In one of the most exciting games of the season, the AA division playoff championship came down to the final game between the fourth seeded Maples and second seeded Crighton Sluggers.
After Maples coaches did the “rain dance” for a whole week, so that they could get their ace pitcher Albertini Holness rested, Maples came out of the gates swinging at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town. Dane “Scrappy Doo” Muspratt led off the game with a double and later scored on a Runs Batted In single from Francisco Fuentes.
Then Jessie Jackson got on from a walk and started dancing around on the bases, drawing a throw from the defence that led to some fielding errors allowing Fransisco’s run to score. With the score at 2-0 and Jessie on third base, Matthew “AG” Johnson came up and hit a single that scored Jessie’s run.
Maples ended the first with three runs on the board. With a three-run lead, out came the bull in Albertini as he struck out two of the first three batters he faced and was assisted by some excellent play at first base by Gonzalo McLaughlin. Albertini got into a jam in the second inning. With only one out Crighton loaded the bases, but Albertini showed heart under tremendous pressure by striking out the next two batters to get out of the inning unscathed.
Albertini also gave himself some run support, by batting in the run of Corey McLaughlin with a ground rule double that bounced over the fence. After cruising through the first three innings, Maples suddenly found themselves with a battle on their hands as Crighton tied the game at four in the bottom of the fourth. Maples scored again in the top of the fifth and Crighton again came back and tied the game up at five in the bottom of the fifth.
With Albertini at his pitch count limit, he had to be taken off the mound but Maples was able to turn the ball over to their secret weapon – closer Francisco “Dido” Fuentes, who came in and struck out four of the six batters he faced to save the game.
Maples became the 2012 Cayman Islands Little League AA champions against all odds. Head coach Steve Parsons and assistant coaches Paul Muspratt and Andrew Holness couldn’t be any prouder of their players. They won the championship the hard way by knocking out the number one and two seeds.