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Power Outage defeat Pirates in Game 7

The winning Pirates receive their Softball Treasure, the "Big Man" Henley Trophy and a winners' cheque of $1,000 donated by Minister for Education and Culture Hon Myron V. Walwyn. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
The winning Pitcher was Neville
The winning Pitcher was Neville "Sheep" Smith with 12 strike outs and another stellar performance. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
A batter preparing for a pitch. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
A batter preparing for a pitch. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Allen
Allen "Woodrow" Smith took the loss despite being in command for the early exchanges. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Action from the game. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Action from the game. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
More action from last night's championship game. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
More action from last night's championship game. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Diving to take a catch! Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Diving to take a catch! Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Smith sunk to his knees after the last pitch and announced this was to be his last competitive game. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
Smith sunk to his knees after the last pitch and announced this was to be his last competitive game. Photo: Charlie E. Jackson/VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI - With his 12th strike out of the night, Neville "Sheep" Smith led Power Outage to a 6-5 victory over the Pirates on Friday August 29, 2014, in the deciding Game 7 of the Berth “Big Man” Henley Fast Pitch Softball Men’s Championship.

The Pirates had made the early running as they secured a 2-0 lead at the end of the first inning, including an inside the park homer from Tramore Frazer.

Neither team made any inroads into the Pitchers in the second Inning with Smith striking out two and getting Alliston Leonard to pop up to Right Field to end the Pirates at bat. Allen “Woodrow” Smith got out of a jam in the bottom of the Inning after allowing Rhodni A. Skelton a Triple.

In the top of the 3rd Rico Garcia put some bat on ball to reach 2nd Base, Nateshon Thomas Doubled to deep Left Field, bringing home Garcia in the process and then reached home plate himself on an fielding error at 1st Base to make the score line 4-0.

Pirates were undone by Allen’s 3rd consecutive strike and some smart catching at the plates to remain scoreless.

After a scoreless 4th Inning for the Pirates, who saw Dwight Brooks and Nicos Penn become Strike Outs number 7 and 8 to Smith, Power Outage got their game going when Skelton, with two outs, struck to deep right field and reached 2nd on a catcher’s error. Koi Frett then drove deep into the park, bringing home Skelton and making it 4-1.

Fraser and Garcia became strike outs number 9 and 10 for Smith at the top of the 5th Inning and then it all went wrong for the Pirates and a tiring “Woodrow”.

After Nateshon Thomas was caught short at 1st base to end the Pirates at bat, Kyle Callwood got things underway, reaching 1st and then rounding to 3rd on a “double” drive by Jarmali James to right centre field. Jamal Allen then smashed the ball down the right foul line to bring home both his team mates to make the score 4-3.

Allen then made the scores level and another Skelton shot to right field allowed Jeremey Penn to score the go ahead run at 5-4 and worse was to come for the Pirates as Skelton also came home on another fielding error to make it 6-4.

Two wild pitches by Smith gave the Pirates a glimmer of hope as they faced a “Do or Die” 6th inning as they reduced the deficit to just one, but Smith, who stated afterwards that this would be his last competitive game as a Pitcher, dug deep into his vast experience and sat down the next two batters, including Garcia, who reached a full count, to record strike outs 11 and 12 and hand his team the Power Outage the Championship Trophy.

Smith sank to his knees at the mound and for a brief moment the crowd and players all seemed to hush as Smith made one last gesture of respect to the mound that has served him well for so many years and from which he has entertained, thrilled, delighted, dazzled and amazed countless opponents, team mates and fans.

“I feel real good, this is my last game, I’m done, I’m finished. I would like to thank the fans and the teams I’ve played with, but this is it for me. I thank God for this victory,” he said.

The Trophy, sponsored by Chappy’s Snow Cones and the winner’s cheque of $1,000, donated by the Hon. Myron V. Walwyn, Minister for Education and Culture, were eagerly accepted by Power Outage who celebrated long into the night at the Softball Field which was crammed to the rafters for a fitting end to the season.

Power Outage had 8 hits, made 4 errors and left 4 on base. Skelton went 3 for 3 with 2 runs scored, Jamal Allen went 1 for 3 with 1 run scored and 2 RBI. Levron Sarauw finished 1 for 2 with 1 RBI.

For the Pirates who scored their runs from 5 hits, Rico Garcia went 2 for 3 with 2 runs, Fraser had the inside the park homer and went 1 for 4 with a run scored and 1 RBI and Thomas went 1 for 2 with 1 run and 1 RBI.

13 Responses to “Power Outage defeat Pirates in Game 7”

  • Yes (30/08/2014, 10:10) Like (3) Dislike (1) Reply
    Dah check good??
  • ccc (30/08/2014, 10:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Kudos
  • Yute (30/08/2014, 10:47) Like (2) Dislike (2) Reply
    Hats off sheep is the man
  • Power Outage Fan (30/08/2014, 13:51) Like (1) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations to the entire team, but especially to Nevile "Sheep" Smith for a valliant fight to the finish.
  • long time player (30/08/2014, 14:32) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    Them man just want Sheep go out a winner, anyway we will miss yo sheep.
  • bleep (31/08/2014, 10:10) Like (4) Dislike (0) Reply
    Congratulations to both teams! It's also tough to come from behind 3-0 to tie 3-3 and then against power Outage. That was pure heart and guts and Pirates should be proud. You all gave the fans their time worth. That foul ball that went to first base though. Next year umpires need to be calling fair. you might not like a team or player, or prefer one team over the next (it's human) but you are in a position of trust and peace making so do the right things. I know it don't make sense say that to some of you because it is what it is. Cynthia Martin, terry donovan, Austin Todman, ect. get yourselves back on the umpire squad cause you going call it as you see it without favourtism or dislike. we hope to have a brand new association and more open minded umpires for next year too. sheep surrounded himself with a bunch of name hailers.
  • Fan (03/09/2014, 10:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So Sherp alone win the championship? Mayson them Pirates knocked Sheep about. They score 4 on he in the first two innings. The guy from rock and Skelly was the main man dem for Outage.
  • flex (03/09/2014, 13:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    power outage must win because if there is no power how the pirates going to see to win.
  • sheep (03/09/2014, 14:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Sheep if it is your last game its fitting that you did so in the Berth Henley league. Codos sheep you kept a league that was dying alive with your dominance, when you took the mantle from Berth Henley. And the friday night game was with all heart.

    The league just needs attention there is still a strong fan base and all that is needed is financial support and discipline. But you had a great career and one day you will be honored and inducted into BVI sports hall of fame.


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