National team loses as NPSA stages all-star festivities

Thomas Davis of The Bahamas’ men’s national softball team prepares to deliver a pitch against the NPSA all-stars during the New Providence Softball Association’s all-star festivities on Tuesday night. The all-stars won, 4-3. SIMBA FRENCH

The New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) men’s all-star team defeated the men’s national softball squad, 4-3, in the NPSA all-star night festivities on Tuesday night at Bankers Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex, while in ladies action, the Team B all-stars got past Team A all-stars, 12-5.


NPSA All-Stars 4, National Team 3

With the all-stars using national team pitcher Lyle Sawyer and catcher Angelo Dillet, so that they could be familiar facing top notch talent, they took care of the national team in a nail-biting affair, 4-3.

In the top of the first inning, Sawyer struck out the national team’s first three batters, center fielder Alcott Forbes, catcher Garfield Bethel and first baseman Sherman Ferguson.

In the bottom of the first, the NPSA all-stars center fielder Rodney Forbes hit a single to center field. That was the only hit of the inning as the next three batters were retired.

The national team’s second inning was similar to their first, three straight strikeouts.

Both teams were unable to produce a hit in the second inning, and the score remained unchanged.

In the top of the third, with Sawyer already striking out five out of six batters, another two batters went down to strikes. Left fielder Winston Seymour got on first base on a passed ball, and then Sawyer picked up his third strikeout of the inning as he struck out Forbes again.

In the bottom of the third, the NPSA all-stars got on the scoreboard twice on passed balls. Scoring for them were left fielder Giovanni Willie and Forbes.

With a 2-0 lead heading into the top of the fourth, the NPSA all-stars were seeking to continue their stellar pitching and defense.

After their first two batters struck out, the national team got their first hit of the night. Third baseman Wayne Johnson hit the ball to left field and Willie dropped it, paving the way for Johnson to get on base. Second baseman Martin Burrows picked up another hit for the national team. His single drove Johnson home. The national team now trailed the NPSA all-stars, 2-1.

The all-stars did not score in the bottom of the fourth, setting the game up for an intriguing fifth and final inning.

The national team scored two runs in the top of the fifth to take their first lead of the game, 3-2. Scoring for them were right fielder Jeffrey Woodside and Forbes. Ferguson picked up an RBI after striking out in his previous at-bats.

The national team made a pitching change as Thomas Davis went to center field and Forbes took over on the mound.

The NPSA all-star substituted Miguel Hanna in. He batted first in the top of the fifth and scored. Willie then scored his second run of the game.

The game ended 4-3 in favor of the NPSA all-stars.

Sawyer was the winning pitcher and Davis was the losing pitcher.

Umpiring at the plate was Addie Finley and on base was Mike Hanna. Scoring the game was Rozina Taylor.

The national team left yesterday, travelling to Barranquilla, Colombia to participate in the 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games.


Team B 12, Team A 5

The Team B all-stars used a huge six-run first inning to run away with a 12-5 victory over the Team A all-stars.

In the top of the first inning, second baseman Keyshelle Robinson from Team A scored first. Picking up an RBI was pitcher Thela Johnson. They went into the bottom of the first leading, 1-0.

The Team B all-stars opened the bottom of the first inning with center fielder Carla Cambridge scoring for them. The other five scorers were first baseman Sari Albury, second baseman Shaquelle Bain, designated hitter Rhyiessa Stuart, catcher Sheena Taylor and left fielder Shavonne Dames. Picking up two RBIs in the inning was right fielder Dwanya Pratt.

The Team A all-stars scored another run in the top of the second as third baseman Amariage Taylor came home on a passed ball.

After a six-run first inning, the Team B all-stars began to struggle as they could not overcome Team A all-stars’ defense.

The Team A all-stars offense produced three valuable runs in the third inning. Scoring in the inning for them were center fielder Doneisha Woodside, Robinson and right fielder Yvanna McDonald. This was their last productive inning as they were unable to score in the other two innings.

The Team B all-stars scored one run in the third inning. Sheena scored and Dames picked up an RBI.

In the bottom of the fourth, they scored three more runs to pull ahead 10-5. Cambridge and Albury scored again.

