Washington sweeps Bobby Andrews tournament finals
From Staff Reports
Washington-based girls softball teams swept all five brackets of the Bobby Andrews Scholarship Tournament this weekend at the Susiegray McConnell Sports Complex on Market Street Extension in Washington.
In the 16-U bracket, Washington started the tournament with a win over Perquimans Friday and advanced to play the Crystal Coast Waves. Cashie, a team from Bertie County, forfeited, which put Camden in a game against Washington. The locals won that one Saturday. Crystal Coast in turn defeated Camden to advance to the finals against Washington.
In near 100-degree weather, the girls capped the tournament unbeaten with 12-4 win. The Washington team got help from pitchers Gabby Cilluffo, from Chocowinity and Charity Watson. Watson, a star pitcher from Washington High School, was playing her last game in the league because of age. So was Cassidy Jones, Phil Jones’ daughter.
It was also the last game for her coaches, Jones and David Watson, Charity’s father. Both men had coached for 10 years.
In the 14-U bracket, Washington and the Diamond Diggers advanced in the winners bracket in the first round with respective wins over Carolina Trouble and the Crystal Coach Waves.
The Waves from the coast gave trouble to Trouble and advanced to play the Diggers and won again to reach Sunday’s finals to face Washington again. Washington knocked off the Diggers 5-4 in the finals Sunday.
In the 12-U bracket, Tom Robinson CPA, a Washington team beat Jamesville on Friday and the Lookouts beat East Beaufort to advance in the winners bracket. The Lookouts defeated Currituck and Robinson advanced over Newport. In the losers bracket, Jamesville eliminated Currituck and Newport knocked out East Beaufort for good.
Sunday’s game pitted the winner of the Lookout-Newport game with Robinson CPA in the finals. Robinson took the win with a 6-0 shutout.
In 10-U play Washington prevailed over the Carolina Diamondbacks Friday and then the Twisters. That put the local team against the Diamondbacks again on Saturday, which Washington won by a 4-1 score.
In 8-U Washington took Perquimans in the opener, beat Bear Grass on Saturday and faced Bear Grass again Sunday. Bear Grass earned the right by defeating Perquimans in the losers bracket. Washington came out the winner by a 21-4 score against Bear Grass Sunday.
It was the seventh year for the tournament, which rewards girls who play in the league for at least two years. Scholarships are available to Beaufort County Community College.
The tournament is named in honor of Bobby Andrews, 71, who has coached and umpired in the Washington area for more than 50 years.