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Mary’s back, and so are the Wildcats

  • FLAME THROWER: Mary Edgecombe-Sweeting made a triumphant return to the Sigma Wildcats’ line-up this past Saturday, as she struck out six batters in a 9-7 win for the Wildcats over the Lady Hitters. TNG FILE PHOTO

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Jul 01, 2013

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Now that Mary Edgecombe-Sweeting has returned to the mound for the Sigma Wildcats, the once dominant team in the female’s division of the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA) is ready to claw its way back to the top.

The squad took a bite out of the Lady Hitters on Saturday, winning in seven innings, 9-7. The two-run win moved the Wildcats into the second position in the NPSA and dropped the Lady Hitters to third. Edgecombe-Sweeting struck out six in her season’s debut. Her first victim was Melinda Bastian, the lead-off hitter for the Lady Hitters. After Bastian it was Monalisa Joseph, Latasia Armbrister and Shadyna Stuart.

Edgecombe-Sweeting sent Joseph back to the dugout in the second inning after the Lady Hitters scored their first run of the game.

“I knew once I got started the transition would have been smooth from there,” said Edgecombe-Sweeting.

“The key was getting started on a strong note and I did that. I was able to strike out the first batter and a couple of the other batters after that.

“It feels good to be back, throwing strikes and playing a sport I love. The best feeling is knowing that you have the support of your teammates behind you. The journey was long, but I have to thank God that I am back. I could have returned earlier but I wanted to make sure that I was in good health and I didn’t want to risk injuring myself again.

“All the ’Cats know how to do is win. This win tonight should put all the teams on guard, letting them know that we are back for a title that is rightfully ours. We aren’t worried about the regular season because when the big dance comes, the ’Cats will dance.”

The Wildcats scored four runs in the first inning and two more in the second. Edgecombe-Sweeting got the win while Thela Johnson took the loss for the Lady Hitters.

Leading the way in the six-female team league is the Proper Care Pool Lady Sharks with a 6-2 win/loss record. The Wildcats also have six games, but lost the head-to-head match-up against the Sharks. The Lady Hitters are 6-3 on the season, and the Brackettes are 4-2. The Lady Scorpions have one win and have dropped six and the defending champions, the Bommer G. Operators, are still looking to get into the win column. The team has dropped all eight games this season.

Only four male teams are vying for the crown in that division this year - the A.G. Construction Buccaneers, the Arnette’s Hitmen, the Miller’s Rams and the Mighty Mitts. Leading the division with a 7-1 win/loss record is the Buccaneers. The Hitmen follow with a 7-3 record. The Mighty Mitts have won three games and lost six and the Rams are 0-7 this season.

The teams will have time to catch-up, using the All-star break to put in much needed work. The NPSA will hold its annual all-star games on Saturday July 13 at the Bankers Field, located at the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. The men have two more rounds of play and the women will face each other four more times before the post-season gets underway.

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