By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway
Trying to prevent a sweep on Sunday after rains wiped out Saturday’s game, defending Women’s champions That’s Ya Problem raced to a 5-1 lead over Synergy, who led the Astros-Atoms Softball League best of five Championships Series, 2-0.
Then it went downhill from there and fast from the second inning, as Synergy would outscore That’s Ya Problem 16-2 for a 17-7 victory and complete the sweep. Jelissa “Shelly” Potter hit a 2 run single as Synergy pulled within 5-3. She stole second and third , then scored on a pass ball to make it 5-4, then tied the score on the next play.
That’s Ya Problem’s Ericca Frederick tripled to make it 6-5 in the third and Tafara “Taffy” Phillips also singled to make it 7-5—the last time they scored a run for the championship.
“This is a sweet victory,” Synergy’s manager Neville “Sheep” Smith told Island Sun Sports. “That team is a very good team—no question about it. Once they’re on their P’s and Q’s, nobody can’t beat them.”
Smith said their plan was to force the champs to bunt and throw, as they knew that their Second Baseman and Shortstop were weak areas. “Once we hit the ball, all we had to do was continue running,” he said. “It’s always sweet when you have a team that will listen and most of them know the game so it feels good being back.”
Jamal “Lefty” Allen said his team started good but it seems that they got comfortable and relaxed.
“They started making errors and errors and that’s what killed them,” he noted. “Every time they put up runs, they gave them back. They made errors but I know they tried their best. But we’ll be back next year. I know they didn’t want to lose and will take things more seriously when we start off season training. Next year they’ll come and it will be a show.”
Power Outage win in extra innings
Power Outage Manager Roy Barry said their thrilling seesaw 12-11 extra inning victory over Storm for a 2-1 series lead, said it was a tough victory.
“The team really dug deep and our two leading pitchers (Jeremey “Chicken” Penn and Jamal “Lefty” Allen) didn’t have it tonight and we went to our third pitcher (Darel Robinson) who pitched a brilliant game and that was the key to our success,” he told Island Sun Sports. “The team also made contact with Neville (“Sheep” Smith), we made some adjustments—we discussed that in the huddle—they adjusted during the game and contact was much better, so tonight we had the bigger heart.”
Power Outage’s Jamarlie James was their top hitter, finishing 3-for-5 with a homer, a run batted in and scored three times. Sheldon “Clutch” John, doubled and tripled to finish 2-for-4 with 3 RBI’s and two runs scored. Molique Malone also went 2-for-4, scored twice and drove in one.
Disappointed Storm Manager Allen “Woodrow” Smith whose team at one time led 6-2 in the third inning, told Island Sun Sports: “If you play bad you can’t win playing bad,” he noted. “You’re in championship. You can’t be making foolish errors like you just start to practice. You have to suck it up and let’s go—this is championship ball—we’re playing like we just started to play ball.”
Neville “Sheep” Smith, who fanned 10 in the loss, said the problem was with the catcher who started for Sylvester “Bucker” Johnson.
“It made me keep the ball over the plate in the beginning—but there were a lot of errors,” he noted. “I don’t know what happened tonight. There were a lot of mistakes. We lost, but that’s part of the game. All we have to do is come back on Saturday.”
Storm’s Kye Rymer finished 2-for-5. Ojari Henry was 2-for-3 with four runs scored and a run batted in.
The teams will meet in game four on Saturday at 6 p.m.
“My intention is to repeat as champions—we can and we will,” Barry assured. “Saturday, our intention is to be crowned champions. We just have to play defense.”
The Storm’s Manager’s view? “We just have to win—by any means necessary,” Allen “Woodrow” Smith said.