The more things change, the more they stay the same and that certainly is true regarding Home Gas’ dominance of co-ed softball.
Home Gas cemented their 10th championship run this month with a 18-13 victory over the Butterfield of Legion of Boom at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town. The contest served as the AAA/division one finale for the Cayman Islands Little League 2012 Winter Adult Co-ed Softball League.
Home Gas captain Peter Whittaker states success never gets old.
“Every title we win is special,” Whittaker said. “This one even more so because last year we didn’t even make it to the championship game and everyone wrote us off. They said that the Home Gas dynasty was now officially over.
“Our aim before the season was to prove everyone wrong and that’s what we did with a true team effort throughout the season. We had the best overall record and took that momentum with us into the playoffs. Every season is different, so that makes every title we win different.
“It never gets boring because of the level of talented teams that are in our league. On any given night anyone can beat anyone, so we cherish each and every championship that we win knowing how competitive the league is.”
The veteran cast has been consistent throughout their title runs, featuring multi-sport stars like Baron Solomon, Jahzenia Thomas and Pierre Foster. All were on point in the final against Butterfield, outdoing the likes of captain Robert Harris (who was starting pitcher and had a monstrous solo home run), Michael Carey and brothers Bradimir and Bradley Robinson.
While Whittaker and company are used to winning, it’s all new for some players like Carol Britton. The Bracker states it is a new feeling for her.
“It feels incredible to be the champions,” Britton said. “There is nothing quite like that feeling. The fact that we didn’t win last season just makes this season’s victory even sweeter. It’s definitely something to savour.
“To be honest with you, I don’t really have much of a sports background. Back in primary school and high school, I used to really enjoy playing softball and football for Physical Education but I’ve never been a part of a league or anything like that. It wasn’t until I moved to Grand Cayman about four years ago that I became interested in playing softball as an organized sport. You could say that Home Gas was my golden ticket. Two seasons later and it’s still golden!”