Coors Light thirst for success

The ladies of the Coors Light
Chuggers combined to drive in half of the team’s runs in a 8-3 victory over KM
Ltd. at the Field of Dreams.

The game on Thursday 12 August was
just one of 10 opening week contests in the Cayman Islands Little League adult
co-ed fall season.

New Chuggers player Cheyenna
Stewart made an impressive debut with the team, going two for two with two runs
scored and adding a fine catch on a line drive off the bat of Yarian Powery.
Chuggers’ coach Alan Markoff said he was particularly pleased with his team’s
defensive performance.

“We looked like we were in
mid-season form on defence,” he said. 
“Given that we were making eight or nine errors in some mid-season games
last year, I’d say we were even better than mid-season form.”

KM Ltd. peppered the left side of
the Chuggers infield, but shortstop Donnie House and third baseman Mark Wallace
handled everything hit a them.

“If we only give up three runs a
game, we’re going to win a lot of games,” said Wallace.

The co-ed programme features three
new teams in the C-League and two of them – the DMTC Rascals and Team BritCay –
squared off. DMTC opened with a healthy four runs, including a home run from
pitcher Winston Connolly. Britcay responded with five runs, but DMTC were determined
to get even with the insurers

“I received a 16 per cent increase
in premiums from them earlier in the day,” said Rascal’s coach Sarah Bertran.

By the fourth inning, the Rascals
were ten runs up at 15-5, thanks to home runs from John Berry (3 RBIS) and
solid hitting from Gary “the Boss” Linford (2 RBI). Britcay tried to come back
in the bottom of the 5th, but fell 2 runs short thanks to superb catches by
Connolly and Jess Anderson that retired the side and left DMTC victorious.

The PwC Scorpions got off to a
solid start to the season with an 8-6 victory over newcomers team HSBC.

The Scorpions were mostly a cast of
new faces as a number of last year’s stalwarts were unavailable. However, the
new additions stood out, especially Tony and Jenn Mark.

HSBC did fight hard in the game,
rallying back from one and two run deficits in the opening four innings. Among
the notable players on the team was Vernie Watler-Harris who turned in some
nice plays.

Nevertheless, the Scorpions turned it
on in the latter innings. After a 6-6 tie in the fifth, PwC’s returning players
made their mark as Minori Honda and Matthew Yates got on base to set the table
for Eric Stachelski’s two-run double. Simon Gill, who had some timely singles
with the bat, caught an enormous fly ball in centre-field to record the final
out.

Jason “Sas-crush” Giddings hit an
opposite field walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning as the A.L.
Thompson Hammers won their first game in dramatic fashion, 10-9 over the Master
Batters.

With the score tied in the bottom
of the 7th, Jayson Gonzalez crushed a double off the left centre field
fence.  With one out, Giddings followed
with his game-winning hit.

The Island Taste Hot Stuff proved
too much for the undermanned Kirk Freeport team, which had to play the game
with only two women.

“That did not keep them from making
this a great game,” said Hot Stuffer Jim Parham.

The first four innings had the
defences playing tough with each team allowing only four runs. Plays like Robbie
Cribb Jr.’s over-the-head diving catch gave the Island Taste Hot Stuff rea-son
to cheer and the same could be said for Kirk Freeport with a jumping layout
catch by William Foster at shortstop.

Hot Stuff enjoyed a 12-4 lead in
the top of the sixth, before Kirk Freeport tried to mount a comeback by scoring
three runs in the bottom of the 6th. However, Island Taste tallied three of
their own in the top of the seventh inning, preserving a 15-8 victory. Matches
continue this week at the Field of Dreams.

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