facing defending champs Pythons who have won 52 straight games in game one of their best of five series. That will be followed by Power Outage vs Dominicanos in their second game where the Power Outage leads the series 1-0.
At 5 p.m. on Saturday the Hawks and West End Warriors will meet in game two while the Pirates will try to sweep the Reds in their third game that follows.
The Pythons and Lady Crushers will meet in game two at 5 p.m. on Sunday followed by game three of the Dominicanos and Power Outage’s series.