WHILE the Dorin United Hitmen kept their playoff hopes alive in the men’s division of the New Providence Softball Association, the Wildcats are finding it difficult to survive in the ladies division.

On Thursday night at the Banker’s Field at the Baillou Hills Sporting complex, the Wildcats suffered another setback as they were out-slugged 23-16 by the surging Black Scorpions in the opening game.

The feature contest saw the Hitmen knock off the Dorsey Park Bommer George 6-1.

* Here’s a summary of the two games:

SCORPIONS 23,

WILDCATS 16:

Somebody must have forgotten to tell the Wildcats that this is the stretch of the season when they start to turn things around.

Fighting for the shot at the fourth spot with the Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks, Bommer George Operators and Sigma Brackettes all but secured in the top three, the Wildcats saw their chance continue to slip away.

The Scorpions, with just as good a chance to clinch the final berth, got 11 hits with two strike outs and four walks from Marvel Miller in picking up the win on the mound.

Vernie Curry went the distance, but was blasted for 24 hits with just three walks and a strike out.

After falling behind 15-10 at the end of the third, the Scorpions erupted for 13 runs in the fifth inning as the Wildcats’ defence collapsed.

Natasha Paul went 5-for-6 with three runs batted in, scoring twice and Charmaine Hamilton had a perfect 4-for-4 night with three RBI and four runs to lead a potent offensive attack for the Scorpions.

Shirley Stubbs went 2-for-5 with two RBI and two runs; Renea Davis was 2-for-3 with an RBI and three runs; Lashanta Fowler was 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs; Maria Forbes was 2-for-5 with an RBI and two runs; Ebony Evans was 2-for-5 with three RBI and two runs and Lashanna Gittens was 1-for-3 with two RBI and two runs to assist.

Miller helped her own cause by going 1-for-5 with two runs.

For the Wildcats, Donnette Edwards went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two scored; Candice Smith was 2-for-3 with three runs; Jeannette Hilton was 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored; Linda Knowles was 1-for-2 with two RBI and a run scored and Stephanie Goodridge was 1-for-2 with two runs scored.

Curry, in her losing effort, finished with a 1-for-4 production with two runs.

HITMEN 6,

DORSEY PARK BOYZ 1:

Although they have dropped one or two big games, Doring United continue to remain in the hunt for a playoff berth in the men’s division.

Thursday night was a good indication of what the Hitmen are capable of doing.

After giving up an unearned run to Mario Ford in the bottom of the first inning, Lenard LaFrance settled down and held the Dorsey Park Boyz scoreless the rest of the way.

He ended up giving up a total of three hits, walking three and striking out seven to perserve the win on the mound over Deval Storr, who was tagged with the loss on seven hits wth a walk and four strike outs.

Jameko Sands went 1-for-4 with two RBI, scoring a run; Sherman Ferguson 2-for-4 with a run; Hosea Hilton 2-for-3 with a run and both Kieron Munroe and Jeffery Woodside were 1-for-4 with a run.

Ford finished 1-for-2, scoring a run; Darren Bowleg 1-for-2 and Rudolph Fox 1-for-3 in the loss.

TONIGHT’S SCHEDULE

7 p.m. Bommer George vs Black Scorpions (L).

8:30 p.m. Island Luck Truckers vs New Breed (M).