In sports the tail-end of a season is normally a tense time.
Teams are jostling for last minute playoff spots, players are looking to end their seasons on a bright note and generally there is a lot left to be decided.
Such is the case with the 2009 Fall Adult Co-ed Softball League.
Last week saw week eight of the 12 week league wrap up at the Field of Dreams baseball facility in George Town.
For the most part a lot of the scores represented offensive explosions.
The action started Monday as PWC B gave Senor Frogs an experience with a 16-9 victory.
KM Ltd held serve as a serious threat in the A league this season with an 8-4 win over the Ritz Carlton Jesters. Ritz actually deserves props in this match as they, a B league team, held KM Ltd in check for most of the game.
The final game on Monday saw with B league juggernauts Julius Baer taming the Hellcats 12-11.
Action continued on to Tuesday as Cayman Coolers chilled out the Master Batters 15-5 and Electratech Pure Energy denied the PWC Scorpions their first win this season with a tight 11-9 win.
The premier match of the day was a showdown between A league powers Home Gas and Jose’s Escape. In a game that could be a preview of a playoff encounter Home Gas had a thrilling 10-8 victory.
Wednesday would see a handful of intriguing match-ups as KMPG A shut down the Master Batters 20-10 and sending the club further down the A league rankings.
City Slickers would win by forfeit and the KPMG Bounty Hunters took out a young and up-and-coming Dolphin’s Cove team 19-6.
On Thursday the Doghouse Glovernauts would take centre stage with an epic match against the Maples Sluggers.
Both came out slugging though eventually Doghouse would find the sweet part of the bat more times than not as they won 10-9.
With those games in the books the standings continue to look tighter and tighter as teams have less than three game leads in their respective divisions.
The A league still looks up for grabs judging by its division rankings.
Cayman Coolers are barely on top of the Breadfruit division at 7-2. The side has been dominant statistically with 126 runs scored and 77 runs allowed (both rank as tops in the A league).
Right behind them are Home Gas with an identical record. Defense has been the side’s mainstay with 80 runs allowed.
In a close third are Jose’s Escape at 6-3 with 105 runs scored and 77 runs allowed. Deloitte Canadian Bacon is languishing in the cellar at 1-7.
Over in the Cassava division KM Ltd are the clear favourites at 7-2. The side has scored the second most runs in the A league with 115 runs.
In second are the Caybrew Chuggers at 5-3 who boast just 77 runs allowed. On their tails are KPMG A at 4-4 who have 79 runs allowed thus far.
Sitting in the cellar are the Master Batters at 2-7.
The B league is just as tight as no division has a clear favourite at this point.
Proving the point is the tightly contested Silver Thatch division. Coming into this week the City Slickers are on top at 5-2-1.
The team has stuck with their bread-and-butter leading all of co-ed softball in defense with just 53 runs allowed.
On their heels are the 5-2 Doghouse Glovernauts who have scored the most runs (98) in the division.
Right on their trail is PWC B at 4-3-1. The ‘Experience’, as they are often called, has been thwarting opposing defenses by scoring 97 runs.
With the likes of Chris Moser and Craig Smith onboard the team is in prime position to make another improbable run to the B league title game.
Maples Sluggers and Ritz Carlton Jesters are very much in the hunt at 3-3-1 and 2-4-1 respectively.
Both have relied on a co-ordinated defense with 72 and 75 runs allowed.
In the Banana Orchid division Julius Baer have the best record in all of co-ed softball at 7-1. Crucial to the team’s success has been their bats as the side has pounded home 141 runs (most in co-ed softball).
On their heels are a determined KPMG Bounty Hunters side at 5-3. KPMG has also leaned heavily on offense with 118 runs scored (it must be noted the defense needs work with 101 runs allowed).
Not far behind are the Hellcats at 4-3-1. Phil Brown has quietly made the rookie club into one of the better defensive teams with 65 runs allowed (second most in all of co-ed softball).
Behind them are Senor Frogs at 2-5-1 and rookie team Dolphin Cove at 1-7.
The two-team C league seems all but a foregone conclusion. Electratech Pure Energy are cruising to the division title at 6-3 while PWC Scorpions continue to focus on the social aspect of things without a win in nine games.