The BDF IX men’s softball team made short work of their fellow army rivals, Scramblers Softball team from Francistown barracks as they beat them 9- 0 in five innings to win this year’s edition of the JoyGlobal Easter Softball Tournament.
After suffering at the hands of Scramblers in the past year, BDF IX were determined to exert their much waited revenge, and when they did it, it was quick and brutal.
Despite having to play a deciding match earlier on the day against Rail Giants to get their rites of passage into the finals, the Mogoditshane based outfit showed no signs of fatigue as they obliterated Scramblers into submission in a very quick five innings match.
Batting at the top order, BDF IX stormed to a quick five points in the first inning before restricting their fellow army rivals to absolutely no runs in the first inning.
Taking advantage of a nervous start by Scramblers’ pitcher, BDF IX scored five deserved points, thanks to Jurry Manaka, Kabo Matlho, Mothusi Shalobane, Obusitswe Lekgothu and Molemi Matshidiso.
BDF IX’s first inning rout was aided by Scramblers’ out fielders who made a mess of what seemed easy catches, granting BDF IX two easy points in the process.
Unlike his Scramblers’ counterpart who had let BDF IX’s batsmen to run riot, BDF IX’s pitcher Kagiso Mogale was in no Easter mercy mood, striking out Scrambler’s batsmen to give his side a perfect start.
The game however got very tight in the second and third innings as pitchers from both sides got the better of batsmen, with none of the clubs registering any point in both the innings. BDF IX however upped the ante in the top fourth inning, registering three runs to take their points tally to eight before Mogale and the BDF IX outfielders ensured Scramblers registered no point.
Things got worse for Scramblers in the fifth inning as BDF IX’s Neo Mnqobisi hit the match’s only home run to take his team’s tally to an unassailable nine points lead, giving Scramblers a near improbable task to try save the game.
While Scramblers are known to be slow starters but very strong finishers, there was to be no comeback in their crucial fifth inning as their attack fizzled out in the face of the uncompromising BDF IX pitcher Mogale’s onslaught as the Mogoditshane outfit ensured that Scramblers come empty handed from the inning to bring the match to a quick finish. In the ladies’ section, it was Wells International who emerged the winners after beating Police IX by a 4 -2 points margin.
The Jwaneng outfit, who had suffered at the hands of Police in their encounter the previous day exerted sweet revenge on their rivals in a closely fought encounter. Also having had to win a bronze playoff against Dinare on the morning of the finals to earn their right to battle Police for the honours, the athletic looking Wells’ ladies showed no sign of fatigue as they took the fight to Police IX ladies.
The win ensured that Wells ended a two year drought in the tournament they organize. For their efforts, both BDF IX men’s team and the Wells ladies team took home an equal P15 000 cash prize, gold medals and a floating trophy each. Both runners up in the men and ladies’ categories got P12 000 and silver medals while third placed teams got P8000 and bronze medals each.
In the individual prize categories, Garogwe Witness of Scramblers was voted the men’s Most Valuable Player while Mogale was voted the best pitcher as well as best run assists.
The best catcher prize went to Tshepo Mathame of BDF IX while Morulaganyi Moalosi of Dinare was voted the best slugger.
In the ladies category, Otsile Mashabe was voted the tournament’s MVP while Wells’ duo of Gakenosi Makata and Kelebogile Lesesere were voted best pitcher and best catcher respectively.
The prize for best slugger went to Lebopo Otlhomile of Dinare while her teammate Galeboe Mfolwe was honoured for providing most assists in the tournament. The annual Easter tournament, which is hosted in Jwaneng is organized by Wells International Softball Club and is sponsored by JoyGlobal.