Markoff: Defending champs are in good shape to repeat

Co-ed softball may feature fresh threats but the established powers are in prime position.

The Cayman Islands Little League 2012 Winter Adult Co-ed Softball League is currently in its postseason. Games are taking place throughout the week at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town.

For league coordinator Alan Markoff, the 2011 champions should not be overlooked.

“KM Ltd had a tough year, having to fight through a lot of injuries,” Markoff said. “They don’t look as strong as the top tier of teams, but they play good fundamental defence, so they definitely can pull an upset or two.

“The Club House Crabbies, which won the B league championship under the name Glovernauts, are still dangerous and certainly capable of defending their championship. The Security Centre Safes moved up a grade and is facing much tougher competition this season, but they have done quite well and have pulled off another upset. If we learned anything from them the last couple of seasons, it is don’t count them out come play-off time.”

As Markoff states, the clubs had some interesting campaigns. KM, last year’s A league winners, ended the 2012 season fourth in AAA/division one at 5-6-1. In spite of talents like Colleen Williams, the squad scored only 112 runs (second-worst in their group).

The Safes, the 2011 C league champs, moved up to A/division three and finished second at 8-4. Talents like Chris Duggan and Stuart Bostock (the team sponsor) propelled the side to score 175 runs while allowing just 99 runs (both marks are second-best in their group). Club House were second in AA/division two at 7-5.

All three are in action this week on field four as the Safes battle the KPMG Bounty Hunters at 8.15pm on Tuesday, 24 April, while Club House face the Walkers Warriors at 6.30pm on Wednesday, 25 April. KM already lost their first playoff match to Robert Boggess and the A.L. Thompson’s Hammers (10-7 last Wednesday) and now play an elimination game on Thursday, 26 April, at 8.15pm.

Monday, 23 April, sees a quartet of matches in the double elimination playoffs. Butterfield Legion of Boom battle Island Taste Hot Stuff on field four at 6.30pm. At 8.15pm, G-Force face the PWC Scorpions on field two, Coors Light Chuggers take on the BritCay Premiums on field three and Home Gas battle the Hammers on field four.