The fifth and sixth innings saw the Team B all-stars scoring one run in each inning. Cambridge scored her third run of the game and Stuart scored her second run.

The game ended 12-5 in the Team B all-star’s favor.

Despite Cambridge going hitless in four at-bats she was able to score three runs. Albury went 2-for-4, scored two runs and had one RBI. Stuart performed well, going 2-for-3 and scoring two runs.

The Team A all-stars top performer was Robinson. She had a hit in her only at-bat and scored two runs. Amariage Taylor was 1-for-3 and scored one run. McDonald contributed one run scored and one RBI.

The winning pitcher was Valencia Gibson and the losing pitcher was Thela Johnson.

Tequila Newton was at the plate umpiring and at base was Steven Turnquest. Scoring was Rozina Taylor.

NPSA league action resumes tonight as the Hennessey Panthers play the Aliv Strykers at 7 p.m. In the second game at 8:30 p.m., the Platinum Pool Sharks will play the Sunshine Auto Wildcats.

Tomorrow night with have make-up games on the schedule as the Sharks face off against the Strykers at 7 p.m., and the BTC Elite Warriors go up against the Chances Mighty Mitts in the men’s game.

Sharks hold on to down Wildcats; Panthers blanks Strykers

Platinum Pool Sharks’ pitcher Crystal Cartwright pitches to a Sunshine Auto Wildcats batter. The Sharks held on to defeat the Wildcats 10-6 in the late game on Thursday night in the New Providence Softball Association women’s division at Bankers Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

Rain disrupted one of the best games of the season as the Platinum Pool Sharks held on to defeat the Sunshine Auto Wildcats 10-6 in the late game on Thursday night in the New Providence Softball Association women’s division at Bankers Field, Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. In the earlier game, the Hennessy Panthers took care of the Aliv Strykers 16-0.

Platinum Pool Sharks 10, Sunshine Auto Wildcats 6

The top-seeded Sunshine Auto Wildcats and the second-seeded Platinum Pool Sharks put on a show for the fans in the late game action before the rain poured and stopped the game at the end of the fifth inning. The Sharks used a huge fourth inning to overcome the Wildcats 10-6.

Scoring for the Sharks at the top of the first inning was center fielder Dorneisha Woodside. She scored on a passed ball. They were unable to score any more runs in the inning.

The Wildcats found it difficult to get into any rhythm in the game. The Sharks’ defense was out in full force making the right plays at the bottom of the first inning.

At the top of the second, the Sharks picked up another run. This time, right fielder Ramona Hanna scored. Their inning ended with left fielder Kenvona Ingraham on third base as Woodside was struck out. The Sharks were now up 2-0.

The Wildcats finally found the weak areas in the Sharks’ defense. They scored four runs in the bottom of the second inning. Scoring for them were pitcher Thela Johnson, shortstop Ruthann Simms, left fielder Michesia Davis and right fielder Shavone Dames. Dames also had two runs batted in (RBIs). Catcher Davanette Wright picked up one RBI as she hit a sacrifice fly ball to right field.

They now led the game 4-2.

The Sharks refused to go blank on any inning as catcher De’Shea Stubbs scored on a Johnson wild pitch to bring them within one run, 4-3.

Designated player Sophie Cartwright was left on third base anxious to come home.

In the bottom of the third Davis scored for the Wildcats again as Wright picked up the RBI. She remained on base as the inning came to an early but fruitful close. They now led the sharks 5-3.

Woodside scored again at the top of the inning to lead three of her teammates on the scoreboard. Short stop Leia Johnson, Hanna and Ingraham scored. First baseman Sari Albury had two RBIs in the innings, bringing home Woodside and Johnson. They now had a 7-5 lead heading into the bottom of the fourth inning.

Wildcats’s Cambridge got on the scoreboard as they Wildcats scored their final run of the game.

With the score at 7-6 in favor of the Sharks, Mother Nature decided to send a shower of rain.

The Sharks poured in three more runs in the rain at the top of the fifth inning as third baseman Aliyah Ferguson, Hanna and second baseman Keshelle Robinson all scored. Johnson was left on third base.

The Sharks held a comfortable 10-6 lead.

At the bottom of the fifth inning they challenged the Wildcats’ offense. Their defense was too much for the division leaders.

