By BRENT STUBBS
Senior Sports Reporter
ACE pitcher Thomas Davis liked what he saw from his Sigma Blue Marlins as they swept aside the Atlantis Titans in two straight games to advance to the New Providence Softball Association men’s championship series.
Thomas, pitching a two-hit, six strike out performance on the mound, helped the Marlins wrap up their best-of-three series on Saturday night at the Banker’s Field in the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex with a 10-3 abbreviated five-inning affair
The win came after the Marlins nipped the Titans 3-2 in the opener of the series on Thursday night.
“We were a little sluggish in the first game hitting wise, but we wanted to come out tonight hitting the ball behind me on the mound,” said Thomas, who also helped his own cause by going 1-for-2 with two runs scored.
The Marlins are now moving on to the best-of-five championship series against the winner of the pennant winning C&S Hitmen and the Chances Mighty Mitts.
The Hitmen took game one of the series on Friday with 12-9 slugfest. Game two will be played on Thursday night.
“I’m looking forward to it,” said Thomas about the possibility of playing the Hitmen, the winners of the last championship series played in the NPSA prior to COVID-19, which disrupted the past two seasons. “We have a different team and another different name, so we expect to be in a dog fight with them.”
Shortstop Austin Hanna enjoyed a 2-for-4 night at the plate with a pair of runs batted in (RBI) and scored as many runs himself to earn the most valuable player award of the game over left fielder Lamar Watkins, who was 2-for-3 with three RBI and a run scored.
Centre fielder Angelo Watson also had a good outing. In fact, it was a perfect 3-for-3 with a RBI and a run scored.
Third baseman Lavaughn Ferguson was 2-for-3 with a RBI and run scored and catcher Garfield Bethel also came home twice.
The Marlins got three runs in the second, highlighted by a two-run double from Watkins - three in the third and four in the fourth, sparked by a RBI double from Hanna.
Cardinal Gilbert, starting at the designated player, got a lead off single in the bottom of the second and eventually scored on shortstop Nathan ‘Gee’ Bethel’s run-producing single for Atlantis’ first run. The Titans came back in the fifth and with one out, Bethel was hit by pitch and caught a ride home on first baseman Anthony Moss’ RBI triple. Moss then scored their final run on a wild pitch.
Angelo Dillet started for Atlantis and gave up seven hits and gave up eight runs before Gilbert relieved him in the fourth for three hits with strike out.
Mighty Mitts 9
Second baseman Philip Johnson had a grand slam home run in the bottom of the seventh for a C&S walk-off victory in the opener of their series against Chances on Friday night.
Johnson was named the MVP of the game, while right fielder Edron Knowles also came up big with a 3-for-4 night with four RBI and a run scored.
Shortstop Chedi Ferguson had a two-run double in the second and he scored two runs to pace the Mighty Mitts, who also got a 2-for-4 outing with a RBI and two runs scored from left field Juniel Bain. While Martin Burrows Jr got the win on the mound, Kayle Carey was tagged with the loss.
Marlins 3, Titans 2
Third baseman Levaughn Ferguson and centre fielder Kristen Collie scored the tying and winning runs respectively in the bottom of the seventh to seal the win for Cybertech. Centre fielder Lamar Watkins got on a one-out error and scored on left fielder Angelo Watson’s two-out RBI single in the first inning.
Eugene Pratt fired a one-hitter with eight strike outs for the win. Cardinal Gilbert got the loss on six hits with four strike outs.
Atlantis’ two runs came in the top of the sixth from centre fielder Anthony Fowler and left fielder Jeniel King.