Pirates Come up Short at Nationals
The Sandy Bay Pirates, champions of the Roatan Insular baseball league, were eliminated from the Honduran national tournament October 21 when they lost 8-3 to the Medias Verdes (Green Sox) of Tegucigalpa in a rain-delayed game in Tegucigalpa.
The game was tied 2-2 going into the sixth inning. Then a series of Pirates fielding errors allowed the Green Sox to score four runs in the sixth. They added two more in the eighth for the final tally.
Cuny Miller took the loss for the Pirates in a game whose start was postponed three and a half hours and that was then interrupted by continued rainfall.
“I didn’t have my best stuff that game,” said Miller, who was the winning pitcher in the Pirates’ Insular league title game against the Sandy Bay Giants in August. He said the delays and interruptions affected his rhythm and allowed his arm to get cold.
“I think it definitely affected his performance,” said Mark Flanagan of the weather disruptions. Flanagan, who was the Pirates’ road manager for the tournament and filled in for regular coach Dave Elmore, noted Miller hit four batters in the game. “I’ve never seen him do that before.”
The Pirates defeated San Antonio, from Choluteca, 4-0 in their first tournament game October 20 as Edison (Pupu) Bodden pitched a one-hit complete-game shutout. That game was also interrupted by rain, in the fourth inning, and the teams were actually bused across town to resume play at a different stadium. Flanagan said the second venue was preparing to host a major soccer game that night, and there were “all these hooligans around” and “the atmosphere was somewhat intimidating.”
Nonetheless, Bodden carried a no-hitter into the sixth, when the opposing pitcher hit one up the middle with two outs to end the drought.
The October 21 loss prevented the Pirates from advancing out of group play into the final round of the five-team tournament (San Pedro Sula did not send a team, leaving the tournament with an odd number of teams). The Medias Verdes were to have played Tololo of Choluteca in the final Sunday night, October 21. But the game was canceled due to rain and has been tentatively rescheduled for January.
The Pirates’ travel costs were financed by a combination of donations from the Global Sports Foundation of Houston and Roatan Rotary and concession sales from the previous week’s SOL softball league games on Roatan. Roatan Municipal Government paid to ferry the team to the mainland, with Galaxy Wave providing a 20 percent discount. [/private]