Home Gas have a stranglehold on co-ed softball and that grip figures to get tighter this year.
Home Gas are one of over 20 teams gearing up for the 2012 Fall Adult Co-ed Softball League. Put on by the Cayman Islands Little League, action starts on Monday, 23 July, at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town.
Peter Whittaker serves as team captain for the 10-time champions and states he welcomes the pressure for an 11th title.
“It feels very good being champs again,” Whittaker said. “We lost our reign for a season but I see that as a good thing. More teams are participating and making the league more interesting and competitive. We always welcome the challenge and we are glad to have the targets on our back again.”
Home Gas won division I in the 2012 winter league back in May. The squad emerged the regular season winners at 10-2 before beating Simon Rivers and the 5-7 A.L. Thompson’s Hammers, Rob Duty and the 8-4 Island Taste Hot Stuff and Robert Harris’ 9-3 Butterfield Legion of Boom in the playoffs.
While Whittaker is used to championship seasons, it is still a fresh feeling for newcomer Carol Britton. The Cayman Brac native states she is eager for another shot at glory.
“I’m really looking forward to next season,” Britton said. “Last season was my second one with Home Gas and it just keeps getting better and better! The more we play together, the stronger we get as a team. What I love most about our team is how we relate to each other.
“Win or lose, we do it as a team and we are very supportive of each other. Because of that, good things are in store for us. Any setbacks are only temporary.”
Home Gas were one of four league winners. Doug Harrell and KPMG A were fourth in division II at just 5-7 before beating the 6-6 Walkers Warriors, 7-5 Clubhouse Crabbies and 9-3 Coors Light Chuggers in the postseason. Starfish Sports overcame a third place 8-4 regular season mark to take down the Deloitte Tigers in the division III final. In division IV Alfredo Challenger and the Harbour House Marine Whalers finished last at 3-9 before shocking 12-0 division winners HSBC in the finals.
While a late-season surge propelled most teams to glory, Whittaker states Home Gas excelled mainly due to team chemistry.
“There are many factors why Home Gas is so successful but in the end all those factors balance out. We have the support of our sponsor that has been with us for years and we are very grateful for that. We have an amazing set of females that come out every week and play their hearts out. We just come out and have fun.
“Whether we win by one or lose by 50 we still support each other. I consider us more of a family than a team. We have one of the smallest teams in the league so we will be looking to add a few fresh faces next season. As champions, we would expect all of the other teams to be gunning for us. But this isn’t our first rodeo so we will be ready.”