Hanna went zero for two on the night but scored three runs. Woodside had two runs as she went zero for three. Getting the most hits for them were Albury, Robinson and Ingraham. Robinson and Ingraham scored one run each but Albury had two RBIs despite being scoreless.

For the Wildcats, Cambridge was perfect three for three as she scored one run. Davis was a perfect two for two. She scored two runs.

The winning pitcher was Sharks’ Taylor Cartwright. Johnson was the losing pitcher.

Umpiring at base was Mike Hanna. Assisting him at base was Danny Stubbs. Lorraine Fowler-Woodside was the scorer.

Sharks resume play tonight at 8:30 p.m. against the Johnson lady Truckers. The Wildcats will be up against the Hennessey Panthers on August 7.

Hennessey Panthers 16, Aliv Strykers 0

The Hennessey Panthers used an eight-run second inning to down the Aliv Strykers 16-0.

Panthers opened the game scoring four runs at the top of the first inning. Scoring for them was center fielder Shaquel Smith, short stop Amarige Taylor, catcher Yvana Mc Donald right fielder Latoya Johnson and second baseman Rhyeissa Stuart. Third baseman Princess Mullings was left on third base. The score was 5-0 to the Panthers.

The second inning was very fruitful as Taylor, McDonald, Johnson and Stuart all scored again. Joining them on the scoreboard was first baseman Kristen Delancy, left fielder Darcy Spence, Mullings and designated player Lacelle Albury. The score at the end of the inning was 13-0.

At the top of the third inning Stuart scored her third run of the game to extend their lead to 14-0.

The Panthers scored another two runs in the fourth and final inning. Smith and Johnson were the scorers.

The Strykers got one hit on the evening thanks to right fielder Monique Minnis.

Panthers’ Stuart and Johnson scored three runs apiece. Stuart was a perfect three for three. McDonald was three for four.

The winning pitcher was the Panther’s Nachara Gilbert. The Strykers’ Laurel Rolle was the losing pitcher.

Tequila Newton was the umpire at plate. Quinton Albury was at base. Lorraine Fowler-Woodside was the scorer.

The Panthers will be in action tonight against the BTC Lady Warriors at 7 p.m. The Strykers take on the Lady Warriors on Tuesday night at 7 p.m.

Sharks complete a perfect weekend in the NPSA

The Platinum Pool Lady Sharks keep rolling as they completed a perfect weekend in the New Providence Softball Association’s (NPSA) women’s division, romping the Aliv Strykers, 26-2, and then taking care of the Johnson’s Lady Truckers, 14-9. The games were played on the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

Against the Lady Truckers, the Sharks batted first and scored two runs in the first inning. Opening the scoring for them was shortstop Elyish Johnson who scored on a hit by Sari Albury to left field. Albury scored on a passed ball. They ended the inning with catcher D’Shae Stubbs on second base. The score was 2-0 in favor of the Sharks.

Center fielder Dwanya Pratt and second baseman Shaquell Bain both scored for the Lady Truckers in the bottom of the first inning, tying the game at two. Shortstop Shavette Taylor and catcher Jirah Sturrup were left on base.

Sharks’ second baseman Keyshelle Robinson scored to give her team a 3-2 lead in the top of the second inning. In the bottom of the second inning, the Lady Truckers came up empty-handed. They were unable to pick up a run thanks to some great pitching by the Sharks’ pitcher Ramona Hanna who got two strikeouts.

In the top of the third inning, the Lady Truckers denied any chance for the Sharks to score as their defense stepped up. Bain scored again in the bottom of the third inning, tying the game at three.

In the top of the fourth inning, the Sharks erupted for eight runs. Hanna scored twice for them. Scoring again was Johnson, Robinson and Albury. Scoring the other three runs were center fielder Dorneisha Woodside, shortstop Sophie Cartwright and third baseman Elyish Ferguson.

The Lady Truckers were shut out in the bottom of the inning.

The Sharks added three more runs to their 11 runs. Woodside, Albury and Stubbs scored to increase the lead to 14-3. With their back against the walls, trying to avoid an early ending to their night, the Lady Truckers scored six runs in the bottom of the fifth inning. Scoring for them were Pratt, Taylor, third baseman Dawn Woodside, substitute Krystal Evans, pitcher Diva Burrows and left fielder Valencia Gibson.

Both teams failed to score in the sixth and seventh innings.

The game ended 14-9 in favor of the Sharks. They improved their win-loss record to 8-2 and the Lady Truckers dropped to 10-3 on the season.

The winning pitcher was Hanna, and the losing pitcher was Gibson.

Umpiring at plate was Tequila Newton. Umpiring on base was Quinton Albury. Scoring was Madge Delaney.

On Friday night, the Sharks blasted the Strykers, 26-2, and the night before, they defeated the top-seeded Sunshine Auto Wildcats.

The Sharks took this game seriously offensively as they had multiple runners score multiple times.

They scored 15 runs in the first inning, and in the second they scored eight runs.

The Strykers scored their only two runs in the bottom of the third inning.

Scoring four runs for the Sharks were catcher Sophie Cartwright and pitcher Sari Albury. Center fielder Dorneisha Woodside, shortstop Aliyah Johnson, left fielder Kenyka Ingraham and right fielder Ramona Hanna all scored three runs. Cartwright was a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate.

Albury led all batters with four RBIs. Cartwright and Hanna had two each.

Quentin Albury was the plate umpire for this game. Tequila Newton was the umpire at base, and scoring was Rozina Taylor.

The Sharks return to the Banker’s Field tomorrow night to play the Hennessey Panthers at 8:30 p.m. The Strykers will face the BTC Lady Warriors tomorrow night at 7 p.m. The Lady Truckers won’t play again until August 16

Men’s softball team finally gets a win at CAC Games

Lyle Sawyer picked up a victory on the mound for Team Bahamas in the men’s softball competition at the 23rd CAC Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, yesterday. The Bahamas won 5-3. FILE

The Bahamas’ men’s national softball team was able to salvage its competition at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean (CAC) Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, picking up a much-needed win against Guatemala yesterday.

Behind strong pitching from Abaconian Lyle Sawyer, the team prevailed, 5-3, and ended the preliminary round competition with a 1-5 win/loss record.

After struggling to hit the ball earlier in the single round-robin tournament, Team Bahamas drilled eight hits at the Estadio Pequeñas Ligas in Barranquilla yesterday. They suffered a no-hitter in three of their six games, and were shut out in four of the six.

However, on Tuesday, The Bahamas put the game away with two runs in the bottom of the fifth after Guatemala had pulled to within a single run. They took a 5-2 lead into the top of the sixth and held Guatemala to just one run the rest of the way.

Center fielder Lamar Watkins finished 1-for-2 with a run scored and two RBIs for The Bahamas. Seven other players had a hit for The Bahamas.

First baseman Luis Villeda and second baseman Juan Aguilar both finished 1-for-3 with a RBI for Guatemala.

Sawyer picked up the win on the mound. He surrendered just three hits and one run in three and two-thirds innings. Alcott Forbes came on in relief and gave up four hits and two runs in two and a third innings, and Thomas Davis closed the door on the Guatemalans with a scoreless top of the seventh.

Gian Ferrari suffered the loss for Guatemala.

The Bahamas didn’t have any extra base hits and left nine runners on base, but drummed up enough pitching support and defense to come out on top in their final game of the CAC Games.

The men’s basketball team also had a better outing yesterday, taking a fourth quarter lead against the Dominican Republic (DR) at the Coliseo Elias Chewing, but faltering down the stretch and losing, 84-77.

The Bahamas took its final lead of the game, 65-64, on a short jumper from Shavano Cooper with 7:33 left. The Dominican Republic got the lead right back on a three-point shot from Emanuel Guzman. After falling behind 65-64, the DR went on to outscore The Bahamas, 20-12, the rest of the way. Guzman’s three-point shot started a mini 7-0 run, and The Bahamas never got to within a single basket for the remainder of the game.

The game was close throughout with The Bahamas leading 22-21 after the first quarter, the DR up 41-38 at the half, and the game tied at 61 after three quarters. Both teams held eight-point leads at some point in the game, but the lead never reached double figures for either side.

