Crighton again met up with Maples and had another three inning incomplete game in the Cayman Islands Little League AA division.
Daniel Manderson was starting pitcher and team Crighton demonstrated cohesiveness this time around and highlights included an impressive hit by outfielder Kaylone Warren, who was dubbed player of the game.
Although Maples started off with strong pitching, Crighton played smart with a combination of solid batting and a terrific fielding. For team Maples, highlights included Jessie Jackson turning a nice double play at first base and at home plate.
Maples made the game exciting in the last inning as they scored six runs to cut into Crighton’s lead but came up short at the end.
Pizza Huts “Irish luck” ran out as CIBC won by a score of 5-4. CIBC’s bats were largely silent but they took advantage of walks and wild pitches to manufacture their runs over five innings.
The CIBC defence was outstanding as first baseman Jonah Pierre put out two runners unassisted, infielders Javier Johnson and Mark “The Kraken” Chow kept the base runners honest and made several great plays. Pitcher Julian “Bullseye “ Menko got in on the act by turning a double play to end the fourth inning.
In the fifth, Gio “Speedy Gonzalez” Foster took the mound to protect a one run lead and earned himself a new nickname, “Lights Out,” as he shut down the surging Pizza Hut offence to save the game for CIBC.
For the Pizza Hut “Panthers,” Miguel Rodriguez was named player of the game for a solid job protecting the plate at home and staying in the game after an injury. Korey McLean also had a great game with a double and run scored. Both Justin Derrick and Mario Ebanks pitched a strong game and also scored runs for Pizza Hut.