VI Baseball Softball Association Pitchers Raymond “Mahasa” Mercer, left, and Kathleen Fahie, had the fast pitch league named in their honor

Mahasa & Kathleen
Softball League honors Raymond “Mahasa” Mercer, Kathleen Fahie.

By Dean “The Sportsman” Greenaway.

When Pitchers Raymond “Mahasa” Mercer and Kathleen Fahie got the call that they would be the 2024 Virgin Islands Baseball-Softball Association Fast Pitch League honorees, they had different reactions.

They were honored on Saturday at the E. Walwyn Brewley Softball Park, during the opening of the league.

“It was really exciting,” Mercer told Island Sun Sports. “I said, at least the moment reached, and I said it’s a long time I’ve been waiting because it looks like I would have had to be out of here before…so that was a home run.”

Fahie expressed being surprised when the call came.

“I was in disbelief,” she said. “I even asked Molly (Sharoma Penn-Maduro) a couple times if she was talking to the right person. But I’m pleased and honored to be chosen at this young age.”

When asked what the feeling was like going through the opening ceremony, Mercer said he felt like he wanted to ‘play again.’ “But I had enough of it,” he said. “I just like watching it. But there are things the guys must learn a little bit more—hitting, pitching, and practicing—that’s the main part of it. The fielding, the defense is fine but that hitting and pitching it’s needed.”

Mercer said the Pirates’ pitchers had asked him for assistance with pitching. “I came here a couple of times, but they never showed up,” he reflected. “It discouraged me.”

Fahie, a retired teacher, wove the team names into a poem to give her vision of what’s expected to a thunderous applause, and said that she was nervous.

“I’m not good at being in front of a crowd of adults. I prefer to be in a crowd of children,” she noted. “But I was excited. I didn’t expect this at such a young age and getting your flowers while you’re living was powerful.”

Fahie, who pitched to her daughter and Mercer, threw out the traditional first pitches to start the league. “I wish I could have thrown to the other daughter too that was there, but it was great,” she said. “My first pitch wasn’t a strike, so I had to do it again.”

Mercer said his pitch wasn’t a strike, maybe he was trying to throw too hard. He said he’d like to see players having the love of the game, practicing more, and putting in the work. “They only want to come when they have to,” he noted. “It’s not going to work that way.”

Fahie stated that she’d like to see players being more in tune with plays, thinking about what’s happening, following the play, and knowing what to do before the play occurs.

During his illustrious career, Mercer said he has never thrown a no-hitter or hit for the÷ cycle. “In all the things I did, I’ve never done those two,” he said. “I came as close as a one-hitter.”