Botswana Softball Association (BSA) recently hosted the Shell Vivo Top four championships to officially open their newly refurbished national diamond stadium which was closed last year February.
Speaking at the official opening the Botswana National Sports Council (BNSC) Chairperson Solly Reikeletseng commended BSA leadership for the development.
“Challenged with shortages of facilities I know it was not an easy decision to make, and the fact that you did not contract any company but planted the turf yourselves is very encouraging and needs to be applauded,” Reikeletseng said.
The BNSC Chairman said now the stadium needs more security, stands and lighting so that their games are not only limited to day time.
On the games it was a BDF affair as both BDF IX’s ladies and men’s softball teams became this year’s Vivo top four champions.
BDF IX’s men outclassed and outsmarted Mahalapye based Rail Giants in a one sided encounter which saw them succumbing to an 8-1 loss in the finals.
However Giants could be credited for putting up a great fight to reach the finals, eliminating last year’s champion in Francistown based army side Scramblers.
However the game which sparked more interest was the women’s finals between the army ladies and Dinare which ended with a 4-3 in favor of BDF IX.
It took the top of the 3rd inning for the SSKB based team to register their first point of the game through Bonang Lepotokisi who is an outfielder.
Two of her mates then followed to end the inning with a 3-0 lead before bowing out.
Dinare then responded positively and leveled matters in the bottom of the 3rd inning to keep their hopes alive with two innings remaining.
However the top 4 inning proved to be the title decider between the sides with only one point registered by BDF IX.
Dinare then failed to respond in the bottom 4 and 5th respectively and saw their title hopes disappear.
The real opportunity for Dinare came in the final inning when they had all bases full, and all they needed was two points from the bases to get the P20 000 cash price plus gold medals.
On the other hand, had BDF lost the game they would have no one to blame but themselves as their coach Gerald Mokgweetsi introduced a new pitcher Gaone Letshwenyo in the final inning.
Though it was a strategy to give their tried and tested pitcher Wangu Gondo a breather, Letshwenyo proved to be a little bit rusty and gave most of Dinare players free bases.
This eventually forced BDF coach to make a U-turn on his decision and re introduce Gondo to the pitch and immediately took Dinare out.