Former champs set tone

The co-ed softball season is in its early stages but two former champions sit atop the standings.

Heading into week five of the 2011 Fall Adult Co-ed Softball League, two clubs to watch are team Kirk Freeport and The Security Centre. Kirk Freeport head the A league at 3-1 while Security Centre, whose nickname is the Safes, is unbeaten at 4-0 in the C league (for the record the competition is put on by the Cayman Islands Little League).

Kirk won a title in the 2010 fall campaign and the side continues to dazzle under captain Al Lovinggood at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town. Thanks to the likes of Neil Appleby and Jordan Hartmann, the side has scored 42 runs while giving up 26 runs. The Safes, the reigning C league champions, are under the watchful eyes of sponsor Stuart Bostock and captains Brad Watts and Shayne Howe. Their statistics are also good, scoring 41 runs while allowing only 20 runs.

Both have some tough competition. Kirk are ahead of 3-1 KM Ltd due to run differential, while PWC Legion of Boom and current softball dynasty Home Gas are in the hunt at 2-1. The Safes meanwhile contend with 2-1 Billy Bones and unknown side team G-Force.

Not to be ignored in the current standings is the B league. A pair of newcomers have grabbed the top spots in the 3-0 Coors Light Chuggers and 3-0 team Dart. After being demoted last season, Alan Markoff and his Chuggers have started strong with 52 runs scored (the most in all of co-ed softball). Dart meanwhile have prided themselves on a stingy defence that has allowed 18 runs.

Of the two Coors Light will be hard-pressed to remain the frontrunner ahead of division mates Master Batters (3-1), Maples Sluggers (2-2) and BritCay Premiums (2-2).

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