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Rules Changes to Speed Up Softball Announced

on Wednesday, 10 May 2017. Posted in Baseball

Rules Changes to Speed Up Softball Announced

Another great weekend full of softball action in the British Virgin Islands and a few changes by the Virgin Islands Softball Baseball Association, as effective May 5th all games will be played with a time limit of 2 hours or 7 innings whichever comes first. 

In the first match up for over the weekend, That’s Ya Problem defeated Walk Off 20-7. That’s Ya Problem had 15 hits, 5 errors and left 8 runners on base. Walk Off had 3 hits, 5 errors and left 5 runners on base. The winning pitcher was Shaika Jeffers and the loser was Darier Malone. Tafara Phillips of That’s Your Problem went 3-4 with a triple, 4 runs scored and 2 runs batted in, Donniesha George went 2-2 with a double, 4 runs scored and 2 runs batted in and Tamara Phillips went 3-5 with 2 runs scored and 4 runs batted in. Claury Scattliffe of Walk Off went 1-2 with 2 runs scored and a run batted in.

For the men Power Outage defeated Mobsters 14-0. Power Outage had 13 hits, 1 error and left 3 runners on base. Mobsters had 0 runs, 1 hit, 2 errors and left 2 runners on base. The winning pitcher was Yervis Rodriguez and the loser was Jason Fonseca. Jamarlie James of Power Outage went 2-3 with a home run, a run scored and 2 runs batted in, Kevin Faulkner went 2-3 with a double, 3 runs scored and 3 runs batted in and Khoy Frett went 2-2 with a double, a home run, 2 runs scored and 3 runs batted in. Alfonso Tejada had Mobsters only hit.

On Saturday, Hawks defeated West End Warriors 19-4. Hawks had 5 hits, 0 errors and left 7 runners on base. Warriors had 4 runs, 2 hits, 3 errors and left 5 runners on base. The winning pitcher was Riiah Durante and the loser was Kimesha Adams. Judith Harrigan of Hawks went 2-2 with a run scored and 2 runs batted in, Gertrude Thomas scored 4 runs and Shanika Forbes scored 3

Pirates defeated the A’s 14-0. Pirates had 6 hits, 1 error and left 3 runners on base. A’s had 0 runs, 2 hits, 6 errors and left 4 runners on base. The winning pitcher was Nikos Penn and the loser was Jayque Hopkins. Jaimi Potter of Pirates went 1-2 with a triple, 2 runs scored and 3 runs batted in and Kye Rymer went 1-3 with 3 runs scored and a run batted in. After the game, we spoke with Shamouri Robsinson of the A’s who stated “that he encourages other young men like himself to start playing sports, he expressed his dedication to all sports especially softball and stated that it is an avenue to get a scholarship for school”. He also mentioned that he likes “action on the field so short stop is his favorite position but he enjoys being the catcher as well”. The A’s is new team with a mixture of young players ranging in ages from 14 to 20 interspersed with a few veteran players like Neville “Sheep” Smith and “Hodgie”providing leadership for these young men. If you’re in the area please stop by and encourage them for taking a positive stance in the community.

During the last games of the weekend Walk Off defeated Lady Pirates 16-4. Walk Off had 9 hits, 2 errors and left 4 runners on base. Lady Pirates had 3 hits, 5 errors and left 8 runners on base. The winning pitcher was Darier Malone and the loser was Khiayah Doward. Claury Scatliffe of Walk Off went 2-2 with a triple, 2 runs scored and a run batted in, Ivy Fahie went 2-3 with a triple, 2 runs scored and 2 runs batted in and Darier Malone went 3-3 with a double, a home run, 4 runs scored and 4 runs batted in. Shereen Sprauve of Lady Pirates went 2-3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and a run batted in.

Power Outage defeated A’s 10-3. Power Outage had 8 hits, 4 errors and left 5 runners on base. A’s had 3 runs, 4 hits, 3 errors and left 5 runners on base. The winning pitcher was Dariel Robinson and the loser was Jayque Hopkins. Tecius Frett of Power Outage went 1-2 with a home run, a run scored and 4 runs batted in, Kyle Callwood went 1-3 with a home run, a run scored and 2 runs batted in and Yervis Rodriguez went 2-3 with 2 runs scored and a run batted in. Joseph Smith Jr. of A’s went 2-3 with a triple and a run scored.

