Bahamas Invitational Tournament - Day Two (Another Big Night for Rhys Casley and the Texaco Pirates)

May 26, 2007

Man-O-War Cay, the Bahamas

Texaco Pirates Bahamas Invitational
Man-O-War Cay, the Bahamas
May 25, 2007 - Day Two
Game 2 - 7:30pm
Miami Presidente Florida...........4......3.....1
Abaco Sluggers,Abaco Island.......2......2.....5
WP-Rob Schweyer;save Edney Bethel (5)
LP- Rob Fawcett
K's:Rob Schweyer(Miami) (10) in 4 inn; Edney Bethel(Miami) (8) in 3 inn,
Rob Fawcett, Abaco(18) in 7 innings
The Presidenteteam from Miami, Florida scored one run in the first and three in the second,making it stand up for a 4-2 victory over the Abaco Sluggers, a neighboringisland team, in the Bahamas.
Miami's AlexisFernandez, who homered in last night's game scored two of the four runs,reaching on a single in the first and scoring on a sacrifice fly by GrantAlbury, and aboard on a walk in the second inning, and coming around to scoreon an error, wild pitch, and passed ball. The other two Miami runs came in the third, when centerfielder RoyMueller reached on an error, and leftfielder Lazzaro Fernandez reached on aninfield hit, and came home to score. TheAbaco Sluggers plated their two runs in the third inning, on an error, a walk,and RBI single by Fred Sweeting. Once again,the pitching on both sides was dominant, with Abaco's Rob Fawcett racked up 17strikeouts in seven innings, while Miami's Rob Schweyer and Edney Bethelcombined for 18 of their own.
Game 3 - 9:30pm
Texaco Pirates, theBahamas...............6......7.....1
Abaco Sluggers,Abaco Island..............0......3.....2
WP-Doug Sleep;save Rob Scheller (5)
LP- Rob Fawcett
HR-Rhys Casley (2)(TP); Barry Kahler (TP); Tim Albury (TP)
K's: Doug Sleep(TP) (8) in 4 inn; Rob Scheller (8) in 3 inn;
Rob Fawcett(Abaco) (13) in 7 innings
For the secondnight in a row, the formula for victory for the host Texaco Pirates was homeruns from Casley, Kahler, and Albury Theonly difference on Friday night, is that the Albury homerun was from TimAlbury, instead of Grant Albury. RhysCasley had a monster night, with two home runs, 4 RBI, three hits and two runsscored. Casley has 6 hits in two gamesso far, and three home runs. The localfans now know him by name, anticipating each at bat, the way fans used to avoidthe hot dog stand when Bonds was coming up.

Casley's firsthome run came to lead off the third inning, breaking a scoreless tie. It was a carbon copy of last night's homerun, a high towering drive that was never in doubt, landing in someone's backyard on the street leading into the ballpark. Barry Kahler made it back-to-back home runs, his second in two nights. Tim Albury added a solo home run to leftfield to extend the lead to 3-0, for a good, competitive ballgame going intothe 7th. But after striking out thefirst two batters in the 7th, an infield error and a walk meant that Fawcettwould have to face Rhys Casley once more.  One swing of the bat from Casley and the 3 run lead doubled to 6-0, aninsurmountable lead with Rob Scheller on the mound for Haziel McDonald'shometown Pirates.
Abaco's RobFawcett struck out 13, in his second game of the evening, giving him an even 30on the night in 14 innings pitched. DougSleep and Rob Scheller again split the pitching duties for the Texaco Pirates,each striking out eight, and combining for the three hit shutout.
The third andfinal day of competition at the first Texaco Pirates Bahamas Itournament willstart tomorrow afternoon at 3:00 p.m. Eastern time, and continue with gamesslated to go at 5 p.m., 7 p.m., and an "if" game at 9 p.m. in the elimination portion ofthe tournament.
The championshipgame will be broadcast on Check the Ballparkradio website at for a click tolisten link and further updates on Saturday. The games on Saturday will conclude the first ever Texaco PiratesBahamas Invitational tournament held at the spectacular beachfront field onMan-O-War Cay, in the Bahamas.
The crowd on handfor Friday's games was larger than the opening night, with a still larger crowdexpected for Saturday's games. Manylocals from the Man-O-War community have turned out to help host the toeurnament,and also enjoy the competition.   Fansaccustomed to the usual fare of hot dogs and hamburgers would be delighted bywhat they find here in the Bahamas, including grilled mahi-mahi and chicken,peas and rice, Bahama spiced macaroni and cheese, homemade coleslaw, and a fulltable of desserts, including coconut pound cake. Just prior to the start of the first night'sgame, it seemed that half of the town was dining at the ballpark, with the nowfamiliar golf carts rolling in for a Friday night at the ballpark. Other fans had come by ferry from neighboringislands, along with the Abaco Sluggers team. The crowd included a number of retired ballplayers, families, kids andteens alike, to root for their local team, in a scene reminscent of an earlierera in men's fastpitch.
Watch for Maddy'sphoto slide show from Friday night's games at: 
Best regards,
Jim Flanagan
Email: jim (at)

Maddy's Photo Slideshow from the Bahamas Invitational, Day Two 

Maddy's Photo Slideshow from the Bahamas Invitational, Day Two:

Best regards,
Jim Flanagan, for Maddy Flanagan
Email: maddy (at)

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