By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
THE Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks find themselves right where manager Stephen ‘Bishop’ Beneby wants them. Now he’s convinced that they will finally close the door on the Sigma Brackettes at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex tonight.
On Saturday night, the Lady Sharks put together their best offensive attack as they devoured the Brackettes 17-3 to even their New Providence Softball Association ladies’ best-of-seven championship series at 3-3 to force the seventh and final game. The winner will go on to represent the NPSA at the Bahamas Softball Federation’s National Round Robin at the end of the month. “It’s over. Once our hitting starts to come aound, there’s no way that this team can beat us,” Beneby said. “We’re now hitting like we are capable of hitting, so it’s over.”
Meanwhile, the Andre Gardiner Construction Buccaneers have also levelled their series with the pennant winning Arnette’s Sporting Lounge Hitmen to 3-3 after winning 13-9 on Saturday night. They too will play game seven tonight with the winner also advancing to play in the federation’s national round robin.
Buccaneers 13, Hitmen 9
With Arnette’s Sporting Lounge ace Alcott Forbes sitting out a game because of his ejection from game five on Thursday night, Andre Gardiner Construction got a big offensive rout to stay alive in their men’s series.
Jordan Gibson, who has been hitting the cover off the ball in the series, went 2-for-3 with four runs batted in (RBI) and two runs scored to lead the attack for the Buccaneers. Garfield Bethel was 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored, Adrian Pinder was 1-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored, Shaquille Delancy was 2-for-2 with a RBI and two runs and Lamar Watkins was 1-for-3 with a RBI and three runs scored.
For the Hitmen, Keiron Munroe went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored, Jameko Sands was 3-for-5 with three RBI and a run scored, Martin Burrows was 2-for-3 with a RBI and two runs scored and Hosea Hilton was 2-for-4 with a run scored.
Avery Rolle got the win in relief of starter Juan Michael Kelly in the second before he was relieved by Thomas Bethel in the fifth for the save. Martin Burrows started but Keiron Munroe took over in the fourth and was tagged with the loss as they tried to compensate for the loss of Alcott Forbes, who should be back in the lineup tonight.
Sharks 17, Brackettes 3
Trekia Munroe, who had predicted that the Proper Care Pool would bounce back and win the series after trailing 2-0, helped to keep their hopes alive when she went 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs scored on Saturday. Marissa Burrows was 2-for-4 with three RBI and two runs scored, Vonetta Nairn was 3-for-4 with three RBI and a run and Rochea Morley was 3-for-5 with two RBI and three runs.
In the loss for the Brackettes, Zella Symonette was 1-for-2 with a RBI, Crystal Delancy was 1-for-3 with a run, Shequel Smith was 1-for-3 with a run and Ann Bullard was 1-for-3 with a run. Alex Gabriel went the distance for the win, while Ashanti Darville suffered the loss. Darville started, was relieved by Ernestine Stubbs and came back in to close the door, but was unsuccessful.
It will come down to the seventh and deciding game, but manager Beneby said they’re not concerned at all. “If we can carry over the momentum from our hitting on Saturday night, they are going to be in trouble,” he said. “We just need to play ball.”