Unbeaten Synergy overpowers Lady Hawks, 8-7, in Chinnery League

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Lady Hawks’ veteran Gertrude Thomas fouls off a pitch during a 2-for-2 game

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway

Trailing 0-3, Synergy used a 5-run 3rd inning to get back into the game, then needed another three runs in the bottom of the fifth to overpower Lady Hawks, 8-7 on Sunday, and remained unbeaten in the Terrence “Chino” Chinnery Softball League. They’re now 5-0.

Both teams missed base loaded opportunities to score in the third, after Synergy’s Thea Cooke came on in relief of Debbie Ridgeway, who was charged with the first three runs.

“Listen, this game was a good game. My goal coming in was just to pitch, give them something to bat and let my fielders defend me,” said Cooke who improved to 3-0 and scattered seven hits. “I have some good players behind me. I wasn’t trying to strike out necessarily, just give the batters something to hit and let my team defend.”

Lady Hawks manager Julian Adams who saw veteran Gertrude Thomas going 2-for-3 with 2 RBI’s as their top hitter and Sherna Robinson and Shamora “Molly” Penn-Maduro going 2-for-2 and 2-for-3 respectively, said it was an ‘excellent’ game.

“We played our hearts out. Synergy is a team that never says die and we have to play a full game every time we play them,” he said. “Other than that, we made a couple errors in the fifth inning and that was the game. It was a close game for five or six innings, but I’m happy with the team’s play, I had some players playing out of position, but other than that, the team played well.”

Synergy’s Makeda Fahie went 2-for-2  with two runs scored and manager Neville “Sheep” Smith, said at the start of the game, he told his team they’re being hunted as everyone wants to beat them.

“It was a very good game, Durant (Riiah) pitched a really good game and I must commend her for that, but again, the team is a very strong team,” he noted. “They know the game and once they continue to listen, we’re going to continue to win. This team always has one big inning and until that inning is finished, I don’t worry. I told them three runs can’t beat us so let’s continue playing small ball, get a run, after that rally start, we’ll get back in the game and that’s what we did. We just don’t give up.”

After a scoreless first, That’s Ya Problem scored in the next three innings to turn back the West End Warriors, 13-3. Shakia Jeffers scattered three hits and improved to 2-1 on the season for That’s Ya Problem, who saw Kaynesha Stoutt who doubled twice in three at bats and had 4 RBI’s, as their top hitter. Che’Vaunne Richardson finished 2-for-2, scored a run and stole a base.

Warriors’ Kimesha Adams was tagged with the loss and fell to 1-2. Kimiyah Matthias was their top hitter, doubling in three at bats.

In men’s play, Jeremy Penn fired a 3-hitter, struck out 6 in 6 innings for his first victory, as defending champions Power Outage quelled Storm, 12-5. He also went 1-for-4 , scored a run and had a run batted in. Allen “Woodrow” Smith (2-1) endured the loss. Storm’s Rhodni Skelton finished 3-for-3 including a triple and a run scored.

The 5-0 Pirates used a 5-run first and a 5-run fifth, to cool the VG Heat, 12-3. Neville “Sheep” Smith fanned eight for his league leading 37 strikeouts and improved to 3-0 with the win. Jason “Mad” Fonseca (1-2) took the loss. Pirates’ Kennard Dawson was 2-for-4 including a homer and scored twice. AJ Collins was also 2-for-4, scored once and stole a base. VG Heat’s Josh Ridgeway, doubled in three at bats, stole a base and drove in two.  

Albion’s Hot Shots needed 10 innings to outslug the Raiders, 11-10. Lionel Hodge won and Yeveris Rodriguez took the loss. Ramon Hatchett went 2-for-5 with 2 RBI’s for the Raiders. Raiders Nashwanta Smith was 3-for-5 with 3 stolen bases and 3 runs scored.  

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