The Cayman Islands recently came up short against its Caribbean rivals.
For the second straight year, Cayman lost in the Caribbean Little League 11-12 Championships (a qualifier for the Little League World Series). The 2011 competition wrapped up in St. Thomas, US Virgin Islands over the weekend.
Cayman finished fourth out of the five teams in Pool B with a 1-3 record. The lone victory came on day one of the tournament via a 3-1 score over St. Maarten. Leading the Cayman squad, nicknamed the Blue Iguanas, was Finnigan Huffington who had a double, an inside-the-park home run and three Runs Batted In at the plate. On the mound Huffington threw a complete game over six innings, using just 80 pitches.
From there things went down in a hurry for Cayman with losses to Alvin McBean East of St. Thomas (31-2), Aruba North of Oranjestad, Aruba (24-1) and Pariba of Willemstad, Curacao (23-0).
The Aruban team would eventually win the tournament and claim a spot in this year’s World Series. That competition is in its 65th year and will be played in Williamsport, Pennsylvania 18-28 August. Aruba North is making its first-ever appearance at the World Series this year.