Home Gas burns for 11th crown

Home Gas are on the hunt for more bragging rights in local softball.

The squad is competing for its 11th national championship in the Cayman Islands Little League 2012 Fall Adult Co-Ed Softball League. Standing in their way is KPMG A in the division one final on Wednesday, 14 November, from 6.30pm on field four at the Field of Dreams in George Town.

Home Gas are coming off a dominant regular season campaign, with a competition-best 11-1 record. A veteran cast featuring Peter Whittaker and Alexis Camacho have combined to score 186 runs while allowing 82 runs (both numbers are tops in the league).

KPMG A, behind captain Doug Harrell, head in 6-6 with a third place regular season mark. While they scored 123 runs they also allowed the same amount.

Wednesday’s final will mark the official end of the season, after the majority of league championships took place last week. The Coors Light Chuggers would end a 10-season title drought by defeating Joe Jewitt’s Master Batters 21-11 in the division two finale. The last triumph for the Chuggers came five calendar years ago.

Coors Light captain Alan Markoff spoke about last Monday’s final.

“We played team ball and it was truly a team victory. Every player contributed in some way to the win,” Markoff said. “We were very focused on what we needed to do.

“When we fell behind we didn’t get down and when the game was still close late in the game, we didn’t tense up. We just kept our minds on playing fundamentally sound ball and putting pressure on the Master Batters’ defence with well-placed hits.

“The Chugger girls were on fire at the plate. Between them all, they had six hits in 10 at-bats, scored seven runs and drove in another six runs.”

The final was a back-and-forth affair. Coors Light trailed twice, 3-0 and 7-5, before going up 11-10 in the fifth inning and they never looked back. Andrea Hughes, Matt Bone and Corby Bright all had huge Runs Batted In.

Coors Light cocaptain Mark Wallace has been with the team since its inception in February 2005. He was part of the two previous Fall title campaigns in 2005 (as the Americo Chuggers) and 2007 (as the Digicel Chuggers). Wallace stated briefly that this year’s championship followed a familiar pattern.

“Defence and timely hitting wins championships,” Wallace said. “That’s what we did.”

Over in division three, the Deloitte Tigers would defeat PWC B 15-11. Deloitte’s first softball title in recent memory came after a decent 7-4-1 regular season record, well behind group winners PWC B, who were 9-2-1 behind Robert Harris.

Leading the charge was Deloitte team captain John Marrs, who states it was a competitive final.

“Two out rallies kept us alive and solid defence down the stretch helped us avoid a rubber match,” Marrs said. “Carolyn Andrews had a double, clutch walk and she made a great snag to catch a foul from PwC’s clean-up hitter.

“It felt great, but the team was suffering a bit in the morning.”

In division four, Dart would defeat the PWC Scorpions 11-10. Interestingly, both teams had losing records in the regular season as Darcy Rivers’ Dart squad were 3-9 and Benoit Ouellette’s Scorpions were 2-8-2.

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