Co-ed softball is slated to come to an end shortly.
The Billy Bones Jager Bombers and The Security Centre Safes battle in the C league final of the Fall Adult Co-Ed Softball League. Put on by the Cayman Islands Little League, the Field of Dreams in George Town hosts the contest on Thursday, 17 November, at 8pm.
Billy Bones head into the match after posting a stellar 10-2 regular season record. Thanks to Simon Gill, Tony Mark and Terry Ballard, Billy Bones allowed 73 runs, the fewest in all of co-ed softball this season. Rust might be a factor as the squad last played nearly a month ago in a playoff victory over 3-9 rookie club G-Force.
The Safes meanwhile had a 6-6 regular season mark and clobbered the PWC Scorpions in a delayed playoff contest two weeks ago. The Safes are looking to defend their C league crown, which they won as a rookie side earlier this year. Behind sponsor Stuart Bostock, coach Brad Watts and star Joey Hew, The Security Centre might just be favourites.
Inclement weather in recent weeks has delayed the ending of the season. Co-ed league coordinator Alan Markoff is quick to point out that the postseason will be different next year.
“The good news is that next season we will have a new play-off structure,” Markoff said. “The play-offs will be run as a double elimination tournament, so every team will play at least two play-off games in addition to 12 regular season games.”
Much of the offseason talk should focus on A league winners KM Ltd and B league champs the Glovernauts. KM beat favourites PWC Legion of Boom last week in an extra inning thriller. The Glovernauts used equally impressive dramatics to down the Maples Sluggers via a walk-off grand slam.
Multi-sport star Jon Pump plays for the Glovernauts and states the victory is sweet.
“It’s nice to finally win the championship again,” Pump said. “I think this is only the second time in 14 seasons. The team has had a habit of choking come playoffs – we’ve had a couple seasons with great records only to completely fall apart when it counts in the postseason. Maybe the couple new faces on the team (Sam Anderson, Tarrah Crowley and Jerry Beck) and fine team management (Mike Anderson) finally changed our luck.”
The KM victory solidifies the side’s place as a formidable squad in the competition. For first baseman Dale Stoudt, who lost in the national flag football championship this year with the Cox Lumber Colts, it’s simply great to be a winner.
“Wow, what a relief,” Stoudt said. “I’m very proud to be part of this team. I can’t believe we won. It took hard work all year long. We made plays when we needed to, had great team-work and that’s why we were champions.”
Stoudt’s team-mate Charlie O’Neill, a college football fan, agrees.
“This year’s team showed resilience fighting off an injury-plagued season,” O’Neill said. “Game after game we were scrambling to put together enough healthy bodies to fill a complete roster. But this year’s team was determined to leave it all out on the field, especially on defence.”