Home Gas burn for title defence

A New Year means a fresh pursuit for co-ed softball glory.

The Cayman Islands Little League Association will be staging the 2013 Winter season of its adult co-ed softball league. Matches start from Monday, 21 January, at the Field of Dreams facility in George Town.

The initial focus figures to be on the 2012 winners, namely top flight champions Home Gas, division two winners the Coors Light Chuggers, division three champs the Deloitte Tigers and team Dart, which won division four.

Behind stars like Marlon Thomas and Ryan Ebanks, Home Gas has claimed 11 national championships. Last year, they had a league-best 11-1 record while scoring a competition-high 186 runs while allowing 82 runs.

Thanks to the likes of Wil Pineau and Neil Clements, Coors Light ended a 10-season title drought, the equivalent of five calendar years, by claiming their third championship since inception in February 2005.

Deloitte’s first softball title in recent memory was spearheaded by captain John Marrs and big hitters like Al Lum. Dart, which had talents like captain Darcy Rivers and Dwayne Lee, won its group in spite of a 3-9 regular season campaign.

The 2013 season will once again feature four levels of play, A, B, C and D league, which rank from highly competitive to social. Games last until early May with a 12-game regular season and a double elimination play-off tournament.

The schedule for Monday and Tuesday shows double-headers at 8.15pm. Up first, Deloitte battle the BritCay Premiums on field three while KPMG A tussle with Home Gas on field four. The next day, Maples Sluggers challenge Walkers Warriors on field three with A.L. Thompson’s Hammers facing Rhino Rebar on field four.

Co-ed league coordinator Alan Markoff states more than 500 men and women participate in the programme and there is room for all ability levels.

“With four different leagues for different skill levels, there’s a place for everyone, from beginner to advanced player,” Markoff said. “We’ve got law firms, accounting firms, banks, insurance companies and more. Companies find that team sports like softball help build relationships in the workplace.

“It also gives their employees a wholesome and fun activity they can look forward to outside of working hours.”