There were two games on the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) schedule on Saturday night – both in the women’s department. They both finished in the fourth inning as the Sunshine Auto Wildcats and the RAB Operators picked up victories. Fans got an early night at the Banker’s Softball Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex as both games ended short via the mercy rule.
The Wildcats easily disposed of the Johnson’s Lady Truckers, 11-1, in the late game. The early game had the Operators dominating the Black Scorpions, 17-0.
Wildcats’ pitcher Thela Stevens, formerly Thela Johnson, walked away with the Most Valuable Player (MVP) award in their game as she finished 2-for-3 at the plate and scored two runs. The runs came in the first and second innings. In pitching, she struck out four of the Lady Truckers’ batters.
The Wildcats surely were not looking for this game to go to seven innings as they quickly got out to a 4-0 lead after the first inning. It was all Wildcats straight through as they pounced on the Lady Truckers to go up 6-0 after two innings. Both teams came up empty in the third inning.
The Lady Truckers finally got a runner home as catcher Brendia Carey scored after hitting a triple, but the Wildcats still led 6-1.To end the game in the fourth inning, the Wildcats needed to score five more runs. They did easily. Second baseman Shannon Poitier came home after Cia Bowe was hit by a pitcher with the bases loaded to end the game.
In the first game, Operators’ pitcher Diva Burrows was the MVP as she had a no-hitter and struck out four Black Scorpions’ batters.
It was all Operators in this game as it also lasted four innings. They scored four runs after two innings before tuning their bats more to score some runs in the third and fourth innings. In the third inning, they almost doubled their runs total with seven runs to go up 11-0.
The Operators scored another six runs in the top of the fourth inning to plate 17 runs after four. Needing to defend in the bottom of the fourth inning, the Operators picked up three quick outs to win the game.
NPSA action continues Thursday night with a women’s matchup at 7 p.m. and the men’s game following.
The University of The Bahamas (UB) Mingoes will battle the Operators at 7 p.m. The men’s game will feature the Atlantis Titans going up against the Cyber Tech Blue Marlins at 9 p.m.