#By BRENT STUBBS
#Senior Sports Reporter
#AFTER getting shutout on a no-hitter the night before by the front running C&S Hitmen, the second place Mystic Marlins bounced back on Saturday night and took their frustration out on the fourth place Chances Mighty Mitts in a slugfest.
#In their back-to-back nightcap in the New Providence Softball Association’s 2022 fastpitch season in the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, the Marlins pulled a 25-14 rout over the Mighty Mitts after their 8-0 shellacking to the Hitmen on Friday night.
#Second baseman Stephen Russell went 3-for-3 with four runs batted in and scored four times, highlighted by a three-run home run in a four-run fourth inning that sealed an abbreviated four-run stoppage to push their second place win-loss record to 8-2 behind the Hitmen’s 8-1 mark.
#Just before their game was played, the R&B Operators also played their second game in two nights, but they won both of them, producing a high scoring 20-9 decision over the University of the Bahamas Mingoes and a 20-0 whitewashing of the Johnson’s Lady Truckers on Saturday night.
#With the victories, the Lady Truckers pulled even with the Sunshine Auto Wildcats for first place in the ladies’ division with a 7-2 win-loss record.
#The losses kept the Lady Truckers in third at 4-5 and the Mingoes in fourth at 2-6. The Black Scorpions occupy the last spot at 1-6.
#Marlins 24, Mighty Mitts 14: While Stephen Russell earned the most valuable player award for his efforts, just about every player except one got at least one or more hits as they redeemed themselves from Friday night.
#“Last night (Friday) was one of those nights. I guess the guys were a little scary or shaky against Edney (Bethel), but tonight we came out and played with heart and hit the ball,” said Charlie Rolle, a coach for the Marlins.
#“Last night (Friday) was one of those nights. That is behind us. We’re looking forward now.
#“Forward ever, backward never. The next time we meet them (Hitmen), come to the park and see. I think it will be a much better game.”
#Centre fielder Angelo Watson led off the parade by going 2-for-2 with four runs scored, left fielder Winston Seymour Jr followed with a 1-for-2 outing with three RBI and three runs scored, catcher Garfield Bethel was 1-for-4 with four runs scored, shortstop Austin Hanna was 1-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored, first baseman Thomas Davis was 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, third baseman Anton Hanna was 1-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored and centre fielder Elli Adderley was 1-for-3 with two runs scored. Deon Whyte went the distance for the win on the mound, giving up nine hits with two strike outs, while Michel Ingraham suffered the loss on 12 hits. Catcher Rashad Martin was 3-for-3 with five RBI and two runs scored to lead Chances, whose manager Alphonso ‘Chicken’ Albury tried to keep them motivated throughout the game. Shortstop Stephen McKenzie went 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored and left fielder Juneil Bain was 2-for-3 with two runs scored.
#Operators 20, Lady Truckers 0
#In a dominating pitching performance, strongwoman Brendia Ferguson tossed a no-hitter, striking out two and she helped her own cause by going 2-for-2 with three RBI and three runs scored in their shutout.
#“It’s been a long while,” said Ferguson of her performance that earned her the MVP honours. “I’m just coming back after being out of the league for about four years. I’m pretty proud of what I’m doing now. It takes a lot of work, but I’m happy with the results.”
#R&B also saw third sacker Michelle Thompson go 2-for-3 with a RBI, left fielder Sheryl Evans 1-for-1 with four runs scored, catcher Lathera Brown 1-for-2 with a RBI and three runs scored and centre fielder Melinda Bastian 1-for-3 with two RBI and three runs scored.
#“I’m pretty confident in my team. We didn’t come out tonight with a full team, but we were able to place our members anywhere,” Ferguson said. “We have a versatile team and we got the job done, so I’m pretty happy with the way we performed tonight.”
#Hitmen 8, Marlins 0
#Edney ‘the Heat’ Bethel had another masterful performance on the mound, firing a no-hitter with nine strike outs in the C&S whitewashing of the Marlins on Friday night.
#Richard Bain went 2-for-4 with a RBI and two runs scored, Sherman Ferguson was 1-for-3 with a run scored, Deno Sweeting was 1-for-3 with a RBI and Philp Johnson was 2-for-3 with a run scored. Thomas Davis threw a seven-hitter, striking out five, but it wasn’t enough to stop the Hitmen.
#Operators 20, Mingoes 9
#Diva Burrows picked up the win on an eight hitter and two strike outs and she got all the support she needed from her teammates to seal the deal on Friday night.
#Melinda Bastian went 3-for-5 with three RBI and four runs scored, Jeanette Hilton was 2-for-2 with two ERBI and two runs scored, Michelle Thompson was 3-for-5 with a RBI and three runs scored, Vanessa Sawyer was 2-for-5 with a RBI and two runs scored, and Brendia Ferguson was 1-for-3 with three runs scored.
#Solana Brown was tagged with the loss for the University of the Bahamas.
#Sophia Cartwright went 2-for-3 with a RBI and run scored, Nabria Hamilton was 1-for-3 with two runs scored, Ramazia Rolle was 1-for-1 with two RBI and a run scored and Aallyah Williams was 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored..