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.