More swinging to fulfil their dreams

Co-ed softball may be over but there’s still a chance to get in on the fun.

Players in the 2009 Cayman Islands Little League Fall co-ed softball league are trying to organize exhibition matches.

The premise is to play recreational games for men and women of all skill levels during the week.

At this point Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm and Sundays at 12 noon are the scheduled game times.

The Field of Dreams facility in George Town will be the site of the games.

To participate, prospective players register with organizer Tim Derrick and pay CI $10 each game.

Players will be responsible for gloves, hats and additional equipment. About 22 players are needed to play a game.

Based on the sentiments this reporter has heard the idea behind the matches rests in giving league participants and onlookers more chances to play.

The 2009 season saw 12 regular season games Mondays through Thursdays with up to three additional playoff games.

News of the exhibition matches comes weeks after the league wrapped up its championship matches across the various groups.

The first pair of finals took place in late November as ElectraTech Pure Energy won the C league title and Julius Baer won the B league championship.

Pure Energy sparked a title run by besting the PWC Scorpions in the best-of-three C league championship series.

Electratech won game one in convincing fashion 19-7 before PWC scored an upset in game two 10-9. Pure Energy would win game three 15-6.

Julius Baer had an interesting run to their B league crown. The squad, who have only been in local co-ed softball two seasons, ran through the regular season at 10-2 thanks to softball’s best offense.

The bats stayed hot in the playoffs as the squad held off the determined rookie team Dolphin Cove 16-15 in the opening round before taking down a belligerent KPMG Bounty Hunters side 15-14 in the semi-finals.

From there the side took down the upstart Ritz Carlton Jesters (who got by defensive gurus the Anchor City Construction City Slickers and a resurgent Maples Sluggers) 12-10 in the league finals.

The last section to wrap up was the A league as Home Gas added yet another championship to their trophy case. The league’s main dynasty over the years, the title is the sixth for Home Gas.

Veteran leadership from the likes of Peter and Rex Whittaker guided Home Gas to a 10-2 record atop their division.

From there the side kept its composure in beating Deloitte Canadian Bacon in the first round, Cayman Coolers 16-14 in the semi-finals and A league power KM Ltd 18-6 in the finals.

KM Ltd faced Home Gas after going 9-3 in the regular season (finishing second in their division), beating KPMG A 10-0 in the opening round and crushing the Caybrew Chuggers 17-3 in the semi-finals.

The exhibition matches are set to continue from tomorrow right up through the Christmas holidays and the New Year.

The winter version of the league is set to start in mid-January at the Field of Dreams in George Town.