Michael Carey Jr. paced The Bahamas with 17 points on 6-for-19 shooting. He added nine and five assists, but had a game-high six turnovers. Kentwan Smith had 16 points on 7-for-12 shooting for The Bahamas to go along with eight rebounds, two assists and two steals. Mark St. Fort had 11 points for The Bahamas, and Eugene Bain contributed 10. Tavario Miller had eight points and a game-high 11 rebounds.

Juan Suero paced the DR with a game-high 22 points on an efficient 9-for-12 from the field. He added seven rebounds and two steals. Jhonatan Araujo added 21 points, six rebounds, two assists and two blocked shots for the DR.

They shot 49 percent (34-for-69) from the field, compared to 40 percent (29-for-72) for The Bahamas.

The Bahamas ended pool play with a winless 0-3 record in the men’s basketball segment of the games.

In judo, The Bahamas’ sole competitor, Cynthia Rahming, lost to Keyla N. Vasquez, of Colombia, 12-0. Vasquez won by Ippon at the 1:21 mark of the match to eliminate Rahming, and also scored two Waza-ari in the match.

In the women’s team competition in tennis at the Parque Distrital de Raquetas, The Bahamas won 2-0 over Antigua & Barbuda, and will move on to play Colombia in the semifinals. In the first match, Danielle Thompson got past Alicia Williams in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-4. In The Bahamas’ second match, Kerrie Cartwright took care of D’Jeri Raymond in straight sets, 6-1 and 6-1. The doubles match was not played as The Bahamas had already clinched the win.

The men’s tennis team wasn’t as fortunate as they fell to the Dominican Republic two matches to none. Phillip Major lost the first match to Nick Hardt in three sets, 6-3, 4-6 and 6-3. The Bahamas also lost the second match as Baker Newman fell to Jose Olivares in straight sets, 6-4 and 7-5. The doubles match wasn’t played as the Dominicans had already clinched the win.

Yesterday was an off day in athletics for The Bahamas, but Bahamians will be back in action at the Rafael Cotes Athletics Stadium today, as Jamal Wilson and Donald Thomas will compete in the men’s high jump final, and Alonzo Russell will run in the men’s 400m final. Russell won his semifinal heat on Monday in 46.49 seconds and qualified for the final with the sixth-fastest time.

The Bahamas has ended its competition in swimming, sailing, boxing, fencing, men’s softball and judo. The women’s tennis team is still alive in the team competition at the games, and athletics will wrap up the competition for The Bahamas on Friday.

The Bahamas still has six medals at the 23rd CAC Games – all in the sporting discipline of swimming. Joanna Evans has five of those six medals – three gold in the women’s 200, 400 and 800m free events, and two silver in the 100m free and 400m Individual Medley (IM) events. Margaret Albury Higgs has the other medal for The Bahamas – a bronze in the women’s 200m breast.

The Bahamas currently sits in 11th place in the medal standings.

Mexico leads the way with 272 total medals – 109 gold, 95 silver and 68 bronze. Cuba is second with 173 total medals – 64 gold, 57 silver and 52 bronze; and host country Colombia is third with 195 total medals – 56 gold, 65 silver and 74 bronze.

Trinidad & Tobago is the top English-speaking Caribbean country so far. They are three spots ahead of The Bahamas, in eighth, with 23 total medals – seven gold, five silver and 11 bronze. Jamaica is ninth in the medal standings with 14 total medals – six gold, two silver and six bronze.

The order of finish at the CAC Games in the medal standings is based on the quality of the medals.

The 23rd CAC Games continues today and ends on Friday in Barranquilla, Colombia.


Cac Games: Men’s Softball Team Knocks Off Guatemala 5-3


Senior Sports Reporter

While the men’s national softball team closed out round robin play at the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Games in Barranquilla, Colombia, with their only victory, the men’s national basketball team suffered their second straight loss.

The two teams highlighted Team Bahamas’ appearance at the games yesterday as the men’s softball team knocked off Guatemala 5-3, but the men’s basketball team suffered an 84-77 decision at the hands of the Dominican Republic.

Men’s basketball

Once again leading after the first quarter (22-21), Team Bahamas – with only nine players in action – got outscored 20-16 in the second quarter as the Dominican Republic took a 42-37 margin at the half. However, the Bahamas went on a 23-20 surge in the third to even the score at 61 going into the fourth. On a 23-16 effort, the Dominican Republic went on to prevail.

