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Lady Sharks continue to roll in the NPSA

They defeated the Brackettes on Saturday night for their second straight win
Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: May 27, 2013

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Relief pitcher Brenesha Fawkes is being touted as the best closer thus far this season, in the women’s division of the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA).

Fawkes usually steps on to the mound for the Proper Care Lady Sharks around the top of the fourth inning. She came in on Saturday when the Lady Sharks were down two runs and facing the top of the Sigma Brackettes’ line-up. She struck out five in total, and saved the game for the Lady Sharks as they held on to a 9-6 win. This was the second consecutive win for the Lady Sharks as they also got past the Lady Hitters on Thursday night.

The starting pitcher for the Lady Sharks on Saturday was Rochea Morley. She gave up four runs, walked six and struck out three. Manager for the team, Stephen ‘Bishop’ Beneby, said the league should expect to see the young pitchers more this season, as they strategically work them into the rotation.

“We know we have a good hitting attack, the problem is we are trying to work those two young pitchers in,” said Beneby. “We have two veteran pitchers in there ready to go, but we will live and die with the young girls. They will have to carry us through. Last year, they got their feet wet and now we intend to move forward. Brenesha is a very good pitcher. She has grown tremendously from last year. This is the third game that she came in and won for us. The reason she won is because she has confidence that she can throw the ball consistently over the plate, and the fact that her defense held up for her. For now, yes, she is our closing pitcher.”

Fawkes had a lot of support behind her on Saturday night, as her infield rallied around her, cutting down on the errors they had in the early innings to seal the game. The Lady Sharks came out swinging in the fifth and sixth innings, scoring seven runs over the two. A standing triple by Alicia Albury drove in two runs in the sixth. In the latter innings, Albury scored twice on errors by Shevette Taylor. Her first run came in the fifth when the ball bounced off Taylor’s knee guard and hit the fence in the back of home plate. Albury also scored on an over-thrown ball to first base.

“We made a few mistakes; we just kept throwing the ball around and not to the bases where we needed to throw the ball,” said Mario Ford, head coach of the Brackettes. “The defense wasn’t there tonight, and we left too many runners on base. We were in situations where we should have just capitalized off their errors. They were making to many mistakes and we couldn’t score the runs when we needed to. We did make more mistakes than them, but we were up and if we had capitalized on the mistakes they had made, we would have won.

“The pitcher wasn’t a problem for us, we just didn’t swing the bat like we are supposed to. This is a very young team, lack of experience but other than that, as we go along we will get it together. The things that we did in practice, we didn’t execute it in this game. Once we can execute the game’s situations, we will be able to put it together and do what is needed for us to do. We have to make adjustments every game. Looking at that and the players that we have, we have to try and fill in every slot. Right now, we really don’t have that depth that we need but hopefully we will be able to come around and utilize what we have.”

One of the adjustments Ford said he will make is switching up the line-up. He pointed out that the middle of the line-up is very weak and that a few of the stronger players will need to be inserted. As for the Lady Sharks, Beneby said Albury and Fawkes are just two of his secret weapons. He expects the other players on the team to swing around by the mid-season.

The losing pitcher was Ashanti Darville. Latonia Bowleg had the hot bat for the Brackettes scoring two runs.

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