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Brackettes pull within one game of league-leading Sharks

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Aug 26, 2013

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If you ask the Sigma Brackettes how their game on Saturday went, the entire squad might say, “It was a walk in the park.”

The Brackettes recorded a shutout victory over the Black Scorpions, winning 8-0, and coming to within just a game of the Proper Care Pool Sharks, the female division leaders in the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA). The Brackettes are poised and ready to “slide into home plate”, as the race for the pennant continues. They dominated the Scorpions who sit at the bottom of the division.

The game was stopped in the bottom of the fifth, due to the mercy rule coming into effect. The rule allows for a game to discontinue if a team is leading by seven or more runs after five innings. If the margin is at or greater than 15 runs after three innings, the same rule applies. The same is so if a team leads by 10 or more runs after four innings of play.

“As we try to push for playoffs, we wanted to come out and play hard, and work on a couple of things that have been to our detriment in one or two of our games,” said Ruthann Simms, catcher on the Brackettes’ team. “You never want to take any team for granted so we come out each game playing as best and as hard as we can. Yes, it was an easy game, and we get to go in early, but we still played like a true championship team. The season only gets tougher now as the playoffs approach, but we are ready for whatever.”

The Brackettes batted in five runs in the third and two in the fourth. The sole run in the first was scored by Shequel Smith; Shevette Taylor brought her home. Picking up the win from the mound was Ernestine Stubbs. Marvel Miller was tagged with the loss.

The Brackettes’ win/loss record now improves to 13-4. They trail just the Sharks in the standings. The Sharks have with a win/loss record of 14-3. The Sigma Wildcats are 10-6 on the season. The Brackettes can pull even with the Sharks, if they are able to hand them a loss in Tuesday’s game. That game will be the featured game on the night, and will swing into play around 8 p.m. All games in the NPSA are played at the Banker’s Field, located in the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex.

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