The Royal Bahamas Defence Force Waves are slowly building a dynasty after being crowned 2016 champions of the Bahamas Government Departmental Softball Association (BGDSA) for a 3rd consecutive year.
Dominating the female division, the ladies have sported an unblemished record during their three-year run by not losing a single game in both the regular season and the playoffs. The last time they tasted defeat was in the final game of the 2013 BGDSA Championship against the Bahamas Public Services Union (BPSU) Strikers. They have now won five championship titles in the past seven years, having won it all in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2016.
The 2016 championship series took on a different format because of the wrath of Hurricane Matthew. The season, which began in May of last year, was halted prematurely with the playoffs not yet started, so a round-robin tournament was instituted to determine the overall champion. Both the Waves and the Strikers advanced to the championship game, with the Waves coming out on top with a final score of 16-12.
The Strikers drew first blood in that game, as they scored 6 runs in the first inning and another 2 runs in the second inning to go up 8-0. The Waves however showed why they were the defending champions as they clawed their way on to the victory.
“We had a good season over the past year with no significant injuries,” said player/coach Rhonda Kelly. “We had a small team with only 16 players, but the girls stepped up to the plate and played significant roles in getting to this point. The new season begins in a matter of weeks, but we are up to the challenge of defending our crown.”
Commander Defence Force (Acting), Captain Tellis Bethel, Officers and Marines of the Royal Bahamas Defence Force are proud of the team and lauded praises for their athletic prowess.