Darian ‘War Tank’ Lopez recently became a hero in local Little League.
Lopez had a crucial blast for his Crighton Sluggers in their 6-4 victory over team CIBC FCIB. The match was part of the playoffs for the AA division of the Cayman Islands Little League 2012 season.
The bankers would see Javier Johnson and Julian “BullsEye” Menko pitch well while Gio Foster, Geordi Forrester and Jonah Pierre all made key plays.
For team Crighton, Omar Sanchez began the game as starting pitcher. Four runs were scored by Crighton in the first inning by Robert Davies, Omar Sanchez, Darian “War Tank” Lopez and Davin Gallagher. Two of the runs came on an over-the-fence home-run from “War Tank.” CIBC came alive in the third inning and scored three runs to tie the game at four runs apiece.
Crighton took back the lead in the fourth when they scored another two runs and the game ended with a score of 6-4. First baseman Alaye McLaughlin and pitcher Zion Coe teamed up and pulled off magnificent fielding resulting in a number of outs. Most Valuable Player kudos was shared between Darian Lopez, Zion Coe, Omar Sanchez, Alaye McLaughlin, Robert Davies and Davin Gallagher as they exhibited wonderful team spirit. Interestingly, Coe is fresh off throwing a no-hitter against CIBC FCIB this month. Known for his ability with the bat, Coe struck out 12 batters, walked one hitter and allowed no runs.
The Sluggers’ next task will be to beat Maples on Saturday (weather permitting), who advanced thanks to a 7-2 upset of Pizza Hut. The underdogs took it to the division champs right from the start as they scored two runs in the first inning. Dane ‘Scrappy Doo’ Muspratt got on base with a walk then scored on an Run Batted In single from Francisco Fuentues, who then proceeded to score on an RBI triple from Matthew “AG” Johnson.
Patience was one of the keys to Maples’ success as they generated six walks and four of those walks went on to score. The night, however, belonged to their ace Albertini “The Bull” Holness. For the second year in a row Holness pitched his team into the playoff finals by knocking out the number one seed. “The Bull” pitched a masterpiece, locking down the big bats of Pizza Hut that had given him so much trouble all season as he pitched a complete game.