Residents of the Pinderidge Constituency, get ready for two days of camaraderie and softball action.
The First Pineridge Slowpitch Softball Tournament kicks off today, Friday, July 13, and concludes this coming Saturday, July 14. Staged at the Grand Bahama Softball Field, located at the rear the GB Sports Complex.
Member of Parliament (MP) for the Constituency, Rev. Frederick McAlpine promised all residents two days of competitive action and bonding.
McAlpine and tournament officials met at the Pineridge Constituency Office, located in the Kipling Building on Thursday (July 12) to make the announcement.
“It is our hope and expectation that we will do this in conjunction with the softball league (Grand Bahama Amateur Softball Association) to bring families and corporations together, where they will play one another and play with each other in a spirit of camaraderie,” McAlpine shared. “And to also make it a family day. We want you to bring your children, bring your families and enjoy the day.”
The tournament will feature Two Divisions – Men and Co-ed. The teams represented in each division will include the Heavy Hitters, Express Food Mart, Pat’s Uniforms Reds, the Pineridge Cutters, Immigration Enforcers, the West End Sluggers and Pelican Bay Barracudas.
The double-elimination tournament games will run for five innings and each batter will have one ball and one strike attached for each at bat.
The Pineridge MP added that athletics is another component that he would like to add to his list community building ventures.
“This is the first time we’re doing something of this magnitude. Pineridge is now trying to get itself going, as you see we deal with the social, the educational, but now we’re turning to the athletic side of the constituency. So, by doing this we thought it would be appropriate to bring persons on, through the league, and work in conjunction with them as the major sponsor.
“We look forward to seeing the success of this. It’s going to be interesting.”
Head umpire Brent Spence expressed that with the teams listed to compete throughout the tournament, residents can look forward to some exciting play.
“The competition should be keen. This is anybody’s championship,” he stated. “During the regular season with the teams, all the teams are about even at play. We (the umpires) will be representing the rules even though you’re supposed to have some fun. But we’re here to set some guidelines pertaining to the rules.
“Have some fun and good luck to all the teams. It’s a family atmosphere so let’s have some fun.”
Taking to the diamond this evening at 7:00 p.m. will be the Heavy Hitters going up against Express Food Mart in Men’s Division play. Following that contest at 8:00 p.m. will be the Pat’s Uniforms Reds in competition against the Pineridge Cutters in Co-ed play and closing out the evening will be the Pineridge Cutters going up against the Reds at 9:00 p.m.
Tournament play will continue Saturday morning at 10:00 a.m. A Home-Run Derby is expected to take place just before the play-offs begin. The tentative time for the Derby is 4:00 p.m., with the play-offs scheduled to get underway at 5:00 p.m.
The Co-ed and Men’s Division Championships are set for 9:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m. start time, respectively.