Softball is proving to be a hit with Cayman teenagers.
The girls softball division of the Cayman Islands Little League has reached the mid-point of the season with some very exciting games in recent weeks. Four teams of girls aged 11-17 are competing in the league this season, thanks to the generosity of corporate sponsors Digicel, KPMG, Kirk Freeport, and Green Light Reassurance.
Several games have been decided by just one run, keeping spectators on the edge of their seats until the final out. In the most thrilling game of the season, Digicel was trailing KPMG with two outs in the bottom of the final inning. Digicel fought to load the bases, giving them some hope.
Emma Conolly then smashed the ball to the fence in centre field, scoring all runners and giving her team an 8-7 victory. In another game Digicel and Kirk Freeport went back and forth, with the final result being 15-14 for Digicel.
So far, Digicel leads the standings by just half a game with a record of 5-2. Digicel has been led by Conolly and all-rounders Krystal Arch, Ingrith Ritch and Samantha Cridland. They have also had some excellent play at first base by Erynn Walton.
Kirk Freeport currently occupies the second spot with a record of 4-2-1. They have been piloted by experienced players Breana Welds, Alikie Kandler and Richelle Hew. Newcomer Jessica Bodden has made some good plays at second base, while Kenniza Anderson has shown great improvement this year. Kirk Freeport’s offensive prowess has allowed them to score 74 runs this season, the most of any team.
The third place team is Green Light Reassurance, with a record of 3-3-1. They are led by star pitcher Daneliz Thomas, who has the potential to become one of the best softball players the Cayman Islands has ever seen. Thomas has often overpowered opposing batters with her blazing fastball; as a result Green Light has allowed only 50 runs all season. Team-mates Quianna Bennette, Liz Westin and Ashley McLaughlin have all contributed to keep Green Light in middle of the race.
KPMG are in fourth place with a record of 1-6. They have been in some close games but have suffered a couple of key injuries and have had two players missing due to national basketball training. The team has stayed positive, however, knowing that their best games lie ahead. KPMG have been led by the pitching of Kristi Welds and steady play from Jenneska Johnson and Astrid Conolly. Maya Smith, in her first year playing, has had some key hits and has been an enthusiastic team member.
Games continue on Wednesdays from 6:30-8pm and Saturdays from 4:30-6pm, through the middle of May. On 19 May the girls will begin playing a mini-tournament, followed by all-star games on the final weekend of the month. The public are encouraged to come out and cheer for all the players. The concession stand will be open during games, serving refreshments.
For more information, e-mail the Cayman Islands Little League at [email protected]