This year’s edition of co-ed softball has seen no shortage of surprise results. One of the most stunning may be the change in fortune of the Maples Sluggers.
By the end of March most onlookers saw Maples as an afterthought. With eight losses in 12 games during the regular season it did not seem that the Sluggers would contend for B league glory in the 2011 Winter Adult Co-ed Softball League. Instead the side claimed the league championship 13-12 over last year’s winners the A.L. Thompson Drills.
The Field of Dreams facility in George Town would see the squads battle in an epic slugfest. The Drills came out of the gate swinging thanks to fast-pitch softball hitter Yosvani Ebanks and cricketer Kevon Bazil. Maples responded with efforts from basketball figure Shawn Pitterson and five-a-side football referee Gavin Dixon.
Interestingly the Drills were not a great team either in the regular season. They were last in their division with a 2-9 record under captain Earl Smith.