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Thursday, July 18, 2024


Airport moved on and WAPA went home as the two teams battled for their playoff lives Friday evening in the Government and Industrial Coed Slowpitch Softball League’s Farrington division first round action.
Airport cleared their way to the second round by defeating the Water and Power Authority 4-3.
Airport pitcher Dale Rhymer took a ball off his hand in the top of the first inning that split his fingernail and delayed the game for several minutes as he got first-aid. WAPA scored two unearned runs to take an early lead. Rhymer settled down in keeping WAPA scoreless for the next four innings.
Airport quickly answered, as center fielder Kenneth Smith homered off the left field light pole in the bottom of the first inning to tie the score at two. WAPA pitcher Anson Larcheveaux also kept his opponents scoreless but for the next five innings.
WAPA scored another unearned run in the top of the sixth inning to take the lead 3-2. Aaron Shelford doubled and then scored on an error by Airport’s Laura Isaac.
In the seventh inning, Airport rallied when Ashton "Minus" Frett singled to lead off the inning. Isaac then walked with one out. The next batter, Parker Drew, grounded out to second for the second out of the inning. Clemille Gibbs then singled Frett in to tie the ball game at three.
Remembering his home run in the first inning, Larcheveaux intentionally walked Smith to load the bases. The next hitter, Terry Browne, drilled a 2-1 pitch just out of the reach of first baseman Akima Samuel to drive in Isaac and end the game.
Airport won the series 2-1 and advanced to round-two, where they will face Innovative Communication Corp. on Saturday at 8:30 p.m.
Of their next opponent, Airport, the defending champs, believe they can beat ICC. "We had them 5-1 and let them get away," said Airport’s Smith.

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