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Softball tournament is feeder for national programs

  • The annual Austin Knowles High School Softball tournament will begin Thursday, October 24, 2013 at the Bankers Field in the Baillou Hills Sporting Complex. FILE

KELSIE JOHNSON
Guardian Sports Reporter
kelsie@nasguard.com

Published: Oct 24, 2013

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National team coaches and members of the Bahamas Softball Federation’s (BSF) developmental programs will get a closer look at some of the talent on the high school level when the 12th Annual Austin Knowles High School softball tournament begins today.

More than 20 schools from around the country will compete in the tournament, which is used as a feeder system by the BSF.  Godfrey Burnside, tournament director and president of the New Providence Softball Association (NPSA), likes the resurgence of the sport, especially among the younger players in the Family Islands.

“About 24 teams, including those from around the Family Islands, have confirmed their participation in this year’s tournament,” Burnside confirmed.

“Over the years, we have seen an increase in numbers in the talent pool for national teams, and other squads, making it much more difficult to select from.  The recent surge in players, especially our female players, has left all who still take part in fast pitch softball optimistic about the future in the sport.  We expect very keen competition on the weekend.  You are looking at future national team players and coaches.

“We have seen improvement in play from a number of our associations and schools, especially those coming from Eleuthera.  The Spanish Wells team always brings down a competitive team.  There is a team from South Andros and there has been revitalization in the Long Island program.  So we invite persons to come out and watch our future players compete.”

The tournament will start today at 6 p.m. at the Bankers Field located in the Baillou Hill Sporting Complex.  The teams from Spanish Wells and C.V. Bethel will open up play in the girls’ division.  That game will be followed by the C.R. Walker Knights at 7 p.m., and the GHS Magic taking on N.G.M. Major, out of Long Island.

On Friday, over on field three will be the Queen’s College Comets and the Magic, while the R.M. Bailey Pacers and the squad from South Andros will take to the diamond over on field four.  Both games start at 10 a.m.

The 10 a.m. games for boys will have Preston Albury and Spanish Wells; Prince Williams Falcons and Pacers, St. John’s College Giants and the Magic.  At 11 a.m., C.V. Bethel Stingrays and N.G.M. Major will play on field three, and South Andros and Charles W. Saunders will be over on field four.  The final game on the schedule before the opening ceremony is held will see the Knights and Central Eleuthera.

The teams are divided into two pools with the top two from each pool advancing to the playoffs.  The championships will be held on Sunday evening in both divisions.

TEAMS

Girls

C.V. Bethel

C.R. Walker

R.M. Bailey

Government High School

Charles W. Saunders

Queen’s College

Spanish Wells

South Andros

N.G.M. Major (Long Island)

Boys

C.V. Bethel

St. John’s College

Jordan Prince Williams

Spanish Wells

L.N. Coakley

N.G.M. Major (Long Island)

South Andros

Preston Albury (Eleuthera)

Charles W. Saunders

C.R. Walker

R.M. Bailey

Government High School


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