Swinging a new season ahead

The local co-ed softball season may be coming to a close but softball has big plans in Cayman.

One of the initiatives going forward is the return of slow-pitch and fast-pitch softball at an early date.

The 2010 league is slated to launch in late February. The official opening is planned for the 21st with the deadline for team registration being on Monday February 1.

Credit for the early start goes to the new softball executive committee of the Cayman Islands Softball Association. That committee was voted in during the annual general meeting late last month.

Ms. Annie Ebanks was elected as President and Mr. Gerson Henriquez Sr. Vice President.

Rex Whittaker is the Secretary General, Ivy Taylor is Treasurer, Jenna Terry is Secretary and Marlon Thomas is League Director and Public Relations Coordinator.

Additionally, an events and fundraising committee was put in place which is being coordinated by Ms. Kathline Rankin.

Currently the association is working on fundraising events geared to assist teams and the association on a whole. Local softball hopes it can reach its goals in the near future with continued public support.

Hopefully that support can lead Cayman softball to replicate the success of its latest international competition.

Three months ago the association was able to host the Nicaraguan International Softball Tournament. The competition is one of the premier annual softball tournaments in the Caribbean, drawing teams from around the region.

In the past it has been held in the US and Nicaragua and Cayman got a rare chance to play tournament host.

This year’s event drew 11 male and female teams from the US, Nicaragua and Cayman. All took part in the weekend tournament held at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town, Grand Cayman.

Cayman was represented by two female and two male teams. The tournament proved to be a complete success as hundreds of spectators came out.

The icing on the cake was the performance of the Cayman squads. The male A team was crowned champions whilst the female A team were second in their division.

In addition Cayman’s female B team finished third place. The female team from Puerto Cabezas, Nicaragua was crowned female champions.

  • For more information on local softball contact Marlon Thomas at 926-3468 or e-mail [email protected].