West Bay swings

There has been more to local softball in 2010 than
the corporate co-ed league.

The male adult league games have been played on
Sundays at the ball field in West Bay (adjacent to Jimmy Powell’s cricket field)
while the female league continues their games each Saturday at the Cayman Islands
Little League Field of Dreams.

The official start of the Cayman Islands Softball Association
adult leagues was two months ago with an official opening ceremony.

Special guests were, among others, the acting director
of sports Collin Anglin, long standing businessman and supporter Jose Webster
of Jose’s Escape and other honoured guests.

On the field games have been competitive and many
teams, as league director Marlon Thomas states, have done well.

“This season has been one of the most supported and
exciting,” Thomas said. “Two new teams have joined our male league this season.
It is good to see that the sport is becoming more attractive each year and that
members of the community are not only coming out to watch our games but also
want to play.

“As competitive as this league is, it have always
been open even to those who have never played and are willing to learn gradually.”

Among the two new teams adding excitement are the
Postnet Hurricanes and team English. Managed and coached by master baseball
mind Gerson Henriquez Sr. the Hurricanes have been a competitive team this season.

Team English, which is managed by Rob Harris, have
also joined with a squad full of vibrant and enthusiastic young men who have proven
to know the game and have challenged their rivals on many occasions.

The male adult league games are played each Sunday 1pm
through 6:15pm while the female games are played at 8:30pm each Saturday.

With a newly elected board and fundraising committee,
the association is grateful for the support they continue to receive even in
hard financial times like these. Among the league sponsors has been Mike’s Ice,
whose product has come in handy.

For the record the association moved the male adult
league to West Bay to save on costs incurred over the years
while running the league elsewhere. The move, as Thomas states, was helped by
local government.

“We are more than appreciative to the Cayman Islands
Government and the Department of Sports for allowing us to use the West Bay
Field,” Thomas said.

The Fundraising and Social Events Committee,
coordinated by Kathline Rankin, is appealing to the local businesses to partner
with them as they work towards raising funds that will be used for the development
of the fields.

“This is a long term project and we are still in
need of major sponsors. Any assistance they can render will be greatly appreciated
as all our efforts for the years to come will be geared towards this project,”
Rankin said.

Another ambitious project is an after-school programme
led by Thomas in partnership with John King, a Canadian baseball coach and member
of the Continental Amateur Baseball Association. The programme started on Saturday
at the West Bay Field. Boys and girls ages 5-17 registered in the programme at
no costs.