Albertini propels Maples to tough draw with Crushers

In one of the most exciting games of the season, Maples and CIBC FirstCaribbean played to an 11-all tie in the AA division of the Cayman Islands Little League 2012 season.

Francisco Fuentes, in his debut as starting pitcher, pitched himself a marvellous game and very nearly secured the win for his team. Maples got off to a great start as they scored six runs in the first inning, which started when the CIBC FCIB Crushers walked the first two hitters, who went on to score on a double from Landon Parsons (who seems to be on fire lately).

With the Maples batters showing a lot of patience at the plate, they generated three walks in the top of the fifth and last inning and with a three-run double from Albertini Holness, Maples took an 11-5 lead which they thought was good enough for the win.

CIBC FCIB had other ideas, as the coaches stated that good things happen when you swing the bat and put the ball in play after the Crushers’ hitless loss to Pizza Hut last Tuesday. The Crushers put those words in motion and the boys took the coaches’ advice to heart against Maples as everyone got into the act, swinging away and scoring runs.

Extra base hits were the order of the day with triples from Geordi “Skittles” Forrester, Jonah Pierre, Jevon Forbes and Everton Allen. Special mention goes to Adrian Anglin, whose triple was also his first hit of the season. Doubles came from Julian Menko and Mark Chow. It was the first time the teams were meeting since the “Battle of the Bulls” and once again they seemed evenly matched as an exciting game was played.

It should be noted that last Saturday’s games were cancelled due to inclement weather. Matches resume this Saturday at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town.

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