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Eleven softball teams to play for national titles

Guardian Sports Reporter

Published: Oct 22, 2013

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The compact game schedule for the upcoming round robin is expected to highlight some of the best softball players in the country, in addition to hosting high-level games that will leave fans on the edge of their seats.

Of the 11 teams confirmed to participate in the Bahamas Softball Federation’s (BSF) National Round Robin Championships, at least five of the series went the distance. In fact, BSF’s president Burkette Dorsette is confident that none concluded with a team being swept. This, he said, adds to the excitement, as teams battle for the two crowns October 31-November 3 at the Bankers Field, at the Baillou Hill Sporting Complex.

He said: “The islands had some good championship series this time around. This is probably the first time, in a long time, that New Providence went down to the seventh game. All of the islands have improved their play, so there should be some stiff competition at this round robin. I don’t think any of the championship games were sweeps, so it tells you that the competitions in the respective associations were keen. It all lends to an exciting round robin.

“We have 11 teams but it could have been more. Exuma didn’t conclude their ladies series and I think Inagua must have stopped halfway through theirs. So, we would have had a much larger field if these two teams were still in it. But, I can imagine next year that it will be much larger.”

Dorsette is expecting islands like Bimini to be up and playing by next year, and have both Exuma and Inagua back in full swing. He said the federation is proposing to host a lot of developmental programs, also providing the various associations with equipment and umpires, which should propel them.

This year’s national round robin will honor Nell Russell, Alphonso ‘Chicken’ Albury and Reggie ‘The Juicer’ Knowles, on November 1.

Participating islands listed in the men’s division are Abaco, Andros, Grand Bahama, New Providence, Spanish Wells and Exuma. Only five islands will compete for the round-robin crown in the women’s division. They are Abaco, Andros, Grand Bahama, New Providence and Spanish Wells. Each team will play five games in the round-robin format. The four top teams, from each division, will advance to the play-offs.

The first game will be played at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, between Grand Bahama and Exuma men. The men’s game with Andros and Spanish Wells will follow, and Andros and Abaco ladies will play at 9 p.m. before New Providence and Abaco men take to the field at 10 p.m.

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