Pony kids race to playoff climax

Local Little League is gearing up for its postseason.

The final regular season games in the Pony division of the Cayman Islands Little League 2012 season took place last Saturday. Despite the torrential rain, the teams persevered and got through their games to determine final playoff seedings.

Team HSBC sealed their position at the top of the league, and a bye in the first round of the playoffs, with a 4-0 win against Team Yellow Pages. Showing the power hitting which has served them so well this season, HSBC made sure they got off to a good start with Jayden Pouchie, Louis Vaginez and Arie Ebanks slamming back-to-back to back solo home runs in the first inning.

HSBC shut down Yellow Pages with particularly good defensive plays from Alejandro Holness at first base. In the second inning, Nathan Morgan tacked on a run with a home run. Team Yellow Pages will be encouraged by good performances from Romeo Thomas and Jake Booker and will not be daunted by their sixth seed position in the playoffs.

In yet another thrilling game involving Team Crossfit 7 Mile, they pulled out a come from behind 7-4 victory against Team Bodden Beverages. Bodden Beverages raced to an early 4-0 lead courtesy of a gigantic grand slam from Matthew Bush. Excellent defensive plays from Garrett O’Connor and Mason Oelschlager limited the 7 Milers to one run going into the final inning.

Keeping themselves in the game with great stops in the field by Oliver Johns, Crossfit 7 Mile pulled out the victory with their last at bat, with a walk off grand slam from Brandon Eden after home runs from Sam Harding and Raina Myles. Together with Sam, Kat Corkish earned player of the game status with her superb defensive display.

The playoff match-ups are therefore set. Bodden Beverages and the red hot Crossfit 7 Milers must do it all again this Saturday in what promises to another fiercely contested game. Second seed Team Vigoro will meet the plucky Al La Kebab team, with Team Logic going up against Team Yellow Pages. Regular season champions Team HSBC lie in wait for the winners of those crucial match-ups.

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