Their season may have ended without
a title, but KM Ltd are upbeat about the things that went right. From a high
seed to comeback victories, KM can hold their heads high for more than one reason.
The A league stalwarts lost to
reigning champions Kirk Freeport 12-9 at the Field of Dreams last week. The
match was part of the semi-finals for the top flight of the 2011 Winter Adult
Co-ed Softball League. Put on by the Cayman Islands Little League, the contest
was delayed due to Easter.
KM Ltd starting pitcher David
Nielsen states in spite of the loss his side showed great character.
“KM Ltd had a very slow start this
season losing more games than we were winning,” Nielsen said. “We were struggling
with our bats as well some injuries. But we pulled it together in the last half
of the season to beat out our opponents and bring our record to 6-5-1 (good
enough to win the A2 division and claim the second seed). Although we were
still plagued by injuries, the balance of the team rose to the challenge and
found their bats and a defence that was second to only a few.
“During the season we lost all five
of our games by a total of only 17 runs. Three of those games we only lost by
one run and in the final we fell by three runs. I’m so proud of my team for
their accomplishments. It was an exciting time.”
Nielsen had help from a cast of
skilled players. Sponsor Brent McComb was a handy infielder while Samantha
Ebanks emerged as a fearsome hitter. Nielsen, who has seen KM Ltd contend often
in the A league, has measured expectations about the team for the 2011 Fall season.
“Coed softball has a fine group of
people. They are very competitive, but in a fun way. The league is well managed
and I believe it is growing every year. The teams that are currently
participating in the A division are very strong and will improve their
abilities next year. The A league is going to be more competitive next year as
the teams get younger, faster and better trained.
“Teams like KM Ltd, KPMG and the
Chuggers will have their challenges next season with the younger teams. However
coed does offer teams chance to start in other divisions that you can participate
at another level