Duty’s Hot Stuff are burning up

Co-ed softball in Cayman is shifting into playoff mode.

The Cayman Islands Little League Winter 2012 Adult Co-Ed Softball League starts its postseason on Tuesday, 17 April. The George Town Field of Dreams facility will see games throughout the week from 6.30pm.

League coordinator Alan Markoff spoke about the buildup for the playoffs.

“The league has gone very well this year with tight races in two of the four divisions,” Markoff said. “In division one/AAA, it was a dogfight between three teams: Home Gas, Island Taste Hot Stuff (with veteran Rob Duty) and Butterfield Legion of Boom. That wasn’t settled until the final day of the season. Any one of these teams has to be considered the favourite in the play-offs.

“In division two/AA, it looked like the Coors Light Chuggers were going to run away with the league title. But the defending champion Club House Crabbies (formerly the Glovernauts) have put together an impressive streak and have been breathing down the Chuggers’ necks for weeks now. Still, the Chuggers control their own destiny. Club House has beaten the Chuggers three of the last five times they have played, so if they meet in the play-offs, anything can happen.”

Markoff is a player for the Chuggers and will see a double-header on Tuesday evening at 8.15pm featuring AA teams seeded third to sixth. Seven sides are trailing Club House and Coors Light in the division in the Walkers Warriors, Master Batters, KPMG A, BritCay Premiums and 2011 finalist Maples Sluggers with talents like Shawn Pitterson.

The top flight soars into action on Thursday, 19 April, from 8.15pm. Aside from the three frontrunners, the group also sees reigning champions KM Ltd (who feature Dale Stoudt), A.L. Thompson’s Hammers (behind pitcher Bobby Boggess) and the Kirk Freeport Coconuts.

The other champion from last year, The Security Centre Safes, are part of division three/A. In spite of talent like Joey Hew, they were trailing the Deloitte Tigers and Starfish Sports in the standings while ahead of Ernesto Ebanks and the UBS Aces, Jeff Wight and team Dart, PWC B, KPMG Bounty Hunters and Dolphin Cove.

Markoff states the Safes and the other 2011 champions are not far off from a repeat.

“Deloitte has clinched the number one seed, but Starfish Sports – a new team to the league – has already proven they can beat Deloitte, having given them their only loss of the year so far. I look for one of these teams to come out on top in the play-offs, but Security Centre has shown to be a very good play-off team, so they are dangerous, too.

“In division D, HSBC has proven to be a juggernaut that looks like it will have an undefeated season. Still, anything can happen in the play-offs – which is why they play the games on the field and not on paper.”

HSBC was the league’s lone unbeaten team for most of the season with Deloitte having the second-best overall record. One team, Dolphin Cove, went though the season without a win.

The co-ed playoffs are slated to run until mid-May, with the championship games wrapping up the week of 17 May.

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