Cayman’s best softball side is widely respected as Jose Escape Pirates. But last season they surprisingly lost the Esso Fast Pitch Trophy to rivals Columbia.
The Pirates have returned to their swashbuckling best after seeing off Columbia for the third successive week on Sunday at the Field of Dreams. They regained the title they consider their personal property and clinched it for the seventh time in eight seasons.
Pirates won comfortably 13-5 despite starting badly and going 4-0 down in the first inning. Player-coach Marlon Thomas said: ‘Once again it was our brilliant pitcher Rupert Whittaker who made all the difference. He did tremendously well. They batted first and went four up in the first inning. Then we scored three, went ahead 5-4 and we stayed there after that.’
Thomas was in great form himself. Offensively he contributed by hitting a home run with one man on base which made it two RBIs and then he hit a triple with another man on base to contribute another run.
Johnny Johnson and Alfred Flowers hit home runs and Luis Clark had a home run with a runner on base.
‘We were very confident today we’d win,’ added Thomas. ‘Columbia started with a new pitcher, Lucio Archibald and then replaced him with their regular pitcher Lawrence Taylor in the second inning but he didn’t make much difference either.
‘This win gives us tremendous confidence and most of our guys will be representing Cayman in Nicaragua next month in a tournament of 12 male teams and five women’s teams. We are going with the intention of winning, not just there to compete. There will be teams from all over America, including Washington, LA and New York. Last year it was held in Miami but rained out and the previous year in Tampa we were runners-up to New York. We’re confident we can win it this time.’
Pirates sponsor Jose Webster said: ‘This is the fourteenth year in the 18 I have been sponsoring them that we’ve won the league. They really work hard together and that’s why they’re the best. When we go to Nicaragua we’re coming back with the trophy!’
–In the Government Slow Pitch softball semi-final match between Immigration Enforcers and Planning it was never competitive because Immigration took control from the start. Planning were involved in a thrilling match last week which they won but this time they looked a different team. Immigration dominated in their 17-2 victory. Baron Solomon hit the only home run and a triple RBI in the second inning. From there it was a doddle. In the fourth inning Planning got knocked out because they went 15 runs behind. Computer Services will rely heavily on Peter Whittaker to score for them and Immigration can depend on the power of Pirates star Johnny Johnson on Sunday at the Field of Dreams, from 3pm.
‘Immigration practiced a lot for this one and it paid dividends,’ said league organiser Molly Anne Moore. ‘All I can say to Computer Services is look out.’