Pitcher Alcott Forbes had a solo home run and struck out 14 batters as his C&S Hitmen won 3-0 over the Commando Security Truckers in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) men’s best-of-seven games championship series on Saturday night. The game was played at Bankers Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.
Forbes’ home run came at the top of the seventh inning. He had two key strikeouts in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Overall, the Hitmen had three hits on the night.
For the Truckers, they ended the night with three hits also. They were unable to turn any of those hits into runs as the Hitmen’s defense was unstoppable.
The Hitmen led 1-0 for six innings. Designated player Edron Knowles scored that run at the top of the first inning.
Both teams struggled offensively as both Forbes and Truckers pitcher Thomas Davis had a good game. Davis had 14 strikeouts as well.
At the top of the seventh inning, the Hitmen needed to put more runs on the scoreboard. They had to avoid any comeback from the Truckers.
With no outs and empty bases, Forbes stepped up to the plate to bat. Up to this point, he had a pop-fly and a strikeout, with the count at two balls and two strikes. The next ball Davis pitched, Forbes took a crack at and sent the ball out of the park for his solo home run. They now led 2-0.
He said this home run was overdue and at this point he needed a hit and it was timely.
The Hitmen left fielder, Martin Burrows, scored on a pass ball to give his team a comfortable lead of 3-0.
The Truckers came up empty in the bottom of the seventh to dig themselves into a 3-1 hole.
Forbes was the winning pitcher. Davis was the losing pitcher.
After the game, Forbes said, “That’s what champions do. We come out here first and foremost to have fun, put God first in anything that you do and I can assure you that the result is always going to be like what you see tonight.”
He has pitched every inning in the championship series. He said his arm gets stronger the deeper the series goes.
“The deeper I go, the stronger I get. I train myself to go long. If you look in our dugout, there is nobody else. The mindset and body have to be ticking the same time to get the results you see out there tonight,” Forbes said.
The Hitmen have a tough game five on Tuesday night as they look to close out the series.
Forbes said, “The mindset is to pop the champagne. We have them on ice and cannot allow them to go flat. The covers are already halfway off so it is just a matter of throwing them in the air now.”
After the tough loss, Perry Seymour, the Truckers’ manager, said, “It was a good game up to the seventh inning. We keep on doing the same thing by making mistakes. When you have two good pitchers on the mound, it is whoever makes the mistakes is going to lose the game.”
Seymour said they will do the same thing tomorrow night.
“We are going to do the same thing and just hope that the guys make more contact and less mistakes. Even though we did not get the timely hits, we have out hit them every game in the series. We [are] just making more mistakes than them on defense. If we cut down on that we will be playing softball all night,” Seymour said.
Picking up the hits for the Hitmen were Forbes, Knowles and leadoff hitter Rodney Forbes. All three players went one for three.
Center fielder Lamar Watkins, left fielder Angelo Watson and right fielder Winston Seymour picked up a hit each for the Truckers.
Umpiring the game at plate was Quinton Albury. Assisting him were Crystal Taylor and Addie Finley.
Rozina Taylor was the scorer.
Game four is tomorrow night at 8.30 p.m. If the Hitmen win, they will represent the NPSA again in the Bahamas Softball Federation national round robin tournament as they look to repeat as national champions.