The playoffs for the government softball league were in full swing this weekend.
On Sunday the Field of Dreams in George Town saw two of the league’s top squads in action.
Heavy favourite Customs Department was upset by 4th place team Department of Sports by a whopping score of 17-2.
The game was cut short to three innings as a mercy rule came into affect.
Coming into the game, Customs was no lower than second in the standings and had just one blemish on the season.
Meanwhile Sports barely made it into the playoffs as it took the last few games of the season to get above .500.
Yet Sports, which actually had players from the Civil Aviation and Health Services Authorities, simply outplayed Customs.
Simon Rivers, Bobby Boggess, Phillip Wilson and Rob Harris made all the difference for Sports.
All went deep at least once and had multiple hits.
Rivers and Harris excelled on both sides of the ball. The infielders snagged away many a hit and combined forces often to make double-plays.
Wilson, who has been using his muscular frame for basketball and flag football, had one of the many triples on the day.
However Boggess was the star for Sports. He limited a vaunted Customs line-up to under 10 hits and just the two runs.
In addition Boggess nearly hit for the cycle, needing only a triple to complete the feat.
For Customs, the offence just could not get rolling. In spite of good hitting from multi-sport stars Dwight O’Garro and Collin Bodden the rest of the line-up was in a funk.
Customs did not get much help out in the field or on the mound either.
Though sporting personality Miguel Pitta is known more for his bat in softball than his arm, he looked a bit out of synch on the mound.
Pitta struggled to find the strike zone, often putting batters in a hitter’s count as he threw more balls than strikes.
Ultimately Pitta and his feared Customs team had an off-game. The problem is with a previous loss to Sports, the Customs team can only look to grab a third place trophy now.
Customs is expected to face the loser of the other semi-final series between second seeded Computer Services and third seeded Immigration.
That series will see its first game this evening at around 5.30pm.
Due to players travelling this weekend with the national softball team, game two will take place next Sunday, 7 September.
The finals of the league are slated to take place Sunday, 14 September.
At that time the Department of Sports will battle the winner of the other semi-final series.
All of the playoff games will take place at the Field of Dreams in George Town.
For more information contact Molly-Ann Moore at 926-4899.