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Operators dominate Wildcats

  • Wildcats huddle during a recent game. File photo

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: May 07, 2012

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While the Boomer G. Operators celebrate yet another win, the YII Shipping Wildcats are hoping to return to prominence in the local league.

The Operators sent the Wildcats back to the dugout to lick their wounds on Saturday night.  The 14-2 win boosted the confidence level of the Operators further, as plans are being made to return to the championship series in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA).  The Wildcats are no strangers to what they call “the big dance”, having captured numerous titles.  But lately, the team has been in a hole and it is struggling to claw its way out.

The Operators showed their skills on Saturday.  The team went on a hitting spree after lead-off batter Tyrice Curry went down swinging in the top of the frame.  She picked up the first out of the game.  Up next to the plate was Lathera Brown, who picked up a double.  Brown advanced to the third when Neressa Seymour knocked her shot up the middle.

Pitcher Shonnell Symonette drove in the first run.  While Brown crossed the plate, Seymour moved to third and Symonette stayed at first.  A shot past third base by Theresa Miller cleared the bases and give the Operators a 3-0 lead.  Antonia Simmons was out at number two, leaving Shavone Smith to bring Miller home.  Smith did her job and added another run to the scoreboard.  The frame would close with both Nicole Bastian and Saltine Francis on base.

The Wildcats were hoping to claw their way back into the game but that never happened.  Their first run came in the second inning, but by this time the Operators had already added another four runs to the five scored in the first.

A runner from both sides came across the plate in the third, but the Wildcats needed more than just one run to extend the game.  With the Operators batting in the

top frame, the team made sure that four more runs were added before moving to the bottom of the inning.  Like the first inning, the Operators would shut their opponents out, ending the game due to the 10-run rule.

Operators’ head coach Mario Ford said: “We had to get our team together everyone was late, due to whatever it was.  But right now we are playing the way we need to play.  The defense is coming around, the pitcher is doing her job and the offense is improving.

“We need to continue to work on our defense.  Defense is the main thing.  We have the pitching and I know that we can hit the ball, but we need to work on our defense.”

Symonette was tagged with the win and Linda Knowles took the loss from the mound for the Wildcats.  Holding the hot bat on the night was Brown who went two-for-two from three appearances at the plate.  Wandalee Burrows scored one run for the Wildcats.

“First off we started off pretty slow because of lack of practice,” said Hyacinth Farrington, a Wildcats’ member.

“This is the position we’ve been in last year and as time progresses we will definitely come through and improve in our game.  As of next week Wednesday, we are going to start from there.  Coming around to the finals and playoffs, we will be there in the hunt.

“We are trying to incorporate the younger ones, giving them a little more playing time to give them that confidence boost so when the playoffs come around they will definitely have more exposure and experience.”

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