By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Los Macarrecios and the Albion’s Hot Shots are not going down in the VI Softball Baseball Association Astros-Atoms Softball League without a fight and have forced Saturday’s deciding game three against Storm and Power Outage respectively.
Los Macarrecios jumped out to a 4-0 lead, made three errors in the top of the sixth as Storm capitalized and cut the deficit to 4-3. A pass ball allowed them to knot the game at 4-4, before they took a 5-4 lead. Los Macarrecios tied the game at 5-5 in the bottom of the seventh, forcing extra innings.
They held Storm scoreless in their turn at bat. With a man on Second, Los Macarrecios batsman bunted the ball towards Storm’s baseman, who fired to first. With the first basemen drawn in expecting the bunt, the second baseman did not cover first. The ball went errant and the Los Macarrecios runner raced home for the 6-5 thriller.
“I don’t know what to tell you. Plain and simple, I’ve never seen anything like this in my life,” Allen “Woodrow” Smith told Island Sun Sports. “In all my years of playing ball, I’ve never experienced a play like that in my life. That was a shock. In the time when you’re supposed to bear down, it seems like we fell apart right there in that moment. It was an easy bang, bang play. The ball just came to you right where you needed it and we made a whole mess of it. All that means, we’re in a dog fight now to move on.”
Los Macarrecios manager Juan Solomon, said it was a nice game and the series is tied 1-1. “We’re glad we won,” he said. “This weekend, there’s no tomorrow.”
Solomon said nerves got the better of his team in the last inning , leading to errors and allowing Storm back in the game. “In the last inning, though I talked to them, they got nervous but the most important thing is, we won.”
Willie Reyes was 2-for-4 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI’s. Freddy Morales was also 2-for-4. Kye Rymer was Storm’s top hitter going 2-for-2.
The Hot Shots stunned Power Outage 8-7, after blowing a 4-0 lead and allowing them back into the game, when Demoi “Ben Up” Hodge, hit a 3-run homer to right for a 7-6 edge and they mounted a comeback.
“The offense wasn’t as I expected it to be. We had runners on base and stranded most of them,” Manager Roy Barry noted. “The team was a bit sluggish in the beginning and we made a few mistakes on the field. We changed the pitching, scored enough runs to take the lead but our pitching just couldn’t hold it.”
Solomon said he’s changing his lineup and inserting players he knows can bunt and hit Neville. As underdogs, Nibbs said the Hot Shots will be playing freely as the pressure is on Power Outage.
That’s Ya Problem vs Synergy
That’s Ya Problem will defend the title they won during the last league in 2017, after turning back the Lady hawks, 12-5, while Synergy flew past the West End Warriors, 15-2.
“Winning means everything to us because we’re the defending champs and for sure, we’re supposed to be automatic in this championship,” Tylia “Tweety Bird” Nibbs said before knowing her opponent. “So whoever is coming, get ready.That’s Ya Problem is ready.”
NIbbs said they were plagued by errors during the season, but have been working on the weak areas, but now they’re ready.
“If we can win this title? We did it already and we’re going to do it again,” she predicted.
Pitcher Chavaughnne Richardson said their opponent changed their name from Walk Off to Synergy, but they’re going to repeat as champions. “This is our time,” she noted. “Last time we did it we had Irma, now we have Corona. We knew (getting into) the playoffs was automatic. Regular season means nothing. We’re sweeping them with the broom under the rug.”
Synergy’s Coach Neville “Sheep” Smith, said his team is ready and used the game with the Warriors to work on strategy and play the game the way it should be played. Although they swept That’s Ya Problem, entering the championships, both teams are 0-0 and they will play one game at a time.Warriors Sarah Washington, said her team’s aim was to play for the title but that didn’t work out. “We’re going away and preparing to come back stronger next year,” she said.