Young Lions set to maul Drills

With the Easter break long gone
focus now is squarely on the playoffs for local co-ed softball.

Over the last 12 weeks teams have
been biting and clawing for a shot at post-season glory in the Cayman Islands
Little League Winter Adult Co-ed Softball League.

Now the Field of Dreams in George Town sees the
playoffs officially under way on Monday April 12 as C league rookie powerhouses
the Ritz Carlton Grand Cayman Lions and the AL Thompson Drills square off at 8.15pm.

Both sides come into their match-up
ranking in the top two in defense in all of co-ed softball. The Drills have
allowed the fewest runs with 69 while the Lions have allowed 97.

Unlike the other groups the C
league is using a round-robin format for its playoffs. The other C league team,
the PWC Scorpions, go into action on Thursday against the third seed.

Other first-round playoff match-ups
will take place on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday featuring all four divisions
in the A and B leagues in single elimination matches.

Coming into Friday the standings
pointed to some interesting teams. In the B league Walkers are among the
favourites to win outright. The B2 division champs scored 181 runs in the
regular season (second-most in co-ed softball) while allowing 101 runs (third
fewest).

Their first match is against
Electratech Pure Energy (promoted from the C league last season) who finished at
the bottom of the B2 division without a win.

Walkers are not the only strong
team in the B league. Triple Crown won the B1 division with eight wins while
the Maples Sluggers (a surprise contender last year) were third with six wins.

Over in the A league A2 division
champs Coors Light Chuggers look ready to contend. Behind sports talents like
Brendon Malice and Neil Clements the Chuggers won eight games.

The side beat out rookie wonders
the AL Thompson Hammers, KPMG A, the surprisingly mediocre Global Baers and the
Master Batters.

Coors Light will face heavy
competition for the league title from perennial champs Home Gas and the upstart
Island Taste Hot Stuff. The Home Gas bats have been cooking scoring 215 runs
(most in co-ed softball). Island Taste meanwhile have been solid all year with
nine wins.

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