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Sunday, July 21, 2024


May 15, 2002 – Education Department made it three in a row Tuesday evening, defeating Law and Order, 20-12, in Game 3 of the Housing Parks and Recreation Department's best-of-seven Co-ed Slowpitch League championships at the Joseph Aubain Ballpark on St. Thomas.
It was deja vu as Education jumped ahead of Law and Order (Police Department/Immigration and Naturalization Service) with five runs again in the first inning, just as it did in Game 2. This was after holding Law and Oder scoreless in the top of the inning. Education added seven more runs in the bottom of the second inning after keeping Law and Order scoreless again to take a 12-0 lead.
Law and Order then scored a single run in the top of the third inning. Education quickly answered with three more runs in the bottom of the inning to increase its lead to 15-1. Both teams were held scoreless in the fourth inning. Law and Order then rallied for four runs in the top of the fifth and added two more in the sixth to close the margin to eight runs, 15-7.
Education ended its brief scoring drought with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to once again stretch its lead to 13 runs, 20-7. Law and Order added five runs in the top of the seventh to cut the deficit to a single digit margin of eight runs.
Franklin Brathwaite has pitched and won all three games for Education. Brathwaite also had a good offensive evening, going four for five from the plate. Education pounded out 27 hits and committed just two errors in the game. Michael Bute equaled Brathwaite's offensive output with a four-for-five evening at the plate. Teammates Neville Amey and Pedrito George each had perfect night at bat with four and three hits, respectively. George Deller connected on three hits in four at bats, and Leroy Paulus had two hits in three at bats.
Brathwaite, who also manages Education, said of Law and Order, "I would love to hit them four straight." He added, "We're up three and we need one win, so I would love it to be Game 4." He later backed off a bit, saying, "Both of us are division champs, and between the white lines anything can happen."
Law and Order had 19 hits and committed two errors in the game. Walter Freeman absorbed the lost for the second consecutive night. Kirk Thomas had four hits in four at bats to lead offensively. Teammates Kerry Harrigan and Rafael Edwards had three hits in four at bats.
"I don’t know. I can't really put my hand on it; they just have our number," a dejected Law and Order manager Antonio Acevedo said of Education after the game. "They simply made the plays, and we did not."
Game 4 of the best-of-seven series is scheduled for Monday at 7:30 p.m.

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