Champs set sights on Series Play

Adult softball lovers should see fresh intrigue until the end of the year.

The Cayman Islands Little League will be offering Series Play for registered co-ed softball teams. Matches will take place at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town until January 2013.

Little League adult co-ed softball league coordinator Alan Markoff states the goal is to keep players active until the new season.

“During the off-season, which runs through mid-January, the Cayman Islands Little League will make the fields available for Series Play,” Markoff said. “The idea behind this is that two teams can agree to play a best of three, best of five or best of seven game series.

“The beauty of this format is you can choose your opponent, choose your day and choose your time slot. Fields are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.”

The games are not free with each match costing $200 (or $100 per team per game). If teams agree to play a minimum of four games, Little League will discount the price to $700 (or $350 per team) for the four games. Extra games above four will be charged at a rate of $175 (or $87.50 per team).

News of the competition comes after Little League wrapped up its 2012 fall co-ed season. The Coors Light Chuggers won division two, the Deloitte Tigers earned the division three crown and Dart came out on top in division four. Home Gas and KPMG A battled for top flight bragging rights on Wednesday, with Home Gas coming out on top 15-12.

The victory marks the 11th national championship for Home Gas, who had a dominant regular season with a competition-best 11-1 record. A veteran cast featuring Peter Whittaker, Marlon Thomas and a number of multi-sport stars had combined to score 186 runs while allowing 82 runs (both numbers are tops in the league). KPMG A, behind captain Doug Harrell, had a 6-6 third place regular season mark. While they scored 123 runs they also allowed the same amount.

Coors Light, featuring players like Wil Pineau, ended a 10-season title drought. The Chuggers, who haven’t won in five calendar years, now have three championships since their inception in February 2005.

Deloitte’s first softball title in recent memory came after a decent 7-4-1 regular season record. The Tigers were well behind group winners and finalists PWC B, who were 9-2-1 behind Robert Harris.

Leading the charge was Deloitte team captain John Marrs, who states it was a memorable season.

“During the season, Al Lum and Gareth Wilkinson had blazing speed around the bases this year and they always kept us on the edge of the bench with the fly balls,” Marrs said. “Mike Yacyshyn, working his way up to leadoff with his patented ‘tomahawk chop,’ kept everyone in good spirits.

“We’ll be back. It’s a great chance to get together outside the office, plus the free beer when your team-mates strike out is good too.”

Dart topped its group after an abysmal 3-9 regular season. Team captain Darcy Rivers states winning cured the sting of those losses.

“It always feels good to be a champion and our team will enjoy the moment and try to build on the success enjoyed at the end of the season and strive to improve for the upcoming one,” Rivers said. “Our season didn’t go as projected as we lost quite a few players to either injuries or work/study commitments, causing us to lose more games than expected.

“To be honest, we did not enjoy playing in division four and having to use the soft touch ball part-time. It’s not an experience we would want to duplicate.”

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