Hooked on big hits

A lot of players on the Harbour House Marina Whalers softball team are fishermen. Based on their recent form, clearly they can catch balls as good as they can hook fish.

The rookie club are into the semi-finals for the C league of the 2011 Winter Adult Co-ed Softball League. Put on by the Cayman Islands Little League, the competition began its playoff stages earlier this month at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town.

On Tuesday 19 April anglers Eric Rivers, Al Parsons and company will tangle with defending C league champions HSBC. The squads are slated to square off at 8.15pm on field two. Both put on solid efforts in the quarter-finals last week. The Whalers downed division rival and fellow newcomer Greenlight 7-5 while HSBC crushed Electratech Pure Energy 15-2.

Aside from seeing Harbour House Marina’s Chris Briggs face HSBC captain Jeff Pouchie, Tuesday offers a pair of interesting contests. At 8.15pm the Deloitte Tigers face the Maples Sluggers in the B league semis while KM Ltd battles Kirk Freeport in the A league semis. Deloitte trampled the redemption hopes of the KPMG Bounty Hunters with a 21-9 thrashing. Maples meanwhile broke the hearts of Cinderella team the BritCay Premiums courtesy of a 5-1 score.

KM had a resounding 18-7 victory over KPMG A last week while reigning A league champions Kirk Freeport escaped disaster thanks to a narrow 9-8 triumph over the Post Net Hurricanes.

After tonight’s matches, the last game before the week-long Easter break takes place on Wednesday 20 April. PWC B, a notoriously lethal playoff team, hope to punch their ticket to the B league final at 8.15pm on field three. The side pulled off a startlingly 15-2 upset over 2010 B league finalist the Master Batters.

After Easter the playoffs wrap up on Monday 2 May with the finals for each league at 8.15pm.

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