Grand Bassa County have dethroned defending champions Nimba County to win the kickball version of the National County Sports Meet for the first time since the inauguration of the competition.
It was a historical and jubilant moment for the girls of Grand Bassa and their supporters when they narrowly defeated the former champions Nimba, who were targeting their third successive kickball title in the competition.
The ‘Gbehzon’ girls defeated Nimba 2-1 out of ten innings at the over-crowded Samuel Kanyon Doe Sports Complex.
It was a tough encounter as both counties failed to make a home run in the first three innings. Later, it was Grand Bassa that managed to make their first home run during the fourth innings when Decontee Williams was given a free walk after pitcher Alane Kofa of Nimba conceded three balls.
The ‘Gbezon’ girls defended their 1-0 lead till the seventh inning with the hope of clinching a win with the single home run, but things later changed that made their first home run during their final innings to send the match to extra innings when Eveline Corvah recorded their first home run from Hawa Ahmah’s ferocious effort that beat Catherine Henry at her outfield position.
Bassa, who reached the final for the first time after defeating Margibi County in the semi-finals, maintained their impressive offensive and defensive performance and made an additional one home run to finally clinch the title for the first time after Tetee Padmore hit a perfect strike that made her hit the home base.
Meanwhile, in the third-place match, Margibi comfortably defeated Grand Cape Mount County 3-1 out of five innings.
Following the climax of the match, medals were presented to the players by President George Weah and First Lady Clar Weah to 3rd place winners, Margibi followed by runners-up Nimba and champions Grand Bassa.