Pirates are 2015 Softball Champions!

on Monday, 07 September 2015. Posted in Bowling, Baseball

Pirates are 2015 Softball Champions!
Allen ‘Woodrow’ Smith led the Pirates to a 14-7 win over the Reds in Game six of the best of seven BVI Softball Association Championship series on Sunday September 6, 2015 to ensure the Pirates were crowned 2015 Champions.

Having lost game five on Friday September 4, 2015, it was do or die time for the Reds and they had little answer to the powerful Pirates who scored their 14 runs on 9 hits, 4 errors and left 6 runners on base.

The Reds had 7 runs, 9 hits, 2 errors and left 5 runners on base.

The winning pitcher was Smith and the loser was Warren Brooks.

Akeem Francis of Reds went 2-3 with a double, a run scored and 2 runs batted in and Jerry Gooding went 2-3 with a double, a triple, 2 runs scored and 2 runs batted in.

Tramore Frazer of Pirates went 2-4 with a home run, a run scored and 5 runs batted in, Rico Penn went 1-3 with a home run, 2 runs scored and 2 runs batted in and Nikos Penn went 1-2 with a home run, 3 runs scored and 3 runs batted in.

Pirates won the series 4 games to 2.

This was the final game of the 2015 season in which Pythons and Pirates emerged as champions in the female and male divisions respectively.

The BVI Softball Association would like to say thank you to the participating teams and their sponsors and the fans who showed their support with their presence at the games.

Pirates level Fastpitch Championship with Reds

on Wednesday, 02 September 2015. Posted in Baseball

Pirates level Fastpitch Championship with Reds

on Sunday in Game 4 of the best of seven Championship Series, between the Pirates romped to a 10-1 victory over the Reds to level it all up at 2-2

Pirates had 10 runs, 7 hits, 1 error and left 5 runners on base. The Reds had 1 run, 1 hit, 3 errors and left 2 runners on base. The winning pitcher was Allen Smith and the loser was Warren Brooks. Rico Penn of Pirates went 1-1 with a home run, a run scored and 3 runs batted in and Nelson Ramirez went 1-2 with a home run, 2 runs scored and four runs batted in. 

Game 5 will be played on Friday 4 September, 2015 at 8:00pm.

Reds go 2-1 up in Fast Pitch Softball Championship

on Saturday, 29 August 2015. Posted in Baseball

Reds go 2-1 up in Fast Pitch Softball Championship

On Friday, in game 3 of the best of 7 Fastpitch Softball Championship, the Reds beat the Pirates, 11-10, to take a 2-1 lead heading into Sunday’s game 4

The Reds defeated Pirates 11-10, on 9 hits, 4 errors and left 6 runners on base, whilst the Pirates had 12 hits, 7 errors and left 10 runners on base.

The winning pitcher was Warren Brooks and the loser was Allen Smith. Devon Bedford of Pirates went 2-4 with 3 runs scored and 2 runs batted in and Nikos Penn went 2-5 with a triple, 2 runs scored and a run batted in. Kyle LaMotta of Reds went 2-5 with a double, 3 runs scored and 2 runs batted in, Carlos Casey went 2-4 with 2 runs scored and a run batted in and Byron Hodge went 1-5 with 3 runs batted in. Reds lead the series 2 games to 1.

Game 4 will be played on Sunday 30 August, 2015 at 6:00PM.

Cotton gets Triple A Call Up for September

on Wednesday, 26 August 2015. Posted in Baseball

Cotton gets Triple A Call Up for September

Jharel Cotton, a few days after his promotion to Triple-A, made his Oklahoma City debut, pitching two scoreless innings of relief. He allowed two hits and a walk, but also struck out six. To top that off, he hit a two-run triple at the plate, and on the season is 3-for-6 with three RBI, his only professional experience on offense.

