Heavy-handed Police IX crush opponents

Runaway success: Police IX men’s team won the top eight contest PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE
Runaway success: Police IX men’s team won the top eight contest PIC: KENNEDY RAMOKONE

Police IX underlined their status as the undisputed modern-day giants of local softball with the men's and women's sides the dominant forces during the just-ended Botswana Softball Association (BSA) return to play league.

The women’s side won the women’s championship in Selebi-Phikwe a fortnight ago while their male counterparts took the title last weekend in Gaborone. Police IX women won all the four group stage games en route to the final where they beat cross-town rivals, Titans 13-1. In executing the demolition job, Police IX powered through struggling Rail Giants 10-0 while Vikings were also on the receiving end losing 1-0. Carats were beaten 5-3 and Titans received a 4-3 defeat.

The women’s team pitcher, Onnetse Ribbin scooped the best pitcher award while Maga Mabutho was adjudged the best catcher. Last weekend, it was the men’s chance to shine at the National Diamond. On the way to the final, Police IX were unstoppable, beating Gatalamotho (11-0), Scramblers (13-0), Carats (12-1), and Wells (3-1). The final against BDF IX went to a tiebreaker with Police IX upsetting the army side 1-0. It was sweet revenge for Police IX after BDF IX beat the Cops 5-0 during the 2019 Phikwe Extravaganza tournament. There were individual accolades for Police IX players with Eric Simwanza chosen as the best batter as he walked four times and was the only batter without a strike.

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