Michael Carey Jr led the attack with 17 points, shooting 6-for-19 from the field, 3-for-7 from the three-point line and 2-for-2 from the free throw line. He also had nine rebounds and five assists. Grand Bahamian Kentwan Smith followed with 16 points, eight rebounds, two steals, two assists and a block shot. Mark St Fort had 11 points and Eugene Bain chipped in with 10 points.

Tavario Miller helped out with eight points and 11 rebounds and both Michael Bain Jr and Shavanno Cooper chipped in with six points. Bain Jr added five rebounds, two assists and two steals, while Cooper had three rebounds.

Despite the loss, Michael Carey Jr said the players, coached by Quintin ‘Three Ounce’ Hall, performed at the best of their abilities.

“I think the reason for this whole thing is to see where the guys are as they audition for the next 24 listing that will be coming out from the Bahamas Basketball Federation,” Carey Jr said. “I think this team underestimated the competition because they didn’t know what to expect going in.

“But it all came together. We haven’t been together for a long time and played that many scrimmages. We are talented, but it has nothing to do with talent. It’s all about the chemistry. That was something we didn’t have because we didn’t get to play together, so the chemistry wasn’t there.”

Carey Jr said if the Bahamas is going to make it to the Olympic Games, they need to have a core group of players that play together no matter what. He said the guys who came out and played in this tournament played their heart out. But it would be nice if they have a cohesive unit from the team that participated in the FIBA World Cup Qualifier.

The Bahamas was waiting to see who they will play in their next game Thursday for either fifth or sixth place in the final positions in the games.

Men’s softball

With no chance of making the playoffs, the Bahamas men’s team, managed by Perry Seymour, won the battle of the two hapless teams by knocking off Guatemala 5-3 to produce their best offensive attack with eight hits, but leaving nine batters stranded.

All but one of the players in the starting line-up came through with one hit with centre fielder Lamar Watkins, the lead-off batter, going 1-for-2 with two runs batted in (RBI) and a run scored. Starting pitcher Lyle Sawyer from Abaco was 1-for-2 with a RBI and Grand Bahama’s shortstop Desmond Russell was 1-for-3 with a RBI.

Sawyer pitched the first 3.2 innings, giving up three hits with a strikeout and an earned run. Alcott Forbes, in relief in the third, got the win after he suffered four hits with three strikeouts, a walk, a wild pitch and two earned runs in 2.1 innings. Thomas Davis pitched the final inning, striking out three.

Guatemala also utilised three pitchers who combined for eight hits and seven strikeouts.

Batting in the home position, Team Bahamas got a run in the second, third and fourth innings and two more in the fifth. Guatemala scored a run in the first, fifth and sixth.

The old days of Summer!

Bryan AC Wright

July 3, 2015 · Nassau, The Bahamas · 

Anyone remember the 1974 Freetown Stoppers fast pitch softball team? This team was comprised of mostly Easterners, sprinkled with players from Eleuthera and “over the hill”.
This Team was a who’s who(lol) with players like:

1B.Basil “pugs”Butterfield

2b.Bryan Wright

3b.Spence Lynes/Charles”Snoopy” Whymms

ss. Herman Johnson/Cyril Mackey

C.Roxbury Rox

LF.Roosevelt “Bud Abbott” Knowles

CF.Edwin”Bluff” Newbold/Jeff “August”Williams

RF.Carl Grey

Pitchers:     Kenneth McCartney  Jackson”Blue” Thompson, Herman Johnson

Manager:Cyril Mackey

Our record at the end of the season was five(5) wins and nine(9) losses.with Bryan Wright winning the MVP award.Bryan Wright and “Bluff Newbold” were also selected for the All Star game.  In my only at bat in the All Star game I went down swinging on a riser from another out east boy by the name of Charlie Mortimer.
I finished the season with .500 B.Avg. second to John “Brother John” Williams with twenty-one(21) hits in forty-two(42) at bats.
Our two most avid fans were Wenzel “gold” Grey and Bernard “pegs” Smith-Woods.
This Team played for one year.We had a blast!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!