Dodgers minor league pitcher Jharel Cotton got the call on Friday, when Double-A Tulsa manager Razor Shines told the right-hander he was promoted to Triple-A Oklahoma City. If Cotton keeps up his breakout season, it might not be the last such meeting he has in 2015.

"He told me I'm going to Triple-A to relieve out of the pen, and hopefully the Dodgers like what they see," Cotton said. "It's great to know that."

The promotion to Triple-A was well earned for Cotton, the Dodgers' 20th-round pick in 2012.

Cotton, 23, was 5-2 with a 2.30 ERA in 11 games for Double-A Tulsa, including eight starts, with 71 strikeouts and 21 walks in 62⅔ innings. On a prospect-laden staff that included Julio UriasJose De Leon and Chris Anderson, Cotton was just as good as if not better than all of them in Double-A in many respects.

"It's a pretty good group of guys," Cotton said. "I tried to benefit from them."

Anderson was promoted with Cotton to Oklahoma City, where both starters will pitch out of the bullpen, a tryout of sorts for a September call-up to help the beleaguered Dodgers bullpen. It's a bit of a long shot as Anderson have doesn't have to be added to the 40-man roster until November 2016 — Cotton will need to be added this November, giving him a slight edge — but they definitely have a chance.

Cotton's breakout season actually began in 2014, when with Class-A Rancho Cucamonga he was urged by pitching coach Matt Herges and roving instructor Damon Mashore to attack hitters more often, to trust his stuff and have a plan before he pitched.

"At the end of last year, I found a mechanical change, and stopped tipping my pitches. I built my confidence up, and took that confidence from last year into this year. I worked hard, came to spring training in shape, and just ran with it," Cotton said. "This season has been a step up in my confidence and my aggressiveness, and it's taken me a long way."

He finished 2014 with a 1.11 ERA over his last seven starts, with 55 strikeouts against only 12 walks. But before his 2015 began, Cotton suffered a setback.

Hit by a comebacker during spring training, Cotton broke his left wrist (his non-throwing hand), which sidelined him for over two months.

"I was frustrated, because the doctor said I was out for three months. I'm like 'Three months for my left hand? I can catch a ball within a month or so.' I felt like I could pitch after the first two weeks, but I knew I had to take it slow," Cotton recalled. "After that surgery all I did was workout and throw, keep my pitching ability up, so when I did come back I was back where I started."

After one rehab start with Class-A Great Lakes in May, then four starts with Rancho Cucamonga in June, Cotton was in Tulsa. It was his second career stint in Double-A, though the last time was a six-week stint in 2013 in an attempt to shift him to the bullpen, though for a different reason.

"Coaches were saying I would be better out of the pen. I don't think I was ready at that point. I was still tipping my pitches, I wasn't the pitcher that I am right now," Cotton said. "But now I'm different, and ready to go out there and pitch my butt off."

Cotton today has a low-90s fastball that may play up in relief, and he calls his changeup his second-best pitch. He'll use the cutter or slider to right-handers as well.

He recently switched agents to Beverly Hills Sports Council.

Across three levels this season Cotton's strikeout rate is 30.1 percent, a career best.

If anything, Cotton enjoys a challenge. When asked to name a highlight from this season, Cotton picked a July 31 start against Arkansas in which he walked seven batters in five innings.

Cotton got out of a bases-loaded jam with two outs in the first inning, stranded runners in scoring position in both the second and fourth innings, then loaded the bases with nobody out in the fifth. He got out of that predicament as well, completing a most unusual five scoreless innings.

"It wasn't my best game at all, but the way I attacked and pitched, I got out of every jam presented to me," Cotton said. "It showed me a lot with my pitching ability."

If anything, the broken wrist helped limit Cotton's innings this season, having thrown 88⅓ innings in 2015 compared to 126⅔ last year. In other words, there is plenty left in the tank for a deep run this season.

While Cotton sees himself as a starting pitcher in the long term, he's willing to do whatever is necessary to get to the major leagues.

"I'm pretty confident," he said. "But whatever the Dodgers have planned for me is what I'll do. I'll just go out there and do my best."

So far that has served him well.

 

 

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